Padua and Verona

Trip Start Oct 04, 2006
Trip End Oct 26, 2006

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Ah, Verona (yes we know it's Ah, Vienna, but we couldn't think of any songs with Verona in them. (Eleanor sez "Kiss me Kate"). But for the sake of the English department, "In fair Verona where we lay our scene..."

Well, Vicky, if you're out there you were right about Verona. It is so beautiful in the midday autumn light, and captures the conception of a typical renaissance Itallian town perfectly. We arrived here yesterday after a short sojourn in Padua, during which we saw minimal sights other than the Duomo and the church of San Antonio, in which we got our first real relic action of the trip (don't worry, I'm sure they'll be more) and stayed in a lovely 2 star hotel as our half-way treat. After that it was off to Verona by a morning train, and a stay in the youth hostel here, which is set in an idyllic Itallian villa, though in spite of this I'm in a 36 bed dorm that probably used to be the barn and is freezing (Eleanor's only in a 6-bedder, lucky "HaHaHa" sez Eleanor). We have been off and around, and saw a collection of art in the fortress yesterday, as well as wandering around this beautiful city, both by day and night. Unfortunately it's not opera season, but what can you do. Anyway, we will see the famous arena, but can't today because they're preparing it for the Pope's visit on Thursday (we're going to miss it by one day - gutting). Anyway, this city has so much more to show us - the little ampitheatre, the Giusti Gardens and a whole load of churches and collections of renaissance art. So until the next entry, reader, we bid you arrivederchi.
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