This isn’t my recent trip as I was heck busy last year; instead, this is a trip back in 2004. Trip to Italy left me a vivid memory as it was an European trip long after the previous one–a trip that I went with my whole family and long-time family friends, and my first time using a digital camera in a trip! (I know, I was pretty outdated alright…)
Not only Italy is indeed one of the most beautiful countries that’s full of museums, archeological remains, distinguishing cultures, and splendid history, the more important thing is that my whole family was overwhelmed by what we’ve experienced in the trip, and was also lucky enough to have our loving long-time friends to enjoy it with us.
Due to a small incidence a few weeks ago, I decided to write to a hotel at which we stayed during out trip in Venice and very soon got a reply with such kindness and thus brought back the wonderful memories I had in Italy.
The first place we’ve arrived was Milan–the city of fashion. I’m not a person who’s sensitive enough in fashion area; however, Milan is full of history too, in which I’ve been more interested.
Castello Sforzesco, or Sforza Castle in English, used to be the seat and residence of the Duchy of Milan. It now houses several museums and art collections. One of the rooms has a surviving ceiling painting by Leonardo da Vinci known as “Sala Delle Asse.” At this moment, I wasn’t really awake yet as I walked into the castle and even had a few moments of confusion why I was even there!
Chiesa di Santa Maria Delle Grazie, known as “Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie” has red bricks as its facade and is famous for housing Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece–The Last Supper on the north wall. This painting was used extensively in Dan Brown’s novel and later made a movie–The Da Vinci Code.
Galleria Vittorio Emanule II connects Milan Cathedral Square and Scala Square and is named after the first king who united Italy. The design is popular for 19th century. Under the arched roof is a series of stores.
Lake Como has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times. Now it’s a popular tourist attraction as it’s widely regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy. It’s also famous for its numerous villas and palaces. The beautiful sceneray is used in Casino Royale too.
This house is said to be Juliet’s in Shakespeare’s play–Romeo and Juliet. Although Juliet is a fictional character, people flock to “Juliet’s House” and post love notes for good luck under the small balcony believed to be where Juliet confessed her love to Romeo. This is also a significant scene used in the movie–Letters to Juliet. (Yeah, this movie reminds me of my trip here and to Siena!) I heard that the wall was covered by some boards specifically for people to stick their notes on now. While I visited, the wall was full of chewing gums!!!
Padua hosts the renowned Universita’ di Padova, which was founded in the 13th century and well known for having had Galileo Galelei among its lectureres. This city is also the setting in Shakespeare’s play–The taming of the Shrew.
Venice is known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. The Republic of Venice was an important center of commerce, especially silk, grain, spice trade, and art from 13th century to 17th century. Venice was a wealthy city throughout most of its history. As far as romantic it is for Venice, the main canal has in fact never been open for private yachets, except for the one that’s shooting the movie–Casino Royale–where James Bond cruised in Venice with Vesper Lynd.
Venice stretches across 117 small islands in the marshy Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea. Due to this location, Venice always traded with the Byzantine Empire and the Muslim world extensively, thus became the most prosperous city in Europe during late 13th century. Honestly, since the city is quite old and most of the parts and foundation have been soaked in the water for a looooooooong time, I found it fancier to look from far away than being in it…
Saint Mark’s Square is the principal square of Venice, dominated by Saint Mark’s Basilica.Ah~Venice–as said by Indiana Jones in “The Last Crusade.” 😀
To be continued~