day 5 – Innsbruck, Venice via Verona

Having spent the night there, we begin the day in Innsbruck, the capital of the Austrian federal free
state of Tyrol and the site of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. Unlike our ski resorts located
outside metropolitan areas, the lifts are within city limits and skis strapped to bicycles and folks
in full ski regalia on the streets are not uncommon.

kayak competition against the backdrop of Verona.

The old and new: kayak competition against the backdrop of Verona.

Venice is our destination today but we decide to make an unscheduled stop in Verona, Italy, location of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and the third largest ancient Roman arena in Italy. Like the Visigoths, Vandals, and  Huns before us, we cross the Alps and descend into Italy. The Alps seem to explode out of the earth and the Sierra diminish by comparison.

The Roman arena, seating roughly 30,000, is a smaller version of the Coliseum in Rome which is sightly less than double that. The arena at Verona has been in almost continuous use since construction very early in the first century of the Common Era and is today the venue for concerts and dramatic productions. This is my first visit to Verona and I wonder why I’ve waited so long.

We arrive in Venice and check in for the evening…

~ Ken