25 August 2007

Street flowers

Rua dei Fiori

The centro storico of Ascoli Piceno has many interesting and unique areas and one of these is a neighborhood with street flowers. There are about five streets in this medieval section, all paved with stones, that have flowers growing up through the stones in front of houses. Of course there is a street here named Rua dei Fiori, Road of Flowers. The flowers only bloom during the cool temperatures of the evening after the sun has set.

This is a pleasant area to stroll through with the red, white and yellow flowers sprouting from the street and you hear the clatter of plates in homes, see little old ladies in their chairs outside their front doors and kids chasing pigeons. I imagine this as an area where the same families have lived for generations and everyone knows the person next door.

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