The hidden little gems of the town, Verona
As you stroll around Verona you may get lucky and see an artist painting,this one was very good paninting next to a statue of a famous poet,writing and poertry been famous in Verona for a long time,maybe thats why Shakespere was here often,I dont know.
When passing through Sanmicheli gateway of Palazzo del Capitano, one enters in the huge inner courtyard. Opposite to the gateway there is a famous Porta Bombardiera, while on the left side you can find this splendid statue to Mathias von der Schulemburg (1661-1747) who was the Venetian Captain.
Most people will make their way to Juliet's house to see the famed balcony but few make thier way over to the other side of town to see her grave.
Juliets grave is found in the crypt below the cloister of an old monastery (which now houses a fresco museum) at Via Del Pontiere 5. This church - San Fancesco - is also reputed to be the location of the secret marriage of Romeo and Juliet. There's quite a gruesome tale here. Apparently the nuns got tired of people visiting the said Juliets grave, and treating her almost as a saint, even though she committed suicide, so they opened up her sarcophagus and threw out her remains -how horrid :-S
The statue to Garibaldi stands on the little square, Piazza Indipedenza, right behind the Piazza dei Signori.
Giuseppe Garibaldi is the most significant politician in the history of the country and each and every Italian town honour him by the monument.
Okay, who was Garibaldi??? He was an Italian hero who fought for the unification of Italy during the wars between 1848 and only finished in 1870. He was actually born in Nice and at one point immigrated and became a citizen of the USA between 1849-1854. He returned to Italy in 1854 and in 1859 invaded Sicily and Napels with his troops called the "Red Shirts" and freed them from Spanish rule.
I got off the beaten path and saw lots of cool stuff, well actually I was lost, but that's not the point. Anyway, Verona has tons of tiny winding streets full of beauty.
Just take a left turn instead of a right sometime. You might be surprised at what you find.
At the back of the Cloister of Juliet's grave is a wonderful bronze frieze of 10 panels depicting the story of Rome and Juliet. It is the work of the artist Sergio Pasetto - modelled first in clay; having made a mould in silicone rubber, wax models made and then fused in bronze. The 10 scenes are:
2. The Meeting
3. The Kiss on the Balcony
4. The Marriage
5. The Duel between Romeo and Tebaldo
6. Night of Love
7. Romeo runs away to Mantova
8. Fra' Loroenxo delivewrs the phial
9. Juliet's burial
10. Romeo and Juliet joined forever.
Each one is beautiful in its own right - often copies of these are available as souvenirs.
On the other side of the Adige, nearby the youth hostel, and worth the detour from the main touristic area. Run by Comboniani missionaries (honestly speaking, that was the first time I?ve ever heard of such a religious order) who have long been active in Africa, the museum provides insight into indigenous African civilization: the environment, culture, traditions and customs. It houses weapons, masks, tools and craftwork. It also organizes exhibitions devoted to specific themes. Free entrance (yes, who does not love great freebies! ? I certainly do!)
Address: S. Giovanni in Valle, vic Pozzo 1 Opening Hours: 9-12am/3-6pm Tel: 045 596238
Always something interesting going on at the centre near the arena,today it was a show by the famous dance school here,yesterday it was tractors and some machinery,can't decide which i liked best.
The whole entire city of Verona seems to be off the beaten path. Just stroll and wonder around in and out of shops and cafes. Its a nice change of pace from the bigger tourist spots in Italy.
The lion is the Symbol of Venice and the Veneto. Verona lies on the Western portion of the province.