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Milan, Florence, Rome, Naples
The Three Graces
Sophia and Carlo
Birth of Venus
Ladri di Biciclette
The first olive tree at the top of our grove; this one is a boss, tall and always loaded with olives. Inspired by the film The Godfather, this tree is part of the best family of trees we have on the grove.
Milan, Florence, Rome, Naples
This small cluster of trees is the perfect opportunity to pay homage to some of Italy’s most popular cities. Milan, Florence, Rome, and Naples spread out across Italy and make for some of the best tourist destinations. Each one so uniquely different, but has enough to offer everyone. Can be adopted separately or as a group with 20 percent off and gifted to loved ones.
The Three Graces
Named after the dancing ladies in Botticelli’s painting La Primavera. The figures in the painting symbolize the Three Graces, and since this is the only trio of trees in our grove, they are the perfect title to honor a favorite painting. Can be adopted separately or as a group and gifted to loved ones.
Sophia and Carlo
These two are named for Sophia Loren and her husband Carlo Ponti, One of the biggest power couples in the history of cinema. Together they made Sofia Scicolone into the Sophia Loren that the world knows and loves.
The only name suitable for such a large gathering of trees is The Medici, the most powerful family to own Florence. Today you can still visit many of their extravagant palaces and learn the history of the family. Can be adopted separately or as a group with 20 percent off and gifted to loved ones.
My family’s favorite local restaurant. Residing in the heart of Lucca, you do not want to miss this place on your trip to Italy. The warm environment, friendly people, and incredible food made this restaurant worthy of their own olive tree.
Italy’s most famous cocktail, this orange drink is the perfect summer accessory. When we first came to Italy all we kept seeing was people with this refreshing orange drink in their hand. Aperol Spritz is timeless and delicious, just like the olives from this tree.
A time of day that is before dinner, but after lunch. You head out to a local bar and grab a drink with some small appetizers. You only pay for your drink and the “buffet” comes with it for no extra cost. Aperitivo is specific to Italy and one of the coolest traditions.
One of the most popular Italian actors of his time; Marcello was Sophia Loren’s partner in crime when it came to movies. It just wouldn’t be fair to have a tree named after Sophia, and not Marcello.
Andrew taught me to memorize the poem “The Road Not Taken” when I was in first grade, and it became my favorite of all time. This beautiful tree earned the name because of the way its branches split into two avenues. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by…”
The way this tree’s trunk twists up in such a perfect way reminds me of a “cornetto con nutella.” A croissant with nutella which is a popular breakfast item here in Italy, and is always my go-to order.
The direct translation of Cappuccio is “hood” like the one on the back of your sweatshirt, but it is also how many Italians order a Cappuccino. I have no idea how this slang came to be, but it is one of my favorite random facts.
The way this tree reaches up to the sky and has a little stump on the top reminds me of a giraffe’s head with its little horns, and long neck. Such a beautiful animal deserved a beautiful tree named in its honor.
Of course we had to name one of our olive trees, the most obvious name for it, Olive. This delight is the perfect olive tree.
This was such a formative time in Italian Art History. With some of the most amazing artists in the history of art during this period. If you have a love of history and all things Renaissance then this might be your perfect tree.
This little baby tree is still growing up, but for now it reminds me of the Christmas tree from Charlie Brown. Don’t let the appearance fool you, it still carries plenty of olives.
During our Olive Harvest, Isa would use a long bamboo stick to try and whack the branches of the Olives she couldn’t reach. This scene definitely had to be honored by naming one of our trees in her valid attempts.
Venice is the water filled city that is unlike any other place you’ve probably been to. The complicated, twisty branches on this tree reminded us of the maze of canals in Venice. You might get a little lost, but it’s so beautiful you won’t mind.
Birth of Venus
The formation of these trees reminded me of the figures in the Birth of Venus. Venus stands in the center while other characters surround her, but there is enough space for each of them to stand out and be uniquely beautiful.
The best time of day in Italy is dinner! Cena means dinner and in Italy it is a very important time for people to gather together and interact. In the center of these four trees is a little stump which resembled a dinner table to me. The trees are gathering and ready to enjoy each other’s company. Can be adopted separately or as a group with 20 percent off and gifted to loved ones.
Andrew’s favorite way to celebrate Christmas is Befana in Italy. A witch who flies around on January 5th and delivers gifts to children. Basically their version of Santa Claus.
The way the light hits the trees in this photo reminds me of the soothing atmosphere of San Miniato in Florence. A church that sits at the top of Florence and has the most sacred, special feeling. One of my favorite places to be in this world, another one being our olive grove, here at sabatini. Can be adopted separately or as a group with 20 percent off and gifted to loved ones.
Our olive basket was perfectly positioned next to this tree that there was only one name suitable, Dorothy, from the Wizard of Oz. One of the most classic movies in history, Dorothy grew up on a farm similar to our grove.
Octopus in English, this tree’s crazy branches reminded me of that incredible animal. Picking olives from this lovely tree is a bit like getting wrapped up in the arms of the polpo.
The main Piazza and church in Lucca is called San Michele. Which means Saint Michael in English. Much like this tree, San Michele is positioned in the center of Lucca and is a wonderful gathering place for people.
The famous gardens in Firenze. This tree would fit right into the Boboli gardens and for that reason it earned the name. When you take a trip to Florence, you must visit the Boboli Gardens behind Palazzo Pitti.
Every Dorothy needs her Toto. We couldn’t have a Dorothy and leave him out. These trees are in a close enough vicinity of one another to keep this dynamic alive.
Giorgio De Chirico is one of the most famous artists of the surrealist movement. His series on Mystery and Melancholy is one of the most fascinating art series you can ever experience. Luckily for this tree it will never experience those feelings because it is surrounded by several other trees in our grove
Ladri di Biciclette
These two trees represent the father and son in the film The Bicycle Thieves. A historic film apart of the Italian Neorealist movement, you have to watch this at least once in your life.
