Italy: Verona

We arrived in Verona late Saturday evening and spent all day on Sunday there.  Our B&B, for slightly cheaper than the hostel we stayed at in Venezia, was a thousand times better!  It was called A Teatro Filarmonico and not only did we get a lovely bedroom, but a private bathroom with a tub as well.  In the morning we had breakfast (also wonderful — the owners made us some of the best cappuccino I’ve had thus far) with some travelers from Dublin, Ireland and then we went exploring.

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Every EU country mints its own coins and while we’ve seen many of the different variations in our change this was my first time seeing them all at once!

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The Roman Theatre.

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We found some Roman soldiers hanging around, and yes, I posed with them.

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Verona was full of street performers.  In addition to the “baby” (which reminds me of Alice In Wonderland), I saw Charlie Chaplin, a mummy, Gene Simmons (I think?), the Statue of Liberty, and a somewhat angry smoking clown.

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Of course we had to go to Juliet’s house.

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I was so busy taking pictures of all the love graffiti and posing with her statue (to rub her breast for good luck in love), that I forgot to take a picture of the famous balcony!

Next door they have the Juliet Club shop where they will sew your name or whatever you like on anything that they sell.  Someone may have gotten a souvenier here…

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The Scaligeri Family tombs.  The Scaligeri were, like the Medici of Firenze, the ruling family at one time.  They ordered that no one was allowed to be buried within Verona walls except for them, and they were to be buried up high so that they could be looked up to for eternity.

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Giardini Giusti, one of my favorite gardens thus far.

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A small cell or alter…

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The stairs to the Belvedere.

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Up top we had amazing views of the city.  Verona seems to be far less touristy than “the big 3” (though I’ve not actually been to Roma, Venizia and Firenze are both packed with tourists) and not only were the streets much calmer and more easily navigated, but the city itself feels very clean (in part because some of the streets are marble (?) rather than cobblestone, which just looks really clean).

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From below you can see that the lookout on the Belvedere is actually a piece of art.

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A maze! I went inside but couldn’t find my way to the center and I hit a few dead ends before exiting.

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The bridges in Verona were not jam packed like those in Firenze.

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A cemetary.

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The Tomb of Juliet was our final stop.

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Inside the museum they have a lot of beautiful (non Romeo and Juliet related) artwork, and they don’t stop you from taking photos so I was able to get quite a few pictures and some nice closeups.

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In the courtyard of the museum they have a staircase that leads to the tomb.

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Various scenes from Romeo and Juliet.  (left top to bottom, then right top to bottom)  I would like to sing Verona; The meeting; The kiss of the balcony; The marriage; Duel between Romeo and Tebaldo; Night of love; Romeo runs away to Mantua; Friar Lawrence delivers the phial; Juliet’s burial; Romeo and Juliet joined forever.

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The (empty) tomb.

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In the courtyard is a well that people have thrown coins into; the cool part was seeing all the different kinds of coins from so many different countries.

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On the way to the train station: Romus and Romulus suckling at the wolf’s teat.

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My favorite statue in Verona, right outside of our B&B.

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I wasn’t able to get my ticket for the train ride home until it was time for us to leave and by then they only had seats available in first class!  It was only 11 Euro more so I went ahead and upgraded.  I’m not going to say it was amazing, but they do give you more comfortable chairs, a complimentary drink, and it is way less crowded than coach.

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Sidenotes: I am now up to 1,877 photos on my phone & I have 23 days left in Italia.

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