Day 36 – Bassano del Grappa and Verona

Today we visit Bassano del Grappa and cross its famous bridge that spans the river Brenta. Per wiki, “The Ponte Vecchio or Ponte degli Alpini is the covered wooden designed by the architect Palladio in 1569. The bridge was destroyed many times, the last time in World War II.”

It’s a delightful experience to cross the river on the bridge.

Views from the bridge of the villas on the river side.

An ancient cafe/bar stands at one corner of the bridge. Inside is the Museo degli Alpini, covering the history and activities of the troops that specialize in mountain warfare. Unfortunately we do not have time to visit this museum.

Bassano del Grappa brings one surprise after another. At one end of this piazza stands a pretty town hall.

We visit an exhibit called Renaissance in Black and White, the Art of Engraving in Venice, at the New Civic Museum.

An historic woodcut print of Venice shows fine details of the city.

The winds on the map make me very happy.

This print shows the workings of a print shop in the 1600s.

The museum also covers the history of Bassano del Grappa. This map shows the places where bombs and grenades were dropped in World War I.

We also visit the Palazzo Sturm, a palace along the river which is the site of a print and ceramic museum.

These blocks were used in the 1700s to print wallpaper.

We move on to Verona where we meet Cristina Renzo, who gives us a walking tour of the city, despite the rain.

Across from our table at the cafe is the Verona Arena, a Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Bra built in 30 AD. It is still in use and serves as a venue for large-scale opera performances. It is one of the best preserved ancient structures of its kind. In ancient times, the arena’s capacity was nearly 30,000 people.

Performers at the Roman arena frequent this cafe across the way after their performances.

The famous Romeo and Juliet balcony

The garden below draws mobs of tourists eager to show their stupidity, one after another grabbing the statue’s breast for photos.

Just as stupid are those defacing the walls despite the sign.

Here she goes.

and she gets caught right away.

Cristina takes us to the Piazza Erbe, where farmers come to sell their produce.

The stores are filled with interesting clothing, including these shoes.

At the Chiesa di Santa Anastasiana, this poor guy holds up the holy water.

The rain has brought sand from Africa. Our van needs a wash.

Tomorrow we’re off to Lago di Garda.

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