20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Secular ficuses

Inside the Villa of Monreale, the only green space in the city, during walks you can admire some trees and some plants but the only trees that dominate are two imposing ficus magnolias, which represent those "Vegetable Patriarchs" who, defying the perils of time , are for the people of Monreale the witnesses of their history, the representatives of the city's identity, who with their magic and enchantment have witnessed games, events and popular traditions, and resisted bad weather, earthquakes, climatic variations and so on . These secular ficuses identify the identity of Monreale and of the Monrealese who lived and still live there.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Monreale, Italy
Camera: X-T1
Copyright: © Andrea Tubertini