Verona Journals

One Night in Verona

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An August 2008 trip to Verona by Joy S

La Casa di Giulietta Photo, Verona, Italy More Photos
Quote: We spent a night in beautiful Verona - enough to fully explore and enjoy this often overlooked but wonderful Italian city.

Introduction and Highlights of Verona

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Verona is the largest city of the Veneto region in North East Italy. It is 75 miles west of Venice and beautifully situated on the River Adigo. The city was brought to prominence by the Romans who left behind some remarkable attractions for today's visitors. It is said that Emperor Caesar came here to relax.The city's golden era was during the 13th and 14th centuries under the Della Scala family (also known as the Scaligeri) who were true patrons of the arts. Many of the finest monuments date from this period. This was however a time noted for savage family feuding of which Shakespeare wrote in Romeo and Juliet.Verona has plenty to recommend it, but we particularly enjoyed...Read More

Verona Tips and Hints

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* Because there are so many churches in Verona, an admission charge has been imposed to cover custodian charges and offer longer hours. The churches have banded together and admission to any one of them is 2 Euros - or you can buy a cumulative ticket for 5 Euros. A better buy though, is the Verona card. It costs 8 Euros for 1 day and it allows you to enter all the main sights, as well as use the local buses. It costs 6 Euros to go into Juliet's house and the same for the Arena, so even if you just visit these 2 attractions, the Verona card is value for money.* For a wonderful view of the city, climb to the top of the Lamberti Tower (or take the lift most of the way up). You get stun...Read More

Getting Around Verona

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Verona was our first stop on a 3 centre break and we flew into Venice Treviso Airport from the UK. We were leaving from Venice, so this made sense for us. Verona does have its own airport, but it took us only 1.5 hours to drive there in our hire car from Treviso. The journey was easy and very scenic - we used the toll roads.We hired a car - to use for the remainder of our holiday, but once we arrived in Verona we parked it in our hotel's garage, and did not use it again until we left the city.The city centre of Verona is compact and it is easy to visit without having a car. Over the past few years, the city council authorities have encouraged local residents to limit their ...Read More

Hotel Accademia

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We stayed overnight in the Hotel Accademia - we booked through hotels.com and paid a rate of £200 for the room for 3 of us, including breakfast.The hotel is right in the middle of the old town on Via Mazzini - the heart of the exclusive shopping area of Verona between Piazza Bra and the Arena. There are lots of expensive boutiques and shops next to it and Piazza Erbe and Juliet's house are very close by.The hotel's name comes from the former Accademia dei Filotimi founded on the site in 1562 for the education of young noblemen. In 1797 it became an inn with stabling for horses and in 1880 a hotel, facing onto Via Mazzini - supposedly the most exclusive shopping street in the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 23, 2008

Hotel Accademia
Via Scala, 12
Verona 37121
+39 (045) 596-222

La Casa di Giulietta

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Attraction | "Juliet's House"

La Casa di Giulietta Photo, Verona, Italy
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Romeo and Juliet may have been fictional, but at Juliet's house you can swoon beneath what popular myth says was her balcony, or if in need of a new lover, approach a bronze statue of Juliet and rub her right breast for good luck. This is a peculiar tradition which no-one can seem to explain.The house is at Via Capelli, just off the Piazza delle Erbe. It is supposedly the location of the famous balcony love scene from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The house is a major destination for tourist pilgrimage and the tiny courtyard is usually packed with people photographing each other on the famous balcony.The house actually has no connection with Shakespeare's fictional charact...Read More

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

L'Arena di Verona

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Attraction | "Roman Arena"

L'Arena di Verona Photo, Verona, Italy
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The heart of Verona is its pink marble first century Roman Arena. Once the scene of gladiatorial spectacles, it now stages an annual open-air annual opera season. It is the third largest Roman amphitheatre in existence and seats 20,000 people. It is enormous and spectacular - crumbling on the outside but obviously still functioning.The Arena was built in the first century AD and is an elliptical shape. Much of the outer wall was lost during an earthquake, but the passageways floored in marble and the seating and floor of the ancient colisseum remain. During the Opera Season, you can visit it during the day.Franco Zefferelli said that you should close your eyes ...Read More

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

A Stroll Around Verona

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The Lamberti Tower Photo, Verona, Italy
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Verona is a small and compact city and lends itself to just strolling and wandering around. We did this on our first afternoon here and had a great time.We started off at the Piazza delle Erbe - the buzzing heart of the city. This was home to the Forum in Roman times and is still a focal point of the city. It contains the Madonna Verona fountain, the 14th century Gardello Tower and a market, that, while picturesque is a bit of a tourist cliche.We did enjoy browsing the market stalls - our 4 year old loved it and picked up several tacky but to him valuable souvenirs. He also enjoyed taking off his shoes and joining some Italian children playing in the waters of the fountain....Read More

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Joy S

Joy S
Manchester, United Kingdom