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Provincia di Verona

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  • Day295

    Verona

    April 17, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Verona provides a stopover only 2km from the city centre at the reasonable price of €10 for 24 hours. Arriving just before 10am we took the penultimate spot and set off on foot to see the sights. Although there were cycle tracks, we had so little distance to cover getting to and around the places of interest it was hardly worth getting the bike down.

    Passing by the ornately castellated Castel Vecchio we came to the River Adige that curves round the historic centre. Taking a few minutes we looked out over the water and watched dull coloured Sand Martins darting adeptly over and under the bridge arches. Verona had signposted its sights well and a nearby notice invited us to look around the Chiesa di San Lorenzo. It made a nice change to see a church such as this that was well used, in contrast to some of the large cathedrals that have appeared preserved as museums.

    While our Three data SIM works in Italy, it doesn't in Slovenia and as we have less than a week left here, we didn't top up when it ran out. We were therefore pleased that Verona provided a good free wifi zone in the centre of town and logged on to upload, download and catch up with correspondence.

    Our next visit was to the Old Market courtyard standing at the base of the Lamberti tower and whose staircase, with its elegant stone pillared banister led up to the Gallery of Modern Art. Here we each bought a 24 hour Verona card for €18, allowing us entry to 8 different attractions, including the gallery. After the huge and heavy going Uffizi gallery in Florence, the relatively small collection was an enjoyable contrast. It displayed and told the stories of classic paintings from the 19th century through to contemporary abstract images, as well as containing an atmospherically decorated chapel.

    Close by was the Lamberti tower. We needed to wait in a queue that snaked out onto and across the street, effectively blocking it. We left space for people to pass through and tried not to get frustrated when those queuing behind us insisted on squashing closely up against us, frequently bumping in to us. Once inside the 84m high tower it was far less crowded. We'd chosen to climb the metal stairs that were affixed to each of the 4 walls instead of taking the lift, as it seemed most people preferred to do. The view from the platform was good but we were disappointed that the spiral staircase that led past the huge bronze bells to the top of the tower was shut off.

    Picking up some slices of pizza for lunch we braved it through the crush of city centre crowds to the Arena, a large Roman amphitheatre dating from the 1st Century AD. The outside had been damaged by an earthquake but the tiered seating within was very well intact and it was great to see that it was used regularly for opera performances, with a mix of ancient stone steps and new staging, lighting and metal seats. At this point we had an impromptu video call from Vicky's Dad. It was a real treat and we were very pleased the city wifi was up to the job.

    Our last port of call was the 'Casa di Giulietta'. A house that had no link to Shakespeare's fictional character of Juliet but had been chosen to represent her residence. We'd been past a couple of times before but the tourist melee was so dense we'd chosen to return at a later time, hoping it would be less busy. It wasn't. The entrance was an archway that led into a little cobbled courtyard from where you could see a small first floor stone balcony. The inside of the archway was covered in graffiti declaring 'undying love'. This had been covered with plasters and post-its bearing the names or intitials of lovers or suitors. There seemed to be a system whereby visitors entered on the right and exited on the left side. We shuffled in with the majority while a few selfish people pushed past on the centre line. Once in the courtyard we couldn't face going into the house itself and so snapped a few photos of the balcony and took our leave on the opposite side. Some more selfish people had chosen to enter via this side and aggressively barged into us when they found there wasn't enough space. As you can imagine, we'd had enough of crowds at this point and retreated towards the safety of the van. Easter Monday was obviously a busy day and we found the density of people unpleasant around the tourist attractions, but you didn't have to go far to find a quiet street and our overall impression of Verona was a good one.
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  • Day293

    Aquardens, Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella

    April 15, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Driving down the east side of Lake Garda we both felt we should want to go sailing but neither of us actually did. Parking had been a major difficulty and the number of people on the shore and on the water seriously detracted from the appeal. We came to the conclusion that a stay and activities at Lake Garda needed proper planning and for us, a quieter time of year.

    At least the road was easier to drive on the eastern shore, with no difficult tunnels and we still appreciated the incredible natural beauty of the setting.

    Our next stopover wasn't too far to the South East. Aquardens was a large thermal baths that provided a seperate and free parking area for vans. There were about 40 already there when we parked but space for many more and we easily found a spot with no near neighbours. On two sides of the gravel parking area were large commercial orchards. One of them with peaches and the other cultivating some unidentified trees, possibly kiwi.

