Verona is a dream- really. Another Aussie girl and I took a quick two-day trip a few weekends ago to the city which inspired Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Just walking through this city makes you realise why William was so infatuated with this story.
This city makes you want to read poetry, smoke cigarettes, drink expensive wine, fall in love and then spread the word. The quaint cobblestone streets are quiet, without much movement during the morning and then scream life at night. From our beautiful apartment everybody is out on the streets chilling, little bars are empty on the corner because indefinitely it’s cheaper to buy your own alcohol to then drink with friends.
And I am tired, but the kind of tired you are after you’ve had a satisfying day. Verona is alive and anybody is welcome.
Waking up early on our first day we explore the Guisti Gardens before anyone else had arrived. Built in the sixteenth century with a magnificent villa attached, we both agreed that these gardens would be one of the many highlights of our trip. Okay, so we paid 5 euro entry fee to see some garden, but it was much more than that. The serenity and the feeling of just being one with nature. That untouched feeling of peace. Now that is worth way more than 5 euro.
I could go into a detailed list of all the other places we visited. But this trip was spontaneous, and so not much was recorded- just the memories of a perfect weekend. Of course, we saw Juliet’s house (Hot Tip: Go there at 8am before anyone else), Romeo’s house – which was sad because compared to Juliet’s (nobody was interested in poor ole Romeo) and ate our weight in pizza and gnocchi. I simply adored Verona and the inspiration I gathered from this small city was infectious.
I'll be back for sure! Even if not in this life....
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