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Oct 26, 2015 - Verona and Venice

Left Como this morning enroute to Venice. Stopped in Verona for a while. Walked a long way to see the Capilet house as in Juliet. This is the famous balcony and the Shakespearean quote from the play. Notice the shiny boob on the statue. It is said that if you rub it, you will have good luck in love. It has been rubbed for years and years and that is why it is so shiny. I didn't bother. I'm lucky enough with my love We then left Verona and headed to Venice ...

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Sep 30, 2015 - Verona and Venice

Even though our B&B is tiny it is very beautifully done up & breakfast this morning was great. Our host even baked a cake for us (like a pastry filled with plum conserve). Today we had time to have a look around Verona in the morning before heading off to Venice around 1pm. Verona is a pretty city with the old section centred around a fast flowing river as are so many cities in Europe. We saw Juliet's balcony - you wouldn't believe how much hype there is about Shakespeare's character! We have noticed a lot of difference with the buildings...

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Sep 25, 2015 - Verona, Italy

We started our day with one of the best free breakfast's that I have ever experienced with Marriott. Buffet was full of Italian cheeses and smoke meats and little cream donuts! I think I OD'd on prosciutto!!! They also had omelets, which were a nice change from all the pastry we have been eating! Marriott offered a free shuttle to Murano Island to tour the glass factory, so we set out at 9am on our private boat to the island. We had a private tour guide that took us through the factory and then through the 8 showrooms of the most beautiful...

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May 19, 2015 - Verona Italy

We began the actual bus tour today, meeting our driver and seeing our bus. The bus is sleek, German-made, very comfortable seats but not enough leg room for very tall folks like Richard and Nick. The aisle seats can slide out which helped. The bus driver is David, been driving for 6 years and, as we found out in the days ahead, he is very good. Vanni started each day with our theme song by Andrea Bocelli: Con Te Partiro or Time to Say Goodbye. Allora the tour commenced. Vanni had everyone introduce themselves as we started out and several...

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Oct 7, 2014 - Verona

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Italy chapter The Veneto has to say about Verona: “Though Siena was Shakespeare’s initial choice, fair Verona was where he set his scene between star-crossed lovers Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. As usual, the Bard got it right: romance, drama and fatal family feuds have been Verona’s hallmark for centuries. Verona was a Roman trade centre beginning in 300 BC, with ancient gates and a grand amphitheatre to prove it – but Shakespearean tragedy came with the territory. Lombard...

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Jan 31, 2014 - On to Verona

When I woke up on Thursday morning, I was not sure where to go next. I was not sure that Venice was right but where? A chat with my sister Jenny and I was Verona and Juliet bound. As I went to the train station I was not sure if it was the right thing but it was at least a move. Roma although lovely was just to much for my senses after quite Croatia and Montenegro. But things just seem to fall into place. And as I sit looking out the window of the hostel I can say Verona was the right move. Some much has gone good since deciding to come...

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Sep 5, 2013 - Verona to Ljubljana

We seem to have bad timing with our arrival in certain cities! Our travel guides told us to avoid Verona during opera season, July and August. But it turns out that the last operas of the year are Sept 8th! So every hotel was either fully booked or very expensive and the streets were so packed with opera going tourists that we could hardly move. It was evening when we arrived and it took us several hours to get checked into a hotel ( found only 2 with vacancies: one for 350 euros! And the one we chose) After breakfast the next morning, we...

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Jun 30, 2013 - Stelvio Pass survived intact!

The big day arrives! We left the hotel at 8 this morning - backwards. The ramp up through the arch between two buildings was too steep to drive out of without grounding the front, so I had to reverse my way out, which was interesting as the width of the arch was only as few inches wider than the 550... We then headed north and met up with Graham & Sophie for the last time on the way to the Stelvio Pass. After filling up with gas (at 1.90 Euro / litre) we made our way in convoy to the pass. And hot traffic. Lots and lots of traffic....

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Jun 29, 2013 - Verona, Venice and an Opera...

So, after a final breakfast with Graham, Sophie & family in the really rather fabulous Maranello Village, we confirmed plans to meet up on Sunday morning to do the Stelvio Pass, and packed up the car to head north to Verona. The plan for the day was to go to Venice, but as Venice is not the Worlds most car friendly location, we decided to drive to our hotel in Verona first, so we could drop off our luggage and then drive to the airport in Venice, park the car there and then get a water taxi into Venice itself. Except when we checked into...

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Dec 3, 2012 - Verona

Saturday in Milan was rainy and overcast, so we stayed “home” and chilled out. We left Camping Citta di Milano just before mid-day yesterday and the drive to El Bacan Camp (N 45°26'43.9074" E 10°50'3.9474") near Verona was easy and uneventful. Again there was no one about when we got there, so we sited ourselves amongst the kiwifruit vines and expected someone to call by later in the evening but we didn’t get a visit from anyone. This morning we awoke to brilliant blue sky and ice on the bedroom skylight! The view of snowcapped mountains...

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Oct 5, 2012 - Back to Verona

Friday October 5 - Evening Back in Verona around 6:30, we walked straight back to the hotel and crashed for an hour. Neither of us was really hungry but we strolled out of the hotel to find something easy to eat. Less than a block away we passed a Mexican Restaurant where we went in and enjoyed a small plate of nachos, Caesar salad with a cold Dos Equis beer... all we needed to end a great day!

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Oct 4, 2012 - Leaving our friends and on to Verona

Thursday October 4 Lorenzo and Pietro both left for school quite early and we said our farewells to them. We ate breakfast with Monica and Gianluca. Then it was time to say goodbye to Monica who was being picked up by a colleague to go t work; the time together had gone too quickly by. We followed Gianluca and Rita in our car as they led us to small but famous village in the area named Crespi. The village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; an industrial village built by the Crespi family in the 1800s with houses for the workers and with an...

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