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Guastalla Gardens were made by order of Countess Paola Ludovica Torelli della Guastalla in 1555 and it can be considered as the oldest green and elegant area in the city. Several architectural elements make these gardens unique: a votive aedicule where you can see the Maddalena surrounded by angels, the fountain known as "mascherone" made of stones coming from Vicenza (on the corner of Via Guastalla and Via San Barnaba) and a small Neoclassical temple with a Ionic pronaos. Among the 183 trees of the garden it is worth to mention the centuries-old 16 m high celtis australis tree, just in front of the Baroque aedicule. This tree is also called "spaccasassi" ("stone breaker") because of its deep and strong roots.

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