Square Jean XXIII: peace and melancholy in the heart of Paris (France)

 

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Paris has always had a special place in my heart and its unique spirit moves me every time. I especially feel the real “soul” of the city in the garden located behind Notre Dame cathedral. This place gives me a peaceful and melancholic feeling, even if I could not tell you exactly why…if anybody has ever felt the same, feel free share your thoughts with me!

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A small Versailles in Piedmont. The Palace of Venaria (Italy)

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Over the last 20 years, Turin and its surroundings have undergone major redevelopment and upgrading of touristic facilities, which made the area one of the most attractive destinations for foreign visitors in the North of Italy.

In my opinion, one of the most successful examples of local heritage enhancement is the Palace of Venaria with its beautiful gardens. The Palace was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997 and it rivals the famous royal palaces of Caserta and Versailles in elegance and glamour.

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Between river and hills. Valentino Garden – Turin (Italy)

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I’ve been living in Turin for 4 years now and I’m very proud of my chosen city, which I consider one of the most beautiful and elegant in Italy. One of the things I love the most is the fact that it’s crossed by two rivers and one of the them, the famous Po, flows just in the middle of the city, but despite this, its sides have mostly been kept natural and grassy on both sides. To escape noise and traffic you just need to go to a place where you’ll forget where you are and feel like a noblewoman or a nobleman strolling in a beautiful park admiring the trees, the slow river and the hills just on the other side…in short…go to Valentino Garden!

It is the most famous and loved public park in Turin and it’s about 421.000 square meters wide…not so much in comparison to foreign parks (don’t expect anything like Central park!), but it’s full of trees and flowers and it’s populated by different species of migratory birds, ducks and squirrels. Here you can do jogging, biking and rowing or you can simply walk along tree-lined avenues admiring the riverside. Valentino Garden has also a stop for the Po cruises performed by two blue boats called Valentino and Valentina.

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