Editor’s Note: Anna Heise of the University of Maine has agreed to write a blog during the Black Bears women’s basketball team’s trip to Italy. The senior center from Halle, Germany, will provide readers with a student-athlete’s perspective on the experience as the team enjoys the history and culture of Italy while playing a handful of games.
Have you ever watched the movie “Letters for Juliet?” If so, do you remember the part where Sophie explores Verona on her own and finds Juliet’s balcony and the letter wall?
Well, now guess what we did today! I still can’t believe that we actually went to the exact same place where the movie was made.
The Casa di Giulietta, what Juliet’s home is called in Italy, is in the center of Verona and is actually quite hard to find. Luckily we had our local tour guide, Monica, with us, and she showed and told us everything we needed to know.
The first thing you see when heading to the house is a graffiti-covered sign post. After we passed a short, dark tunnel, we saw the famous, tiny balcony. In the courtyard, you can find a bronze statue of Juliet. Apparently touching her right breast is good luck. Let’s just say a lot of us should be lucky if this myth really is true.
Behind the statue is a collection of love letters left for the secretaries of Juliet to answer. Most of us wrote a letter to Juliet. I am excited to see if we will get a response.
After the tour we had a little bit of free time in Verona before we started our journey to Tuscany. The bus ride was about five hours long. After 2½ hours, we stopped at a farmhouse and learned about the production of wine and olive oil. It was really interesting to learn and see how everything works.
Tuscany is a beautiful place and there were many beautiful views we all truly enjoyed.
After the trip to the farmhouse, it was time to make our way to the hotel, where we had dinner and then the rest of the evening to ourselves. Some of us went on walks; others stayed in the hotel and got some rest.
On Wednesday, we are going to visit Florence. I am especially looking forward to the Accademia Gallery where we will see the Statue of David.
About the author: Anna Heise is majoring in journalism at UMaine with a double minor in child development and family relations and creative writing. She enjoys hanging out with her teammates, traveling, reading and watching movies.