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Trieste is among Europe's best walking cities

The list compiled by the Guardian includes Berlin, too

12 October, 18:27
(ANSA) - ROME, OCT 12 - Atmospheric Berlin, James Joyce's Trieste, Marseille's markets, and Copenhagen, Seville, and Lisbon: these are Europe's best walking cities, six "wonders of the wandering world" selected by the Guardian for this unique ranking.

In the German capital city, in addition to the traditional routes across the historic center, with the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag with its glass dome, or Alexander Platz, which still exudes something of the old East, the British newspaper cites alternative routes.

The Hansa Quarter (Hansaviertel), for example, is a showcase estate where renowned architects such as Alvar Aalto, Walter Gropius, Arne Jacobsen, and Oscar Niemeyer designed modernist residential buildings at a site destroyed in the second world war.

As for Trieste, the paper focuses on Joyce, who "while he was imagining the Dublin perambulations of Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus that would provide the two plotlines of Ulysses, was doing his real walking around" the capital of the Fvg region.

Piazza Unità d'Italia, overlooking the sea, "is a natural place to start a zigzagging walk, and it's a short, steep walk up to Villa Opicina for a view over the Gulf." "If you have energy for more walking, continue along the wooded gravel path of the Strada Napoleonica towards Prosecco," reads the British newspaper.

The Guardian's ranking includes Marseille's "Moorish markets," Lisbon's "delightful bars, some of which fill with the melancholy strains of live fado after dark." Copenhagen's Norrebro district "full of designer clothing stores and galleries, murals and craft beer outlets, the kind of superficial, fun things Kierkegaard would have hated," reads the paper, mentioning the reclusive Danish philosopher. Finally, Seville is ideal for "spiritual walks," such as the Holy Week procession route. (ANSA).

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