Piazza Unità d’Italia, Trieste, Italy

Piazza Unità d’Italia is the main public square of the city of Trieste, Italy, and is therefore, as such, also called Piazza Grande. It lies at the foot of the hill of San Giusto in the downtown; rectangular, it is bordered on three sides of neoclassical and baroque buildings, having as fourth side, the Gulf of Trieste (on the Adriatic). It is considered the most important place of all Europe among those that open onto the sea. In 1918 it changed the name of Piazza Grande by Piazza Unità when the town was annexed to the kingdom of Italy but in 1955, it takes its current name because the independent territory of Trieste was dissolved and the city made part of Italy. The palaces that line were restored between 2001 and 2005 and they replaced the asphalt pavement by sandstone slabs. The main palace is the building of the Town Hall (built in 1875 by Giuseppe Bruni) with a tower in its center to which we find the fountain of four continents and a lighting system was added to the edge of the sea. The tower or campanile has two figures (Michael and Jack) ringing all the time fifteen minutes on the municipal bell. The figures are a true copy of the originals which are preserved in the museum of the city.

Tips

The square is a meeting place, to make an appointment with friends or to have something to eat or drink in cafés, bars and restaurants nearby. There are also many other shops in the area.
It is also a landmark for the inhabitants of the city, for events, demonstrations, etc.
You can often see couples of newlyweds who make their first wedding photos in this place.

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Boldt Castle, Thousand Islands Archipelago, Alexandria, New York, USA

Boldt Castle is located on Heart Island in the Thousand Islands Archipelago on the St. Lawrence River, along the northern border of the State of New York, in Alexandria. This is a very important and known touristic place. Millionaire George Boldt, general manager of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and manager of the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, and his family, used to stay in a cottage in the area near Wellesley Island. He loved the region very much and decided to build a castle for his beloved wife; Louise. The Boldt family asked to the GW & WD Hewitt architectural firm to build a sumptuous 6-storey castle with Italian gardens, tennis courts, golf courses, stables, a polo field and other four buildings on Heart Island with a yacht shelter on a neighboring island which they owned as well. He wanted to give this monument to his wife for Valentine’s Day but unfortunately she died in 1904 because of heart problems. After the tragedy, the millionaire decided to stop everything … After 73 years, the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority bought Heart Island and the nearby yacht shelter in 1977 for one dollar, with the agreement that all revenues from the operation of the castle would be reserved for the restoration. The site followed improvements for several years and the original construction was also improved with marble, a dome of stained glass windows and the woodwork of the grand staircase; contemporary innovations that have embellished even more the castle. Most of the rooms are furnished with contemporary objects. In the unfurnished rooms of the castle there are exhibits showing images and objects made in the archipelago of the Thousand Islands at the time when the Boldt lived there. The bridge that connects the two banks can be lifted and lowered as required.

Tips

The castle can be visited with a fee in US dollar with a very good exchange rate for the Canadians. The price includes the shuttle transfer to the quay of the family ships, where 4 boats that belong to them are in demonstration.

It is accessible by ferry or tourist boat from Alexandria Bay or Gananoque, Rockport or Ivy Lea, all three in Ontario.

You must pass the US Customs and Border Protection office so you must provide proper identification.

The Loto-Québec Fireworks Festival, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Loto-Québec Fireworks Festival has been held since 1985 at La Ronde, an amusement park in Montreal. In its first presentation, they had more than five and a half million spectators and since then it has become one of the most important events of the summer in Montreal. At the beginning there were two kinds of presentations of lights without and with music but since 1987 there is only one presentation where the lights are perfectly synchronized with the music. The fires are presented by different countries and they take place with good or bad weather. Apart from La Ronde, where the entrance must be paid; people stay on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge or on both banks of the St. Lawrence River to attend the event free of charge. The fires had Giovanni Panzera like artistic director, from 1987 to 2000, personality very recognized in this kind of events and he is the one who has given more and more notoriety to the lights into world level. This year 2018, it will be the 34th edition of lights that are presented every Saturday and Wednesday. The pyrotechnic firms in competition are represented by several countries that change each year and usually there are just 3 of them that will be on the list of winners.

Tips

If you want to participate with your vote to choose the winner, go on the La Ronde site and have the chance to win the prize they announce each year.

You can buy a round passport for the entire season or just buy the ticket of the chosen evening. Several sections of the park are set up for the event itself.

 

From June, 29th to July, 27th 2019