The parking lot is not far from downtown. And so I set off in the morning. Verona is a major Italian city with a medieval old town on the banks of the Adige River. The Ponte Pietra connects the two parts of the city. It was already built 100 BC.
The city is known as the setting for Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. A 14th-century city dwelling with a tiny balcony overlooking the courtyard is known as Juliet’s House.
The market stalls are set up on the Piazza delle Erbe, the most beautiful square in the city. The first groups of visitors have already arrived and are having explained the many buildings around the square to them.
The ensemble includes the Torre dei Lamberti, which dominates Verona with its height of 84 meters. It was built in 1172 by the family of the same name.
The heart of the old town is the Arena of Verona, a well-preserved amphitheater from Roman times. After gladiator fights, tournaments and competitions, it was finally discovered in 1913 for what it is today: the world’s first real and most important open-air theater for opera festivals. Today it offers space for 22,000 visitors. You only sit on the bare stone in the top rows and should perhaps take a seat cushion with you.
A landmark of Verona is the Scaliger Castle of Castelvecchio. The Scaligeri were the lords of Verona in the 13th and 14th centuries. The bridge over the Adige, planned as an escape route, is a masterpiece of engineering technology. It has three arches and is 119.90 m long. The supports of the bridge piers and the ridges of the arches are made of local stone; all the rest of the structure is brick.
As we continue through the Po Valley, we notice the town of Montagana with its perfectly preserved city wall. Here we take a break. About 50km away from Verona there is no longer any tourist crowds to be seen. The large square around the Gothic cathedral is -almost- deserted.
In the streets of the small town I found this: