Verona, Italy. All I can say is wow, what a great city. I had no idea what I was missing and it’s only an hour drive from where I currently live. Many thanks to all those that participated in the Facebook poll and put me on the correct path to Verona. Apologies to those that missed the poll and/or didn’t see it in time to participate. Next time I’ll give everyone more than 12 hours to respond to increase participation. It was great to hear from everyone and make you a part of this never-ending adventure I’m on. That’s much more planning than I usually do. Expect a new poll soon so we can figure out where we’re going this weekend. Options will be all Italian this time and within a couple of hour drive of Vicenza. Don’t worry, I’ll do the homework and provide some options.
I actually didn’t make it to Verona on Saturday as I originally planned. Due to heavy traffic in Germany and bad snow in Austria, my six-hour drive turned into an 11 hour drive. I think a third of the Dutch population was driving through Germany and Austria last Saturday on their way to go skiing. I’ve never see that many yellow license plates outside of Great Britain or The Netherlands.
After horrible traffic in southern Germany, I exited the autobahn and made a little detour through the town of Füssen. I didn’t realize it when I exited, but it was right next to Neuschwanstein Castle, also known as the Disneyland Castle. I’ve been there a couple of times before so I didn’t stop this time and instead stopped in Füssen for a bit. For those that saw the cool cascading lake scene on Facebook and Instagram, my Füssen detour is where that came from. I’ll save the Füssen post for later this week since that’s not what everyone came here to see.
By the time I made it through Austria into Italy last Saturday, it was dark and home was the only option. I think it may have worked out better because it was raining in Verona on Saturday and Sunday turned out to be a decent day, albeit a bit chilly for this SoCal kid. On Sunday morning, after doing my normal Google map recon of Verona and locating a parking lot close to the city, I headed off. My day started off at the arena as you can see below. The pictures are in order as I meandered around the city stopping at places people wanted to see or at places I found on TripAdvisor or Google maps. I honestly knew nothing about the city as I rolled in on Sunday morning. I was in for the quite the nice surprise.
A couple of friends suggested I see an opera in the arena, but unfortunately the opera only plays in the summer months. You can see the work being done on the stage in the arena pictures.
Verona Arena. 4th largest in Italy after Rome, Milan and Capua. This one was built in 30 AD prior to Rome’s.
Verona Arena from the Piazza (plaza) Brà, one of the biggest piazza’s in Italy. Barbieri Palace (town hall) is the yellow building to the right.
Verona Arena. They are preparing the stage for the operas that are played here during the summer months.
Verona Arena. Built in 30 AD and still used today. This arena was built prior to the Rome Colosseum as is the 4th largest in Italy after Rome, Milan & Capua.
View of the Piazza Brà on a cold cloudy day.
Neighborhood view from the Verona Arena.
Nice home. Until 1000’s of tourists are staring into your courtyard from the Arena mid summer. Like having a home on the boardwalk in Newport, Beach.
Arena view of the cafe’s and shops next to the Piazza Brà.
Just a normal side street.
Walking toward Juliet’s house. Chris Ott said I should go find her. I think this guy found her and didn’t like what she told him.
Helpful sign showing me all the directions I’ll need to go in order to see everything.
I’m pretty sure that’s not Juliet up there. But that is her balcony. Verona, Italy.
Ahh, selfie sticks. I’m sure this is what Shakespeare had in mind.
Giulietta (Juliet) statue just under her balcony. Her breasts are a bit shiny because tourists cop a feel hoping for luck in love. Right JennyVy?? Verona, Italy.
And here’s a guy fondling Juliet in hopes of finding luck in love.
Yup, had to get a selfie. Just wasn’t going to get a selfie grabbing her breasts. Keeping it classy.
Juliet’s balcony and courtyard. Verona, Italy.
Wall next to Juliet balcony courtyard. It’s the wall version of locks on a bridge. Sorry, Flores. Couldn’t find your name buddy.
