Day 8: Wherefore art thou Romeo?

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Today we left Florence and headed to Verona.  Verona is the most picturesque place we’ve been so far, in my opinion.  It is not too crowded and touristy, a lot of shops and restaurants, and has a large river running through it.  I am already sad about leaving in three days!

Once we were settled in to the new hotel, we went on a walking tour of Verona.  We saw many of the city squares, and in the main one there is a colosseum that is currently used for opera festivals and concert.  One Direction recently performed there!

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Verona is where Romeo and Juliet is set, and it is actually a true story (I didn’t know that until I came here… Sorry Mrs. Hubbard/all my other high school English teachers).  We saw Juliet’s balcony at the Capulet house, and in the tunnel before it, lovers write their name on the walls.  Every year it is painted white so that couples can write on a fresh wall.  Also, there is a statue of Juliet there and legend says that you will have good luck if you touch Juliet’s “chest.”  If my brother was here, he would love that one.  We also saw Romeo’s and Juliet’s tomb.  Pictured here is the balcony and the tunnel wall.

After the tour we had a group dinner.  We had prosciutto, tortellini, penne, salad, and veal.  I also ordered the panna cotta for dessert, and it was the best I’ve ever had!

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