One way to enjoy springtime and the season’s magnificent flowers is at Rome’s Tulip Park. This is the second year for Rome’s Tulip Park initiative. The Tulip Park has 4 kilometers (26,000 square meters) of tulips: 360,000 tulips, and 91 varieties, some of them rare varieties that can't be picked. Each entrance ticket covers both access to the park to admire and photograph the flowers, and the option to pick two tulips to take home. You also have the option pick a bouquet of tulips for an additional cost. You can create your own bouquet of gorgeous tulips, choosing from over 75 different varieties and colors.
No need for scissors to pick your tulips; just remember to grab them at the base of the flowers when you pick them. If the bulb comes away with the flower leave it at the exit so it can be replanted. As you exit the park the management has paper that can be used to wrap up your flowers to take away. Once you've picked your tulips place them in the containers that you'll find available at the entrance to the park. This way you don't have to worry about damaging your tulips as you walk through the park and admire the flowers.
Tulips don't generally last long once picked, but there are a few tips to make them last as long as possible. Keep them away from direct sunlight. Change the water daily and add ice to the water.
The goal of Rome’s Tulip Park is to allow people to walk between the enormous and numerous rows of tulips, to admire their beauty and capture them all with photographs. There's an area to sit and relax to admire the tulips or enjoy a picnic with friends and family.
Find out about the tulip park on their website. The park is opened from 9 AM to 7 PM beginning on the first day of spring March 21 until to the end of April, so make sure you get there before it closes for the season. The address for Rome’s Tulip Park is in the RomaEst area, Via dei Giordani 73, inside the Casino Comprensorio and right next to the Villa De Sanctis. If you don't have a car but would like to visit the park you can get there with public transportation.
Take the A Line metro to the Lucio Sestio stop, then walk 100 feet to catch the #558 bus going in the Gardenie direction. The metro runs every 4 minutes, and the #558 every 12 minutes. Alternatively you can take the metro to the Ponte Lungo stop and walk 150 feet to catch the #412 bus going in the Olevano Romano direction. It's much less frequent and runs 2 to 3 times per hour.
Check out the exact routes with the Moovit app.
Interesting fact: everyone knows that tulips come from Holland, right? Actually no, tulips originally come from Turkey.