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Dutch tulips spring to life in Italy at 'pick your own' farm

Associated Press logo Associated Press 30/03/2017
Visitors pick tulip flowers in the first Italian tulip field, planted by a Dutch couple to recreate the tradition in the Netherlands where you can pick your own tulip, in Cornaredo, near Milan, Italy, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Dutch couple Edwin Koeman, and Nitsuje Wolanios planted 250000 tulips of 183 different varieties in a field outside Milan which opened on March 28 and will remain open for three or four weeks, depending on the blooming time of the tulips. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) © The Associated Press Visitors pick tulip flowers in the first Italian tulip field, planted by a Dutch couple to recreate the tradition in the Netherlands where you can pick your own tulip, in Cornaredo, near Milan, Italy, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Dutch couple Edwin Koeman, and Nitsuje Wolanios planted 250000 tulips of 183 different varieties in a field outside Milan which opened on March 28 and will remain open for three or four weeks, depending on the blooming time of the tulips. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

CORNAREDO, Italy — A Dutch couple has brought a bit of the Netherlands to Italy with a "pick your own" tulip farm outside Milan that has just begun to bloom.

The one-hectare (2.5 acre) field outside Milan is alive with 183 varieties of red, purple and yellow tulips. Visitors are asked to pay 3 euros for two tulips, but many spring for an armful.

The season is short, though, lasting two or three weeks.

Edwin Koeman and his girlfriend Nitsuje Wolanios moved to Cornaredo, Italy in November and planted the bulbs. Koeman says their goal "is to create the happiest place possible."

He says he plans to get different varieties that mature at different rates next year so the picking season lasts longer.

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