Way back in 2011 I went to Italy for a month.
For a long weekend break, a friend and I went to Verona. We visited the famed Case di Giuietta with the hundreds of others, but loved the 14th century architecture and the small museum about the Zeffirelli film. This house was probably owned by the Capulet family in the 13-4th centuries, the family that inspired Shakespeare to write his otherwise fictional play.
A famous square in Verona, many important historical events happened below this clock tower.
Durante degli Alighieri, usually known as “Dante,” peered down at us from the square, judging the tourists and other passers-by.
The Torre dei Lamberti is a 84 meter tower in Verona. Construction of the tower was started in 1172. In May 1403 the top of the tower was struck by lightning, but the restoration works didn’t start until 1448, and it took 16 years.
In Lago di Garda we enjoyed ourselves by eating Italian food and looking at the fog coating the mountains and the lake. While a clear day would have been nice to see the famed mountains, the lake was still beautiful.
Turin on a hazy summer day.
Ancient statue of Ceasar Augustus at the Forum in Rome
This city doesn’t need any introduction–it’s the most romantic city in the world
The winged lion is Venice’s “mascot” from the medieval period. They chose St. Mark as their patron saint, and it was a deft business move. Italy (especially Rome) wanted them to choose St. Peter, which allied Venice strongly with the West. Before, St. Theodore of the East had been the patron saint of the city. But as politics and business drew Venice and the West closer together, it behooved the Doge to make Mark the new patron saint (and there’s something about Mark’s body and relics being found, also).
The real David is indoors, moved in 1910, but this lovely replica stands in its original spot, the Piazza della Signoria.
There’s a reason Florence’s Duomo is so famous. Just look at that artwork, to say nothing of the engineering feat of the dome.
The remains of holding cells and tunnels in the Coliseum.
St. Peter’s Basilica. Go there if you can. Very moving experience.
A blurry photo of the Pieta. It’s in St. Peter’s Basilica, but many people miss it because it’s tucked to the right of the main entrance in an alcove.