October 5th, 2016
“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”
You may not be familiar with the city of Verona, but I’m pretty sure everybody knows about Romeo & Juliet’s story.
That’s where I’m brining you today!
As you arrive in Verona, you see the stunning Arena, which is not only cool to look at, but also functional as it’s often used for events and concerts to this day.
The setting is amazing: you see it standing there, surrounded by beautifully painted buildings, a lovely park, and the main road, full of shops and restaurants.
My mom wanted me to come back here since I hadn’t been for at least 7 years. It was actually way prettier then I remembered, but then again I feel like when I was younger I didn’t truly appreciate the beauty of a place in itself, I would just focus on what it had to offer. Now I give as much importance to both aspects.
But it definitely doesn’t hurt that Verona has so much to pick from when it comes to shops. I was impressed: as you know, I’m picky with the brands I buy from, so other than the usual fast fashion chains, they not only had high end clothing, but also independent stores and “Made in Italy” shops.
As you walk on the main road, you eventually arrive to Juliet’s home, and the famous balcony.
It was full of people, so I didn’t manage to get a photo of her statue, but it was a miracle that I got one of the empty balcony, at least!
This area is covered with love notes from people coming from all over the world.
It might seem disrespectful, to write on the walls of this iconic building, but to be fair, this is one of those few times where it actually adds to the atmosphere – so I don’t mind it.
As you step outside the chaos, you may spot the brick building that belonged to Romeo. I don’t think many people know his house is there, too – at least I didn’t – or maybe just don’t care as much about it, but it was a nice surprise to find it!
As you keep walking, you arrive to Piazza Delle Erbe, which is incredibly pretty and brings you back in time with all the stands offering souvenirs, fresh vegetables and fruit, as well as sweets and meals.
From here you can’t miss Torre Dei Lamberti. You can actually go inside and admire the view from up high.
Of course we went for it, and here is a photo of it!
It was a half day well spent, in company of my brother and my mom. I really enjoyed refreshing my memories of this city, and if you are ever around Venezia – as I always say – make sure to tour around the other cities Veneto region has to offer.
For now, I hope you enjoyed taking a look with me.