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Jewels of the Veneto: Vicenza and Verona

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An April 2004 trip to Verona by moatway

Vicenza Photo, Verona, Italy More Photos
Quote: These lovely cities are both worth a visit, but really, if Verona is a bride, Vicenza is a bridesmaid.

Jewels of the Veneto: Vicenza and Verona

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Overview

Vicenza Photo, Verona, Italy
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Both of these cities have a central street in which the population promenades after work or on Sunday. In Vicenza, it's the Corso Palladio, and in Verona, it's the Via Cappello. Be sure to get out and join the crowd. Both streets, by the way, are not filled with shops aimed at tourists, they are the streets of smart clothing shops and consumer goods. Verona really is magic... particularly in the Piazza delle Erbe, which vies with Sienna's for lots of people-watching and places to relax and have a drink or a snack. A high point of your trip to Verona (literally) will be to ascend the Torre dei Lamberti. The views from the top are just amazing. The high point of your trip to Vicenza will pro...Read More

Antica Porta Leona

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Hotel

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Location, location, location. This three-star couldn’t have a better one. Just off the Via Cappello, about a minute from Juliet’s house, 30 seconds from the most interesting street in Verona and just down the street from the Piazza Erbe (where the action is). In the center of Verona shopping. . . absolutely perfect. It is a place to say when you want to catch the feel of the city. It is also on the main walking tour. . . so that makes sight-seeing a breeze. If you’re driving into Verona, you will be heading for the city center and in particular the centro storico There is good signage to point you to the hotel (thank heavens) and as long as you know it’s near Juliet’s house there is occasional s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 9, 2004

Antica Porta Leona
Corticella Leoni 3
Verona, Italy
045-595499

Hotel Continental

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Hotel

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The Hotel Continental is a pleasant three-star just outside the historic area of Vicenza. Its location facing the stadium makes it very easy to find. . . follow the signs for the stadio and circumnavigate it. You will find the Continental. The walk into the historic area will take you about 10 to 15 minutes. In terms of restaurants, there isn’t much close by, but I was told that there was a place called the Conquistador, a pizzeria, about 200 meters away. The hotel has been recently renovated, and I found it to be in really good shape… no scuffs, no signs of age. The result in our guest room was very pleasant: a decent size, nicely decorated with a large bed, desk, armoire and a four-piece bath ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 9, 2004

Hotel Continental
V. Le Trissino 89
Verona, Italy
0444-505476

Ristorante Greppia

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Restaurant

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Ristorante Greppia was an extremely pleasant surprise. You can find it up a little alley off the Via Capella just down the street from Juliet’s house and on the opposite side (in the direction of the Piazza Erbe. It is also accessible from the Via Massini, just before it intersects with the Via Cappella. The alley may not entice you to the restaurant, but the food should. Even the exterior doesn’t seem like much, but the dining room is a lovely room with columns and vaulted ceilings, done in rust and gold. . . the effect is very pleasing. The high ceilings do seem to amplify sound, or perhaps the clientele, which appears to be largely local, just have to express their pleasure at being in this place a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 9, 2004

Ristorante Greppia
Vicolo Samaritana 3
Verona, Italy
(045) 800-4577

Walking Verona

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Story/Tip

Verona Photo, Verona, Italy
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The city has an excellent tourist map. It will probably be available at your hotel or at tourist information in Piazza Viviani. It suggests four walking routes including a central route that takes you to most of the popular sites in 3.3 kilometers. You can make excursions off that route to see other sites, the duomo for instance. We chose the central route with detours to allow us to soak up the city core as much as possible. It suggests starting at the Roman Arena, which is still in use and is currently undergoing substantial renovation. In its new life it doesn’t feature lions, it features Verdi. Next to it is the lovely restaurant-lined Piazza Bra with its fountains, trees and statues....Read More

Churches of Verona

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Verona Photo, Verona, Italy
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Verona, like many Italian cities, has a surfeit of churches… one often wonders how they could have used, much less built, them all. Most Italian churches don’t require an admission fee, but five churches in historic Verona do… and they are well worth it. The five churches are Basilica San Zeno (off Stradone Porta Palio), Chiesa San Fermo (Stradone San Fermo), Chiesa Santa Anastasia (Via San Pietro Martire), the Duomo (Via San Gusto), and Chiesa San Lorenzo (Corsa Cavour). To see them individually will cost you two Euros each, a combination ticket will cost only five Euros. Now here is my admonition: when I got to the first church, they really wanted to sell me the combination ticket, but I just couldn...Read More