Ever since great cities have been built, town planners and architects have tried to create spaces for the citizens that allow for reflection and to enjoy the outdoors. As the world increasingly becomes mechanized and automated, great metropolises have sprung up. If you live in such an urban jungle, then sometimes you need somewhere to go for peace and quiet. Inner city parks have always provided such a refuge and throughout the world there are some fine examples of amazing places that you can have a picnic in, exercise and enjoy leisure activities.
In this blog we travel the world to enjoy utter wilderness from seaside paths to small intimate gardens. Also explore marvelous architecture including follies and bridges. From Australia to Europe and beyond, we take a stroll through some of the worlds amazing green spaces.
Royal Botanic Gardens – Melbourne
The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne offers picturesque vistas and tropical fauna and is the first of our outstanding city parks. The parks stretches out over a hundred acres and has over fifty thousand species of plants, such as exotic flowes from China as well as camellias, cycads, cacti and of course roses. Being in Australia, the Royal Botanic Gardens are also home to bellbirds and black swans. Visitors can take guided tours around the park to ensure they don’t miss kookaburras and cockatoos living wild in their natural habitat. In the summer the park also hosts many exhibitions and theater performances.
Villa Doria Pamphili – Rome
Rome, known around the world as the Eternal City is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. And in such a glorious and auspicious place you would expect the gardens and parks to match the stupendous architecture. Well, the Villa Doria Pamphili certainly lives up to its billing.
It is the largest landscaped park in Rome and displays elaborate architecture and wonderfully intricate gardens. Once the home of nobility, the manicured lawns and featured topiary are complemented with ornate fountains that visitors can enjoy. Such a beautiful place also allows joggers on the wide gravel paths as they weave in and out among antique statues. One of the highlights in the park is the Arch of the Four Winds that is situated at the entrance.
Ibirapuera Park – Sao Paulo
Many parks around the world have drawn comparisons with Central Park in New York. Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paulo is one such place as it is the center of activity in this sprawling city. The park was built in 1954 to commemorate the city’s four hundredth birthday, and many buildings have been designed by renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer.
The park provides a breathing lung for the congested metropolis as San Paulo’s notorious traffic exudes pollutants into the city air. Citizens take time out in the park to enjoy the wide spaces and rolling lawns and take time out for lunch whilst gazing at panoramic city views. It is also a place where you can enjoy jogging, there are also cycle paths and great bridges that overlook the water below.