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Published: September 14th 2009
Not of course her real house because she's a fictional character but they've decided this house is a nice fantasy place to house her. The balcony itself is thought to be an antique sarcophagus.
Shakeaspears words couldn't have been more accurate if he'd tried. I went to Verona with no expectations and I completely fell in love. The whole center of the town is full of beautiful hidden streets (sometimes cobbled!) and old buildings often painted in bright but fading colours. There are a number of churches to explore which have beautiful paintings and sculptures. (Although after a while they all start to look the same.) Basilica Di S. Zeno was especially beautiful. I bought a Verona Pass which for only 15 euro allowed me entry into heaps of museums and churches and free use of the buses for 3 days. (Although its very easy to walk everywhere which I generally did.)
I seem to be finding music wherever I go here. Whilst admiring a church there was an organist playing (It makes you feel like you're in a movie or something), the next day there was a band doing a sound check in the Theatro Romano arena (they were really good!) but my favourite part was outside the arena.
The Verona arena is not only an ancient ruin, it's also where operas are performed during the summer season. On my first day
I wandered down to see it lit up only to discover an opera called Notre Dam de Paris was beginning inside. So I sat on a bench outside the arena, next to a fountain and opposite all the busy cafe's and listened (along with lots of other people). It was a perfect moment (and would have been quite romantic if I was with someone other than the older woman I'd wandered into town with. Hehe). Now I'm not the biggest opera fan but the music was so strong and rousing and beautiful that I couldn't resist buying the cheapest ticket available for the following night's show. I figured I wan't likely to get another chance to see an opera in an ancient arena.
The show was visually stunning, with some awesome dancing and very clever choreography. The singers were really strong and Esmerelda seemed to have a lot more people in love with her than I remembered. Other than that I didn't understand a word of it! I knew that would be the case though and I still thoroughly enjoyed it and am haunted by one of the songs.
Overall I spent two and a half days in
Verona but I'm considering learning Italian and finding some excuse to move there for a bit. Definitely the most beautiful place I've ever been. I will be back.
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