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The Pines of Rome by Ottorino Respighi is my reference point for associating Rome and pine trees. As mature trees pinus pinea are indeed impressive, and seemed to be all over the place in Rome. That first afternoon I was standing on the Janiculum which I did not know were the pines in focus for the nocturne (third) movement of Respighi’s symphonic poem. That information would have not eased my concern as I was on my own in Rome on top of a hill. I did not know if it was the correct hill, but I was there. The view was fantastic. The pine trees were monumental. I was lost but Rome was all around me. I just had to walk down the hill, find my way into the Trastevere, and to Dar Poeta. Nothing to it.
©2015 Joseph Yarbrough
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