Oranges and its trees, Rome, part 1. Urban sketching and Still life. Travel and Art.


Rome. Arriving in the Eternal City, tourists are wildly delighted with one thing that locals have not paid attention to for a long time. Oranges on the trees.

Orange trees on a street in Rome with buildings and motorcycle in the background.

If you come to Rome… your senses will quickly catch the fresh jasmine-like aroma of Italian orange trees. If you come in May, you will see blooming orange trees popping up on Rome’s streets….

Doria Pamphili’s Garden in Rome. Visitors might have some rest before and after tours in the museum, enjoying the smell and colour of bright oranges on the trees.

According to an ancient Greek legend, Gaea presented Hera with golden orange orchards on her wedding day with Zeus. The first wedding night of the great gods lasted three hundred years.

They poured water from a sacred spring and enjoyed the smell of oranges, Hera again and again became a virgin. From uninvited guests this magical orange garden was guarded by the Hesperids and the monstrous dragon.

At the end of this post, I would like to share the recipe of a juicy vegetable salad with oranges we ate in Rome. The main ingredient is arugula with feta cheese, oranges and olives. For the dressing add red wine vinegar, honey and olive oil. Its a light and bright salad on a hot summer day, enjoy it:)

Bon voyage! Until the next travel:) Stay healthy.

All paintings belong to the author. No image is to be copied without permission.

You can visit my personal website pages here and find out more about the artwork I am offering in oil and watercolor paintings; purchase canvas prints, framed prints, and more artwork.

Doria Pamphili Gallery. address is Via del Corso, Rome.

Tools used for my paintings. Watercolour brands Van Gogh and Cotman. Album for sketches I used Strathmore Watercolour 14×21 cm (5.5×8.5 in.) and Acquarello 12.5×18 cm, in my studio albums Canson Mix Media album 28×35 cm (11×14 in.) and Canson Watercolour album 25×35 cm (11 x15 in.).


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