We continue our journey through Italy along the Western Coast, now heading inland toward Zero Branco. Before heading to the next town, we stopped to visit Verona. I was actually hoping we’d have time to see Venice which was also in the vicinity, but just a bit too far for us to see and make the gig on time, so Verona it was!
We unexpectedly got to see some Roman ruins. The ‘Porta dei Leoni’ or ‘Loins Gate’ was exposed during excavations in the late 1950’s. I intentionally overexposed the pics below so you can see some of the detail in the recessed shadows beneath the walkway.
We tooled around The Piazza Erbe, which was excellent for people watching, and we found the contrast between the old ruins and the modern fashion market element pretty amusing. You could almost travel back in time in your mind but then a spot of neon would catch your eye and immediately broke the spell.
Chris and I broke off at one point to kill time while others were finishing lunch. We wandered around the narrow side streets for a while taking in the architecture.
LOVE IS ALL AROUND
We eventually ended up at the infamous ‘balcony’.
Supposedly this is where the famous scene in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliette took place.
There were hearts graffitti’d everywhere and messages of love, and people crowding in to get photo’s in front of the ‘Where for art thou balcony’, ambling to touch a piece of history.
It’s funny that it’s treated as such an historical place when, in reality, none of that ever happened! It was also a bit amusing that people had travelled from far and wide to see this site, and we were pretty much unaware of where we had stumbled upon until we had been there for a few minutes! We had no idea what all of the hearts and notes were for at first, nor why there were so many people crowded in this area, then we realized that it was 2 days before Valentines day…apparently this is the most romantic place on earth to many people!
Another thing that ‘broke the spell’ was when we turned around to leave the courtyard and saw, in the adjoining gift shop, all of these little ladies, sitting behind sewing machines, cranking out stitched hearts on various fabrics and items. The whole romantic image of the Shakespearean tragedy, and those extravagant times completely dissolved with the sight of this very public sweatshop.
More pics from Piazza Erbe, Verona:
TO THE VENUE
I only took a few shots as the van windows were getting grimy, and there was also a bit of rain making it difficult to shoot ‘from the hip’ while in transit, though this added a nice effect to a few of the pics that did come out.
Altroquando is essentially a dart club with an extensive menue of craft beer and liquors, located in a semi-remote area in Zero Branco. I didn’t get many pics at this point but following are a few shots we obtained from a fan. I apologize as I don’t remember who took those.
One of the nice things about this venue was that we also had lodging above, so we were able to hang out for a bit and crash without having to load out! We got a good night’s sleep and tackled the gear first thing in the morning before heading to Torino, the location of our final show in Italy.