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  • Day8

    Sunneuntergang am Meer

    September 8 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    Mier started üse Tag mit em idyllischs Dörfli namens Borghetto. Bestuned det d Flüssli und die viele schöne Brugge.
    Wiiter gad d Fahrt richtig Verona. Mier schlendered dur die viele schöne Stasse und gsend de Balkon wo am Romeo sini Julia gstande isch. Nachere chli längere fahrt chömed mier de schlussändlich am Meer ah. Mitmene wunderschöne Sunneuntergang und eme Traumhafte usblick richtig Venedig, gniessed mier d Abigstimmig. Nur die viele Mugge mached üs de Abig chli durenand.Read more

  • Day12

    Parma ohne Julia, Schinken ohne Romeo

    October 13 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Nachdem die Laune wieder besser war, ging es zum Frühstück-für die meisten eher Mittagessenzeit- in die Hauptstadt des Parmaschinken und Parmesans. In einem kleinem Feinkostbistro ließen wir uns ein paar Panini mit diversen Schinken und Salamen (könnte der Plura von Salami sein😄) kredenzen.
    Wir verzichteten auf eine ganze Keule in unserem Gepäck und fuhren Richtung Balkon.
    Welcher Balkon? Natürlich der von Julia. Jane informierte sich vorab. Enttäuschenderweise wurde dieser erst nach Shakespeares Roman an dieser Stelle errichtet. Also alles nur Fake. Und die Liebesbriefe, die von allen Touristen mit Kaugummi an die Gänge zum Balkon geklebt wurden, sind einer Renovierung zum Opfer gefallen.
    Früher war alles besser.
    Außer das Eis vielleicht. Das war in Verona auf jeden Fall sehr gut.
    Wir suchten uns noch einen schönen Campingplatz am Gardasee und holten uns Pizza am Restaurant nebenan. So endete unser letzter italenischer Abend ziemlich unspektakulär. Am nächsten Tag sollte es zwar auf italienischem Staatsgebiet weiter gehen. Jedoch hat diese Region nicht mit dem Italien zu tun bzw. würde am liebsten nichts mit Italien zu tun haben.
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  • Day21

    Just arrived

    October 7, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We have arrived in Verona and had a wonderful walk through the city. We met with Carley and Aisha and had a lovely meal overlooking the arena.

  • Day20

    Arco dei Gavi, Verona

    December 11, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    After a relaxing lie in, which we needed after Florence, we met up with Peta and Errol for breakfast and then headed out exploring for the day. On our way to check out Castelvecchio we passed the Arco dei Gavi, a 1st century triumphal arch on the edge of the Adige River. Although this is not its original location, it was constructed to honour the Roman Gavia family during the Roman era. It origianlly stood outside the city centre and in the Middle Ages was incorporated into the city walls as a gate entrance.

    Following the Napoleonic Wars the French had the arch destroyed and the remains were moved to the city square and then to the Arena. In 1932 the white Veronese marble arch was reassembled piece by piece next to the castle.

    There is something about the white marble against the brilliant blue sky that captures your eye and the fact that people went to all the trouble of reconstructing a destroyed piece of architectural history is very admirable. Not something that would happen at home. Once its gone, it is gone.
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  • Day20

    Castelvecchio, Verona

    December 11, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    Next to the arch is the Castelvecchio, Verona's historic castle. Meaning "Old Castle", it is the most important military construction of the Scaliger dynasty that ruled the city in the Middle Ages. Construction began in 1354 when following a revolt headed by his half-brother Fregnano, Cangrande II no longer felt safe inside the city and he had the castle and bridge over the Adige River built. The new dwelling was to be a palace, fortress and a guarantee means of escape, however Cangrande only lived there for a little while before he was betrayed and killed by his brother Cansignorio who took over dominion of Verona.

    Following the downfall of the Della Scala family the castle was damaged during the Napoleonic Wars, Napoleon himself stayed here several times. It later fell inder Austrian rule and was used as soldier's barracks and after several restorations throughout the years it now houses the Castelvecchio Museum.

    While we didn't go into the museum, we did enjoy looking around the castle grounds, within the castle walls. It is amazing that so much of it still stands today and we get to walk where history has taken place. I love the history and the stories of these historic structures and it is fun to imagine what life would have been like back then.
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  • Day20

    Ponte di Castelvecchio, Verona

    December 11, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

    Also known as Ponte Scaligero, the fortified bridge ajoining the Castelvecchio featured the world's largest span at the timeof construction in 1356. Built as a way of escape from the castle in the event of a rebellion of the population against Lord Cangrande II's tyrannic rule, the bridge remained untouched until French troops destroyed the tower on the left bank in the late 18th century. The bridge was totally destroyed by the retreating German troops who blew it up on 24 Aprli, 1945. A faithful reconstruction begun in 1949 and was finished in 1951 with the exception of the left tower.

