77th edition of popular tradition
The Spanish Steps with the famous view of Trinità de' Monti are currently in full bloom with 750 azalea plants.
An annual tradition for the last 77 years, this splash of colour in the historic centre is one of Rome's most photographed scenes and popular with tourists.
The plants were cultivated in the capital's nurseries at S. Sisto where for almost a century 3,000 azaleas of the Rhododenron Indicum variety have flourished.
Once the azaleas have ceased flowering they will be returned to the city nurseries until next spring.