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pasta & history of Verona, part 1

And the European adventures continue! Here are some shots from our time in and around Verona, which sits in northern Italy._DSC0395We arrived on Sunday night and met up with Claudio (Anthony’s cousin) and his wife Patrizia. We took a stroll around the beautiful town of Lazise before eating pizza and calling it a night. The next morning, Anthony and I were up bright and early for a run!0908150644aLazise (pronounced like lah-zeez-aye) is perfectly designed for runners, walkers, and bikers. After not being able to run around the rustic streets of Sicily, it felt nice to finally be able to lace up and go right from our doorstep. The views of Lake Garda were incredible, too!0908150634dSince we were up north, the temperatures were nice and breezy. Plus I was feeling better after dealing with that pesky stomach bug. All in all: it felt great to be back on my feet :)0908150630We covered six miles and then got ready for a big day out! We met Claudio at his office and then headed to his in-laws’ house for a homemade lunch.0907151245Lunch is typically the largest meal in Italy, with multiple courses and the occasional glass of wine :). Our first dish: pumpkin pasta, prepared by Claudio’s mother-in-law.0907151252Up next: roasted a roast! I loved the meat and potatoes  — but was especially fond of the salad, which was drizzled in the BEST balsamic vinegar of Modena. More on that in tomorrow’s post :)0907151305Anthony’s family was so kind to us during our time in and around Verona, and it was nice for me to finally meet them. I’m basically a local now, right?0907151421After lunch we spent hours exploring the city of Mantova (aka Mantua), which is full of history. You might remember reading about it in your European history classes! My high school teacher would definitely be disappointed with how many facts and dates I’ve forgotten… _DSC0328This town is also a bit of a literary hot spot — it’s the birthplace of Virgil (author of Aeneidand is featured in Romeo & Juliet.
And of course, religion plays a big role in Mantova’s history, too._DSC0325After spending most of the day strolling the streets (I think we must have covered about another six miles on foot — no joke!) we headed to one of Claudio and Patrizia’s favorite local restaurants for dinner._DSC0348What’s that on Anthony’s plate? A nice big serving of cow tongue. Claudio forced us to try it — ha! We thought it was… interesting. :) I’ll stick with the pasta and non-tongue, thanks._DSC0350And that was day one in Verona! See you soon for more pasta and history.

2 thoughts on “pasta & history of Verona, part 1

  1. Awesome photos. I always said I would not eat anything that could taste me, LOL. It looks like such a great time. have a good day