After a wonderful time in northern Italy, we now turn north and head into Austria. Our two major stops here are Innsbruck where we toured the city and then later took an evening horse and buggy ride through Stubia Valley and had a nice drink at the Gasthof Schallerhof near Stubaital. The cows were decked out with special bells for a festival and they say they can find a cow by its bell as each has a unique sound.
Monthly Archives: October 2004
Next stop is Verona, Italy. Like all places we visit in Italy you see ruins of the Roman times but this city is also famous for something else. This is the city of Romeo and Juliet where we visit the actual place the story is told about; nothing like the movies of Hollywood but a simple place that many today travel in search of love by leaving notes of one sort or another. I have never seen so many sticky notes in one place before…
The mainland of Venezia is a wonderful place to explore. The famous Bridge of Sighs is a bridge to the prison which the condemn saw their last sight of the city. In the main square (as in Saint Mark’s) is the Doges’ Palace, the Basilica, and the tower. We also spent a lovely canal gondola serenade ride with our two new friends from New Jersey.
When you think Venice, you think about a city sitting on water. This is because the city is actually made up of islands (besides the mainland) and everywhere you look are churches.
Now we head to Venezia / Vence where we quickly transfer to a chartered boat to take us to the Island of Burano which is a neat little fishing village that has its own leaning tower.
One of the things I found amazing about Florence is the layout of the city with its art and culture. Here at home I would have to get a car and drive from park to park; but, here you take a short walk from Palazzo to Palazzo with each being unique. Here is what it was like to walk into Palazzo Vecchio…