The streets & the parks, Verona
Via Mazzini is lined with shops of all kinds, lots of food, gelaterie, and it's quite classy. Every woman looks like a Renaissance painting, there's an atmosphere of sophistication here.
The pic is a small street that looked enticing, off via Mazzini. There was a great, modern Internet Café Club steps later on Main. Very wild decor. I got there for early evening, when everyone is out arm-in-arm for a walk. Lots of people but not at all touristy.
i guess via Mazzini is what we'd call Main Street here.
By the Arco della Costa you enter Piazza dei Signori from direction of Piazza delle Erbe. It is the 15th century built arch, which takes its name as the legend says, on the first honest person to walk beneath it.
Fondest memory: The tinny alley, which separate Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Signori, looks much attractive out of the high season when is blocked by the tables from the nearby restaurant.
The nature, art and history are what makes the Giusti gardens famous throughout the world.
The gardens, created towards the end of the 15th century, today show the structure given them in 1570 by Agostino Giusti, Knight of the Venetian Republic and Squire of the grand Duke of Tuscany.
The garden is located in Via Giardino Giusti 2. You can easily reach it by bus nr. 72 - "Pollicino", stop Via Carducci. The other options are by foot, across the Ponte Nuovo and then by Via Carducci, or across Ponte Pietra and then turn right in Via Santa Chiara.
The garden is open every day from 1st of April to September 30/from 9 am to 8 pm
from 1st of October to March 31/from 9 am to 7 pm
admission € 5,00
The gardens were designed as backdrops for the Giusti Palace, and are terraced in order to gradually uncover the view of the city, following a predetermined path.
Its famed cypress avenue, facing the 16th century atrio, climbs up to a stalactite grotto under a towering mascherone, built to emit tongues of flame from its mouth.
The belvedere offers one of the most beautiful panoramas of Verona.
Favorite thing: The gardens, in addition to their collections of flowers and important Roman remains, maintain all their 16th century characteristics intact: fountains, acoustic grottos, bowers, Italian hedges, mythological statues and a difficult small labyrinth, one of the oldest in Europe.
This is famous Goethe's spot under the huge cypress which offers enormous shadow in the hot summer days.
The garden was visited and celebrated throughout the ages by illustrious historical and cultural figures, among them Cosimo De' Medici, Addison, the Emperor Joseph II, Goethe, Mozart.
Favorite thing: The man streets in Verona are called VIA and the smaller streets are called VICOLO. These smaller streets are well worth turning into and exploring, they are full of hidden surprises and delights. I loved seeing all the different pastel colours of the buildings and the balconies on them.
Favorite thing: If you enter the old parts of Verona you will find many small and narrow streets, like the one you can see here. Even on such a small street they have managed to "fit" a restaurant. These are beautiful places to sit for a drink or a meal and just watch the world go by.
This garden belongs to the 16th century Palazzo Giusti. It is one of the finest late Renaissance gardens in the whole of Italy, and dates from 1580.
The garden is divided in two sections, the lower part being in the Italian style. The layout is spacious, with flower beds, a maze, statues, fountains and the cypress avenue winding up the small hill topped by the church of San Zeno in Monte, which was much admired by Goethe. There is a tower-shaped building with a winding staircase and a platform on top, from which one enjoyes a magnificient view over the city.
This Renaissance garden, once labelled by English author John Evelyn as "the finest garden in Europe" dates from 1580 when it was first laid out.
Personally, I think John should have travelled more but, everyone's entitled to their opinion and it is a fine specimen.
Fondest memory: There is a deliberate juxtaposition of nature and artifice here. The woods at the rear form a distinct contrast to the order of the main part of garden with its manicured hedges, pot plants and neo-classical statuary.
When I arrived I walked over to the apparent ticket box. No-one seemed to be in attendance so I waited for a minute or so then decided to wander off into the garden and pay later.
The crunching of the gravel beneath my feet seemed doubly loud as my guilt-ridden conscience (at not having paid) expected the noise to attract a guard or some such who would duly abuse me in Italian and have me forcibly removed from the premises.
It never happened. For the 3/4 hour I wandered around, taking in the views of Verona from the terraces and the gardens generally, I never saw another soul. That's one of the treats about going in the off season. You can get to see treats like this and have them all to yourself.
Favorite thing: Many of the buildings in Verona do not settle for being "nice", but they have extra touches, such as this building with the reliefs on it. They run all the way across the face of the building and each is an individual work of art.
Favorite thing: Here again you can see the love and care lavished on a simple building. This is a place to live, not an art gallery, but still they put time, money and effort into making even a dwelling a work of art.
Favorite thing: Although Verona is remembered by many for the balcony of Juliet's house, the city has so many other balconies worth admiring - everywhere you looked up there appeared to be one, so to me Verona was the "City of Balconies".
Favorite thing: Verona has it's own particular charm. The buildings are very colorful, some even frescoed. Each winding street has something new to offer whether it's Roman ruins, cafes, churches, ornate windows, views of the river, or the people of Verona. The three hours I was there was definitely not enough time to see all the sites, I suggest you stay for at least a day or two.