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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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  • Day1

    Castel San Pietro, über den Dächern

    April 20 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    ...von Verona.

    Unser Campingplatz liegt inmitten einer alten Burgruine und bietet den perfekten Ausgangspunkt für unsere Besichtigungstour.

    Nach nur 15 Minuten und zig Stufen hatten wir die Innenstadt erreicht...

    Der Blick auf den Sonnenuntergang über Verona von "unserer Terrasse" aus ist unbeschreiblich!Read more

  • Day1

    Romeo e Guilia...

    April 20 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    ...versprühen ihren Charme!

    Die Altstadt Veronas wartet mit dem gemütlichen und warmen Charme auf den man von Shakespeare s Romeo und Julia erwartet... Den ganzen Tag sind wir durch die Gassen der Stadt mit ihren zahlreichen Restaurants, Osterien, etc gewandert.

    Von der Liebesgeschichte waren wohl mehrere Leute angetan, sodass sich in den kleinen Innenhof, in dem Julias Balkon zu sehen ist, eine Menschenmasse geschoben hat um ein Foto zu ergattern. (Wir natürlich auch...)

    Im Colosseum haben wir uns kurz der Sonne hingegeben und haben den Augenblick genossen.

    Zum krönenden Abschluss des Tages, nach ca. 10 gelaufenen Km, haben wir dann in einem kleinen Ristaurante das italienische Lebensgefühl mit Pizza, Spritz (ein Wahnsinns Getränk, Spritz Passion: Passoa mit Weißwein), einem Bier und einem sehr leckeren Mojito inhaliert.
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  • Day14

    Verona

    September 12, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    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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