The day trips, Verona
I have just one day, or just few hours... What is a real must see?
How many time we visist a city, even deserving more, but we don't have the time to see it at the right (slow) pace.
It's a pity, but everyone of us did it, right?
So, if you have only a few hours, here is a guide of 4 verona walking tours, made by the Municipality site:
4 itineraries of "Walking through Verona "
The most obvious is itinerary A, then B, etc.... So, take a virtual look, print it and make your quick visit!
Verona is located in the Veneto region. It is one of the main tourist destinations in northern Italy, owing to its artistic heritage, several annual fairs in the Arena, the ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans.
The city has been awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO because of its urban structure and architecture.
I spent several hours in Verona in July of 1996 and saw a few of its tourist attractions which are still in my mind.
You can watch my 3 min 18 sec Video Verona out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
Tel 045 806 8680
Sun 9.00 – 17.00
If you are looking for guided tours of the town, here are two links, taken by the official municipality site:
is the "Romeo" bus, from the local public BUS company.
The service is available from June 1st to October 2d (but not on mondays), and may be a good option if you don't have much time. Takes an hour and a half.
Favorite thing: This is the best value for touring sites. For the cost of about 13 Euro for three days, you can take in all the major sites, like the arena, Torre Lamberti, Juliet's house, teatro Roma (great), and the churches and museums. Individually, I estimate the cost for each site total may be around 30-40 Euro. YOu can purchase on line, and then at the first site get a card that they earmark after visits. CArds cannot be purchased on line, and the information center does not issue cards. You get issued a permanent card at edicolas, and maybe museums.
Favorite thing: In Verona you can find a great number of wonderful churches. The Duomo for example, in romanesque style, was built in the XII century close to the Adige river, or the church of Santa Anastasia, located not far from the Duomo. San Anastasia, was built in Gothic style in the XIII century. In the vicinity of Piazza dei Signori there is Santa Maria Antica, another romanesuqe style's example, whose portal bears the tomb of Cangrande I della Scala. Not fra from the house of Romeo, continuing along Via Leoni, in the vicinity of Ponte navi, is the church of San Fermo Maggiore, which admirably unites the romanesque and gothic styles.
Favorite thing: The church of San Tomas Cantuariense was built in 1316 as a temple consacrated to San Thomas from Canterbury. This church built in romanesque style has a wonderful rose-window built in 1493 by Cristoforo Lanfranchini.
The Basilica of Santa Anastasia is the most important gothic style religious monument in Verona. Construction on the Church started around 1290. It was supported by the Scala Family, however the name of the architect is not known. This Church was built not far from Piazza dei Signori square, where the Scala Family had their palaces. The unfinished façade has a beautiful twin portal with polychrome marble, base relief and frescoes. The inside of the Church is divided in three naves joined by a crossed vaulted ceiling. The plan of the Church is a Latin cross with a great apse flanked by four chapels.
Hours: 9.00-18.00 Closed on monday
Entrance: 2 euros
Piazza Santa Anastasia
I never cease to be amazed at how much is spent on funary accessories in Italy. My all time favourite was the one at Enna (see my Sicily pages) but, even after all that I had seen, this one still surprised me.
I'd taken a turn, thinking to cut across and save some kilometres on my way to Vicenza, when I stumbled across Castelrotto. I immediately had visions of a Greek temple but, no, it was just your average everyday burial place in modern Italy.
Still amazed me though!
I toured around the whole Lake and stopped at few places.
Desenzano is considered the capital of Lake Garda. It has an open-air market held every Tuesday that exists since the 15th century.
An interesting place to visit here is the Roman Villa, discovered in 1921. It is considered the most important example in Northern Italy of the grand villas from the Late Roman era.
There is a marvellous mosaic floor with
scenes of hunting, fishing and farming. It's open every day except Monday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
This town, which was once a fishing village has it's old part inside ramparts and called The Scaliger Castle. It was built in the 15th century upon the ruins of a Roman fortress.
The prison was located below the 47 m tall keep.
A stairway with 150 steps takes you to the top for a lovely view of the lake and surrounding area.
The imposing structure, which was recently restored, is one of the main attractions here.
Nearby there is an interesting restaurant located inside a little castle and called
PIZZERIA TRATTORIA PERHONEN
p.za castello, 18/19
46040 - Solferino (MN)
What is so special about it? Its name perhonen means in finnish butterfly. After asking the staff if it was owned by a finnish they said it wasn't and couldn't answer either where that name was originating from. Very strange but well their huge pizzas were excellent!
Thank You for your visit
This was the town where I stayed, not quite in the center but a few kilometers before it at the
Via Gardesana dell'Acqua, 17
Loc. Serenella - City: Bardolino
The picture is from my hotel window!
The area is a campers and caravaners paradise making me wonder why do they actually need any hotels there at all as it seemed everyone was living by the beaches along the lake!
The mild climate and the flora of the lake district is typically Mediterranean, and there are olivegroves, cypresses and of course vineyards.
The bardolino wine is is one of my favorite italian red wines (another one I like is Valpocinella) and best of all it can be tasted on this occasion in its authentic setting.
This delightful, fresh, young wine has a ruby red or claret color and is an excellent table wine that goes well with all main courses or, if aged, with meat and game. It is produced using many grape varieties:
Corvina (and sub-variety): 35-65%
Negara: up to 10%
Grapes from other vines (Rossignola or Rossetta, Sangiovese, Barbera and Garganega) can make up 15% of the total used for the production of Bardolino.
Bardolino becomes Bardolino Classico when the wine is made with grapes from the most ancient original territory including the whole or part of the villages of Bardolino, Garda, Lazise, Affi, Cavaion and Costermano.
It becomes Superiore when it has been aged for at least a year.
I went to ZENI Winery to visit and buy few of these wonderful wines to bring home!
Visit also the Museum of olive oil
This was the first glimpse of Garda Lake (see animation).
On the map I was just above the town called RIVA (upper/narrow part of the lake), ready to go down and drive to BARDOLINO where I was staying.
The road goes along the lake and through several small towns. This was starting to feel like summer-holidays!!
Just crossing this bridge and I was right in the town center. There are lots of coffee & gelato and restaurant terraces, mostly italian and it was lovely to do nothing and watch people passing by!
It's just one of those places where you have to slow down.
LAGO Di GARDA
*Those who are sensitive to all that is sublime
are invited to look at the map of Lake Garda.
The shores of this lake with its beautiful forests and clam waters constitute perhaps the most beautiful land scape in the world.* STENDHAL
(Click on the map to enlarge it)
Lake Garda is without doubt the most characteristic of the italian lakes at the foothills of the Alps.
It is also called Lake Benaco and is the biggest of the Prealpine lakes and the largest in the whole of Italy (surface area: 370 sq.km and perimeter: 162 km).
Stay in GASTHAUSes!!
I cannot remember the name of the one I stayed in anymore but I warmly recommend this type of *gasthaus* lodging: small, family owned, most of the time having bigger rooms than standart hotels, big breakfast included and best of all an easy going and friendly atmosphere!
The picture on the left is the back of the gasthaus where I stayed and it's located in a peaceful area nearby a small river.