|20 September 2011 : Verona: Amfiteatro Arena|
Out our window, we saw a fragment, the only part standing, of the Amfiteatro's outer wall, presently being shored up. Amongst the fittings and random chimneys and vents of modern building, it stands out stark and monumental, fascinating every time I looked at it...
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1st per in:|nd vents of modern building, it stands out stark and monumental, fascinating every time I looked at it.
Long lines waiting to get in discouraged us the day before, and so we elected to visit the Amfiteatro first thing it opened. After a good hotel breakfast – breakfasts, especially those in hotels, are iffy in Italy primarily because the native Veronese (or whomever) who shop and present them have no understanding of why anyone would want breakfast. Isn't an espresso enough?
Apart from a crew noisily setting up a stage for upcoming productions of Cats and Peter Pan, we were the first in the Amfiteatro, and an amazing structure it is. Originally built in 30 CE, it has been standing for going on two millennia. It has had a little work done over the years...|
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