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Verona-More than Romeo & Juliet

A November 1999 trip to Verona by travel2000

arena Photo, Verona, Italy More Photos
Quote: Verona is still one of the highlights of Northern Italy. The river Adige is wonderful, winding it's way through this beautiful city.

Verona-More than Romeo & Juliet

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Overview

building Photo, Verona, Italy
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The graffiti on the walls at the courtyard of Romeo and Juliet's balcony-pure colors, and layers and layers of them! Strolling with the Italians along via Mazzini in the late afternoons (be alert and you will see the same people over and over again!), flowers in the window boxes, the painted trash bins, view of Verona from the top of the hill where the Archeological Museum is.Quick Tips: Two days is a good amount of time to spend there. There is Lake Garda nearby and Venice is just a train ride away. Nearby towns of Padua and Vicenza are worth passing through if you have a car or a rail pass. The pace is relaxed here.Best Way To Get Around: Walking and by bus. There is good public tr...Read More

La Casa di Giulietta

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Attraction | "Juliet's House"

La Casa di Giulietta Photo, Verona, Italy
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This is a small courtyard with a balcony on the first floor-you can imagine Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet here, but there is no evidence to prove that there is any historic relationship there. It was crowded with tourists, not only vying for a look at the balcony but also waiting in line to touch the shiny bust of Juliet's statue.

Don't miss out on the wonderful graffiti on the wall. That was my highlight. Look closely and you may find a scrawling from a long time ago. The vibrant colors are wonderful. There is a cute souvenier store there. I bought a set of bookmarks with panels of the wall graffiti.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 5, 2000

La Casa di Giulietta
Via Cappello, 23
Verona, Italy 37121
+39 045 8035645

Piazza Della Erbe

Attraction | "Piazza delle Erbe"

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Not only is there a bustling open-air market here, check out the statues and paintings of the Renaissance and Medieval buildings that surround this piazza. This used to be the Roman forum. Also admire the Madonna fountain, the Merchant's House and the Gardello Tower. The stalls are a bit too touristy for me. I did manage to find a good french fries stand - we bought some magazines and some fries and sat on the steps to pass some time and admire the buildings.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2000

Piazza Della Erbe
Piazza Delle Erbe
Verona, Italy 37121

L'Arena di Verona

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Attraction | "Arena di Verona"

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This is what Verona is made famous for, the annual summer operas and full-scale productions of Aida, complete with animals on stage. Though I have not had the luck to be there at the right time, my friends there have been to numerous productions and have faved about them every year. Their only advice is to bring a cushion or something soft to sit on. You will only sit on marble and you may get sore after a couple of hours. I spent time in Piazza Bra and the surrounding streets. There are also cafes in the piazza, where you can marvel at the beauty of the Arena. A good self-service restaurant serves good food at reasonable prices.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2000

L'Arena di Verona
Piazza Bra
Verona, Italy 37121
+39 (045) 8003204

Il ponte della Pietra

Attraction | "Ponte Pietra"

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I believe this is the oldest bridge in Verona. Ponte Pietra mean Stone Bridge in Italian. We walked over it to admire both the bridge and the view of this wonderful, very picturesque city. It was an overcast day, but that added to the atmosphere. You will also notice how rapidly the Adige River flows. (I was amazed!)

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Il ponte della Pietra
Via Sabbionaia
Verona, Italy 37121

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On our first day in Verona, we drove up to the top of the hill for a nice view of the city. This is where the old monastery is, which is now the Museo Archeologico. I didn't go into the musem but the view from the hill is superb. Park your car and walk up to the terraces. If you are lucky, it will be a clear day and you can see so far away. (we didn't experience one sunny day there though!)