Oh, Italy is such a beautiful country, full of history and magical places and we couldn’t get enough.
Verona is a wonderful city and has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because of the value and importance of its many historical buildings.
We’ve spent only a few hours in this city, wandering the streets and enjoying a creamy cappuccino in Piazza dei Signori, but we felt really happy we had the chance to visit it.
Our first stop was at Casa di Giulietta, one of the most visited sites in the town. It features the balcony, and in the small courtyard, a bronze statue of Juliette.
The metal of its chest is worn bare due to a legend that if a person strokes the right breast of the statue, that person will have good fortune.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have the chance to feel lucky for the rest of our life, because the property was closed for tourists, but this doesn’t mean we couldn’t spot the balcony and the statue, through the bars :)
Either way, it was a nice place to visit, especially for the original surroundings: many people write their names and the names of their beloved ones on the walls of the entrance, known as Juliet’s wall.
Many believe that writing on that place will make their love everlasting. After a restoration and cleaning of the building, it was intended that further writing should be on replaceable panels or white sheets placed outside the wall.
It is also a tradition to put small love letters and gums on the walls (which is done by the thousands each year), that are regularly taken down by employees to keep the courtyard clean.
We had fun doing that :) After that, we went to Piazza Bra, the city’s largest piazza, to see the Arena. Completed around 30 AD, it is the third largest in Italy after Rome’s Colosseum and the arena at Capua.
It measures 139 metres long and 110 metres wide, and could seat some 25,000 spectators in its 44 tiers of marble seats.
The Iudi (shows and gladiator games) performed within its walls were so famous that they attracted spectators from far beyond the city.
The interior is very impressive and is virtually intact, and has remained in use even today for public events, fairs, theatre and open-aired opera during warm summer nights.
Another place we absolutely loved about Verona was Castelvecchio (Old Castle) from where we could see breathtaking views.
Finally, we headed back to the car, contemplating once again the beauty of this town, admiring the streets, the cosy restaurants and the smiling and relaxed people.
Tomorrow I’ll tell you all about Pisa, ok? :)