Sunday, December 19, 2010

Verona, Italy A

Verona, Italy
The inner city of Verona is still enclosed by ancient walls.

Once inside the walls, Verona is a tourist's dream. One can find beautiful structures, churches, monuments, museums, and Verona is know as the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. It is also the location of the so-callled house of Juliet with its famous balcony.
Outside of the city limits was a historic church with great views on the grounds and views overlooking the city.

One of the better views, and of the city also.
Going back into the interior of the city, one has a good view of the church up on the hill and the restored Roman bridge.
And speaking of churches...

There was a church festival in the city. These folks were participating in their uniquely Swiss way.
The old and the new seem to complement each other.

Our recollection is that this building was commemorating something in 1523 rather than dating the building..
 This is supposed to be Juliet's balcony as the setting for "Romeo and Juliet" is Verona. Details that the house was built in 1930 and Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet around 1591. But it makes a good tourist attraction. No, the little girl is not Juliet.
This is Juliet. People like to take their picture with her, and rub the bronze statute for good luck. 
If one squints his eyes at the sign in the center, the time was 12:03 and lunch time. But, I had to get in one bicycle shot as the purported theme of this blog is cycling.

We were able to stay in Verona for two days and all of the above just represents the first morning. We have fond memories of Verona as for the rest of the stay. We were able to do what we wanted-when we wanted-and for as long as we wished. Verona was an excellent introduction into Italy.   

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