Have you ever smelled wisteria? Its fragrance is sweet and subtle as if it is a modest flower. Quite the contrary, its light purple presence is actually dominant and compelling – it never acts alone and it also knows where to showcase its charm. Wisteria is casting its charm all over Rome at the moment. Its throne, though, is near Piazza Venezia.
10 am – I am going to Bibliotheca Angelica near the Pantheon to work on my thesis… by bus. I know I have recently commented on the fact that buses in Rome have a tendency to be on fire. But it would take 40 mins on foot to get there.
10:10 am – As expected, my bus is late. Should I walk or keep waiting? The sun is shining, and the wisteria vine across the road is blooming. Well, I can sunbath and watch the flower while waiting.
10:20 am – Finally my bus comes but I have a feeling that it will take forever because today is Friday. Do you know that strikes and demonstrations tend to happen on a Friday in Rome?
10:40 am – Again, as expected, there is some sort of event so the traffic is even worst. I do not know which event it is. Do you?
11 am – I get off near Piazza Venezia to walk to the library. Here I encounter the most magical scene of spring.
A huge vine of purple wisteria is fully blooming on the staircase leading to the top of the Capitoline Hill, the very centre of Rome. The background of the vine is the white marble magnificent Altare Della Patria, one of the most iconic landmarks of Rome. This, I have not expected. How elegant! How impressive! Wisteria, I crown you the Queen of Spring in Rome. You outdo cherry blossoms and judas flowers in my opinion.
If I walked, I would not have come across this scene. I am truly impressed with this unexpected appearance of wisteria. I saw wisteria vines before in Oxford in the UK but I have never seen so much wisteria in my life. And suddenly, I forget about the bad start of my day.
Frustration, admiration, predicted frustration, unexpected admiration. That is the pattern of my life in Rome.
Friday, 31st March 2017