I took this photo in a place I’ve been wanting to visit for a long time. It’s the Roseto di Roma or Rome’s Giardino delle Rose. It’s a garden here in Rome that is home to 1,100 varieties of roses. It’s only open in the Spring and it’s always best to double check opening hours and days ahead of time, but it’s worth a visit.
The first thing you’ll notice while walking up to the entrance is the intoxicating smell of roses that suddenly surrounds you. If you like flowers as much as I do, the next thing you will feel is an overwhelming desire to race around to each and every rosebush so that you can examine the color of every petal, the shape of each bloom and the learn the perfume that each type of rose gives off. You might might also try to memorize every variety and its country of origin out of shear enthusiasm before realizing that your plan might be a little ambitious. You’ll explore every corner of the place, just in case you’ve missed a single rose, and finally find a seat on a shaded bench, close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths of the sweet-smelling air to be sure to at least memorize that as best you can.