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever, ever think I would visit the Romeo and Juliet balcony. To be honest, I totally forgot Verona was where Romeo and Juliet took place until I received comments from a few friends. That’s probably not very surprising to more than few past girlfriends. And not to my disappointment, Sandy, but the lovely caretakers of the balcony did not offer the opportunity for one to dress up as either Romeo or Juliet. So I was unable to don the costumes of each and Photoshop myself into one awesome picture. But I like where your head’s at. Keep those ideas coming.
Just a random building that I thought needed to be shared with the world. So many buildings in northeastern Italy are very colorful.
One of the many views in the Piazza dei Signori. You’ll see this statue again in a few pics from a much different perspective.
Piazza dei Signori.
Torre dei Lamberti as seen from the Piazza dei Signori. (Getting lost in all the names yet?)
Built in 1277. Homes next to the Piazza dei Signori. Just to give you a little perspective.
Another view of the Piazza dei Signori. Same statue as before, but completely different perspective.
Piazza Delle Erbe. Yes, another plaza lined with cafes.
I’m sure this has a name, but all I noticed was the lone shackle on the left hand side. Piazza Delle Erbe in Verona, Italy.
Piazza Delle Erbe in Verona, Italy. One of my favorites. Fountains, cafes and frescos.
Verona view across the Adige River towards the Roman Theater.
A quick look to the right as you step upon the Ponte Pietra (bridge) on your way to the Roman Theater.
View of the Verona homes from the Ponte Pietra (bridge).
Just some random stairs near the Roman Theater in Verona, Italy.
View of the Ponte Pietra in Verona, Italy.
View of the Ponte Pietra and Verona Cathedral.
View of the Roman Theater and Verona. Theater was built in the last 1st century B.C. and you can still see plays here today.
Another view of the the Piazza Delle Erbe when the sun is out.
Another view of the Torre dei Lamberti along with some small shops.
Borsari Gate. Ancient Roman gate dating back to 1st century AD.
Side street view of the Verona Arena and Barbieri Palace (town hall). A little too cold for people to be sitting at the tables.
Much respect for the Italian in this picture. There is no way I could sport red, orange, yellow and green in one outfit. Unless it was 31 October. Piazza Brà, Verona.
Cafes along the Piazza Brà – Verona, Italy.
Gate leading into the Piazza Brà and Verona Arena.
“The Crucifix and the Weepers.” Castelvecchio museum. I’ve noticed a similar theme throughout Rome, Milan and now Verona.
I’m not a very formal religion kind of guy, but many of the paintings in the Castelvecchio museum were amazing.
Castelvecchio is a former medieval castle built in the 14th century and river castle and now museum.
One of the many Castelvecchio museum rooms.
Looking back into the Verona from the Castelvecchio bridge.
View of the Castelvecchio bridge from the castle.
Just a basic Verona scene. Cafe, bicycles, cobblestone and nicely colored building.
Another view of the shops lining the Piazza Brà adjacent to the Verona Arena. Great place to spend a Sunday.
Like I mentioned on my Sunday Instagram/Facebook post, Verona is now my second favorite Italian city. I was pretty blown away at all I saw. I knew nothing about the city before this past weekend and now highly recommend it to anyone visiting Italy.
Hopefully all these pictures didn’t break my website again. Or bring it to a grinding halt like the Trento post did. Maintaining this website is a never-ending battle of so many elements I never knew existed. It seems like I spend more time behind the computer working on pictures than I do actually traveling. If my website is slow enough where you think about leaving, or do leave, please let me know. I appreciate any feedback so I can try to make this website more fun for all of us.
Thanks as always for reading. Please let me know what you think in the comments below. Don’t be shy. It’s just like Facebook. I’ll try to get another poll up on my website and Facebook in a couple of days to figure out where we’re going this weekend. It’s never too early to take a look around Vicenza on your own.
Have a good week.