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Elderhostel in Verona, Italy

The images shown below are selected from digital photos I made during an Elderhostel tour, "Food for Thought", held in Verona, Italy during May 1-12, 2000. The small thumbnail images are in chronological order. Scroll down and click on any of the thumbnails in order to see a larger image, which will appear in a separate browser window. You will need to adjust the size of these two windows and switch back-and-forth to facilitate browsing through the set. Sorry for the clunky format, but there's been little time to make refinements and (too) many pictures to share.

All photos were made with a Nikon Coolpix 950 digicam. To prepare files for the web, Photoshop was used to resample sizes down to 500x375 pixels and to do some contrast/brightness adjustment as well as a slight bit of sharpening. Because of limited web storage-space, these images are considerably reduced in size and quality compared to the originals. You are welcome to copy any of them, and Elderhostlers who wish to have a higher-quality file of certain images should email me at pjrose@frontiernet.net . All images are copyright 2000 by Philip I. Rose. ~Ciao!


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Roman Arena--a few steps from our hotel in the center of Verona. Lisa (center) and Sabrina (2nd from left) introduce themselves we start our first walk in Verona; Lisa takes the lead critical info--an ATM location Juliet's House -- we're in Verona, right?

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Piazza Bra--just down the street from our hotel Lisa shows the way to Restaurant Liston a few moments of refreshing rain as we begin our stroll Castelvecchio (1354) walking toward the Adige River

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Ponte Scaligero, at Castelvecchio Sabrina explains the importance of the Adige River the Roman gate called Porta Borsari great place for pastry a Venetian column in Piazza delle Erbe Dante Alligheri in Verona's Piazza dei Signori

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Lamberti Tower looking into the courtyard of Palazzo del Commune preparing artichokes in Piazza delle Erbe

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Lisa gives pointers for buying produce in Piazza delle Erbe Lamberti Tower and fountain in the Piazza Delle Erbe Andy shares some pastries.

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a wine shop why are we buying bouillon (with porcini flavor) in a wineshop? a lesson on cultivation of rice, an important product of the Veneto Sabrina describes laser-guided leveling of rice fields and the process of flooding and draining at an old villa on the Riceria's property beginning our tour of Riceria Ferron with the proprietor at his 17th century rice mill

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the best and rarest of Italian rice: "Vialone Nano" rice--for the ultimate risotto entering the "Pila Vecia" (old mill) kitchen at Riceria Ferron, where culinary magic is performed with rice students in the "lecture hall" Lisa introduces the Chef, un virtuoso di riso Steve learns the art of stuffing rice-flour crepes with garden vegetables

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rice "olives": rice, olive paste, broth, milk, olive oil, onion, flour, egg, bread rice olives after deep-frying a serving of fried rice olives and carp fillets ...then rice-flour crepes with a pea-cream sauce

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getting pointers on making "risotto espresso" risotto with basil--one of three variations on our menu displaying freshly baked rice cake risotto all' isolana (with ground pork and veal)

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dessert--the subtely sweet rice cake, of course gift of 1/2 kilo Vialone semifino rice for each Elderhosteler in the Arena seating capacity was 25,000 in ancient days passing through Porta dei Borsari

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Verona, "The Painted City" Piazza delle Erbe courtyard of Palazzo del Commune Scaliger tombs (Arche Scaligere) over doorway: tomb of Cangrande I (d. 1329)

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view over the Adige River toward Roman Theater Ponte Pietra Ponte Pietra a view down the Adige River entering the Roman theater (1st cent., BC)

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Patricia Guy on "Wines of the Veneto" Verona synagogue

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Piazza delle Erbe from Lamberti Tower Piazza dei Signori from Lamberti Tower View toward the Arena and along Via Mazzini Prof. Michael Campo describes the infamous "Processo di Verona" in Basilica S. Zeno (10th century) Neptune fountain in town of Rovereto (Trentino)

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making "canederli con speck" in Rovereto canederli served at lunch (Rovereto)

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at a small Trentino vineyard touring the vineyard Dolomite Mountains tower over the vines

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entering town of Lasize on Lake Garda Lamberti Winery: Prosecco with strawberries, then a cooking demonstration and wonderful luncheon

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add a little extra-virgin olive oil verrrry thin please pass the pasta sitting down to lunch at Lamberti Winery

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looking up in Teatro Accademico (Mantua) Teatro Accademico Mantua, home of the Gonzagas: the Ducal Palace tapestry room ceiling detail ceiling detail from the Bridal Room in Ducal Palace castello making ravioli, etc.

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curious "falling block" design at Palazzo del Te (1525-1535) Giants' Room (Palazzo del Te) Oleficio (olive oilery) the olives come rolling down here...

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...and get smushed here here the cold-pressing extracts extra-virgin oil toasted bread drizzled with fragrant extra-virgin olive oil--a perfect mid-afternoon snack

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Sabrina Berent and Lisa Calevi, our dynamic duo quest for the perfect gelato--made on the premises, of course Yes!

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Piazza Maggiore and Neptune's Fountain (Bologna) Neptune's little helpers doorway of Basilica of S. Petronius (Bologna)

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keeping our Elderhostel herd together entering Court of Pilate (12th century) at St. Stephen's Basilica

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monkfish and friends lunch at Trattoria Diana (Bologna)

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approaching the Acetaia Malpighi, in Modena describing the lengthy process to make the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena aging for several decades, cooked grape "must" progresses through five wooden barrels to become the intense "Aceto Balsamico Traditionale di Modena" the proof of the vinegar is in the tasting--just a little dab a treasure in dozens of small barrels (open to the air through delicate linen cloths) quietly aging to a syrupy perfection

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the proud proprietor of Acetaia Malpighi getting a whiff of the heady brew Vicenza (Piazza dei Signori), where Judy and I spent our "free day" Vicenza assembled at the farewell dinner

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our "last supper" at the Liston

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