Fiume Adige - River, Verona
We left Juliet's house and tried looking for Romeo's but did not find it. It would have been easy to find if we could have been bothered to look at a map, but we couldn't, so we ended up at the river. Despite the icy winds blowing along it, the river was beautiful and we walked along it for as long as we could before we were so cold we could take no more.
The Adige is a river in northern Italy. The river springs at the Passo di Resia in the predominantly German-speaking South Tyrol. With 410 km it is the longest river after the Po in Italy.
The Adige flows through the towns Merano, Bolzano, Rovereto, Trento and Verona. The river dewaters almost the entire province of South Tyrol. It is a very unpredictable river; by meltwater river mode can increase dramatically, and there are many rapids. This makes the river unnavigable.
The Adige meanders through Verona and the heart of Verona lies in a meander of the river. 10 bridges over the Adige take care of the traffic to the outskirts of Verona.
The most known ones are Ponte Pietra and Ponte Scaligero.
One of the things I really enjoyed about Verona is that it's possible to go for a great walk along the Adige River. There's a nice sidewalk running on both sides of the river, and it's worth going both during the day time, to take plenty of pictures, and again in the evening, when the city is at its most romantic. Thanks to the city's numerous bridges and lovely Medieval architecture, every bend in the Adige River offers a most unique and wonderful view of Verona. There's no better place to go to enjoy a lazy stroll and a cup of gelato!
Some of the wonders besides the tourist spots in the citta vecchio is the other side of the river Adige. The Castle Pietra (st. Peters castle) stands out at the peak of the hill. It was used as a fortress by Longobords and others for many years after the Roman decline. CAn Grande della Scala rebuilt the walls in 1321. It was used by Napoleon and later an Autrian barracks. The city of Verona must now own, and plans are to revitalize the castle.
Theatro Romano is one of the best excavated sites around. It has a great amphitheatre with the stage for current events, but also some of the best preserved archeological finds and columns I have seen. Along with that is a lot of history in a museum inside and many mosiac tile floors to show.
There also is the Natural History Museum on this side, which is said to hold the best collection of works in Europe.
The River Adige is, after the River Po, the longest river in Italy. Its source is in Trentino Alto Adige, at the pass of Resia, in the province of Bolzano at 1586 meters above sea level. For the first 140km it winds through the Trentino Alto Adige territory continuing towards the Po Valley, passing by Verona and flowing out into the Adriatic Sea near Chioggia. The river snakes around two headlands in Verona which offer great views.
River Adige surrounds historical cor eof Verona. There are many bridges which are conecting old and new Verona. Pone pietra or Stone bridge is the oldest one, who suffered heavy bombing during the second world war and it was reconstructed afterwards, this is the reason why the bridge has different colours and type of stones in its structure.
The river that curves around the city like a protective arm is a wonderful walk on cool summer evenings after baking in 30+ degree temperatures for most of the day. The stretch of water on either side of the Ponte Pietra is particularly attractive, as is the bridge itself. The Ponte Pietra bridge is the latest reconstruction of one that was first built some time in the first century AD, perhaps even earlier than that. The bridge has collapsed and been rebuilt repeatedly since then, but the penultimate version, whose development was overseen by the architect Fra' Giacondo, survived from 1509 until it was destroyed by the retreating Germans in 1945. The latest edition of the bridge is an amazingly faithful reconstruction dating from 1959.
The Adige river is a beautiful place for a walk and to admire the old town's bridges, from the picturesque Ponte Scaligero to the Ponte di Pietra of Roman origins.