Verona’s Bridges

First thing upon arriving, after we were challenged by the hordes of traffic for The International Motorcycle Show and Motor Bike Expo, we made our way to the river and the Museo di Castelvecchio. This 14th century fortified castle houses artifacts from the Middle Ages.  There are seven towers and even a draw bridge!

The Ponte Scaligero runs from Castelvecchio castle across the river and is a very distinctive bridge landmark in Verona.  The segmented arch bridge crossing the Adige River was the world’s largest span at the time of its construction in 1354. Along the river bank there are walking trails surrounding the city. The Scaligeri family ran Venice and the Veneto region in the 14th century much like the Medici’s ruled over Florence.  The castle has ornate tombs and towering family statues on pillars.  This so the people would “look up to them”.  Verona was, after all, one of Italy’s great powers.

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Views from the Ponte Scaligero towards the Basilica di San Zeno


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Basilica di San Zeno from Ponte Scaligero

 

From the Ponte Scaligero you can see to the Ponte della Vittoria (see Featured photo) which also spans the Adige River. There are equestrian statues on either end and the view from the bridge back to the Ponte Scaligero and the Castelvecchio especially at sunset was amazing.  Since I got over there just before sunset I was too intent on the sunset over the Ponte Scaligero to capture the statues. Next time!

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Sunset over Verona’s Ponte Scaligero and Adige River

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The Ponte Pietra, Verona’s oldest bridge is a Roman-era stone bridge and you definitely want to walk across and up the hill to see the sunset and the views from the Castel San Pietro.  The bridge itself is very picturesque both day and night and affords some beautiful photo opportunities as you look up and down the river from the top of the bridge. Built in the 1st century B.C. it is the most ancient Roman monument in Verona.

Did you miss the last couple of blogs on Verona? Romeo, Romeo, where fore art thou – in Verona? and Churches of Verona?

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Create and Capture Moments of your Vacation

You’ve planned and packed and checked your list once, twice and dare I say three times so now you are on your way!  Here are my simple tips for capturing those memories.  First and foremost take tons of pictures!  Digital photography has made this so easy.  You can delete the ones that you don’t like when you get home.  Have plenty of camera batteries and SD cards or if you are only using your Smart Phone be prepared to charge it during the day if you are taking photos with it. Remember your converter if traveling somewhere that doesn’t use our 120 AC plugs.  These are from a trip to Italy my husband and I took for our 15th anniversary.

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Minori and Maiori from our room in  Ravello

Don’t forget to put people in your images and the scenery.  I see people get it wrong both ways!  Some people only take pictures of themselves and never include the scenery. Others only capture the scenery but are never in the photo. Combine them both for memorable moments you and your family will have forever.

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Enjoy the local wines, EVERYDAY!
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Sit back and relax! It’s no fun if you come home exhausted!

People in the photo can give a sense of scale and prospective.  When you include people you are telling a story and it gives context to an otherwise generic photograph. A person in the photo will draw the viewer in and provide a point of interest.

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Be goofy!

Be creative and look for a different view of the same shot everyone else is taking.

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look for a unique angle to frame your shots
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Capture the highlights! Shoot pictures of what everyone else is taking a picture of- there is probably a good reason

Beauty is everywhere you just have to keep your eyes open to see the obvious.

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Take pictures even if the sun isn’t out
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Do something new like take a cooking class!

 

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In Italy we had pizza everyday for lunch practically
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Cooking class photos
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Making Bruschetta – who doesn’t like food shots!

Look for the unique beauty that your chosen location provides. Cultures differ widely around the world.  Capture those memories!  Keep your shots simple and they will be more appealing. Try to get off the beaten path.  Don’t forget those close up shots of food, flowers, unique details, colorful doorways etc.  Don’t worry about the light available you can probably touch up your shots in Editing software on any camera or phone. Try to see each view from a unique perspective.

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Take some shots from far out – you can always crop them later

But ALWAYS, ALWAYS enjoy your time off!!!

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