Italy: Verona – More reasons to love it!

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There is always more to a city than it seems or is sold. As in this case, there are more reasons to love Verona than ‘Love’ itself.

 

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Once you leave the love seat, you’ll find more to fall in love with, in Verona!

 

 

Well, what’s not to love! I could give you a whole list, ‘lists’ being my strong suit.

 

#1 WORLD HERITAGE SITE

The entire city of Verona is a World Heritage Site and here’s why.

UNESCO even calls it a capital of poetry and music.

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The gorgeous Italian cityscape 24x7x365!

 

 

 

#2 HISTORIC CITY SQUARES

 

 

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Piazza erbe – named after city’s old herb market.
And by old, I imply, 2000 years old!

 

 

 

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Throbbing town centre during Roman times, with a roman statue and fountain then, a throbbing touristy centre now!

 

 

 

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A venetian lion marks the entry to this square, also marks the imbibation of Verona in Venetian empire

 

 

 

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This square is commercial to date, herb market replaced by cafes that still have frescoes intact above them.
Also in the picture, Lamberti’s clock Tower looming above, that rewards with breathtaking views from the top.

 

 

 

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A contemplating Dante in Piazza dei Signori

 

 

 

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Pink marble staircase, the only surviving one from Renaissance era at Palazzo della Ragione

 

 

#3 DUOMO/VERONA'S CATHEDRALS

 

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Outer facade of Santa Maria Matricolare Cathedral.

 

 

 

 

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Also at Verona’s Duomo

 

 

 

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A beautiful sculpture outside Duomo.

 

 

 

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Lovely cathedrals dotting Verona are bound to charm you!

 

And there are more to chose from-San Fermo Maggiore, San Zeno Maggiore, San Giorgio (in previous post on Verona) & Sant Anastasia- or may be you’d like to see them all?

 

 

Β #4 ARENA

 

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The Arena, preparing for One Direction concert.

 

 

 

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It’s the third largest Roman amphitheatre in the world preceded by the one in Rome and Naples

 

 

 

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Now crumbling, it is said to be reduced to only half of it’s original height!

 

Since we are all too late for any gladiatorial combats or bull fights, catching a concert or opera will come closest to watching a performance in there.

 

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The crowd gathering for the concert behind me,
obviously the arena was closed to visitors leaving them ‘directionless’

 

 

#5 WALK ALONG ADIGE

 

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For sunshine, the lovely sights I wanted to savour and Β all the pasta we’d been eating!

 

 

 

 

#6 CASTELVECCHIO

 

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The impressive red brick castle with it’s characteristic M shaped merlons!

 

 

 

 

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The main building of this 14th century castle has some of the finest art galleries.
Exhibits of paintings, jewellery, armour and swords pulls hoards of tourists inside.

 

 

 

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But don’t skip it just because you’re not that into art galleries, there’s lot more to be explored in this extensive castle.

 

 

 

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Lying on banks of Adige, it gives stunning views of the river and adjoining bridge.

 

 

 

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It’s a great place to walk and explore and pause and enjoy the views without being overly crowded.

 

 

 

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Well, there are other ways in the world to leave your mark behind.
Be a responsible tourist and don’t do this!

 

 

 

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Ponte Scaligero behind me.
This bridge spans between Castelvecchio to Arsenal on the Austrian side of Verona (called so since the Austrian possession of Verona).

 

 

 

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At the public garden at Arsenal (Austrian part of Verona).
You can take a walk along the river here or simply enjoy the gorgeous views of the bridge and castle.

 

 

 

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Ponte Scaligero is a medieval bridge very dear to the Veronese and why shouldn’t it be, it’s one of the most beautiful
bridges I’ve walked over! And if you’re a regular reader here, you’ll know I’ve walked over quite a few beauties! πŸ™‚

 

#7 VERONA IS IN ITALY! ITALY IS THE REASON TO BE IN VERONA.
For I haven't seen a part of Italy that I haven't liked yet!

 

As a general rule, Verona is not usually the first Italian city a ‘tourist’ visits therefore comparing it to other gems of Italy is only natural. Verona has all that you credit an Italian city for. Food and wine. Golden mile for shoppers. Cobbled streets. Roman arches. Medieval doors. Duomos. Wonderful shoe shops. Sunny cafes. Busy piazzas. Ciaos, pregos and Grazies. Not to say that Italian cities are clones of each other! They are all unique in their own way.

 

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An outstanding door in Verona. Part of Italy’s charm!

 

 

 

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In a beautiful nondescript street!

 

Being at some of the areas in Verona felt like being on a huge Medieval stage deserted by the actors with nobody in sight and a sense of loss of touch with the current world. During one such walk I turned back several times to see if there was anyone else besides us ‘present’ there. That felt (and looked) completely out of the ordinary. Even our voices stood out that normally die even in the swiss crowd.

 

 

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It’s almost two years now since we visited Verona.
What I remember most exploring the entire city exclusively on foot come sun or rain. Seeing next to no traffic!
Despite large crowds due a music event there was a sense of order and peace in the city.

 

 

Two days is a good time to be in this beautiful city so carefully preserved in time. However, you can even make it a day trip from Milan or Venice (it’s about an hour and half away from both).

If you wish to stay longer in Verona you can include a day trip to Lake Garda-it’s a heavenly lake and you can plan a number of activities around this region.

What we missed in our trip and wish we hadn’t was catching a bird’s eye view of city from Castell San Pietro and Giardino Giusti – one of the most loved Italian gardens.

 

 

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Hope you enjoyed the Verona travelogue!

 

 

 

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See you soon with more!

 

 

I’ll be back with a new post in a new place πŸ™‚

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  2. Hi Niki,love your blog.Every post is a masterpiece telling art ,culture,history———-much more, nicely expressed by your smiling faces.keep it up.