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Friday, March 9, 2012

Verona, Italy

As we biked along the paths there was vineyards as far as the eyes could see. We stayed in a bed and breakfast named Ca Maddalena. It was a small Villa about 10 miles outside of Verona. It was near the town of VillaFranca. Here we found ourselves in a small paradise.

If you look close at this photo you will see a group of Italian teenage boys
in the back left corner that showed up soon after my two daughters arrived.
The owners had a teenage son that was very helpful, and was always
 right there when we needed something.

Finally we had found a place that was sheer relaxation on the trip.

My oldest daughter exclaimed,
"This is what a vacation should be like."

The Villa's patio

We had a suite that had beds
 for 10 people.

It was very cozy.

Omi and Opa catching a sweet break

After a  few hours of rest we headed into the city of Verona

One of the first stops that was a must see was Guilietta's (Juliet's) house
Verona is known for the story of Romeo and Juliet. There is a legend  that if you leave
a note about Love for Juliet she will answer. This has been going on for years. In fact there even is a website where you can write a letter on Juliet's virtual wall if you can't make it out to visit Verona. People come to tell their stories of lost love or put notes up of wishes of love. I also found another site here.

Juliet's balcony

They say, if you touch Juliet's mammella you will return to Verona.

My daughters each
left a note for Juliet.

The Roman amphitheater "Arena di Verona" 
is still in use today. As we walked around it you could see the props that they used for plays, rock concerts and operas. 

Uhh...?.ordered a pizza with potato and spinach and
got a pizza with fries, corn, and spinach.

Delicious cheese. Simplicity.

Must have Gelato, while in Italy

Verona seemed to come alive at night. You had the feeling of euphoria
being there. The buildings were structurally amazing and intricate, castle like.
The whole city was lit up and glowing. One of my daughters who hates big cities
commented that she could see herself actually living in Verona.
The city felt safe and comfortable even at night. 

Piazza delle Erbe

The Pointe Scaligero, completed in 1356

This was the entrance to Verona

Verona so far, is one of my favorite cities in Italy.
It is up there with Venice and Varenna.

There is a whimsical feel about Verona, and we all just felt comfortable there.

1 comment:

Mom said...

Looks like a place I would want to visit. Beautiful city.