Piazza Bra is the name of the square in front of the famous Arena di Verona, and although the square is quite large, it is really hard to find a sign with that funny name written on it.Bra is the local Veronese expression for Braida, which means "large" and of course this makes sense for such a big square. Thanks a lot, Boris (coisbeauty) for that explanation !
Lothar(lerch) - beeing an expert not only for places of interest in Verona, but also for other places that have funny meanings in other languages - knew where to find the only sign with the name on it .
It was at the end of the square, close to Via Roma.
The only other sign that we found with that inscription, was not clearly printed.
Gabinetti Pubblici is the elegant expression for the place to powder your nose or talk to a man about a horse, and on Piazza Bra the sign for this place is even made in a special way as you may see it on my picture and it is lighted at night.
I can imagine that people, who have never heared of that expression would be searching for another sign, so be prepared !!
not a proposal! Mmm and not really a "local" custom but I though that placing it under the "to dos" was a little too much-
Anyway, up to the 2009 spring the civil weddings took place nearly only at the so-called Juliet's tomb.
Now the municipality opened some other more charming places to host the wedding of people wanting to tie the knot in the home town of Rome & Juliet. One of them is the Juliet's house. Not the historical one, but still a very charming and romantic place.
See all the details in the official municipality site at the website section below.
If you decide, probably a wedding planner could be a wise idea...
quote from Wikipedia:
The Adige (Italian Adige; German: Etsch; Latin: Athesis) is a river with its source in the Alpine region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol near the Italian border to Austria and Switzerland. At 410 km in length, 220 located in South Tyrol, it is the second longest river in Italy, after the Po River with 652 km.
Near Trento, the Noce, Avisio and Fersina rivers join. The Adige then crosses Trentino and later Veneto, flowing past the city of Verona and the towns of Rovereto and Adria through the Lagarina valley and the north-eastern part of the Po plain into the Adriatic sea. Both the Adige and the Po run parallel in the river delta without properly joining. [...]
According to the statistics, Verona is one of the safest place in whole Italy. The locals are very friendly and helpful to the visitors. You can stroll around, even late in the night, and feel perfectly safe here. Of course, there are zones which are not recommendable for the late night strolling, but this are far away from the city centre and touristy area.
The Verona coulours are funnily enough the Swedish ones and even look the same as the Swedish flag with its yellow cross! Just with a slightly different shade of blue. As for other symbols, the four arches of the Arena left standing after the earthquake some centuries ago are on many letterheads and receipts...
Don't go searching for your vocabulary to translate the tip title, because it's local dialect, or at least the best written approximation of it (a local dialect isn't a written language, after all).
It means up and down the "Liston". The Liston is the stripe of pink marbe that covers the west side of Piazza Bra.
A very touristly place, indeed, but a local custom is to stroll up and down here, to see and to be seen, to eventually meet friends, to see people coming and going and, yes, just to have a look at the tourists and to play guessing from where they are...
Note that the name "Liston" has to came from a venetian expression because you can find it in more than a place that was under venetian influence. I'm sure of 2: one is the town of Belluno (on the road to the Dolomites) and another is in a greek island.... Can you guess wich one?
This library, founded in 1792, is one of the most important in Italy.
It contains about half a million books, 1.209 incunabula, and over 3.700 manuscripts. Many of the incunabula are very rare and of great value.
Also, there are a number of ancient documents, illuminated manuscripts, over 2.000 prints and drawings, and a fine collection of over 30.000 autographs.
The Ancient City Archives are also stored here.
The Library is located in Via Cappello, next to Piazza Leoni
In the foyer is a comprehensive array of portraits of famous Veronese men through the ages, known as the Protomoteca.
I saw lots of tourists hanging out around Piazza Brà, the Arenas, and on Corso Puorto Nueva. I went there too, to get some pics developed. But didn't find anything particularly Veronese about the Corso. Once I reached Piazza Brà, I walked around and admired the Arenas, but headed straight back to Via Mazzini, and the beautiful Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Signori.
I didn't even make a detour for Juliet's balcony. Apparently, it's not guaranteed to be authentic and I'm not that interested in those stories.
Back at Piazza Signori, the guy with the pony tail was real cool and nice so we talked a bit while he watched his girls play and stopped one from hitting the other cuz she wanted the trotinette. The mother was close by but didn't seem to notice a thing or to want to get involved. She was totally blazée.
The family trilogy is standing in front of Scaligeri Palace, the home of the Della Scala family in the 12th century. Dante apparently took refuge in the Palace at one time.
I was surprised to see a guy urinating on the side of a building, but that isn't the norm, so I advise you don't do this
Loos in Venice were much much improved since my last visit, but in Verona and elsewhere we still found the ubiquitous 'squat over a hole' type :-S
Can you believe this and in the home of Romeo and Juliet! American capitalism at it's best...I just stopped in to see what the Italian version of the Big Mac with fries and a Coke looked like...lol
A typical bay of the Basilica. Note arched opening supported by doric columns, a hallmark of 'Palladianism'