Getting to know (a part of) Italy through flowers and trees

IMG_9637As a few of you may know already, the title of this blog was inspired by Goethe’s words: ‘Knowest thou the land where lemon trees bloom?’. However, to be honest, lemon and orange trees do not grow around here. They certainly do in the southern Sicily or Calabria, but not around here.

Nontheless in the province of Pesaro and Urbino we are lucky enough to grow peach trees and apricot trees which, especially at this time of the year, fill the landscape with flowers: bright pink flowers (peach-trees) and light pink flowers (apricot-trees). Not to mention cherry-trees, olive-trees (we produce an excellent ‘DOP’ olive oil around here), wild brooms,  and, along the Adriatic coast – here in the town of Pesaro – the many tamarisks.

Today I would like to tell our province (the province of Pesaro and Urbino) through the pictures of a few typical flowers and trees. A different approach to this beautiful territory, so rich in culture, history, flavours and natural beauties.

I took most of the pictures on the hills of Sant’Angelo in Lizzola.

6I just realized that I posted a similar post last year on Spring being all around, exactly on May 8th. It could be a coincidence, but I don’t think so.

May 8th happens to be the birthday of my English teacher, Mr Glauco Mancini, a dear friend whom I pay a visit to every now and then (not as often as I should and would). He turns 94 this year. We just had a short conversation on the phone. He is in his beloved countryside and just finished telling me how beautiful it looks all around.

Happy birthday, Glauco!


  1. There is something about being in a garden the settles my mind and heart. Perhaps God placed within us the genetic memory of our first garden where all was right between us and God and the world. Lovely photos! I planted bulbs in my garden. Gladeolas, peonies and calalillies. Can’t wait to see them bloom! “-)

    • I think you are right. We live in such a beautiful world. Actually, when I look at the beauty of a calalilly (my grandfather’s favourite flower… he left this world twenty years ago), I feel homesick. As if I had known that beauty for a long long time and feel the need of reconnecting somehow to that far, and yet close, memory. Good luck with your bulbs! Looking forward to seeing pictures of your flowers blooming 🙂

  2. I would love to know the words for these flowers and trees in Italian. Sarebbe bello per noi che studiamo e insegniamo l’italiano sapere le parole italiane per questi fiori ed alberi! Grazie! Le foto sono belle!

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