Verona is a wonderful easy one day visit, from where I live. A two hour train trip. Verona is a city of love,music,theatre, art and culture.Taking my Aussie friends, for a look at this special place, it was obvious that one of the first stops would have to be Juliet’s house…Just a bit of romance thrown in to start off the day…Read on for our day adventure…
Through the cobbled alleyways streamed with specialized boutiques, (great shopping in Verona) a small arch houses the tunnel of love,coloured scribbles of graffiti – acclaims of love as you enter through a small portico to the entrance of Juliet’s tower and house.
I loved this painting, setting the mood as you walk around the winding staircases..taking a glimpse of where Juliet lived, her bedroom, her dresses the artists impressions of how these young legendary lovers were.
Thousands of love letters are written and answered each year and you can join Juliet’s club see details here.
From the top staircase, the hustle of tourists can be heard from the lower courtyard..
With lines of people waiting for that tourist shot – those seeking good luck – by rubbing the right breast of Juliet’s symbolic bronze statue,
Or that romantic photo of lovers from the balcony…
The Arena was our next stop.This First Century structure is one of the largest after the Colosseum. Entering through grand arches passing the lower dungeons with their cold stone walls, you enter into a grand Roman amphitheatre which today houses grand operas and live concerts throughout the year.The acoustics are unbelievable, as we entered we could hear a choir of voices…three music students were singing Ave Maria…(appropriate Italian song) they certainly had everyone’s attention….
Verona is positioned between rolling hills and the banks of the river Adige. Walking along its walls we arrive at another tourist attraction. The Castelvecchio, an impressive 14th century fortress.
The fortress today is the civic museum housing Venetian paintings. The view from the top tower is just magnificent…
Verona one of the most fascinating cities of Italy.
- Verona Prepares for Letters to Juliet Tourist Rush (italy-travel.suite101.com)
- Verona (and the Opera Festival) (lonelyplanet.com)