perjantai 17. elokuuta 2012

Medival city of Romeo and Juliet

Mika Huhtamaki
Our idea was to do something different and to get some distance for the daily sport activities. Target of the day was visit at the city of Verona and then afterwards go to the opera festivals to see Turandot opera.

Juliet's balcony.
Verona has a lot to offer; shopping, history and culture and it is well worth of visiting for a few days or a weekend. City itself is a combination of Roman ruins and a well preserved mediaval center. It is also well known for the fictive story of Romeo and Juliet and for couples a must place to visit is the balcony of the Juliet.

During the years we have been several times at the Verona's opera festivals. This may sound fancy but I have to remind that we are not opera fans. For us Verona's opera festivals has always been an astounding experience. It is unbelievable to see such a massive and well organized live performance in a true historical environment.
Turandot opera
(photo from the festival site).

Verona's summer opera festival is different in all measures. First of all it is organized in a colosseum type of an arena that is spectacular place to visit by itself. Actual operas are usually staged and staffed massively which makes them a pleasure to watch. On top of that the atmosphere is relaxed rather than formal which fits well for exhausted rock adventurers. Last thing that we have noticed is that the audience is very heterogeneous from teens to grannies. It seems that people are just coming there to have a good time together. Recommended festival to visit.

Turandot opera (photo from the festival site).

Mika Huhtamaki / Author & Editor

Mika Huhtamäki is a part time amateur rock climber, mountain biker and a snowboarder from Finland who travels often in Italy.

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