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The Scalinger Railings

Scalinger railings inscriptionWho would imagine Italian art style railings on a Portobello road.

Just a glance in their direction gives instant recognition of true iron art. It does not take an expert to realise a work of an artist even in a refection in something stately and Classic.

On the road side is a reproduction by Blacksmiths James Ross and David Greig (1890) of the surrounding iron railings that guard the tombs of the Scalinger at Verona.

The city of Verona is on the river Adige and is capital of the province of the same name. It is world famous for its Roman amphitheatre and holds continuous opera festivals.

It gained its wealth as a city under the Dela Scala family in both the thirteenth and fourteenth century, and its reputation through William Shakespeare.

From Romeo and Juliet the city of Verona is well met.   
There is no world without Verona walls,
But purgatory, torture, hell itself.
Hence-banished is banish'd from the world,
And world's exile is death: then banished,
Is death mis-term'd: calling death banishment,
Thou cutt'st my head off with a golden axe,
And smilest upon the stroke that murders me.
Lovers visit Verona in large numbers to attach their love letters on the walls of Juliet's balcony so much so it has to be cleaned and cleared often.

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Holiday memory - a picture of Venice

Yes! We have to admit the refection of the Scaliger railings brought out images and memories of Verona, Venice and Italy.
          Survivor         Camp Meg