Rest and flowers in Sigurtà Garden Park

In Sigurtà Garden Park, in the province of Verona, a great oak reminds us of the tree mentioned in Angelo Branduardi’s song “Il vecchio e la farfalla”: “La grande quercia / che da sempre vegliava  / come un custode al confine del prato / lo vide un giorno apparire da lontano: / un vecchio uomo dal passo un po’ lento… / ‘Vieni, vecchio uomo, il tuo riposo io sarò, / il tuo corpo stanco in un dolce abbraccio accoglierò. / Vieni, vecchio uomo, il tuo riposo io sarò, / al canto delle fronde il tuo capo cullerò’” (“The great oak / that had always watched / like a keeper on the edge of the lawn / saw him appear from far away one day: / an old man with a slow gait… / ‘Come, old man, I will give you rest, / I will welcome your old body in a sweet embrace. / Come, old man, I will give you rest, / and will rock your head as my leaves lullaby you”).

Indeed, the park is a wonderful corner of the world to relax: take a walk along Rose Avenue; slowly wander among the officinal herbs, water lilies, and box trees; stop in the shade of the Gothic Hermitage and Castle; lose yourself in the hedge maze. And take in all the colors of the world.

In 1792, poet Ippolito Pindemonte wrote, “Sì dilettosa qui scorre la vita / ch’io qui scrupolo avrei farmi eremita” (“Life goes on so pleasantly here / that I would have no hesitation to become a hermit”). To this day, every visitor feels the same temptation.

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April 2, 2014

Rest and flowers in Sigurtà Garden Park

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