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Santana in Verona

March 10, 2010

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This is the last, and perhaps the most offbeat, in a series of audio slideshows I created after a trip taken to Rome and Northern Italy in Summer 2008, with my 18-year-old-son Lucas and his cousin, Neil. The trip was a high school graduation present for Lucas. We had intended to go to an Imbrogno family reunion in the town in Calabria where my father was born. That trip fell through after my essential Italian-speaking aunt needed surgery and couldn’t go. One morning, I was eating breakfast in my kitchen and a printout of Carlos Santana floated down onto the table. My son, resolute in his determination to head to the land of his grandfather, had Googled up a concert by Santana in Verona that summer.

Now, Verona is the town where Shakespeare set “Romeo and Juliet,” but is also home to the world’s most perfect example of a Roman coliseum, the Arena di Verona. So it was, that in early July 2008, we sat our bottoms down into the wide stone seats where a couple thousands years before, the Verona populace had sat their butts down to watch gladiator fights. Instead of lions being slain, we got to watch Santana slay the night in a cool concert in a cool setting. I shot the pictures and compiled the slideshow and set it to a soundtrack of some alt-music by Lucas, who records and performs as The Flow (check out more of his his sounds at myspace.com/awalktothethrone). I should add that YouTube strips out pans and zooms from the SoundSlides program I used to make this. If you wish to view the show in its (preferred) original format with much higher resolution, click here.

Should life permit you the deep and abiding pleasure of a visit to Northern Italy, you must include Verona on your intinerary.  Whether or not the Casa di Giulietta was indeed Juliet’s house, tourists are told it is and so flock to its archway up a Veronese side street. Two traditions predominate: 1) rubbing the right breast of the bronze Juliet statue in the courtyard; 2) and writing love graffiti in the archway, adding to the tens of thousands of scribbles through the centuries. A quite impressive work of mass art.

Casa di Guilietta in Verona, Italy, 2008 | Photo by Douglas Imbrogno | click bigger

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