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Stone Pines at Villa Torlonia

Posted on Jan 22, 2009 | 6 comments

So I headed out this weekend to take pictures at Villa Torlonia, but wanted to wait until I thought the light would be good. Silly me, I forgot the park closed early in the winter and when I got there a few minutes before 5 pm, they were kicking everyone out. Oh well, another site goes on the list for the summer!

Not to be thwarted, I decided to take a few shots of the stone pines (also known as umbrella pines) that were shooting up from behind the stone fence. I tried to get an interesting foreshortening going on. Not sure if I completely succeeded, but I like the result. These stones pines are everywhere here in Rome, and quite beautiful, I think. They kind of remind me of huge bonsai trees.


  1. i didn’t know that umbrella pines were also known as stone pines…good to know!

    they’re absolutely my favorite tree that dot the Italian countryside….and produce the best nuts EVER πŸ™‚

  2. I didn’t either! Magic of the internet πŸ˜‰ and yes, i’m in love with pine nuts as well.

  3. My first time to notice stone pines, lovely.

  4. I love the umbrella trees-I have a photo of one when I was in Ravello hanging in the dining room. Didn’t know they were stone pines. Great shot=good luck on your show at Gloss

  5. Ahhh de delicious taste of childhood that pine nuts have… yeah they are for sure one of the most permanent presence in views and memories of Rome..

  6. Those pines really are a symbol of Rome, aren’t they?

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