Italy Photo of the Day

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Rome Circus Maximus and Umbrella Pines Photo by Margie Miklas


These umbrella pine trees which provide partial shade as pedestrians stop to view Rome’s Circus Maximus. Also known as stone pines, these trees were originally brought to Rome from Greece.

Have you seen these beautiful trees during your travels in Rome?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this photo of the day, so please leave a comment.

Grazie and Ciao

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14 Responses

  1. Un po' di pepe

    Ciao Margie. I love these trees. They have such a beautiful shape and form-one of my favourite sketching subjects. I believe they are called Pini Marittimi in Italiano-at least that’s is what my relatives called them. It is looking like I won’t be seeing Roma this year 😢. I had 2 trips planned, July and October. Mannaggia. Stay safe, Cristina

    • margieinitaly

      Thank you so much, Cristina. I just learned something from you. Yes I think many of us have had to cancel our upcoming trips for this year. Let’s hope 2021 will be safe to travel back to our beloved Italy

  2. margieinitaly

    Claire, Thanks so much for the kind words. It is readers like you that keep me motivated to add more photos and posts about Bella Italia. I love the idea of a puzzle from the photo! My mind goes wild, too, sometimes, imagining what life was like on these streets and walkways long ago. Thanks so much for sharing your personal thoughts here.

  3. Claire Dellarciprete (Dell'Arciprete)

    Hello Margie, I so enjoy your posts. I love Italy with a passion and have dreams of living there or at least staying there for three months out of each year. This picture, I can’t help but think about the people there a thousands of years ago watching the Chariot races, gladiator fights and more. How they looked, what they thought. I think the picture is stunning and so meaningful. I can see it in paintings and even made into a 3,000 piece puzzle. Grazie per quello che fai e questi post.

    Claire Dellarciprete
    Tucson, AZ

  4. Pam Colledanchise

    Hi Margie.

    Thank you for your lovely picture.

    I was also surprised to find out that the palm trees in Italy were originally brought over from Spain!

    Love your work,

    • margieinitaly

      Grazie mille, Pam..I didn’t realize that about the palm trees in Florida. Thanks for that tip!

  5. Bonnie Davis

    Love the comments from Albert Annunziata. I was happy to hear a possible reason for the stone pine name. And we all knew your computer had the hiccups and failed to produce “sound” when it should have. Many times I have had the same problem.

    • margieinitaly

      Thanks so much, Bonnie. I enjoyed his comment very much too. We all have that predictive text or talk to text issue I think, from time to time.

  6. Book Club Mom

    Hi Margie – these trees are nice to look at. I don’t think I’ve seen anything like this in the U.S. Thanks for sharing your photo 🙂

    • margieinitaly

      Aww, thank you, Barbara. I am glad you enjoyed the photo… More to come

  7. Albert Annunziata

    Mi Dispiace! Sorry for typo! “Large cracking soon” should have been “Large cracking sound”!!!!!

  8. Albert Annunziata

    Hi Margie! Several years ago, my wife Margaret (wonderful name!) and I saw some beautiful stone pines in front of Castello Giulio in Ostia Antica, outside of Rome. I think that they are known as stone pines because the cones are as large as softballs and twice as hard! One cone happened to fall from one of the trees in front of Castello Giulio and hit the ground with a loud cracking soon, narrowly missing a couple of tourists from Spain! I shudder to think the result if it had hit anyone on the head! Warm regards to you and hope that you and yours remain safe and well in this time of COVID. As for Italy, we had hopes of visiting there this summer, as I have lots of family and friends there, but given the COVID situation it is probably unlikely. -Alberto Antonio Amadeo Annunziata

    • margieinitaly

      Ciao Alberto. Grazie for your thoughtful and kind comments. I learned something and laughed at the same time! I can understand your feelings about a trip to Italy. I think most of us had plans to return this year. I agree, the time is not now, and we will have to have patience and wait. I know better days are ahead, but it may take a while. Stay healthy and stay safe.

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