Saturday, December 31, 2016
Happy last day of 2016! I hope you are celebrating with good company and good food. Today I enjoyed a day to myself in Verona, Italy. Verona is a place I have always wanted to go to after performing “Romeo & Juliet” in middle school and after watching “Letters to Juliet.” Many consider it the most romantic city in the world because it’s the birthplace of Shakespeare’s two famous lovers. I had a great time wandering around the charming city with thousands of other tourists and locals even without a Romeo! Here are some of the day’s highlights…
First on my list was Juliet’s House. I felt like Amanda Seyfried when I first entered the small square packed with people. I had to pass through an archway/tunnel, and the walls were covered in people’s handwritten names. Pretty neat although not elegant!
“Romeo, Romeo, where art thou Romeo?” I had to time my camera accordingly because people were up on the balcony with their selfie sticks constantly! It’s much smaller than I expected, but I loved the look and history of it.
After crossing the very old and beautiful Ponte Pietra (Roman arch bridge), I saw a sign to Castel San Pietro. I knew from research it would be a climb but that you would be rewarded with a panoramic view of the city. I’m glad I made the trek because what a view it was!
Classic Italian street in Verona– narrow, blue skies, peach houses, elegant balconies, green shutters, bikes resting outside, and flowers for decoration. Just breath taking!
I did write a letter to Juliet while I was admiring the view from Castel San Pietro. I can’t wait to hear what she has to say.
After a yummy lunch/snack at Queen’s Chips, I headed to Piazza Bra and the Arena. It is one of the oldest amphitheaters in the world, built in the first century. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see an opera; however, I did get to sit and write in the sun for an hour and watch the sunset!
Verona is a must-see in Italy. It’s very reachable via train, and you can walk, catch a cab, or take the bus into the city center from the station. It’s easily walkable once you’re in the center. There are also some beautiful churches to see in Verona! I popped my head into the Cathedral and Sant’Anastasia (Gothic style). Impeccable architecture!
I’m getting the real hang of solo travel and look forward to more solo adventures in 2017! xo ~ e.