    The views of Verona from the many "windows" were amazing and being able to climb up onto the higher levels was an experience, especially with the lack of railings etc to help prevent falling. I love how safety conscious the Italians are - not. In one aspect we are able to climb and explore these historic buildings, which I am sure one day will not be possible, and on the other hand, things do feel a bit "hairy" at times. Still I'm so happy we get to do these things.
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  • Day20

    Adige River, Verona

    December 11, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

    We made our way across the Ponte Castelvecchio and enjoyed a lovely stroll along the Adige River. Verona is such a pretty town on both sides of the river and it was such a beautiful day for a walk along the second longest river in Italy, although we only strolled along a short distance of it.

    It was pretty cool seeing the snow covered Alps in the distance and we are all hoping we get to experience snow somewhere on this trip.

    We crossed back over the river on the Ponte della Vittoria and made our way to the Piazza Della Erbe, passing through the Porta Borsari on the way. Dating back to the 1st century, the Porta Borsari is an arched limestone gate that served as the main entrance to the city.

    Verona is in full Christmas mode and as we passed through the gateway we see the first of many large Christmas trees that adorn old Verona. Most of them are simply decorated and it is the many lights that make them sparkle. We are certainly getting into the Christmas spirit and it is such a lovely feel exploring the streets and laneways.
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  • Day20

    Piazza delle Erbe, Verona

    December 11, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    We made our way to the Piazza delle Erbe, my favourite piazza in Verona. Once the town's forum during the time of the Roman Empire, it is surrounded by many of the town's important buildings. On one side is the ancient town hall, the Torre Dei Lamberti, the Casa dei Guidici (Judges Hall) and the frescoed Mazzanti Houses. On the western side is Palazzo Maffei, decorated by statues of Greek gods, facing a white marble column on which is St. Mark's Lion, the symbol of the Republic of Venice.

    There are tall houses of the Ghetto, the Casa del Mercanti (House of the Merchants) and other beautiful buildings that have maintained their facade frescoes. There is so much history here surrounding the square's most ancient monument, the fountain on which sits the statue called Madonna Verona. The fountain was built in 1368 but the statue itself has been dated back to 380 AD.

    One of the more unusual things in the piazza is the existence of what is believed to the centuries-old rib bone of a whale, hanging in the medieval Arco della Costa (Arch of the Rib), the entry point between Piazza Erbe and Piazza dei Signori. It has been hanging there since the 1700s, although some estimates suggest much longer, possible since the 15th century.

    In the Middle Ages and Renaissance era, the walkway above the arch provided a safe passage for judges and magistrates between the city hall and their living quarters, so they didn't need to associate with the common and corrupt people below. This may be the ironic origin of the myth of the whalebone's magic - it is claimed that it will fall on the first innocent or truthful person to walk under the archway and yet it is still hanging today.

    I love this square, with all its history and colour and vibrancy. Unfortunately, it is also the site of the "tourist" markets that sell imported tourist stuff we have seen at every town. We really want to experience the local markets and see things that are from Verona, made by the people of Verona. It does take away from the feel of this beautiful square.

    This proved to be the perfect pit stop though, to sit and enjoy some drinks while we watched the world go by. One bonus with ordering drinks in Italy is that in most places you also get complimentary snacks with your drink order. This is a tradition we love but our bellies probably don't. After a few drinks and some snacks, Peta and I headed off to browse the markets (yes ironic considering I’m not fussed on them), and thankfully turned the corner to discover Verona’s Christmas markets, exactly what we wanted.
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  • Day22

    Cafe Wallner, Verona

    December 13, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ❄️ 1 °C

    After grabbing some more photos we decided it was time for a coffee and came across Cafe Wallner on our way home. What a fabulous cafe - we loved the decor, and the cakes and pastries on display were works of art themselves. Added bonus was the delicious coffees and the hugest croissants we have every seen. Somehow we did manage to eat them.

    With the rain set in and Brad not feeling the best we ended up having a very relaxing day. Brad rested and tried to recuperate, and I joined Peta and Errol for a glass of wine or two for lunch and then enjoyed a stroll through the markets in the rain before returning home to relax for the rest of the day. It was an easy and relaxing day, just what we needed.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Verona, فيرونا, ورونا, Vérone, ורונה, वेरोना, VRN, ヴェローナ, Werona, Верона, 维罗纳

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