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We Next Play Verona...

A November 2007 trip to Verona by Liam Hetherington

View of Verona Photo, Verona, Italy More Photos
Quote: From Venice it is north to Verona in search of Shakespeare's most famous play: 'Romeo & Juliet'.

We Next Play Verona...

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Overview

Fountain of Madonna Verona Photo, Verona, Italy
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Verona is a bustling and modern city in the Veneto. However, amongst the plush shops stand relics of its earlier incarnations. The Piazza Bra is dominated by the third largest arena of the Roman Empire, to the west is the (sadly graffiti-stained) Arco dei Gavi, and across the Roman Ponte Pietra to the north-east is the old Roman theatre, with an archaeological museum perching above in an old convent.The middle ages saw the city come under the command of Pepin the Short's Franks, and then the ruthless Scaligeri clan who invested in the arts. Giotto and Dante were guests, and relics of their time remain, with their tombs (the Arche Scaligeri), palace, the 83m tall Torre dei Lamberti, the stripey...Read More

Trattoria alla Colonna

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Restaurant

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Recommended in my Rough Guide, I was surprised to find Trattoria alla Colonna empty. My shock was abated before long. Within an hour of my arrival the restaurant was heaving with groups of local friends, all of whom seemed to know each other, with just a few fellow tourists watching the hubbub. Marvelously, although the staff seemed to be on first name terms with half the diners, this did not mean a diminution of service towards the skinny Brit in the corner.Food here is simple, tasty, and incredible value for money. What the trattoria lacks in frills, it makes up for in atmosphere. For instance take the wine. Verona sits at the heart of the Veneto wine region, famous for its soave, valpolicel...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 24, 2007

Trattoria alla Colonna
Largo Peschiera Vecchia, 4
Verona, Italy 37121
+39 045596718

Bella Napoli

Restaurant

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Bella Napoli reflects the cuisine of Naples in its cuisine if not its location. The pizzeria stretches back deeply from its entrance on a relative backstreet to the west of Corso Porta Nuove. It is not the best place for privacy or intimacy. It is a large hall of a building with only a few columns, and tables are packed in, creating a cafeteria-like atmosphere. The noisy clientele is mostly comprised of locals aged 16-29. The only customers much older were either in family parties, or had American accents.Not that this should put you off a visit. Here they take their pizza seriously, and have a full menu of varieties you can order. The dough comes in the Neapolitan style, shallow and crunchy, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2007

Bella Napoli
Via Marconi 11
Verona
+39 045 8069182

Caffe Bar Pasticceria Barini

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Restaurant

Portoni della Bra Photo, Verona, Italy
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Over fifty years old, the Caffe Bar Pasticceria Barini is the best of both worlds. Want somewhere traditional? The woodwork and steaming coffee machines evoke la dolce vita. Want somewhere modern? Those machines are the height of technology, and their website (www.pasticceriabarini.it) handles Internet and overseas sales. Want somewhere that caters to locals? Check out the sharply-suited patrons enjoying a stand-up shot of espresso on their way into work. Want somewhere that caters to tourists? Their delicious confections are perfect to take home as presents for friends.Heading up Corso Porta Nuova, the cafe bar Barini is on the left, just bef...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 27, 2007

Caffe Bar Pasticceria Barini
Corso Porta Nuova 8
Verona, Italy
+39 045 8030449

L'Arena di Verona

Attraction

L'Arena di Verona Photo, Verona, Italy
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Entering Verona through the Portoni della Bra you cannot miss the massive arena that dominates the Piazza. Built during the first century AD this was allegedly the third largest of all Roman amphitheatres (only beaten by the Colisseum in Rome, and that in the Imperial playground of Capua); personally I'm convinced that the amphitheatre ar Djem in Tunisia is larger, but not according to my guidebook! In actual fact the arena seems quite low and hulking at first glance - you need to enter it to truly appreciate its size. And while you cannot miss the arena it is quite easy to miss the entrance - follow the wall clockwise, and not anti-clockwise!A ticket is €3.10, and is a must if you have ch...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 1, 2007

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

Area archeologica del teatro romano

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Attraction

Area archeologica del teatro romano Photo, Verona, Italy
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Crossing the spectacularly scenic Ponte Pietra, with the River Adige foaming beneath, takes you to the area of Veronetta. Built into a hill crowned by the Austrian Castel San Pietro is a wonderfully-preserved Roman theatre, a more cultured alternative to the baying mobs that frequented the arena. The theatre is a focal point to the area and can be best admired from the walkway along the parapets on the far side of the river.€4 allows access to the theatre and the archaeological museum above it. From the ticket office (tucked away just around the corner on Redentore - careful crossing the busy road), you enter into the 'orchestra,' the semi-circular area at the base of the seating. Coloure...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 1, 2007

Area archeologica del teatro romano
Rigaste Redentore, 2
Verona, Italy 37121
+39 0458000360

Wherefore Art Thou Romeo?

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Story/Tip

Without Verona Walls... Photo, Verona, Italy
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If Verona is famous for one thing, it is the story of the two 'star-cross'd lovers' Romeo and Juliet. Offspring of two feuding families (the Montagues and Capulets respectively) their ill-fated love results in their tragic death, but peace between the two households. If I've given away the ending there, I apologise. The story has influenced many things, and has been represented in the movies in different ways, from the pastels of Zeferelli's production to the kinetic hyperactivity of Baz Luhrman's 1990s version set in 'Verona Beach, California' and to the technicolor dance sequences of Leonard Bernstein's 'West Side Story'.The man who made the story famous was of course William Shakespe...Read More