One of my favorite cities in Italy is Verona.
The truth is that we almost didn’t get to Verona while living in the north of Italy, because, honestly, it wasn’t high on my list of must-see cities like Florence and Venice. With limited time, we were being choosy.
However, we knew it was easy for us to get to (train), and we could make a day-trip out of it from Rovigo. I’m so glad we did!
I didn’t know what to expect other than knowing it’s the “Romeo and Juliet” city.
Funny though, it really is romantic, and, for me at least, I don’t think it has anything to do with Shakespeare.
Traveling the world has changed me.
I’ll never be the same. Sometimes words just fail when trying to communicate about travel. You really have to see it to feel it.
Verona is simply wonderful – a favorite!
It actually ranks right up there with Venice(!) – just in a different way. Venice is steeped in magic and wonder for me, while Verona is full of romance and the word “flourishing” bounces around my mind.
The river curves through the city, and when you see that from up high, it looks beautifully feminine.
Then, there are the buildings – absolutely gorgeous… with history and flowers gushing and vines draped from almost all of the balconies. Truly remarkable and memorable – I ooohed and ahhhhed every 10 seconds.
Even the cathedral in Verona is romantically beautiful. This is one of my two favorites so far from all of our travels.
In Verona, like many Italian cities, it’s easy to take on the Dolce Vita life as you walk slowly, head frequently tipped up to see beautiful castles, overwhelming cathedrals, all the while taking in the small things like flowers on so many balconies. It keeps you present.
Be mindful of walking on cobblestone streets while doing so though!
Our day consisted on going to Verona without any preconceived plans.
We started the day with espresso, of course.
We stopped to take fun photos and make memories.
I frequently pinch myself and feel gratitude at the life we live. I’m lucky to have such an amazing and supportive husband. Though he put the travel bug in me, I took it and ran with it… “Hey, in 18 months let’s sell it all and travel the world!” I’ll never forget that evening back in Carefree, Arizona when the idea sparked in my mind.
We made it happen!
We rested our legs in a cafe enjoying decaf cappuccini (ends with an “i” when it’s plural).
Gelato, of course. We must sample gelato in every city to visit. It’s research, ya know.
We are excited to have made plans to visit Verona again (March 2020), and this time we will stay for a few nights. Non vedo l’ora! (I can’t wait!)