Day 8 of our Italian tour : we left beautiful Venice behind us and made our way to Verona, in the Veneto region, northern Italy, dates back to 3rd century BC and was an important Roman trade centre. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its urban structure and architecture.
It is also the ‘home’ of Shakespeare’s drama of Romeo and Juliet written in 1597 – the original tragic story of two young lovers from rival families was written by Luigi da Porto of Vicenza in 1530
The Arena ….. completed in AD 30, is the world’s third-largest Roman amphitheatre and is one of the best preserved ancient structures of its kind. It could hold almost the entire population of Roman Verona and visitors came from across the Veneto to watch gladiatorial combats
Since then the Arena has seen executions, fairs, bullfights and is world famous as a music venue with regular operatic and contemporary music performances. Sets for a forthcoming opera were being delivered on that day ..
Via Mazzini paved with pink marble, connects Piazza Brá with Piazza delle Erbe, and is the largest pedestrian street in Verona, lined with shops including all the major Italian fashion brands ..
Casa di Giuletta (Juliet’s house) .. the little courtyard packed with tourists. The house is actually a restored 13th century inn, with the marble balcony built in the 20th century ..
Juliet’s statue has become a huge tourist attraction whereby men traditionally rub her right breast for good fortune ..
.. and women rub her right elbow .. odd thing to do, but I did it anyway 😉 .. and gosh, I’m rather podgy there!! p.s. have lost some weight since then .. yay!
Not only love letters and notes are left here, but also lovelocks …
.. which hung on the door of the cottage at Farside Farm. The cottage being the honeymoon suite at their wedding in the Midlands, KwaZulu Natal, in October last year
Piazza delle Erbe, built on the site of the ancient Roman forum, has been the centre of Verona. Many of the city’s palazzo, churches and monuments date back to the medieval period
The piazza is named after the city’s old herb market. Apparently markets are still held here regularly .. maybe on weekends. Under the umbrellas were sidewalk cafés ..
Palazzo Maffei (1668) with column supporting the Venetian lion marking Verona’s absorption into the Venetian empire (1405) ..
Tinkling the ivories under the Venetian lion ..
Fountain of Madonna Verona (380AD)
How can one possibly pass a gelato shop without buying one!!!!!..