    The thermal baths was a landscaped set of pools, mostly outdoors. It looked nice but was expensive and they hiked the prices for weekends and holidays. There were hundreds of cars in the car park plus the vans and with the prospect of the so many people in there we chose not to visit.

    On our first night there the temperature hadn't dropped below 18°C. In the morning the air was humid and the skies grew increasingly dark. A powerful thunderstorm was brewing for a while before it broke with long lasting rumbles reverberating off the hills and huge rain drops clattering down on the van roof. We took the opportunity to do one of the things we love best; sitting snugly inside with a nice cuppa and a slice of cake while watching the weather outside after Vicky had had a quick dance in the rain.

    We celebrated Easter Sunday here with an dark chocolate egg and some Easter cake. There hasn't been a hot cross bun to be found anywhere but all the shops are selling cross shaped cakes. The one we had was a bit like panatone with orange peel inside the sponge and a toasted meringue, almond and sugar stick topping. Needless to say it was scrumptious. The chocolate eggs available had mostly been wrapped decoratively instead of being presented in boxes and some were as heavy as 10kg in weight! Others had gone in for colourful edible decorations on the chocolate and we'd enjoyed perusing the different designs crafted and displayed in the small pasticerias.
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  • Day3

    Monte Belpo

    Yesterday in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Hatten wir gestern den wohl bekanntesten Wanderweg, war es heute wohl das genaue Gegenteil. Der Weg auf den Monte Belpo von San Zeno di Montagna. Schlecht bis überhaupt nicht ausgeschildert, drei mal verwandert, Wege über Wiesen, Wald, Geröllfelder, so schmale, zugewachsene Wege, dass du fast eine Machete gebraucht hättest, um dir den Weg „frei zu schlagen“... aber es war schön, mit wieder ganz tollen Ausblicken.
    Zum Sonnenuntergang haben wir unsere Energiespeicher in Malcesine, direkt im kleinen Hafen, wieder aufgefüllt. Ein echt romantisches Örtchen.
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  • Day2

    Gardasee...

    February 8 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    ...du bist viel schöner als ich gedacht habe 😍 im Sommer gehts hier sicherlich rund, aber jetzt ist alles wie ausgestorben...worüber ich mich natürlich freue 😜 Und worüber ich mich auch freue: es ist suuuuper warm. Erst mal die dicke Jacke und den Schal ausziehen...jetzt wird gekuschelt und die Sonne genossen 😊☀️Read more

  • Day2

    Und Tschüssle Gardasee

    February 8 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Nachdem ich hier jetzt einfach mal paar Stündchen rumgegammelt, mein Leben genossen und festgestellt habe, dass ich diese Art zu leben so liebe und vermisse, habe ich mich wieder zusammengerafft und meine sieben Sachen ins Auto gepackt. Gerade als ich losfahren wollte kam ein älterer Hippie zu mir und wollte mir irgendwas auf Italienisch erklären...ich hab allerdings absolut nicht gecheckt, was er von mir will 😅 er hat mir dann einfach nur mit den Worten „hermosa“ über den Kopf gestreichelt und mir eine Visitenkarte in die Hand gedrückt...witziger Typ 😂❤️Read more

  • Day17

    Monte Baldo (2.218 m)

    October 21, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Nach einer tollen Nacht auf dem Parkplatz im Monte Baldo-Gebiet, gab es ein Frühstück mit herrlicher Aussicht (ohne dämliche Wohnmobil-Nachbarn die nicht guten Morgen sagen können wie wir es auf dem Campingplatz hatten). Danach ging es zu Fuß weiter bis zum Gipfel wo auch die Seilbahn von Malcesine hoch kommt. Leider war durch die Wolkendecke keine Sicht zum Lago runter. Dafür hatten wir orkanartigen Wind und durchaus kühle Temperaturen.Read more

  • Day88

    Verona Italy

    September 2, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    One of the first sights we saw was Verona's enormous 1st Century Roman amphitheatre, the Arena which in ancient times held 30,000 people but today is limited to 15,000 for security reasons. We were not lucky enough to get a concert ticket while here but could stand outside and listen and appeciate how special a live performance here would be.
    Of course Verona is also famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet." A 14th-century residence with a tiny balcony overlooking a courtyard is said be “Juliet’s House" and we are still looking for her statue so we can rub her breast for good luck. Unfortunately, we had no luck today - a huge storm hit Verona and washed our sightseeing plans down the drain. We still had a lovely time in this beautiful place.
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Provincia di Verona, Vérone, Verona

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