Day 8 started with a bus ride from Milan to Verona. During the bus ride, when I wasn’t sleeping I got to see some more stunning views of the Italian countryside and the Alps. Upon arrival we to the city I became instantly aware of its difference to Milan. To me, Verona seems like a more typical Italian city when compared to the modernized metropolis that is Milan. After lunch recieved an in depth walking tour of the city. This tour first took us into the Arena Amphitheater built by the Romans over a thousand years ago, the oldest building I have seen in my life. It was crazy to see such an old building largely intact and still being used for enterntainment purposes to this day. One fact that stood out to me that the guide told us was that the Amphitheater had enough room to hold the entire population of Verona in the past.
Walking around, we continued to see examples of historic architecture from the Romans and the Venetians in the form of gates, buildings, or roads. During the tour we passed by a statue of Italian poet Dante that I thought was really cool. The many signs around the city that tracked the flood levels of various historical floods within Verona was awesome to see. There was one sign from the flood of 1882 that must have been atleast 9 feet tall. Not gonna lie, it made me a little weary especially since it was raining all today.
But perhaps the coolest part of the day was seeing the House of the Capulets (Capulettis in Italian). This location is so interesting because the Capulets is the real life basis for Juliet Capulet in Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. I am a huge fan of Shakespeare so getting to see the house caused me to geek out a bit. Within the famous courtyard, there was a statue of Juliet in which everyone, even little kids were rubbing her right breast for good luck. Seeing this really made me wonder how such a superstition would even get started, as I am sure there is a funny story behind it.