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  • Day34

    Verona Part 2- a night at the opera

    August 4, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    The opera was AMAZING!! Not what we expected as we both thought Placido Domingo would be speaking and doing more solos but it a total performance with full cast. It was unreal.
    At 11.30pm we were starving so went for dinner in the piazza just outside- we r adopting these European meal times!

  • Day34

    Verona - part 1

    August 4, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Got an early train from Switzerland to Italy, through some beautiful scenery.
    The 3rd train (Italian) was totally full and not quite as well organised as the Swiss ones.
    Arrived in Verona, dumped our bags and then hit the historic walled city.
    The Arena de Verona is amazing and surrounded by the sets of Aida and the other operas on during “opera month”.
    Visited “Juliet’s balcony” - the balcony that inspired Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet- it was carnage!!
    Verona is a v beautiful little city.
    Tonight/ Part 2 we r off to the Arena to see Placido Domingo 50th arena tour
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  • Day34

    Placido Domingo 50th anniversary

    August 4, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C
  • Day62

    Villach to Verona

    November 2, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Breakfast and headed off, towards Verona (Italy) about 10 am. The drive out of the town wasn't quite as hard as the drive in, but I'm pretty sure we did find a one-way street to drive up the wrong way. Lucky it's Sunday and still pretty quiet. As Anne said "no one got hurt".

    We took the autostrada on a very wet rainy and cold day - I guess it had to happen sooner or later. The drive through the mountains into Italy was beautiful despite the weather. You don't go over or around the mountains so much as through them. There were impressive tunnels after impressive tunnels. Between the rain and wet weather there were a few stretches of road that were between 50kms and 80kms speed limits. This didn't seem to register with any other car on the road. The autostrada has a maximum speed limit of 130kph in dry clear conditions. I think most of the other drivers took the 130kph as the the minimum speed in any weather/road condition. I was overtaken (despite exceeding the speed limit) by every other car on the road. We saw a couple of motorbikes on the road and caught up with them when we stopped a roadside cafe - they said the rain/wet was just bearable, but the cold (wind chill well and truly below zero) was just terrible. Here I was missing going for a ride🙃.

    Italy is a fantastic place (I may be slightly biased), but it does have its quirks and issues (like other places). When we stopped at the roadside cafe (part of a service station) a beggar (older woman) asked for some money for food - unfortunately you just can't afford to give to everyone who asks (and we have given a fair bit while travelling around as homelessness is everywhere - like at home but maybe more obvious). When we parked I noticed that a lot of the individual car parks had signs saying webcams were available - I though wow that's modern without thinking why. It was only when we got inside that I saw signs explaining how to download a smart phone app that let you keep an eye on your car while you are inside - just in case someone was trying to break into you vehicle. The homeless at least ask, these buggers just go straight to the taking.

    We missed a turn but finally got to Verona around 2.30pm and booked in. Still cold and drizzling but, without complaining,started some sight seeing. I know it seems as if we visit a lot of churches, but they do tend to be amongst the most magnificent of buildings each with their own history and full of wonderful paintings, sculptures and artifacts. They really are museums and windows to the past. I'm really not very religious so apart from funerals and weddings, really the only time you'll find me in one. The Basilica of San Zeno (over a 1000 years old) didn't let us down. The walk around gave us an idea of what to do/see tomorrow as we're staying for a couple of nights.

    About 5 pm (now raining properly) we started to head back to the hotel and dropped into a market on the way to get some food/drink for the night. It was a pretty big supermarket (the amount of fresh food compared to supermarkets back home is amazing - people tend to shop only for a day or two and mostly eat fresh). We walked into a sort of "anti room" before you walked into the store proper. Our umbrellas were wet so I convinced Anne to leave them in the foyer in front of the shop (along with a panini I was going to throw a way). Cut a long story short someone stole the umbrellas but left the bread - pity the store didn't have umbrella webcams😩. It was raining pretty heavy and we had a way to walk so Anne went back in, and €20 later we were on our way. Anne has been keeping a running tab of our spending - she put the €20 under a new category called "Stupid" (with the note in brackets "Maurice" that I think is a bit harsh). We now have bright orange umbrellas that makes us look like walking tour guides (I wondered why we had a bunch of Japanese tourists followed us back to the hotel 😆).

    Tomorrow a full day exploring Verona.
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  • Day63

    A full day in Verona

    November 3, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Another rainy cold day but after breakfast we grabbed our umbrellas and set off. We found the "Arena Di Verona" a beautiful Romania Amphitheatre built in the first century and seats over 20,000 . It was so well built it's still used today for rock concerts, operas and plays. It was wet and cold but I guess added to the atmosphere. It usually costs £10 to get in, but it was only £1 because of the rain.

    Italy really is a wonderful place, but it is full of rip-offs. As we left a couple of guys, dressed as Roman soldiers, were getting tourists to have their photos taken with them. I somehow ended up getting mine (Anne took the photo) but then the fix comes in and they want to get paid - all I'll say is I ended up £20 poorer😢. At least with pickpockets you don't know it's happened until later. I'm still pissed-off about it!!

    Despite the hassle, Verona really is a gem.
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  • 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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