Porto into the old city centro
Statue of Italy’s King Vittorio Emanuele
Verona’s grand Bra Piazza is huge! This view is from atop the Roman arena.
Verona’s Roman arena is one of the best preserved in the world. It has been continuously used since it was constructed.
The housing in the oldest parts of the city have some incredible character.
Dante escaped from Tuscany to save his life. He seems to be thinking real seriously about things.
The famed Venetian symbol, the winged lion.
Beautiful Piazza Erbe in the oldest part of the city.
The courtyard and balcony made famous by some pretty shrewd local businessman. Romeo, Oh Romeo…
Look at all the detail in this facade
The 8th century Torre dei Lamberti constructed by the ruling family in Verona. The family forced all of the other families with towers to knock them down and made them use the stone on other projects, so they could not rebuild.
When the Lamberti family members started dying, exceptions were made to city laws. Only they could be buried within the city walls. There bodies were placed in these elevated shrines, so all residents were forced to look up to them, even after death.
The ancient Porta Pietra bridge was blown up by retreating German soldiers. Locals helped en mass to retrieve the stones from the water so the bridge could be quickly rebuilt.
Sandy looking at the Roman theatre
Amazing color in the Chiesa di Santa Anastasia Church. One of the most beautiful churches we have seen.
The city’s duomo. Nice, but not nearly as stunning as Anastasia.
We decided to spend our last day on Lake Garda by driving up the east side of the lake. The scenery was great and the little towns all along the way all had their own special character.
We especially liked Lazise. It had some history, a nice waterside central piazza and lucky for us – Wednesday was market day!
Photo taken from the main piazza looking toward Italy’s largest lake – Garda.
The weekly market is an Italian small town tradition. It is basically a super Walmart without the corporate greed. The marketeers travel from town to town on a regular basis. So, every Wednesday it is in Lazise. Do you want a purse? Well, you have have 5 vendors to choose from.
Want meat or cheese or produce? No problem, there are plenty of food vendors too. There were more than 50 total vendors in town today.
We spent lots of time justs strolling along the wide prominade watching shopkeeper and shoppers interacting and bargaining. I was particularly proud of myself as I used my limited Italian language skills to bargain down the unit price on a “buy three” purchase for the grandkids. I stopped for an extended period of time to watch how the locals bought their cheese while Sandy ventured down the market way. The cheese cart had a large crowd and the “cheesemaster” put on quite the show for his customers.
However, I soon learned leaving Sandy alone in an open air market was a major tactical error on my part. She returned with a new purse and a huge smile on her face. Seems as though she expressed an interest in the purse and the vendor told her the price. Sandy told him it was too expensive and as she was walking away he cut 33% off. She jumped at the deal. Once again Sandy showed me who the most experienced shopper was in our family!
There were swans and many varieties of water fowl in Garda’s crystal clear water.
The local fleet provided a nice photo.
After a nice hike up the long lakeside walkway, we headed back to the car and headed up the road to the Funivia Malcesine Monte Baldo. It is an incredibly steep funicular or some folks call them aerial cable cars. It took us up to the top of Baldo mountain, elevation 7,277′.
Interesting side note: this snow capped southern Alps mountain is 750 feet lower in elevation than our residence in Colorado.
Sandy and the snowy Italian Alps
About 7′ of snowpack up top.
Back to our B&B in time for some local vino before dinner.
Ciao Peschiera del Garda!