Verona, Italy

Most people hear of Verona in the context of the tale of ‘Romeo and Juliet’. These two protagonists of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy belonged to rival families from Verona. It seems Shakespeare was inspired by a true story from Italy. Standing testimony to this, is the house at Via Cappello, 23.. the house of Juliet (or Giuliette as the Italians would spell) marked by Juliet’s balcony.

The town itself retains an old-world charm, and a beautiful landscape..romantic indeed! Besides we landed there at night, when the lamps were shining, the stone paths gleaming, old monuments lit up, and almost a full moon.

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Photo by Dear Husband
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The first Roman Arena (on which the Colosseum in Rome is modeled)

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Inside the Roman Arena by day

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The famous Juliet’s balcony..Look who hijacked it! (Photo by Dear Husband)
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and the hijacking of Juliet’s things sadly didn’t end there..
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There’s Juliet herself.. Apparently stroking her right breast brings luck to one’s love life (!) and it was unbearable to watch people taking that so very seriously
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I found Verona to be full of beautiful balconies

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Someone once said, “The thing that makes life unbearable is that there is no background music.” Well, this gentleman took care of it on that sunny day!
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St.Anastasia’s Church
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And on the inside..
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En-route somewhere else altogether, we started walking up this staircase on a whim..
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And it led us to the top of the city.. and this view! (Photo by Dear Husband)

While at the top, I saw a tree covered in white flowers on a further hill.. and of course we must go there..

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Magically enough, with a little effort, we found this trail..

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And there it is!

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The quintessential Verona landscape

For us, Verona is now about the magical trail that appeared before us, more than any famous story.

 

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