Okay, so when I last left off, we had been in Nove. The day after our shopping spree at Nove, we went to the nearby town of Verona. It's about 45 minutes from our house and if it sounds familiar, it's because Verona is the town that Shakesphere used as the setting of Romeo and Juliet.
So Verona was a town that we had heard a lot about but hadn't yet visited. We knew before my parents even arrived that August was the busiest month for tourism in Italy. We were warned that places would be crazy packed. But up until Verona, nothing else had been very busy. Pisa is always busy, as is Venice, so we expected that. But Innsbruck, Garmisch, Bassano del Grappa, Lucca....those places weren't too bad. Lucca was hotter than hell that day but the crowds weren't horrible and it was Market day.
“Two households, both alike in dignity
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.”
The same cannot be said for Verona.
Parking was a bitch. We drive a minivan so most spots here in Italy are a tight fit. We couldn't park on a side street, we couldn't fit into the spots all marked with a "P" and named (well we could have parked but we wouldn't have been able to open our doors). We finally found the underground parking garage and after several arguments between B and I, we parked there. (He swore we couldn't fit, I argued that we could because our friends who drive a Suburban park there as well). In the end, I was right.
So after ALL that mess and drama, we were ready to go inside the walls of Verona.
Verona, much like all of Italy, was once populated by the Romans. There is a Roman amphitheatre, the Arena, that remains today. It is the third largest in all of Italy. For a small fee, you can actually go inside the Arena. Well when we got to Verona the line was loooooong. We took a bunch of pictures outside of it and thought ''We might go in later''.
Now when I say "Verona was packed'' I mean...Verona. was. packed.
In this courtyard is a rod iron gate and on the gate, couples have attached padlocks with their names written on them. It's suppose to symbolize and ''lock'' their love of one another. If anything, they sure were colorful!
So after Juliet's balcony, we moved on to Piazza dei Signori and found a spot for lunch. We ate while taking in the sites of the Lamberti Tower and the various building and monuments.
By this time, we were over Verona. It was so hot and humid and crowded and we started to walk back to the car.
|Pretty sure this wasn't originally built for a Rolex shop.|
It was quite a sight!