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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 begin¬ning 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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Sep 26, 2012 - Looking for two gentlemen

Shakespear told us there were a couple of gentlemen in Verona so Carol and I decide that we should go and find them. We didn't but we did find Yuil along with Denise and Romeo! Couldn't believe the luck we had with the weather for our stay there. We booked into a hotel 7kms out of, town - a lot cheaper than in the centre but quite convenient as it was on a bus route which went till 11 at night. Verona is beautiful cobnled streets narrow roads river running through posts of old buildings. The was a festival on while we were there...

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Jun 29, 2012 - Vérone ... Roméo et Juliette

Jour 4 Départ en train de Venise vers Vérone. La journée débute avec 2 bons cappuccini et « caffé latte » suivi d’une dernière visite du quartier avant la pause « Spritz ». Nous avons une vue face à la mer et accès au « Vaporetto » express vers la gare de train de Venise Santa Lucia. Nous prenons le temps pour faire une dernière visite de Venise qu’est le quartier du Ghetto juif ainsi que le casino à proximité du train. Le prix des billets de train régional est de 14 euros pour 2 personnes. Nous sommes dans un train moderne, rapide et...

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Jun 16, 2012 - Italy - Verona

5th June 2012 (Bed 43) Verona is one of the most beautiful cities in Northern Italy and it is located 70 miles west of Venice. We are not going to Venice this holiday as we were there in 1991. This prosperous city on the Adige River is famous for being the home of Romeo and Juliet (we realised this when we noticed that the sovereign shops had statues of them everywhere) but its ancient Roman architecture, medieval churches, and plentiful Renaissance art was a must see. We started off with a walk in the Piazza Bra. Originally the Roman...

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Apr 22, 2012 - A Sunday in Verona, then on to the Italian Tyrol-Bolzano

Up and at ‘em as we are on our way to our next location. Just about the time you get comfortable in your place, it is time to go. But while the views and location of the Hotel Cipressi are fantastic, the bed was a little hard, so I think we are ready to try something new. We begin with our bus and our driver Michele, a young handsome Italian who handled the bus very well so far. The bus is about 50% bigger than our group, so we all had plenty of room to move around. We drove along the east side of the lake with hit after hit of breathtaking...

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