Thursday, December 23, 2010

Verona, Italy C

Verona, Italy
City of contrasts. From modern art
to ancient art.
From modern buildings
to ancient buildings
Put them together and you have

 Castelvecchio Museum.
Castelvecchio (old castle) was built in the 14th century, by Cangrande della Scala to protect Verona from rival bosses/city states. The castle houses a fabulous museum of sculpture, art, beuatifully frescoed rooms, and weapons from the 12th century onwards.

To get there, we crossed the ancient Roman bridge  Ponte Pietra (Italian for "Stone Bridge").

The Roman arch bridge crossing the Adige River was completed in 100 BC.
One of several courtyards.

From a distance, the embattlements looked small. Up close, they were huge.
A sampling of the various artifacts in the museum include:

A frescoed wall Christine thought was beautiful.
 Now the exhibits got a little more interesting.
Leaving the museum via the Roman bridge, one can see the other bridge that was built after the original was destroyed by a flood in the 4th century.
And so ended another day and the end of our stay in Verona. Next stop, Florence.

1 comment:

  1. HA HA! Great post... I'm glad I found your blog!

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