Saturday, May 25, 2013

Verona Views

Our last stop, before we boarded ship for our Med cruise, was Verona.  As we mentioned in our Castlevecchio post - everyone associates Verona with Romeo and Juliet.  But, as you can see, there is so much more to this Italian city to enjoy.

The River Adige winds through Verona.

Remnants from the 16th century when Verona was called the painted city.

Verona's Roman arena dates from the first century.  It is still in use today as a venue for concerts.

Modern cafe in the ancient atmosphere of the Piazza dei Signori.

Wall frescos and balcony greenery make walking around Verona a pleasure.

Piazza Bra (which means "big open space") is a popular spot
for day time strolling and the evening passeggiata.  

A Venetian Lion hovers above school children visiting the Piazza Erbe.

Verona's Church of Sant'Anastasia dates from the late 13th century.

Detail of an alter at Sant'Anastasia

Each hand painted ceiling panel at Sant'Anastasia is unique. 

Not only is the pipe organ at Sant'Anastasia beautiful to behold...

but so are these unique holy water basins....

and the intricate marble inlaid floors.

Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore is dedicated to Verona's patron saint.

San Zeno's exterior details.

Remains of frescos from the 1300's.

San Zeno's 11th century doors are made up of 48 bronze panels. 

Interior courtyard at San Zeno.

San Zeno wall fresco details.

San Zeno ceiling details.

Piazza Erbe is a popular spot for an aperitivo and alfresco dining.

Medieval nobles showed their wealth and power by constructing towers.
This is the last remaining tower at Piazza Erbe.  

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