The Magnolias at Villa Pamphili blossomed. Spring has landed in Rome.

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Snow was still covering Villa Borghese on the sunny Sunday morning.

 

Saturday was marked by the heaviest snowfall in 27 years in Rome. I went to Villa Borghese early morning…

Orange trees

December 31, 2011

Winter in Rome is about oranges. Orange trees grow in every garden and public park. You can catch a glimpse of them through gates and fences, small trees in pots or big ones with branches full of fruits between pine trees…

Statues at Villa Borghese

December 6, 2011

Autumn’s colors have finally reached Rome. While jogging in Villa Borghese on a rainy day, I made a few stops to take pictures of statues. There was also an art student sat on a bench who looked like one of them…

I am in Catania, Sicily, for an assignment. The 19th century Italian music composer Vincenzo Bellini was born there and the public garden in the center of the city took his name, Villa Bellini.  It is a huge and very pleasant garden, with a very old Sequoia, a music kiosk, a view on the Etna and on the ‘barocco’ palazzi of Catania. I think every city should be built around a huge garden…