THE SEA REBEL: Gondolas and Castagnas – Part 2
Dwain Crum “The Sea Rebel,” was born in Pasadena, CA and a lifelong resident of Rosemead, CA. Retired after 29 years as a history teacher at Rosemead High School. Dwain is fulfilling a lifelong dream of traveling around the world.
Italy was the birthplace of my grandmother Fiorentina Cravea. Now, 99 years after she left, I would be visiting the place she left behind. She was born in the village of Murialdo, located not far from the great seaport of Genoa. Genoa is perhaps most well known as the birthplace of famed explorer Christopher Columbus.
My cousin Bruna and her husband would be taking me to Murialdo, but first there were other parts of Italy to explore. From Venice, we would be traveling westward to the city of Verona.
While traveling in Fabio’s Alfa Romeo Giulietta, he pointed out the fact that Verona is a much older city than Venice. Verona was an important city of the Roman Empire, while Venice was not. I had never thought of Venice as a relatively new city – but compared to Rome, Verona and even London, it is.
Verona is the setting for two of Shakespeare’s plays, ” Two Gentlemen “ from ” Verona “ and of course the even more famous ” Romeo and Juliet.” The old Roman Arena still located there rivals the Coliseum of Rome. However, it is the statue of Juliet (Giulietta in Italian) and its nearby balcony that most tourist flock. Like everyone else I had my photo taken with the statue of Giulietta.
It was perhaps my meal in Verona that I remember the most. My Italian cousins took me to a wonderful Osteria in Verona called Giulietta e Romeo (Well, what would call a restaurant in Verona?). This restaurant caters more to the locals than to the tourists and features many local delicacies. Bruna and Fabio’s son Marco had both the donkey meat and the braised horse meat (I kid you not) and as for me — I had the pasta!
We then headed to one of actor George Clooney’s favorite places, Lake Como.
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