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Piazza delle Erbe

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  • Day14

    Verona

    September 12 in Italy

    Our destination today was Verona, home of Romeo and Juliette. Brad drove again and we were doing alright until we got to Verona and could not find where to park the car for Europcar. A couple of awkward intersection cross overs (who knows if we were in the right or not) and we finally found out we had to park in a car park about 10mins from the Europcar office itself. Something that they could have told us when we picked up the car. Anyway we made it.

    We checked into our room, very nice but with an extremely narrow bathroom, and then headed out to explore the area for the afternoon. This was only an overnight stop so we hit the ground running. I had completely underestimated Verona when planning as it was such a lovely place we would have liked to stay a little bit longer. We were pleasantly surprised.

    We checked out some of the major sites and enjoyed walking in the older part of Verona. The first piazza we came across was Piazza Bra, the largest piazza in Verona, Italy, with some claims that it is the largest in the country. The piazza is lined with numerous cafés and restaurants, along with several notable buildings and is a very picturesque site.

    It is also the location of the Verona Arena, originally an amphitheatre built nearly 2000 years ago. The building itself was built in the first century AD on a site then beyond the city walls. While it can now host crowds of up to 22,000, the original amphitheatre could seat 30,000 spectators. This is now a world-famous music venue with regular operatic and contemporary music performances including Pink Floyd, Rod Stewart, Elton John, and Muse. Unfortunately because it is a commercial venue it was covered with advertising signs and scaffolding.

    In the centre there is a lovely garden, which offered some shade on this very hot day, the fountain of the Alps and a bronze statue of Victor Emmanuel II. This monument to the first king of Italy, in which he is sat atop a horse, was inaugurated on 9 January 1883, five years to the day after his death.

    It was a lovely vibrant piazza to start our mini tour of Verona and we were already in love with the city. We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring more of the sites while trying not to get too hot. We were just not prepared for the heat here. Luckily, like most Italian cities, there are fresh water fountains throughout the piazzas to refill our water bottles.

    We finished our night with a very delicious dinner at Locanda degli Scaligeri, a restaurant not far from the hotel. Not sure if they had their translations right but there was gnocchi with overcooked horse meat on the menu. Needless to say, I did not order that. After dinner we enjoyed another stroll into the main square to admire it at night.

    The only thing that could have improved was the weather. It was very hot and humid, not what we expected for this time of year. What a lovely stop on our way to Venice.
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  • Day205

    Day 206: Fair Verona

    September 8, 2017 in Italy

    Up early this morning for a Skype chat with mum, then headed into the city around 10:30. Verona is a beautiful riverside city, one of the centres of the Renaissance, and has three distinct periods of the city that still show traces here in the modern day. The Roman period, from which several buildings still stand, the medieval period when the city expanded and was ruled by one family, and the Venetian period where it was ruled from Venice.

    We drove in and managed to grab an empty slot in a car-park, then walked the rest of the way into the old town. First stop was the Roman Arena, a large Colosseum type building that has largely survived intact. It's apparently the largest surviving Roman ruin in northern Italy! It could hold 20,000 spectators, and these days plays host to operas during the summer. Sadly we couldn't witness one, as the season had just finished a week or so earlier.

    We continued to wander around the old core of the city, quite interesting as the streets were all grid-like and laid out according to their original Roman plan (they loved to have straight-lined grids in their colonies). We checked out the bridges (some Roman, some medieval), the old castles and palazzos, and of course the ubiquitous Casa di Giulietta, where "Juliet" from Romeo & Juliet "lived". She was of course a fictional character and couldn't have lived there, although it's called that because a family of "Capellos" lived there for a while (similar enough to Capulet I guess).

    But there's no evidence Shakespeare ever came here, and given the hordes of people I really just found it tedious and silly. I get the idea of going to a film set (like a LOTR tour in New Zealand, or seeing Harry Potter locations in England), but here it really feels like people forget it's a work of fiction. Anyway.

    We had lunch down a side-street at a nice restaurant and relaxed a bit, before continuing around the rest of the city. Still quite busy, but some very pleasant spots. Eventually by mid-afternoon we were both pretty exhausted, so there wasn't much for it but to grab a gelato and head back to the car.

    Off home where we both sort of zonked out, and I took the opportunity to road test the $1.50 bottle of off-brand Aperol Spritz I'd bought at the supermarket. It's .. an acquired taste. Grapefruit is literally the worst fruit.
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  • Day143

    Our original plan was to do a day hike at the Dollarmites but due to the distance and our lack of fitness from consuming copious amounts of wine, cheese, pizza and gelato the next best option was to go for a hike in a small national park famous for its waterfalls.

    It was another scenic drive through the hills to get to the sleepy town of Milano. Trav and Jimmy had a tough time convincing the girls to take the 'black path' but after a few mins we realized that the park was an easy hike and we completed the loop under 2 hours. There were plenty of spots for photos and overall it wasn't too bad although it's getting harder to be impressed after everything we've seen in Chile and Vietnam. Ice creams all round as a reward for making it through then we headed back home to get ready for a night of culture.

    The Arena (open air amphitheater) is very famous in Verona and is in excellent condition considering its 2000 years old! Similar in shape and architecture to the Colosseum we buy the cheap tickets to an Opera performance and are seated on the stone benches - Steph suggested we take cushions which was a lifesaver! The atmosphere was brilliant and the performance (although all in Italian) was quite good. The show 'Aida' is a very popular show and has been playing for many years - unfortunately it went for close to 3.5 hours so after the first 2 intermissions Trav and Suki kept dosing off and lost the plot.

