Saturday, February 28, 2009

Italy: Pisa and Verona

From Florence, Marina took a day trip to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower. The Leaning Tower is a bell tower for Pisa's Cathedral.
44-Leaning Tower of Pisa

This is a carving over one of the Cathedral doors.
45-Carving

The figures on the center statue column represent the three graces: faith, hope, and charity.
47-Column Statues

Inside the Baptistery, there is a dome within a dome. This double dome creates a unique effect. The guide demonstrated how a shout echoes 12 times because of it.
49-Baptistery

I told Marina she had to take a picture holding up the tower. All three buildings--the Tower, the Cathedral and the Baptistery--lean, but in different directions.
51-Holding Tower

They went to Verona the following day, February 15th. There were still leftover decorations from Verona's Festival of Love.
54-Heart Street

After Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, an incredible thing happened. Some enterprising Italians found Juliet's actual home and balcony. Isn't that amazing?
55-Juliet's Balcony

Here is a bust of Shakespeare beside a plaque that quotes Romeo and Juliet.
57-Shakespeare

58-Plaque

For more pictures, visit my Flickr album.
For grandma's notes on the trip, visit her blog, InnerElder.
Next stop: Venice (I know, we were there for Carnival, but there are a few more pictures to show)

6 comments:

Mama Monkey said...

I LOVE the fact that they took this trip together. My grandma took me to England, Scotland and France when I was 14. What a gift! I've always yearned to make it back across the ocean, especially to Italy, but I haven't made it yet. ;-)

Keeley said...

Oh WOW!!!! How cool is that? LOVE the Pisa picture. =)

When she went to Verona, did she see two gentlemen? =Þ (Sorry, I think you deserve an apology for that one.)

Haha, love Juliet's balcony. =)

Bonni said...

Great Pics. K and i sat and read through your blog a bit. (btw, thanks for having a blog I can sit down with my kids and look at.) I hope my kids have such a great opportunity as they grow up.

Inner Elder said...

Loving these pictures. You are now 2 towns ahead of me on the trip. I will blog Pisa tomorrow.

Love, Grandma

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the virtual trip, Marina! We enjoyed reading about your adventures!
Love, Lisa, Jackson and Aidan

Vicki said...

Thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful pictures! In looking at Venice, I still wish they would consider this same idea for New Orleans.. Marti Gras could take place on REAL floats. =P

Just being silly...*<);D

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