Verona....home to Romeo and Juliet!
Trip Start Apr 03, 2007
26Trip End May 23, 2007
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My last stop was in Verona, Italy (I'm now in Venice and will do a post for this city in a few days)
I visited the Roman ampitheatre, which was constructed in the 1st century AD, and despite a 12th-century earthquake that destroyed most of its outer wall, is still in great shape and houses the Verona opera. Seating 20,000 people, it is the 3rd-largest Roman ampitheatre in existence.
I also saw "Casa di Giulietta" (Juliet's House), which is the actual residence of the Della Scalla family at that time. You'll see the famous balcony in the pictures. In the "driveway" from the street to her courtyard, it has become custom for people to put chewing gum on the wall and write a quick love note (either on a tiny piece of paper or directly on the gum). You'll see a picture of that as well. In addition, there is a statue of Juliet in the courtyard, and myth has it that if you rub her right breast, you'll have good luck in the love department
Otherwise, there's not a whole lot else to see in Verona, but to walk around and marvel at all the medieval homes that are still standing. I had a great time Sunday night walking around the town and eating some gelato.
One day was enough for Verona, so this morning I took the train to Venice. I'll spend 3 days here before starting to head south. Venice overall is a very expensive city, including internet access, so I'll probably wait to do Venice blog from the next city I end up in.