The historic city of Verona was founded in the 1st century B.C. It particularly flourished under the rule of the Scaliger family in the 13th and 14th centuries and as part of the Republic of Venice from the 15th to 18th centuries. Verona has preserved a remarkable number of monuments from antiquity, the medieval and Renaissance periods, and represents an outstanding example of a military stronghold - http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/797Despite my intense dislike of Romeo and Juliet, Verona turned out to be one of our favourite places in Italy. Mostly known as the setting of this famous play, it's hard to fault the town for capitalising on this fact. Let's get the fake, touristy gimmicks out of the way first.
|Because apparently it's good luck to cop a feel of her statue|
|Yes, that really is a wall of chewing gum. Gross.|
We found a lovely place to stay via Airbnb which was full of vintage charm AND had free bicycles for our use. This time, they even had working brakes! Even if you don't have bikes, Verona's easily navigable by foot.
|Looking across the Adige River|
|Porta Borsari, built in the 1st century AD|
|This was as delicious as it looked|
|Is this making you hungry yet?|
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