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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Verona September 29th 2022

After a mid-morning train ride, we arrived in Verona where we had 3 nights of Opera. We found our Airbnb and settled in. Our apartment was a 1 bedroom, 1 bath with a kitchen, living room and dining room. There was a balcony outside of the living room that had a table and 2 chairs. This was on what we call the 2nd story here but level 1 in Europe. The apartment was within walking distance, maybe 10 min, to the Arena. Along the way we passed many little outdoor restaurants and lots of gelato stands. The operas are held at the Verona Arena built in 30AD. The opera starts at dark, ending sometimes after midnight. We have found that the people who are seen, sit in the bottom front section. Women are usually in ... read more
Breakfast coffee
Dinner before the opera
Turnadot set

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Verona August 17th 2021

Bonjour à tous, Hier après le repas, je sors fumer ma cigarette, et quelle surprise, une petite fraîcheur, il ne fait plus que 22°. Depuis un mois, sensiblement à la même heure, c'était souvent encore du 33 et plus. Finalement ces chaînes d'hôtels pour commerciaux sont très bien, les chambres sont spacieuses, bien équipées, mais sans âme. Dommage qu'on ne les trouve qu'en banlieue, le soir une zone industrielle, ce n'est pas l'euphorie, pas très vivant. Ce matin au réveil, je constate avoir quelques raideurs dans les jambes Un avantage dans ces hôtels, ils servent le pdj bien plus tôt, ce qui fait que ce matin à 8h30 je suis déjà sur l'autoroute. Prendre la nationale, ne présente pas un grand intérêt, sauf de passer plus de temps, alors que le paysage est tout plat, et ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Verona July 15th 2021

We had a full day of staying in Verona because we had the opera in the evening. The opera, Aida, was playing at the Verona Arena. I don’t remember how I heard about the opera festival in Verona but I did read about it several years ago. We wanted to go 2 years ago but I don’t remember what happened, then last year it was canceled. As soon as tickets were available for this year, I bought them. And so it was that we went to the Verona Arena to hear Aida! We found the arena turned into a setting for an opera. The opera started at 9 pm just before sunset and would run until close to midnight. Our seats were in the center, front row on the 3rd level and had a clear ... read more
The Roman Amphitheater

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Verona August 3rd 2019

With the operas finishing late I am now a day behind in the blogs - so hope to catch up today. After another great breakfast, we headed to retrace our steps to find the Duomo - we at least knew the direction of travel from our wet trip the day before. Having made it to the castle once more, the sign was spotted pointing us in the direction of the Duomo (think I missed it whilst looking down to avoid puddles) - with no such excuses this time we made it to the cathedral fairly unscathed apart from going the whole way around it to find the entrance. As you will see from the photos, the interior was absolutely stunning and the many stages of the build over the centuries just added to the splendour. It ... read more
Basilica di San Zeno
Basilica di San Zeno
Basilica di San Zeno

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Verona August 2nd 2019

The breakfast at the hotel is amazing - so much food and choice that keeps being replenished. It certainly sets you up for day. The four of us decided to head across Ponte Pietra to the Castel San Pietro, a high point which offers a view across the city of Verona. We headed from the hotel to pass the Arena di Verona enroute, however we were sidetracking by buying a couple of shirts, ties and a scarf on route from a wonderful shop with its origins in Milan. The shop staff were brilliant and prepared the shirt for me to try it on - never had such service in the UK. Once purchases had been made, we continued on our journey to our original destination, we decided to stop for a pitstop, which was lucky as ... read more
City walls
View from Castle
View in the arena from our seat

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Verona August 1st 2019

Our final breakfast in the Regina Palace hotel was another good feast - looking out to the lake. Next, all packed up and checked out, we headed to the station for our first train of the day - the 09:40 to Milano Centrale. Although a couple of minutes late, the train pulled into platform 1, the trouble was the coach numbers were not that clear so we got on the train and I went in hunt of coach 6. As I was moving down I saw the numbers increasing and thought it was ok for both of us to travel down - wrong! The numbers did indeed increase but from number 4 to 14 in one leap. We gave up and stood mid carriages and got into a wonderful conversation with a couple from New Zealand ... read more
Impressive building
Little feast for €6
Oldest bridge with 2 original arches

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Verona September 22nd 2018

Vanochtend vroeg uit de veren, want we hebben weer een lange autorit voor de boeg! Snel een deftige douche nemen (want we moeten lang met elkaar in de auto zitten J), eten, kampplaats opruimen en vertrekken richting Cavallino. Tijdens het eten werden we weer vergezelt door tientallen mussen! Nog even tanken (voor 112 euro!!!!) zodat we onderweg niet stilvallen. Ook een mooi tankstation met een groot houten beeld van Willem Tell in. De Wc kostte er wel 1 Zwitserse Frank, maar ze kwamen nog net niet uw poep afkuisen. Bij de heren toch, bij de vrouwen was het blijkbaar anders. Thomas heeft onderweg mijn fototoestel uitgetest (200 foto’s per 5 minuten). In his defence, het uitzicht was echt wel mooi met watervalletjes en bergriviertjes. Onderweg reden we ook door de Gothardtunnel, een tunnel van 17 km ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Verona September 8th 2018

Sadly this morning we said farewell to Florence and headed north. Our destination for the day is Verona on the way to the Dolomites, part of the Alps. Igor is very good about comfort stops which are on the highways much like rest stops in the US. However the coffee bars are distinctly Italian. You go to the cash desk to pay and then at the bar you present your receipt and reorder your drink. If the comfort stop is crowded the coffee bar is mobbed. At one such stop some of us ladies were ushered into the gents' along with the gents. Crazy! Arriving in Verona, we met our guide and proceeded across the bridge through the grounds of the Medici palace. Verona has Roman antecedents and the Roman amphitheatre is today a working opera ... read more
professions of love on the walls of Capulet courtyard
Buildings of former Jewish ghetto on Piazza del Erbe
Fellow diners on the Piazz del Erbe

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Verona June 23rd 2018

I went to Verone for a conference. I like going to conferences to catch up with previous colleagued and friends. It is especially nice e^when the conference takes lace in a nice little town. Verona is most known thanks to Shakespear famous novel "Romeo and Juliet" and also for its Opera festival (during opera are played in the huge arena). Social events at this conference were great: we got a city tour, a dinner in Lazize and one in a great mansion in the country side. Verona is only a 6h train ride from Geneva, so at the end of the conference Alex joined me for a long weekend. It's a very pleasant city. You can see all the major sites in a day: the arena, apparently the biggest in the wolrd still use for shows ... read more
Verona - Piazza Bra
view of Verona from Castel San Pietro

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Verona June 17th 2018

15 June - Our group traveled by bus to Verona, setting of Romeo & Juliet. The city is divided by an S-shaped River, Adige, crossed by several bridges, the most striking of which is Ponte di Castelvecchio. Like so many Italian cities, there are remains dating back to Roman times visible in random archeological digs spread around the town. Verona was a strategic location along trading routes going both east-west and north-south, so it changed hands several times, from Romans to northern Barbarians to an independent city-state , to Venetian control, to Austrian takeover, to Italy today. So there is a lot of German/Austrian influence in the culture and food here in Northern Italy. On this Friday the city was quite crowded, but our group managed to follow a local guide through the cobblestone streets and ... read more
Narrow street in Verona
The arena in Verona
St. Anthony's in Mantua

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