Verona: the City of Love
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by Miro Susta
Most of us who are familiar with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet love story know why Verona has earned its nickname as the “City of Love”.
Verona is located in many people’s hearts and geographically it is situated at the foot of Lessini Mountains on the River Adige in northern Italy’s Veneto Region. Many thousands of people from all over the world have always come to Verona, which is today the fourth most visited town in Italy.
Exploring Verona exposes visitors to the transition of art and architecture from the medieval and early renaissance to the more contemporary Western European.
Especially the Verona’s Old Town around the Adige River is offering many unforgettable historical places like Roman Amphitheatre, Arco dei Gavi, Porta dei Borsari, Castle Castelvecchio and the bridge Ponte Scaligero, Piazza dei Signori, Ponte Pietra, Castle San Pietro, San Giorgion in Braida, Church of San Zeno, Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine and many other not specifically mentioned historical spots. Join me to explore them.
Visiting central, old historical Verona you must be good on your feet. Of course one can use the car, but it could be a very slow drive and additionally there is hardly parking space available. That why good/strong backpack to carry the photo equipment and good comfortable walking shoes are required.
Where to start the tour?
By the way, the Piazza Bra is the largest square in Verona and one of the largest in whole Italy. The Amphitheatre is a great iconic attraction in Verona. It was built in the 1st century AD and was mostly made of Veronese pink marble. It is supposedly the third largest of its kind in Italy.
Roman Amphitheatre and Piazza Bra
The house is located on Via Cappello, a narrow road with on both sides lined with many small shops and of course, most of the time crowded by tourists.
Market Stand on Piazza della Erbe
Historical Buildings, Gardello Tower and the Palazzo Maffei from western side of Piazza della Erbe
From here the best way is to aim to the River Adige and then explore the area around the river, easy walking for everybody.
River Adige and Castle San Pietro
If you are really very good on your feet then cross the Ponte Pietra and climb the steps to Castel San Pietro, you will be rewarded with formidable and unforgettable view of the city and its surroundings. But you can also take the funicular to “travel” to the Castel.
View from Castel San Pietro to Ponte Pietra and Duomo di Verona (Verona Cathedral)
However, during walking along the river bank you should, from time to time, leave the river path and explore the surrounding areas.
Ponte Pietra Gate an entry from river side to Old Town.
Lamberti Tower; view from Via Capello (Julia’s House)
Every time when I am on any photo tour I try not to miss fascinating, sometimes significant and sometimes just fine details. Verona’s streets are offering marvellous details for photography in abundance. Just catch them.
"Entry Gate" to Spain
Typical Wrought Iron Street Lamp and the Cathedral Tower in Background
But don’t forget to return to the river which will guide you to the Castle Castelvecchio and to it connected Ponte Scaligaro.
The castle was the most important military construction of the Scaliger dynasty that ruled the city in the Middle Ages, today it hosts the civic Castelvecchio Museum.
Arco dei Gavi
Delicatessen Shop on via Rome
Piazza Bra Bristo
What to eat and drink in Verona? It is not easy to answer this question, the food & drink offer range is quite large in Verona.
What you must know is that rice is widely grown in Northern Italy, so risotto is a very popular dish in Verona. Try Risotto al Tastasal or Risotto All’amarone.
View from small Garden Restaurant
Author Miro Susta and his son Roman wish you a very good trip to this beautiful city.
If you like something stronger then try the Italian Grappa a brandy made from the pressed grape pulp, skins, and stems that remain after the grapes are crushed and pressed to extract most of the juice for wine. However, this is not only local drink, it is one of the most popular alcoholic drink in whole Italy.
However, if you have an intention to travel to Verona I wish you a Happy and Safe Journey, hoping to hear from you that you returned safely and that you have enjoyed this magnificent “City of Love”.
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