Rome’s Spanish Steps in full bloom

The Spanish Steps with the famous view of Trinità de' Monti are currently in full bloom with azalea plants. An annual tradition, this splash of colour in the historic centre is one of Rome's most photographed scenes and popular with tourists.

This year we bring you an unusual view from the Keats-Shelley House, the house – now a  museum –  where the Romantic poet John Keats died in February 1821.

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.

Photos taken by Stefanie di Croce from the Keats-Shelley House