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tbrickell Verona - A travel report by T
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Verona,  Italy - flag Italy -  Veneto
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Scene of one of the worlds most famous tales.

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In fair Verona where we lay our scene..............The city that gave birth to the story of Romeo and Juliet and the families of Montague(in reality Montecchi) and Capulet(in reality Capelletti), a city where the legend has become fact.


View from the Ponte Nuova
View from the Ponte Nuova
The city of Verona, located in Italy´s Veneto region has history dating back to Roman times and has, perhaps, more sights than any other city in Veneto with the exception of the capital Venice.

Favourite spots:
Roman Arena
Roman Arena
Roman Arena: - Dating from the First Century A.D this Roman Amphitheatre is in very good condition and still plays host to concerts with crowds of up to 20,000 people. This is despite an earthquake in the 12th Century that destroyed all but four arches of the outer wall. Entry Euro 4.00(adults)

Castelvecchio Fortress: - was commissioned by Cangrande II at around 1350 and became the stronghold for Verona's subsequent rulers. Opened as the city museum in 1925. Has a great collection of paintings, jewellery, weapons etc seen through a labyrinth of chambers and passages.

What's really great:
Looking towards the arches and the Corso Porta Nuova
Looking towards the arches and the Corso Porta Nuova
Although Verona is such a well known city it do not seem to be ´overwhelmed´ by tourists or the tourist industry. This can be an important factor in order to try to gain a more authentic travel experience.

Accommodations:
Hostel and backpackers accommmodation can be hard to find in the city centre, especially during high season. 3-4 star hotels are a better option however this can be expensive for the budget traveller.

Hotel Maxim Verona - Via Belviglieri, 42 - Tel. +39 045 8401800
www.maximverona.it
3 star hotel located perhaps 2-3km from the City Centre(not 1km as the website claims). Rooms from 55 Euro per night including tax and breakfast. Also,

Hotel Catullo - Via Valerio Catullo 1 tel +39 045.800.2786.
2-3 star hotel in the centre, just off the Via Mazzini. Cheapest hotel in the city centre although does not have the best reputation. Large rooms, most with shared bathrooms. Rooms from 55 Euro per night.

Nightlife:
Piazza delle Erbe
Piazza delle Erbe
Al Ponte Bar - Via Ponte Pietra.
Very nice bar with garden and a marvellous view from the terrace across the river. Slightly pricey depending on what you order, great bar snacks though. Open till around 3am.

Casa Mazzanti Caffé - Piazza delle Erbe 32.
Very young and hip crowd. Very noisy but great atmosphere.Try a Menabrea beer(very tasty).Open late.

Restaurants:
Castelvecchio courtyard
Castelvecchio courtyard
Osteria alla Pigna - Via Pigna 4
Traditional style restaurant in between the Duomo and Piazza delle Erbe, nice atmosphere. Supposedly one of the best ´osterie tipiche´ in the historic centre. Fairly Moderately priced. Closed some days for lunch.

Arena (Pizzeria da Sergio) - Vicolo Tre Marchetti 1.
Good pizzeria, and it's open till 1am! Hard to find, tiny alley between Via Mazzini and Via Anfiteatro from the northeast side of the Arena. I had a fantastic ´quattro stagioni´ there.

Published on Friday September 29th, 2006


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Sun, Oct 01 2006 - 07:08 AM rating by gloriajames

Dear Tim
THis is a nice report though it lacks a pic of Juliet and the house where Romeo courted her. Nevertheless some great pics! 4*
Gloria

Sat, Sep 30 2006 - 12:54 PM rating by eirekay

Terrific Photos and GREAT opening! I hope you find time to expand on this report - I would love to hear more!

Fri, Sep 29 2006 - 11:05 AM rating by marianne

Tim,
Nice report and pictures. Did you like Verona? Maybe add some personal experience. You report is a bit like a guidebook, just telling facts.

Fri, Sep 29 2006 - 10:32 AM rating by mrscanada

Did you see the statue of the man who was the writter of Romeo and Juillet, (I don't mean Shakespeare}?

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