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Train to Verona

Another late lazy start to the day...love it!! Woke at 8.30am and it is much cooler and overcast....that didn't last for long, as it ended up so hot !!! Today we are catching the 11am train to Verona. It was the regular train ( slowest & took just under 2 hours for 7.30 euro each way. It was hot and we all nodded off most of the way. When we arrive it was REALLY hot, we grabbed some lunch at the station and then walked 2km into town. We first came upon Piazza Bra that was a huge piazza with a park and fountain in the middle.

The most impressive sight was the Romans Amphitheatre called the arena, which was built in AD 30!!!!!!!!! It is smaller version of the colosseum and can hold 20,000 people and still has performances in it today. We paid 6 euro each to go inside and climb up to the top of the stone seats and imagine the gladiators that had fought here and Christians that had been fed to the lions. It was in such good condition and hard to believe that it was nearly 2000 years old!

We kept wandering and found Juliet's House in Via Cappella. It was easy to find with the crowd of people in that street. Just like in the recent movie " Letters to Juliet" you enter through a gate to see statue of Juliet and Shakespeare's celebrated balcony, below which people leave letters to Juliet.

Came across Piazza Erbe which would have to be the prettiest Piazza I have seen with buildings with frescoes, ornate sculptures, statues and even some manacles to chain the town law breakers to.

We were so hot that we found an air conditioned bar to sit and have a coke and cool down. We had really wanted to have a bike ride but couldn't find it so decided to walk back to the station past the old city walls.

Back in Venice Mum and I walked around the Jewish ghetto part of town and I read an article in atop window saying that in the 1300's the jews had been locked in there at night, were restricted in what jobs and trades they could operate in and were ford to wear yellow circle son their clothes. today there are many synagogues there. In the campo we saw many jewish children running around playing and jewish men with black hats, long black coats and beards.

Sat at our local at the end of the street for cold drinks and people watching We ended up staying and had spaghetti for dinner and Nathan had a potato pizza......yep it had chips on top!!!! He was in pizza heaven!

Sad to be leaving our little Venice home tomorrow.....

City gates of Verona

City gates of Verona


Fountain in Piazza Bra

Fountain in Piazza Bra


Arena - Roman Amphitheatre

Arena - Roman Amphitheatre


Top of arena

Top of arena


Looking up to Mum and Nath

Looking up to Mum and Nath


Corridors of stone

Corridors of stone


Ready for a concert in the arena

Ready for a concert in the arena


Entrances into arena

Entrances into arena


Entrance

Entrance


Arena

Arena


Juliet's Balcony

Juliet's Balcony


To Juliets House

To Juliets House


Piazza Erbe

Piazza Erbe


Piazza Erbe

Piazza Erbe


Frescoed buildings in Piazza Erbe

Frescoed buildings in Piazza Erbe


Piazza Erbe

Piazza Erbe


City Gates

City Gates


City gates

City gates


Arena

Arena


lovely park

lovely park


City walls

City walls


Nathan and his chip pizza

Nathan and his chip pizza


Chip pizza

Chip pizza

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Italy

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