Not Madonna the American pop artist, but La Madonna and Child (the Virgin Mary). She is such a huge part of Italian culture and is usually posted in alters around town and even pictured above doors in houses, just like above our little villa!
The brothers, these trees look symmetrical so what better name for them? These trees seem to spur each other on for the most olives every year.
Every major city in Italy has a Duomo, whether it be the one in Milan or Florence, we had to have our own “Duomo” in our grove of trees, proud and central.
Did you know that this famous story originated from an Italian author, Carlo Lorinzini, more famously Carlos Collodi? We talked about Pinocchio in a podcast for Italian Life, so I had to name a tree for him. Our great-great grandfather lived in Collodi at the same time as the author who took the small Toscana town as his writing name.
The stars, these three trees positioned so perfectly together remind me of a cluster of stars. These trees have a little “paunch” like the saying, “Un uomo senza panza e' come un cielo senza stelle.” Can be adopted separately or as a group with 20 percent off and gifted to loved ones
This big, bushy tree reminds me of the beautiful greenery in La Primavera, the Botticelli painting. Meaning Spring, the scene of the painting takes place in what seems to be an orange grove, similar to the feeling of an olive grove.
Since two of our trees are named in honor of his paintings, we had to give the genius painter his own tree as well. Botticelli was one of the master painters during the Renaissance, which is also the name of one of our other trees.
This perfectly trimmed tree reminds me of the perfectly glossed art that is the result of the Della Robbia brothers, but more specifically, Luca della Robbia. Know for their blue, green, and white glazed reliefs; this tree was the perfect name sake.
One of the most underrated cities, this tree sits at the border of our grove, which is similar to the positioning of Torino on the top of Italy. Both our tree and Torino are wonderful and should not be underestimated.
This tree is named after the Iris which is the flower of Florence. You can even visit an entire Iris garden in Florence near Piazza Michelangelo.
The Florentine Lily has been the symbol for Florence for more than one thousand years. This tree stands tall and proud and gives me the same feeling of looking at the powerful Florentine Lily.
Barbara Stanwyck was one of the greatest female actors to grace the Hollywood screen. When we decided to name the trees this one seemed the perfect fit. One of the prettiest trees in our grove, this one was definitely worthy of the name.
Hopefully naming a tree in honor of Glinda the good witch will give positive omens to our beautiful grove. The Dorothy looking basket in the background seemed fitting for a Glinda tree.
Lucca is such an important place to us here at Italian Life that it was kind of a given that one of our trees would take its name. Surrounded by a historic wall lined with trees and a giant walkway, our olive grove evokes that same feeling. We are in the center of several other groves and even beyond that is the small town of Matraia. Lucca is our home here at Italian Life and we highly encourage you to visit someday.
One of the greatest little cities in Tuscany, we talked about Siena in episode nine of our Podcast for Italian Life. If you have a chance to visit Siena, we definitely recommend going.
Meaning spider in English, during our Harvest we had the task of dodging some serious spider webs on the trees.
After we decided to name this tree, we ended up doing a whole podcast episode on San Gimignano for Italian Life (number nine). A cute tiny town, we recommend only staying for a day trip.
An event in Florence that is so unique we simply had to name a tree for it. It is basically a type of football that originated in the Middle Ages. These two trees look ready to participate.
Meaning lion in English, this tree is rooted firmly in the ground and will stand strong like a lion. The lion is also the animal of Firenze. Called, the Marzocco, the shift from an imperial eagle to the lion took place in 1280.
Thats right, Bufala as in Mozzarella Bufala. The best kind there is. There is no better place to get Bufala than in Italy, specifically in Napoli. Much like our trees, Bufala is an art and takes time to make. Our trees are very precious to us and we take the time to care for them the way they need to be.
The base of this gorgeous tree looks like the Volcano in Pompei. Therefore, the name for this tree. Pompei is one of a kind, similar to this tree. If you have a chance to venture out there, you should definitely take it. Be prepared for the heaviness of that visit and maybe after plan to unwind by reconnecting with nature in our olive grove.
Agnes Varda was one of the best French filmmakers ever. Many of her films have beautiful looking settings like La Pointe Courte. That film has many resemblences to Italian Neorealism. So because of the fact that she filmed in nature many times, and seemed to have some Italian influences, she earned her spot of our grove.
Going for a more American name here, Meryl Streep. Considered to be the greatest, most talented actor of our time. I bet if she had to, she could even act well as a tree, maybe even snag another Academy Award nomination for it too.
The infamous Cary Grant. Did you know that he proposed to Sophia Loren? She said no (hard to believe anyone could turn him down), but they remained good friends throughout their lives. If you are a good friend of Sophia’s then you must be a good friend of Italia.
Another one of Sophia Loren’s costars, Gregory Peck seemed like a real gentleman. Staring in one of the most classic films, Roman Holiday, surely he came to know the Italian lifestyle well. He definitely earned the honor of one of our trees.
One of the home bases for Italian Life, we had to give it a spot on our grove. One of the cutest little Tuscan towns you’ll ever see. Sunsets up here are some of the greatest you could every witness. Even though it’s not your typical travel destination, if you are wanting the true Italian villa getaway then definitely check it out. You’ll also be surrounded by olive groves.
Last but not least, Matraia is the town where our grove is located. A very sweet, local, and friendly place, we are so lucky to have a piece of land here. Everytime you head up the hill on a Vespa, you speed past people strong enough to bike the entire thing. Once you get to the top the locals are sitting outside of their post office or they are working in the olive grove. There is a lot of comradery there and people are always happy to help each other out
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