September 26th, 2007 – by: GRANADOS
Red Dome of Duomo
We woke up early this morning to thunder and pouring rain. The good thing was that we were scheduled to leave Venice today. We were delayed for a while because we had to walk to our bus and our luggage had to be transferred by barge. The rain stopped long enough for us to reach the bus, however our baggage was not as lucky, some of our clothing got wet. Our bus driver and tour got soaked overseeing the loading of our bags, they have both been great thru out this trip. Finally we left and made our way across a flooded causeway, again our driver performed above and beyond expectations. After a couple of hours we reached Verona a very scenic city that was the setting for Romeo and Juliet, it was not raining there but it was cold. There we did a brief walking tour. One of the stops was a Juliet’s house where we saw the famous balcony, this puzzled us both because Romeo and Juliet are fictional characters and never lived anywhere beside Shakespeare’s imagination. We also stopped by a Roman Amphitheater form the first century, not as big as the coliseum in Rome but in much better condition, and it’s still used today for operas and concerts. After a quick lunch we climbed back on the bus and headed for Florence. By the time we reached Florence it was late in the afternoon, we made a quick stop on a hilltop with a great view but it was too cold and Rainy to enjoy the scenery. We checked into our hotel, very nice place but small room. Hopefully we will have better weather tomorrow.