We left for Verona on Saturday morning and opted not to take the Autostrada, but instead the scenic route. Big mistake. It took FOREVER! Mainly because we had to go through 50 some traffic circles just to get out of Vicenza. No I'm not joking.
Once we got to Verona we parked and started walking toward the town center. For any of those that drive and go there is a good parking garage only about five minutes from the Arena. It's cheap too. Only cost us about 13 Euro for about 24 hours.
Once you walk past the old town walls you are greeted with a huge piazza. Piazza Bra is the name of it. There are cafes all on one side of it, a park in the middle and of course the impressive Arena right in front of you. The Arena is the Roman Colisseum in Verona. It's honestly an awesome sight. It's the third largest colisseum in the Roman world.
Sean and I in front of the Arena.
Sean playing Gladiator
My tip? Buy the Verona card if you plan on seeing more than one sight. It's 10 Euro for a day and it has about 10 sights on it. Well worth it in my opinion.
Next up? Some window shopping and then Piazza Erbe. This is where the main market is held, however we weren't there on a market day.
Lunch for me was some smoked salmon and crostini. No pictures of any food. I kind of forgot about doing that this trip. I'll make sure I start though. Sean had pizza, that I of course taste-tested and it was indeed pretty good.
Another piazza, this time with a statue of Dante (complete with pigeon on his head) and an old whale rib hanging over the entrance to the piazza. They say it's some sort of souviner from several hundred years ago. I'm not one for keeping whale ribs as souviners, but to each his own.
Dante..complete with bird on his head.
On to Juliet's house. It's not really her house, just a sort of tourist trap, but that doesn't mean it's not fun to rub her boob and pose on the balcony.
This one was for you Lindsay!
Sean and I also left our names in a heart on the graffiti love wall in the courtyard.
We ended up staying the night in Verona at the Hotel Mastini( I think that's right). It was a great hotel and I loved our room, but the bed was beyond hard.
Sean nicknamed this the Karma Sutra chair.
Next morning Sean and I went out sightseeing before we left for Vicenza. We had a few interesting encounters with some people. First of all a vendor gave me a sewn card with Verona on it, an older gentlemen thought we were German for some reason and gave us some sort of pamphlet about a site that was in German and lastly a lady who seemed to be Hungarian asked us for some directions and then upon hearing us talk asked if we were British because "our English was so good". I told Sean she'd obviously never heard a British person talk because we do not sound British at all.
The expression on this guy makes me laugh!
Our main goal that morning was to get to the river and see the bridge that was destroyed during WWII and after that fact the townspeople fished the stones out of the river and rebuilt it.
This is just a random door knocker, but I loved how unusual it is.
I didn't get to see everything here, but one of these days I'd like to get back and visit the things we missed.
I have way more pictures, but I'll try to put more up later this week.