Saturday, 13 September 2014

Verona

A few weeks ago I visited Verona with my best friend. Verona was never on my list but as my parents were going to be staying there we thought we might as well take the opportunity to visit. With Venice and Lake Garda very close we thought we could see a few places while we were there. As it happens Verona is a stunner!

Although Verona was busy with tourists it was nowhere near as bad as Venice and I just found the city so beautiful and chic. Everyone seemed to be tall, stunning and carrying some sort of extremely expensive handbag. There was also a Sephora and a Kiko which I dragged my poor friend around a few times! Verona is small enough to walk everywhere and packed full of incredible architecture, I'm not hugely into churches and cathedrals but we did visit quite a few and they were breathtaking.





We went to see Madame Butterfly at the Arena di Verona, the venue itself is a Roman amphitheatre built in 30 AD and is simply exquisite. We got our tickets on the day, took along a bottle of prosecco and some cushions (sitting on stone for a 3 hour long show would start to get uncomfortable). In theory you aren't supposed to bring anything to drink in but it wasn't a problem and I'm so glad we did. Candles are give out to the audience on your way in and lit after sunset making the whole place look magical. 

The show was amazing mainly due to the setting as I didn't really understand what was going on but it looked and sounded wonderful. 
The next day we visited Venice - it's about an hours train ride away from Verona and we thought we ought to as we were so close. Venice is stunning and very photogenic but sadly (in my opinion) ruined by the volume of tourists it attracts precisely because it is so beautiful. We went to see the major sights - Saint Mark's Basilica, Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, Teatro La Fenice, Campanile di San Marco, St. Mark's Square, Bridge of Sighs and Doge's Palace. 



Like the rest of the hordes there we ticked off the main attractions then went in the opposite direction in the hope of finding some peace. We were lucky and managed to find what seemed to be a local(ish) restaurant, it was on a quiet square where children where playing football and there was an actual supermarket! That sold real food and not just one of the 1000's of tourist shops selling tat!! After lunch which was an excellent pizza and a bottle of prosecco we just wondered down quite little street until it was time to head home - we did get some calamari to sustain us through the trip home. 






We managed to fit in a quick visit to Lake Garda which was again very pretty but I think we had both had images of Como in our head and it most certainly isn't like that at all. We only visited the south of the lake so it may well have been different in the north - still we had a wonder and an ice-cream and headed back to beautiful Verona for more prosecco. 




I fell in love with Verona and hope to go back again at some point - it's proximity to the prosecco region is a major plus - it's by far my favourite drink and was available everywhere, served in huge wine glasses and very cheap! 


Jade x


















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