Friday, June 16, 2006

Impressions of Verona

Roman Arena & Aida: We will be attending a performance of Aida at the Roman Arena, built around AD 30, the third largest in the world, after Rome and Naples. These pieces of the opera's stage set were scattered around Piazza Brà, the large public square at the entrance to the city.

Glass hearts: On display at one of the vendors in Piazza Erbe, in medieval times an herb market, now lined with art galleries, upscale shops and filled with the umbrellas of a colorful daily market.

Shoe store: We couldn't resist these adorable tiny shoes in the shoemaker's window!

Piazza Erbe: This is the piazza that used to be an Herb market (erbe in Italian). These are the 16th century frescoes of the della Scale Mazzanti houses. This piazza has been in use since Roman times and was the location of Verona's Roman forum.

Via San Tomasso: A steep and picturesque street next to the Caffé Il Teatro near the River Adige.

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