Verona Travel Blog› entry 6 of 19 › view all entries
April 7th, 2010 – by: Adrian_Liston
The tourism hub of Verona is very concentrated, to essentially one house which is portrayed as the home of Juliette. Ignoring the fictional nature of Romeo and Juliette, legions of young kids crowded the house, writing love messages on the walls, touching the statue of Juliette on her right breast and taking photos of the balcony where they imagine a very young girl was pressured into making extremely bad decisions by an impetitious boy who confused lust with love.
We skipped the Juliettte museum and made for the Church of Saint Anastasia. The church was built from 1290 in Italian Gothic style. The beauitful frescos inside give it a surprisingly light and airy look. I was very interested in the restoration that was taking place of the Centrego Alter, dedicated to Thomas Aquinas, where the thin veil allowed us to see the craftswomen carefully restoring the ancient carvings.
I guess at some point some relation of mine lived in Verona, as the café street on Piazza Bra facing the Roman Theatre is called “Via Liston” and one of the cafes was Liston 12. Fortunately the café was a pizzeria / bar, so I was quite happy to endorse my distant relative’s choice. We had excellent pizza and pasta (actually the best we’ve had in Italy so far) accompanied by a mojto, beer and a clown. Next time I’ll have to try the Liston cocktail (Succo d’arancia, ananas, S. Bitter).
Following lunch we visited the Castelvecchio and the Basilica of San Zeno. The Basilica was built in 806 to house the remains of Saint Zeno, the African Bishop who converted Verona to Christianity in 362 CE. Luckily Saint Zeno didn’t visit northern Italy today, when an African immigrant preaching their native religion would be villified and perscucted by the State. Finally we walked back along the old fortifications to the train station, very satisfied with fair Verona.
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