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Taste of Verona

Postby Forum Monk » Sat Apr 26, 2008 4:02 pm

I lived in Italy for over year and have returned many times for work and pleasure. I travel extensively throughout the north but never went south of Tuscany as time and budget simply did not afford.

Some of the most beautiful memories I have are from Verona. A very old city sitting more or less midway between Venenzia and Milano. Driving is forbidden in the old city and so one is allowed to wander without fear of being run over by motor bikes, cars and buses. History is found at every corner and alley, neatly framing the huge open air market which was once the center of social activity. Today it is bustling with tourists.

Just today I found three pictures in an obscure place and so, immediately decided to scan and upload.
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Postby Forum Monk » Sat Apr 26, 2008 4:07 pm

Some do not know, but Verona is home to the largest standing Roman Arena outside of the Rome. Today it is still used by the Verona Opera Festival which culminates with a performance of the famous Aida.

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This view is snapped from a curbside pub.
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Postby Forum Monk » Sat Apr 26, 2008 4:14 pm

I was unprepared for this visit, having previously spent very little time researching the history of the city before going there. It as a grave mistake and one which I seldom made.

The Venetian influence is very evident in Verona. Many old walls and windows were made in the classic Venetian style of architecture. But amazingly much of the older Roman relics are still intact as evidenced by this very old gate on the edge of the old city.

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Postby Forum Monk » Sat Apr 26, 2008 4:24 pm

Of course Verona is also known as the city of Romeo and Juliet. While the legend of the ill-fated lovers was made famous by Shakespeare, the residents of Verona have no problem displaying the homes of the Montecchi and Capuleti families the famous house of Juliet where she stood on her balconey.

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My wife and daughter sit on the bench under the famous balconey. The house is open for tours and they are very evasive about the legitimacy of the legend and the houses. Afterall, it was a love story - that's all that's important. At the end of the small courtyard to the left is a bronze statue of Juliette (a young girl stands on its base). It is claimed that if a young man rubs her breast he will have a good marriage. The statue is dark green from patina but the breasts are shiny copper.

Just a taste of Verona. What a sweet one it was!
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Postby Beagle » Sat Apr 26, 2008 5:00 pm

Those pics are great FM. I just wish you had more of them.
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Postby Forum Monk » Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:01 pm

I do have more. Some are just typical tourist pics. But I can't lay my hands on them yet. So to make up for it, I will post some pics of this place tonight:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venzone

And then some of this place:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venice

These places are not B.C. old but they have archaeological and historic interest.
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Postby Forum Monk » Tue Aug 05, 2008 8:05 pm

Today I found a stack of old photos from travels in Italy, so I can extend the Verona postings with a few new pictures.

The Castelvecchio (translated Old Castle) was built around mid 1300's by Cangrande.

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The castle was completely destroyed by the germans during WWII as they fled the city. The replica was rebuilt on the old foundations shortly after the war.
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Postby Forum Monk » Tue Aug 05, 2008 8:11 pm

Adjoing Castelvecchio is Ponte Vecchio (translated Old Bridge). It passes over the Adige River and was to serve as an escape route for the castle residents in the event of a revolution or invasion.
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Postby Forum Monk » Tue Aug 05, 2008 8:42 pm

In Verona, like much of Italy, the old and the new are often side-by-side, here is an image of one side of the Arena near a much more recent administration building of some sort.

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Postby War Arrow » Sat Aug 09, 2008 9:07 am

Sigh.
I know people are very fond of English history and all that, but aside from a few cute Elizabethan houses, all I see are lumps of shapeless rock rolled into place by people whose main interests in life were annual rainfall statistics, twigs, and mud.
Pictures like this really seem to illustrate the sophistication of other people's ancestors. Very nice, FM.
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Postby Minimalist » Sat Aug 09, 2008 11:05 am

but aside from a few cute Elizabethan houses



Just think how much worse we have it over here, W/A.

At least we have the Grand Canyon and much other natural splendor.
Something is wrong here. War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime, corruption, and the Ice Capades. Something is definitely wrong. This is not good work. If this is the best God can do, I am not impressed.

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Postby War Arrow » Sat Aug 09, 2008 11:28 am

Minimalist wrote:
but aside from a few cute Elizabethan houses



Just think how much worse we have it over here, W/A.

At least we have the Grand Canyon and much other natural splendor.

I guess so, though I'd say the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone etc are all pretty big at leasts. North Wales is nice but probably not much to write home about compared to the Grand Canyon.

Plus you have Graceland! :D

Edit: Talking about American natural spleandour, I don't know if anyone here is that much into painting, but 18th/19th century American landscape painting is just about my all-time favourite aside from 18th/19th century Mexican landscape painting. One of the big names was this guy, Thomas Cole:
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They had an exhibition of works by him, Albert Bierstadt and others at the Tate here in London a few years back and this stuff just blew my nuts off, so to speak. Absolutely breathtaking.
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Postby Ishtar » Fri Sep 12, 2008 4:49 am

War Arrow

Thanks to you and Thomas Cole, I now have a brand new screensaver.

I don't have any nuts. But every time now I switch on my computer, I get my t*ts blown off! :shock:






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