    A great night out and felling more sophisticated and quite tipsy from the backpack full of wine and beer we smuggled inside - we walk home.
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  • Day1

    Ich habe mich verliebt...

    October 7, 2016 in Italy

    ...in diese Stadt oder sogar in dieses Land.
    Du startest im kalten grauen Deutschland und eineinhalb Stunden später hast du Sommer.
    Die Fahrt mit dem Bus von Pisa nach Florenz war schon super. Sonne, blauer Himmel, Zypressen, Olivenbäume, Weinberge...
    Und dann diese Stadt, Straßencafé's, Straßenmusiker, viele Menschen und dann diese beeindruckenden Bauwerke. Da fehlen mir gerade die Worte, um zu beschreiben, wie gut es mir gerade geht.
    Ich sitze in der Altstadt mitten auf einem belebten Platz bei Rotwein und Käse. I love my life.
    Meine Herberge ist keine 200m von der Kathedrale Santa Maria del Fiore entfernt. Wenn ich mich ganz weit aus dem Fenster lehne, kann ich die Kuppel des Doms sehen, eins der Wahrzeichen der Stadt.
    Die Kathedrale hab ich mir dann auch als erstes vorgenommen. Hier muss man für alles viel Zeit mitbringen, die Touristenströme sind heftig.
    Das Highlight der Kathedrale ist der Blick von der Kuppel. Sowohl in den Innenraum, da kommt man der Malerei an der Kuppel sehr nah, als auch der Blick von der Kuppel auf die Stadt.
    Das muss man sich hart erarbeiten, 463 Stufen und du bist fertig, wenn du oben bist. Der Einlass erfolgt in Gruppen und du willst ja mithalten und nicht japsend alle an dir vorbei lassen und ziehst durch. Ich hab nur gedacht, was mach ich hier eigentlich, zahle auch noch 15€ für die Quälerei. Als ich dann mit zitternden Knien da oben stand, war die Sonne bereit für einen tollen Sonnenuntergang und die Qual war vergessen.
    Schaut euch die Fotos an. Ich spar mir weitere Fakten, eine Meisterleistung, wenn man bedenkt, dass das Teil fast 600 Jahre alt ist. Ok, der Bau hat auch gut 200 gebraucht. Den Rest der Fakten gibt es auf Wikipedia nachzulesen... https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathedrale_von_Florenz ☺️
    Ich mache jetzt noch einen Spaziergang durch das nächtliche Florenz. Ich weiß jetzt schon, dass ich zu wenig Zeit für diese Stadt habe...
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  • Day240

    Verona

    November 29, 2017 in Italy

    Our whole room was checking out today so all 4 of us were trying to pack in a cramped space. I was a nice human and decided to let them go first so I stayed in bed longer. All out of kindness. I had no other motive I swear 🙄😅

    We went to buy new boat tickets and of course they dont take card and there was no ATM so I went for a 2km walk run in the rain to try and find one. People kept saying "it's over the next bridge"
    IT WAS NEVER OVER THE NEXT BRIDGE.. OR THE NEXT ONE.

    Long story short I didn't find one but we found money.
    Bought tickets and got on the boat. Shock shock they didn't check tickets which annoyed me after all the effort.
    our boat took us straight to the train station so that was something.

    We were a little early so we had breakfast in a cafeteria.

    The train was practically empty which I prefer.

    I was asleep-ish and the train guy came past to check everyones tickets but didn't bother us because we were sleeping 😂
    Doing a good job, mate 👍🏼👍🏼

    It was a 2 hour journey but we finally made it to Verona.
    2km walk to our hostel/bnb but it was lovely. They have there own mini gladiator stadium. I bloody love gladiator stuff.
    There was also this nice stretch that had colorful buildings and a park.
    it's a Bnb hostel we are staying at.
    So everyone has a private room but there are several guests.
    I really like it. What a great find.

    Pretty soon after arriving we headed off to Juliets house from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - or rather the balcony they think inspired Shakespeare.
    The balcony is classical. The vines near by add such charm. Underneath is a statue of Juliet.
    There is a wall with hundreds/thousands of love locks attached. There was also a wall that had love notes attached too. Genuinely horrified that 90% of them were attached to the wall with a bandaid.
    I just slipped mine in the door crack.
    I addressed it to Will and not Romeo just to be clear hahaha

    So what made this EXTRA romantic was that we saw a proposal.
    She said yes.
    He knelt and I wacked Will to get his attention. Neither of us have seen a proposal before.
    The girl was laughing. It wasn't the best reaction.. She never said Yes but eventually pulled him up and accepted it.
    He wasn't fussed by her reaction though - he was talking to the friend filing while he waited for her to stop laughing lol.
    Upon reflection it's a way cooler and less cliche spot that the Eiffel Tower.

    The tunnel walls as we entered and left were all signed with love graffiti.

    We went walking around and ended up having an early dinner.

    Back at the house we showered and then had a tea with everyone in the kitchen area. I didn't really like anyone tbh.

    There was a Lithuanian girl who has been hitchhiking around and I asked her about it and then I made a comment along the lines of Ivan Milat has put me off doing that and then an AUSTRALIAN goes
    "Ivan Milat, Is that somewhere in Europe? "
    ......
    I beg your pardon?
    .....
    OH MY GOLLY GOODNESS 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️

    Back in our room.
    We Skyped Jess and Jaxon.

    Florence tomorrow ✌🏼
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  • Day323

    Memory Recovery

    November 19 in Italy

    Rediscovering Verona or discovering that I have a bad memory😂 Was telling my friends here that it's my first time in the city but eventually remembered that I was here in December 2011🤦‍♂️

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