Ville de Coeur is a primarily English speaking global community living in realistic present-day French & Italian villages and countryside in Second Life. While most in the community are over the age of 40, there are also some mature-minded younger people here as well. More information, including available rentals, merchants, and things to do, is available by visiting our Info Center.
Eight regions make up the Ville de Coeur micro-continent. These are:
- Coeur di Amalfi
- Coeur d’Azur
- Aquitaine Coeur Nord
- Poitou Coeur
- Normandie Coeur
- Coeur de Bourgogne
- Coeur Franche Comte
- Coeur d’Alsace
Coeur di Amalfi is based on the RL town of Amalfi, near Sorrento in Italy. This town surrounds a cathedral that was originally built in the 9th/10th centuries and has seen many style changes in its history that are reflected in this version. The region has countryside with Italian style villas, a piazza for large events, an Italian Baroque style ballroom, beach, and dock.
Coeur d’Azur is a fishing village located on the coast of Provence next to the Mediterranean Sea. It has three villas located on the mountainside. The beach has numerous activities, and there is a dance area accessible from the beach. The design is based on a painting from the 19th century.
Aquitaine Coeur Nord is the one of the oldest of the eight regions. It has caverns, shops, galleries, and five of the primary venues for performances. There is a police and fire department, a church, row boats for exploring, a walking tour, multiple trolley stops, and carriage or sleigh calling posts.
Poitou Coeur is the oldest region and was originally associated with a region that has since been lost (Languedoc Coeur). It is located just north of Aquitaine Coeur Nord and features a large lake with an island. This region primarily has large estates, though there is a cottage located along the shores of the canal. Access by canal requires one to navigate through one of the two locks. Alternatively, there is a canal tow path, or one may simply ride through the sim on horseback, trolley, or carriage. The island is open to the public.
Normandie Coeur is located just east of Poitou Coeur. This is a rural community comprised of a lockhouse, watermill, church, and numerous half-timber cottages. There is a small quiet beach on the south side. Rowboats and ice skating in winter are frequent activities on the canal.
Coeur de Bourgogne is the first region that has a village modeled after a real life location. Chateauneuf-en-Auxois served as the ideal location for our rural vision of Bourgogne. Several of the buildings, including the castle, church, and main street are located here. In addition, there are a couple of houseboats, a model of the Hospice de Beaune, and of course… what would Bourgogne be without vineyards?
Coeur de Franche-Comte has round top mountains, representative of that area of France. These mountains have several chalets, and several half-timber buildings. A road winds through the mountains, while another follows along the canal towards Coeur de Alsace.
Coeur d’Alsace is based on the old town section of Colmar, France. This village is noted for its winter decorations as well as the flowers lining the canal. It is referred to in real life as Petite Venise due to its network of canals.