The umbrella, also known as a parasol, was first used as a protection against the scorching heat of the sun, "para" meaning prepare or shield and "sol" meaning sun. The word "umbrella" has evolved from the Latin "umbella" (and "umbel" is a flat-topped rounded flower) or "umbra" meaning shaded. An umbrella is a canopy device designed to protect from precipitation or sunlight. The Portofino Umbrella or the Capri Umbrella are perfect for shading around swimming pools, hot tubs, decks, and garden areas that are in full sun. Wherever you want complete shading without the obstruction of a center pole, any of these umbrella’s are a perfect choice.