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Verona – Italy

Verona – Italy

In Verona the history of Shakespearean drama is floating around the streets​
Next week I was in Verona for three days and I will explain some tips and nice place to visit once over there. Verona is an European city found in Veneto, north Italy. It’s about one hour and a halve from Venice and it’s a good idea to organize your trip and visit these two cities in the same voyage.

Everybody knows Verona as the city of Juliet and Romeo but is not the only Shakespeare’s play located there.
Actually three Shakespeare’s plays are set in Verona: Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Taming of the Shrew.
I was lucky to meet two of my Italian friends there so I’ve got a native guide to discover the best spots of the city awarded World Heritage Site status by Unesco.
While you are walking in the old town is like being inside a fairly tale. Verona is full of old buildings with balconies were fresh flowers are hanging, bows and narrow streets that invite you to stroll around.
I traveled to Italy with my best Japanese friend Megumi and we were staying next to Castelvecchio, the most important military construction of the Scaliger dynasty that ruled the city in the Middle Age.
We found that place through Airbnb and it was like 60 euros per night for a little apartment with kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.
The first place we visited was the Castle. It is a good example of gothic architecture (1354-1376), with imposing m-shaped merlons. It is a powerful and compact building of red bricks with little decoration.
It is nice to take pictures in the several small windows and between the merlons were you can walk in some points. It is free except the Museum.
After Castelvecchio we went to Castelvecchio bridge where you can go down stairs to admire the Adige river that cross the city.

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“Pasta to Go” is a cozy restaurant ( facebook.com/BigoiVerona ) in the city center.
We went there and I chose bigoli all’amatriciana. It was succulent! They only cook bigoli that is a kind of pasta typical from Verona with the form of a long and thick tube and you have a great choice of sauces.
One of the most magic places for me was Juliet’s House The 13th century has a beautiful brick facade, a Gothic-style portal a balustrade and the famous balcony.
In the courtyard is the bronze statue of Juliet, by Nereo Costantini. The legend said that if you touch her right boobs you are going to have good luck and of course we did!
Lastly I want to talk about the aperitivo. In Italy is very typical go for a drink before dinner time especially during weekends and it is called l’aperitivo because you can get one cocktail and some food for the same price.
The right time is about 7pm and a nice and charming place to go in Verona is Cappa Cafè.
We went there the last night and we enjoyed a delicious Spritz in the terrace that face the Adige river.
After the drinks we get some food in the restaurant and I have to say that the polenta was mouth-watering. Then we opted for lasagna and a glass of Bagnoli Friularo. (cappacafe.it)
I hope you enjoyed my fist post and that it was useful and descriptive!

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