I still remember well my first visit ever to Verona, it was back in 1970 at the time when Piazza delle Erbe was city market place for "frutta e verdura" (fruits and vegetables). Gosh, it was 40 years ago, I myself deserve to be treated as an historic sight.
Eversince the Roman times this sight was the real heart of Verona, meeting place and home to the market. There were some attempts from the city authorities, few years ago, to remove stands from Piazza delle Erbe, permanently, but it didn't pass. Veronese people love this sight and want it to be what it always used to be, the city market.
What to buy: Either fresh fruits or vegetables, or perhaps good guide book of the city and its surroundings, inexpensive souvenirs, or maybe jersey from favourite football club. For somebody it could be just interesting to stroll in between the stands and see what is offering there. Could be also amusing to sit at the cafe-bar, opposite to the market, and observe process of buying and selling, why not.
It started last year for 3 thursdays in september, and was repeated this year. Shops open till 11pm in center on september thursdays. Now, for 2005/2006 winter, they decided to do it again every 2nd thursday of the month.
This really changes the face and the feel of the town. Music and shows are held around the streets, rivers of people come to the center to eat, shop or simply to see this extra life in the city veins.
It is really beautiful to see the street crowded till midnight. If you can, plan a visit... and beware a little problem can arise with parking.
Sorry, the link to the news is only in italian
Stretching from the Northern edge of Piazza Bra and almost up to Piazza Erbe, Via Mazzini contains many glamorous and high priced stores: Fendi, Benneton, MaxMara, Dolce & Gabanna, and others. It is a street where people see and are seen.
... better than anything else in Verona.
He made many pilgrimages to it and came away with some happy purchases.
He particularly like the agonising - oh great but do I really want it no I don't yes I do - I might just go away and think about it - moments.
The dvds had him in delicious torments.
But because we needed books to read and because their English section was quite extensive and because they had a rack of books in that lovely old fashioned Penguin cover reduced to 10 euro - that is where we spent the money. And happy to, too.
Had a sweet moment as we queued at the cassa desk. They have tvs up near there showing the dvds they are selling. Because it was close to Xmas they were showing kids movies to tempt the kids and their parents and there was a little tot mesmerised by Shrek. It was in English with Italian sub titles and I know the kidlet couldn't read yet - but anyway he was lost to the world.
What to buy: Here is Nemorino's explanation of why it is called fnac. Thank you Nemorino.
"fnac was originally the abbreviation for Fédération Nationale d'Achats pour Cadres = National Purchasing Federation for Managers, which is what it started out to be in 1954. I book French opera tickets through fnac sometimes."
Do you want to leave Italy with something special, that will always remind you sunny days, historical places.. or just bring happiness into your heart ? This is what you need ! A print of Amaranta's work. Once there used to be a workroom close to Ponte Pietra, but sadly it has now closed. But you can see all the prints on a web site and hopefully buy them through it.
I once gave one to my mother as a present for her birthday, it hangs in our flat by the sea.. I still have many others on my list to buy... the wonderful cats and some of our beautiful cities.
Visit the web site !!
What to pay: Too less for such a nice souvenir
Internet Train is a chain of internet points in major Italian cities. This one at Via Roma 17 in Verona is very pleasant (and air-conditioned) and has high speed connections. The first time you use there service you have to show your passport (this is because of a new Italian anti-terrorism law), and then you get a card which you can use at their shops all over Italy.
Prices for just a one-off internet connection are quite high (like 4 Euros an hour, which is four times the going rate in Germany), but it gets cheaper if you pre-pay some time on your card and then go on using it all over the country.
Second photo: Here's another internet point called Internet etc. at Via 4 Spade 3/B, just off Via Mazzini. Tel. 045 8000222, www.internetetc.it.
Third photo: Inside Internet etc.
Fourth photo: Here's another internet point on Vicolo Ghiaia, not far from Piazza Bra. This one is the most primitive of the three I have tried, but has similar prices, so there is no particular reason to go here.
Take a walk round this popular market, admire the many interesting buildings and sculptures and take a look at its colourful market stalls.
This market has a long history. During the Roman Empire, this was the place where the Roman Forum stood.
What to buy: Souvenirs
Outside the stadium you’ll find plenty of wagons and tables from where you can buy souvenirs, both from Chievo and Verona. Prices are as everywhere else in Italy, 10 euro for a matchshirt, 5-6 euro for a scarve. Just remember that most of the souvenirs are fake, and that the official souvenirs costs much more.
What to buy: Scarves, matchshirts, flags, hats. Everything that has to with football...
What to pay: Matchshirt: 10 euro
Scarve: 5-6 euro
My wife is a very strong Catholic, and besides visiting every church, in every city we visit, we also visit shops like this one.
This shop struck me differently than any others we have visited. I can't tell you how, or why, but it was so peaceful to browse, and the store clerk just let you be...
What to buy: They stock so many various styles of crosses, rosaries, statues, bibles, paintings, rings, charms, necklaces, key chains, plus the artifacts normally found within a church itself, including priest vesments, and chalices.
A huge selection of Baptismal cards, First Communion cards, Confirmation cards are also available.
What to pay: rings from .50 euro, crosses starting under 5 Euro...very reasonable, also some very expensive. Something for everyone's price range.
Verona isn't a very cheap place to go shopping. It is located close to the Lago di Garda, in one of Italy's wealthiest regions. The shops and prices reflect that, and so you find brands like Gucci, Armani or Louis Vitton along the main shopping street Via Mazzini.
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