Saturday, April 3, 2010


After the visual jewels of Padua we scooted to the town of Vincenza, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Palladian style of architecture was planned and orderly. The Villa Mansions lining the way into town were grand. This one was the inspiration for Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Charlottesville, VA.Yet the real standout in Vicenza is the Olympic Theatre. When I read about it, I had visions of an outdoor ampitheatre used for sporting events. It wasn't anything like that...
The Teatro Olimpico is the oldest surviving enclosed theatre in the world. The onstage scenery designed to give the appearance of long streets receding to a distant horizon, was installed in 1585 for the very first performance held in the theatre and is the oldest surviving stage set still in existence.These next two shots are my favorites. Kirk and Connor are specks in the grand Palladian theatre. Kirk read all about the place to Connor - and amazingly - she sat still with her blue balloon and listened! A rare event for our wiggle worm.There was a little show with spotlights and music. It did a good job showing off the special spot. Connor loved it. Perhaps our future drama queen was in her element. Later while driving around Mantua to see the castle, our little actress konked right out.Pink muh-muh clutched close. Of course.

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