Verona on the River Adige in Venito, northern Italy, is famous as the location for the Shakespeare play Romeo & Juliet. Of course the play was fictional but there’s still a balcony here that popular myth say was Juliet’s. It attracts the hordes & is easily the city’s most popular attraction. I passed it & the crowds by today as I was scooting around what was the undoubted highlight of the UNESCO World Heritage listed central Verona for me – the city’s collection of stunning churches. According to the pamphlet I had with me, the historical churches of Verona offer the following.
And in a country full of churches that’s saying something.
Church of Saint Anastasia
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Piazza Delle Erbe
An enormous, spectacular Roman amphitheatre, crumbling on the outside but still functioning today. It was erected in the 1st Century AD in an elliptical shape, and is the world’s third-largest amphitheatre to survive from antiquity. Much of the outer ring was damaged during an earthquake in 1117 but the inner part is still intact.
I’ll be returning to Venice tomorrow, a short train ride east of here. I’ve been to Venice before, way back in 2007. I didn’t really like the city all that much – it was/is busy & expensive. However, there’s no doubt the city is a photographers paradise, somewhere that was made to be photographed. It, & to a lesser degree Prague, Czech Republic – are the two primary reasons I’m on this little 3-week European jaunt of mine – the last time I visited both I wasn’t the photographer I seem to think I am now. So needless to say I’m looking forward to getting reacquainted with both European gems & the photographic adventure ahead, if nothing else.