Verona’s Missing Photo’s.
Tonight I thought that I would write about visiting Romeo and Juliet’s Balcony in Verona Italy. So I thought for some inspiration I would peruse through my photo albums knowing that I recall getting some great shots there. Then remembering that those photos’s where taken on my DSLR camera that got stolen in Rome. Dammit!
Being an amateur thespian with “Stage Left Theatre Troupe” in Kalgoorlie Western Australia, I was eagerly looking forward to visiting this famous spot. Everyone knows the Shakespearean tragedy of the star-crossed lovers. However, like all famous tourist hot spots throughout Europe it was packed, so much so that there was unwelcomed pushing and shoving in the tiny courtyard just to get a glimpse of the balcony. Remembering the fact that the two characters never existed and that William Shakespeare apparently never set foot in Verona, you cannot help but feel a little ripped off by the City of Verona. The City brought today’s Juliet’s house off the De Cappello family in 1905. Due to the similarities between the family’s names and a new tourist sensation was born. You can see that it has been “prettied up” for tourist but I have come to expect that now.
The graffiti on the walls as you walked in was interesting to read and the tacky “lovelocks” on the gate which you had to pay to put up kind of gave the quant courtyard the “romantic” feel that it deserved. If you touch the right breast of the statue of Juliet it is believed to bring luck to all who are looking for their true love. Which brought our Contiki crew endless laughs, thank you Ren.
If you are in the area I would suggest dropping by and ticking this off the list but probably not worth making a special trip out, unless you are a Shakespeare fan, which in that case you will absolutely love it. The city of Verona has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site due to the value and importance of its many historical sites. Probably the most famous in Verona is the Verona Arena (Arena di Verona) a Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Bra, the largest Piazza in Verona and some claim the largest in Italy. The Verona Arena is one of the best preserved ancient structures of its kind. It was built in AD 30 but almost destroyed in 1117 by a massive earthquake. We walked around the Piazza Bra, checking out the little shops and cafes, which we ended up stopping at one and having some Spaghetti for lunch. The Piazza is a busy place full of tourists and people dressed up in all types of costumes trying to get you to take a photo and of course pay for it. We watched this musician play this instrument which just looked like a giant wok, but wow did it sound amazing. Apparently it is called a Hang and is designed in Switzerland, I thought I was watching some ancient instrument that was passed down in a family line from ancient times, but no, it is a new instrument first designed in 2000.
One Life, One Search.
A big Thank you goes out to a very good friend of mine who has helped me out with all these photo's. Cheers Tom.