Verona

Verona

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A few weeks ago Zoe and I took the train to Verona.  I have never been there and have heard so many nice things about it. Verona is in the northern part of Italy and built around the Adige River about 2 hours by train from Florence. It is famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. A 14th-century residence with a tiny balcony (pictured above) is said to be “Juliet’s House.

It isn’t a large city and very walkable with lots of little streets and alleyways.  I had no set itinerary and spent an hour just wondering and getting my self oriented.

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This is Scaliger Tombs a group of five Gothic funerary monuments celebrating the Scaliger family, who ruled in Verona from the 13th to 14th century.

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Sant’ Anastasia is gothic church I had read was a must see.  Not so pretty on the outside but beautifully decorated church on the inside.

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Yes I would agree with that, the ceiling takes your breath away when you first enter.  Well this is all we got to see. They politely said I could not bring Zoe in. It was a place you had to pay to get in so no choice but to leave and I wasn’t so polite when I left.  I said something like “all God’s creatures and he would not be happy.  

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It was getting a little noisy and crowded and Zoe was getting a little nervous so I headed away from the crowds and started to explore the back streets which is what I prefer any time over where the tourist are.

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I love the color of this building and greenery flowing down from the balcony.

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It was a beautiful weekend perfect for out door dining  imageIt’s the little things that make a place special and these glasses were such a nice touch

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This was a narrow little street with many caffe’s and a really nice fruit and vegetable stand.

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Now it was time to find a nice little quiet place to eat some lunch.  I heard Osteria Del Bugiardo was my kind of place.It was perfect. There was a little room off the main area that only had 3 tables so nice and quite for Zoe.  I ordered a glass of prosecco and a couple assorted “crostini’s, this one below is Baccala, a Veronesse favorite.  

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I met this very nice women who also had a dog so immediate connection.  She told be that the dog was 12 and blind and she had adopted it 4 months ago.  I was very touched by this generosity of hers and how much they loved each other.

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I could have sat there all day drinking and eating but knew we had to get out and enjoy this beautiful city.

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The area by the river made me think of Florence and next time I will cross that bridge and see if the other side is as special there as it is here in Florence.

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There are many parks and peaceful areas here to just sit and relax and people watch. One of my favorites things to do.

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Another favorite is window shopping and seeing what is happening in retail.  It’s in my blood.

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Verona did not disappoint. Beautiful displays and really pretty things.

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One of the things Florence lacks are flower shops. This one was very special and I would have liked to take it back to Florence with me. This was the end of September with autumn just around the corner and they were getting the shop ready for the holiday season.

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After our experience at the church I loved the sign in this store window.

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It was mid day when many stores close for there rest time.  I would have liked  to go into this store and buy some of these adorable pop up cards.  As a tourist you hate this time of day but when you become a local you adjust and fall into the groove which I have done in Florence but on this day I was a frustrated tourist.

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6 Responses

  1. Gigi
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    Stunning pictures as usual.
    Thanks for sharing
    Love Gigi

  2. Char
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    We were there too and there was a fair in the square that day so lots of people . We walked to see the highlights of the city but you showed us what we missed on your trip. Beautiful pictures, Sally. Thanks !

  3. gabriella guerci
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    Fortunately Sally’s tour of Italy is going on.
    She makes me enjoy surfing on some beautiful spots of my country through her eyes.Thanks a lot.
    Gabriella

  4. DAVID
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    Thanks Sally for the great photos and descriptions. I am going to read it on my ipad so
    I can blow up those shop photos and really get inspired. We love reading your blog.

  5. Vrtiak
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    What a beautiful place I have been there but so so long ago it was nice to see it again. Nobody does retail like the Italians! Set up for the Holidays yesterday and am pooped today. Glad the election is over and can get back to “normal” (??). Give Zoe a hug.

  6. Colleen
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    So beautiful and interesting, enjoy reading and learning about the many different sites.

    As always thank you!

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