Bergamo and Verona

Under Juliet's Balcony
Under Juliet’s Balcony
Bergamo - Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Bergamo – Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Bergamo Cathedral
Bergamo Cathedral

I got out of the car. My family and I saw a great big church. We went inside and saw arches, columns and vaults inside. I could tell this was Romanesque. It was very big. Very, very big. By the time we got out, we went into another church. This one was Baroque. It was made out of white marble. It had lots of pictures about stories from the bible. They used these pictures to learn bible stories, since most people at that time were illiterate. We headed out, and we started walking around. We saw a lot in the narrow alleyways. We saw a Pinocchio thing and some old buildings. When we got back, we saw a guy playing “Hotel California” by the Eagles on his guitar. His version didn’t have words. As we got on the road to Verona again, I asked Dad to put that song on the radio. I didn’t think I’d ever request that!


The next day, we woke up early to see Verona. We had already returned our rental car. We got out and starting walking around again. We climbed a hill and looked at the view. There was a castle on top of the hill, but we didn’t see it. When we got back down, we saw a big Romanesque church. This one was not half as big as the one in Bergamo. After that we found a nice café to eat “breakfast” in. The reason we couldn’t find a good place to have a decent breakfast in was because Italians don’t really have breakfast ( you may already know that ). Then we walked around and found Piazza delle Erba. There we found a small art gallery and people could bring their dogs inside! Dogs are allowed almost everywhere in Italy.

Verona Pano

Then we walked to the arena, but on the way we had a chocolate break. The arena almost looked like a small version of the Colosseum in Rome, but they use it as a theater! Isn’t that cool?!? I love it when people do something like that. After that, we went to Juliet’s balcony. It was built in the 20th century totally as a tourist attractions. It was overcrowded with many, many, many young couples. It was not even worth going there. After that we had another chocolate break. This time it had fruit, too. Finally we went to Giardino Giusti. My favorite part was the hedge maze. I also liked the turtles. There were at least 10 of them in one fountain! Too bad they weren’t Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

2 thoughts on “Bergamo and Verona

  1. James – about 25 years ago, I went to an opera in the arena in Verona. We saw Aida, by Guiseppe Verdi, and Italian composer. In America, the usually show the words in English, but since his was Italy, every knew what they were singing! Unlike in the States, people also shouted “brava” and “bravo” after a good aria. My favorite part was that the sets for the other summer operas were it in the piazza, behind fences. There were these huge pieces of set just sitting out there, quietly waiting for their big moment! Thanks for sharing your travels with us!



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