Our last day in Verona began, as usual with a wonderful breakfast at our Hotel Accademia. What a way for the day to begin
We sought out the Basilica of Saint Anastasia, the largest of its kind in Verona. Its superb Gothic construction was started in 1290 but was only really concluded almost 100 years later. Even though the facing was never completed in the upper section, the facade proudly displays its double-opening ogival (bullet shaped) portal in polychromatic marble. The church boasts a majestic apse in red brick and an extremely high bell-tower.
The famous holy-water fonts, this one the fat hunchback, are taken to represent the workers of the nearby water mills on the Adige River
This one is the thin Hunchback.
Some of the original frescoes remain,
And the church interior is rich in color.
Leaving the church and heading to the Ponte Pietra, our way was blocked by hordes of young people celebrating (we assumed) the end of the school year.
Reaching the bridge was saw the much toted group of pad-locks. Traditions says that they are left by lovers who throw the key into the river as a token of the eternity of their love.
Also there remains a remnant of the original Roman bridge that was first built on this shallow point of the river.
Crossing the River, we found our way to the Roman Theater, its primitive structure dating back to the first century BC under Augustus.
Built near the center of the Roman city it was constructed as a semicircle cavea laid into the hollowed out side of the hill. In order to prevent the seepage of water from within the hill the builders left a deep gap between the theater itself and the tufa underneath. Despite being over 2000 years old the theater is still used today for performances.
The area above the theater, a former convent, houses many of the most important treasures of Roman Verona and was well worth the visit.
This view from the convent/museum grounds looks back at the Pietra Bridge over the Adige River and the more modern section of Verona.
At the end of the day, heading back to our hotel, we passed this statue of Paolo Veronese, a painter who decorated many Palaces, and villas of the Nobility. He was a son of Verona and a major painter of the 16th century Venetian school,
My last photo in Verona was of this restaurant that we passed on our way back to the hotel, but did not enter. It sums up some of the delights available in the wonderful city.