05.05.2014 - 06.05.2014 22 °C
Verona is of course the setting for that most famous story of the two star crossed lovers. The city fathers obviously know how to make a few Euro out of this work of fiction by designating a particular balcony as 'Juliet's balcony'.
Like the bridges in Paris, visiting romantics have attached love locks in the alcove below as well as scrawling soppy messages on the walls. A bit naff.
We wandered further around the town yesterday and the ladies were pleased to happen upon Via Mazzini, full of fashion boutiques and the odd gelateria.
A little more was added to the luggage load including (mea culpa) by your scribe, purchasing a tie and a short sleeve shirt (didn't expect it to be so warm, pleasantly surprised!). After exiting the shopping strip, we came into a big piazza containing Verona's Roman arena, dating back to the time of Christ. We grabbed a bite to eat at one of the many al fresco ristoranti in the square and then had a wander around with the girls showing off their ballet skills.
On the way back to the apartment we grabbed some gelato which tasted as good as it looked.
We returned tired but sated to our apartment to pack for the next leg of our Italian journey, to Venezia! I'm penning this from that very place but more on that tomorrow. By way of a taste, here is the view from our apartment, on the Grand Canal.
Ciao from la Serenissima!?