Unexpected Italy

Best quote of the trip by my Italian colleague: “Padova’s city walls aren’t so old.  They were built in the 700s.”

Unexpected concert:  I visited the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza.  Completed in 1585, it is the oldest surviving enclosed theater in the world.  As I entered the theater, a fellow tourist began singing an opera aria from the seating area.  It was a beautiful impromptu concert in a beautiful space.

The stage scenery, also built in 1585, is the oldest surviving stage set in the world.


Unexpected Historical Moment:  I noticed Italian flags on many homes, not just on official buildings, and asked if it was a national holiday.  It turns out that 2011 is the 150 anniversary of the unification (Risorgimento) of the current state of Italy in 1861.  Happy Birthday, Italy!

Italian flags on display


And finally, any Stargate fans out there?  This looks somewhat familiar…

An artifact in the Archaelogical Museum, Padova


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Creating academic and public environments for the humanities to flourish Researching Soviet and Eastern European history Engaging people and ideas as a writer and interviewer Traveling as much as possible View all posts by amanda

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