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Posted by on in Italy: Florence

This past weekend I went on one of the two included weekend trip options with Athena's program to Garda Lake, Verona and the Alps. We began at the Scaliger Castle, Sirmione which was built in three stages between 1277 and 1405. It was a relatively good size, had a drawbridge at the front, and the back of it was bordered by Lake Garda. The lake was way bigger than I had expected but it was clear,calm and just the right temperature to stick our toes in. I even met a friendly swan who was walking around the shoreline!

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After we finished at the lake the bus took us to the city of Verona where we saw some uniquely historic elements to the city such as: the Porta Borsari, Della Scolla family monument,Anfiteatro arena (for operas), and Juliet's House. We learned from our guides Franco and Stephano that Juliet's house might not be what we had in mind (which for most of the girls was the scene from Letters to Juliet where the whole outside wall was covered in love messages or romantic questions to Juliet). Notes are no longer allowed on the walls and once I entered through the gates to her house I could see that people had gotten quite creative in the absence of sticky notes. Instead, there were messages written directly on the walls, a lot of messages were on band aids and there were two walls covered in gum where people had "made their mark/ sign of love." Seeing that my last name is Gum I felt obligated to get a picture with the wall. 

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Posted by on in Italy: Florence

Where do you begin when you’re in a city that has been walked on by people like Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo? The idea of this gave me chills - those are very admiral shoes to walk aside for four months.

 

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These are some pictures of the Fiume Ario river. I may get better ones earlier in the day, but this was fun. :D

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