Bologna, Verona, Parma
Trip Start Mar 15, 2006
62Trip End Dec 20, 2006
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The next day I had thought about travelling to Venice as this was probably my favourite city from my last visit to Italy, but decided against it due to the rain and risk of flooding and smelly overflowing canals. So I headed to Verona, again forgotting to prebook my tickets and catching the slow regional train. In Verona I decided to save myself the 2km walk from the train station into town by catching the bus. Unfortunately I caught the bus a bit too far (right into the next town infact!), before realising my mistake, which didn't leave much time for sightseeing in Verona. Verona was well worth it though, and has the most beautiful houses I have seen in any Italian town so far (hence my many boring photos). It is also home to a pink marble roman arena, and the alledged house of Juliette (from the story of Romeo and Juliet which Shakespeare based on the fuedings of the Scala family, though I'm not sure Juliette was a real person so don't know whose house I actually visited...)
On Monday I travelled to Parma, birthplace of my favourite cheese, and also of Parma ham (which I have never tried), and home of the composer Verdi. It had a pretty pink marble baptistry attached to the cathedral. I din't go inside as I seem to be suffering a bit from cathedral fatigue. The shops were closed and the town was empty given the holiday, which was nice change, but I only stayed a couple of hours, bypassing the opportunity of a 2 hour guided tour of a parmesan cheese factory, but I think maybe that would be taking my love of the cheese a bit too far...
I'm back in Florence now, with only 3 weeks of Italian classes left before I head to Sicily, Croatia and Greece.