Verona Panorama from Castel San Pietro

Superb view over medieval and Roman Verona with Ponte Pietra (Stone Bridge) and the Cathedral, from Castel San Pietro

Continuing from Part One – Verona: Beyond Romeo and Juliet

From Verona’s elegant castle, head back through Porta Borsari (maybe the best of the surviving Roman gates) towards Piazza Signori. Nearby, a tiny laneway is packed with people all crowding around number 23 – Juliet’s house (Casa di Giuletta). Lovestruck folks note their names onto the house’s walls (fastened by bluetack or gum) and swoon longingly beneath the limestone balcony, while those seeking a new lover gently caress the right breast of Juliet’s statue (a gleaming golden lustre gives an idea of the large numbers seeking divine intervention with their romance!). Romeo’s less popular house is only a few streets further away.

Verona Juliet Balcony

The romantic balcony at the centre of Shakespeare’s greatest love story, probably built from a limestone sarcophagus!! (note a few of the messages almost a storey above the ground)

Verona Duomo Cathedral

The austere exterior of Verona’s cathedral (duomo) masks a beautiful interior.

Leaving Shakespeare’s imaginative love story, stroll towards the river. Porta Leoni is the other ancient entrance to historic Verona while the cathedral (duomo) sits majestically in a bend of the Adige River. Superbly decorated inside, it is just one of several superb churches across Verona’s compact city centre (check out Church of St Anastasia and San Zeno Maggiore Basilica, with its stunning rose window and carvings).

As the afternoon, draws to a close, wander across the Roman built Ponte Pietra from before the birth of Christ towards the Roman Theatre and Castel San Pietro. It is a fair uphill walk but relax on arrival (see lead photo for vista) and contemplate the remarkable two thousand years of history with the Romans, della Scalas and more. Marvel at the intact architecture unspoiled with skyscrapers and glassy modern offerings and one of the highlight cities of any Italian visit.

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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.
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