Posted by: jtccitaly | May 26, 2011

Scrovegni and Star Crossed Lovers

Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene . . .
(name that prologue!)

Today was a darn near perfect day! Although if I could just get this blog thing started before midnight, I’d be much happier (so would you probably, since I might write more! And I might even be more coherent.)

We have settled into the lovely town of Padua. It’s basically a university town and it’s incredibly charming, especially after the noise and bustle of Rome. The thing that I think is most amazing is the way the town smells! Verona also – they have these wonderful fragrant trees (we haven’t figured out what they are yet) and the air is literally perfumed. It’s quite remarkable.

Outside the chapel

We started off today with a visit to the Scrovegni chapel, which is known for its magnificent frescoes by Giotto. No pictures allowed so I don’t have much to show you about that but I can tell you that it is an unbelievable experience. I don’t think that I could do it justice with any description. It’s just an amazing work of art. The detail and the vibrancy of the art is incredible. I was moved to tears by several of the individual frescoes and also just by the chapel as a whole. (This may not be saying much, as I am moved to tears by Hallmark commercials, Toy Story 3, etc. but still it was unforgettable.)

Jessica shows the flowers on the trees that make the air smell amazing!

After exploring the museum at the chapel for a while, the group split up. The theatre class went into Verona, the art class drew in Padua and the Humanities class got to pick where they wanted to go. We had a nice sized group for Verona.

Dining in Verona!

In Verona, we visited the Verona Coliseum (the third largest Amphitheatre in Italy). They are preparing for their summer Opera season so we couldn’t go inside but I did get to hear part of a rehearsal later in the afternoon when we were coming back.

The Verona Coliseum

I don’t think that I’ve mentioned this before, but all the students have been doing reports on various places and people as we go along. Today Andrew talked about the amphitheater and David talked about the Casa de Guilietta (see photos). After that, part of the group continued on to see the Teatro Romano (a Greek style Roman theatre). Both the Teatro Romano and the Verona Coliseum are neat in that they do current opera and musical performances. If you look at the pictures of the Teatro, you can see them setting up for a concert series.

Andrew tells us about the amphitheatre

The Teatro was amazing all on its own, but the best part was the view from the top! (And even better, there was an elevator so we didn’t have to climb up a bunch of steps for once.) I don’t know if the pictures truly do it justice, but check out the terrific view of Verona.

On the streets of Verona

After that, we had a very unique dining experience and headed back to Padua. I’m going to leave it to David to write about the dining experience. I have one entry that I’m going to post just after this one that David wrote about the food in Rome. He’s going to do a few different ones during the trip so that you all can enjoy some of the cuisine vicariously through him.

David tells us about the house of Juliet (here's a hint - there wasn't really a Juliet.)

For now, I’m just hoping to get to bed before 1AM . . . tomorrow we go to Venice!

Statue of Juliet. Apparently, men are supposed to rub her right breast for good luck. Who made that one up!?

The Teatro Romano

A theatre with a view!

Underneath the Roman arches




  1. Amazing pictures! I hope you all have a nice gondola trip in Venice!

  2. That prologue is from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet 🙂
    I’m loving these blogs!

    • You got it! Bonus points! Glad you are enjoying it. 🙂

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