On a side street in Naples across from a church a flower vendor sets up shop every day. The street might be dirty and graffiti may cover the side of his three-wheeled Ape vehicle, yet he tends to his plants with the greatest care. This man understands the joy he brings to others who purchase his freshly cut blossoms and budding foliage. He carefully removes any dead leaves so he can offer with genuine pride the best of his flowers for sale. Cyclamen in brilliant hues seem like a deal for three euros each, as are sunflowers, gerbera daisies, and roses. Small palm trees and other potted plants such as dieffenbachia and ferns complete the street vendor’s selection.
The Neapolitan people appreciate fresh flowers and often cultivate their own in their gardens or display them in their window flowerboxes. A quick stop at the flower street vendor can add the perfect touch to their dinner table. La dolce vita.
~ Excerpt from Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast
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