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Travel Diaries: Verona, Italy

30 January, 2015 0 comment

The third stop on our Italy Christmas travels was Verona and I fell in love with this place the moment I stepped off the train. The streets are wide and clean, the buildings a nice mix of ancient and modern.

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We were only in Verona for 24 hours but we tried to make the most of our time here and it’s one of the stops I really wish we’d had more time at, and it’s somewhere I’d 100% go back to and recommend to anyone- whether you like great shopping, historic sights or hiking, you’ll find something to love about this city.

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Charming is the perfect description of Verona. From the Christmas lights and trees, to the market, the gates, the shops, the paving; everything just had something a little bit special about it. Frittelle con Nutella is a little sugary slice of heaven and if we’d stayed any longer I think I’d have become firm friends with the chap handing out these delicacies and also a stone heavier upon my arrival home!

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Verona Arena

One of the first things we saw in Verona was the Verona Arena. I mean, Jesus Christ, it was breathtaking. I know absolutely feck all about the history of (anywhere) Italy, but even with my ignorant eyes I could see that this was something seriously special. A quick wikipedia check tells me this was built in the 1st century and is one of the best preserved¬†structures of it’s kind. Wow.

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I loved how it was equally enthralling in the daylight as at night time, lit up subtly but beautifully. We were so strapped for time that we didn’t get a chance to go and look around inside but I think it’s probably best viewed from the outside anyway.

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Castel San Pietro

I took to Instagram to ask what the ‘must do’ things should be on our whistle stop tour to Verona and Alex¬†advised that for a great view of the city we should head up to the Castel San Pietro, so we wasted no time heading up there.

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We crossed over the crashing river, admiring the colour of the water, even on the grey day and headed up and up and up. There were a lot of steps, a lot of up ward trekking and a few view points along the way.

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Safe to say I was more than a little unprepared for the hike, but it wasn’t so bad and was absolutely worth it. The view was spectacular, even on this grey and grizzly day.

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Juliet and her Balcony

I mean, come on. We had to go. I wasn’t aware that her breast is apparently a bringer of good luck (silly me) so I didn’t think to go and give her a grope, but it was a nice little stop on our visit to Verona. I find it both fascinating and wonderful that a work of fiction can mean so much to so many and have such historic significance. I wonder if the stories of today, or tomorrow, will ever hold up in the way these tales do. It’s really very sad to know that they wont.

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Verona, I fell head over heels in love with you and I am sure, nay, certain, that we’ll meet again soon.

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