This fountain has bubbled for 2000 years.
Just down the street from Piazza Erbe is the House of Juliet - Casa Di Giuletta. The house, for centuries identified as that of Juliet, is found on Via Cappello. A hat (capello) on the inside of the entrance arch, may identify it as having belonged to the Capuleti family.
In the courtyard there is a statue of Juliet. Traditions have grown around it. Rubbing the breast, one will be fortunate in love. Of couse, I along with many others, had to take my chances at rubbing her breast. You can see from the 'shine' of her breast how many people have wished for love.
The 'supposed' Juliet balcony.
After Juliet's house it was time for gelato. No day trip is complete without a gelato!
Continueing our walking tour, we made our way to Piazza del Signori, walking under a whale's rib suspended from an archway. It is likely that a merchant brought this souvenier back with him.
Pizza del Signori is framed by five buildings dating back centuries. In the middle of the square is a statue of the Italian poet Dante. He was expelled from Florence for political reasons and was granted asylum in Verona.
We found part of an old Roman road in Piazza del Signori.
We made our way towards the Church of Sant'Anastasia. The church was built from the late 13th century through the 15th century. The builders ran out of steam and the facade was never completed.
The little bit of marble work completed around the doorway is colorul and interesting...white, pink and blue marble.
The last stop on our self guided walking tour was the Duomo. Started in the 12th century, this church was built over a period of several hundred years. Its facade is Romanesque. Its interior is a bright mix of styles.
We were unable to peek inside the Duomo because they were having a service.
The blue line of the Verona Sightseeing bus stops a the Duomo. We decided to rest our feet and ride this loop to see some different sights. We enjoyed a nice break while riding around some different streets of the old city, eventually making our way up to Castel San Pietro for spectacular views of the city.
View of the Ponte Pietra (Stone Bridge). It is the oldest bridge in Verona, predating by some years, the construction of the Roman city. Like many other bridges, it was destroyed by the Germans at the end of WWII, then rebuilt, as it had been, with the original materials.
Another view of Verona.
The Gavi Arch. Underneath the arch are the remains of an old Roman road. You can see the wagon wheel marks in the stone.
We were making our way to Castelvecchio when we spotted a parade of old vehicles go by. Everyone stopped to watch the procession.
There were many motorcyles, cars and trucks that drove by, all escorted by motorcyles and polizia. We must have watched for 15 minutes!
Castelvecchio was built by Verona's powerful Scaligeri family in 1343 - 1356 as both a residence and fortress.
The pedestrian bridge, Ponte Scaligero, is a favorite place for strolling.
It is also a favorite location for wedding day pictures.
The Ponte Scaligero in the evening light.
It was getting late. Katrina wanted to make our way back to the Arena for some evening shots. We stopped along the way to get some sandwiches for dinner. Brandon had some egg drop soup and ate it in Piazza Bra while Katrina took pictures.
We really liked Verona. It is definitely on my top 5 list of places we have visited so far. I think we arrived home around 9:30 or 10pm, exhausted from a great day.
Hmmm, what is my top 5 list:
1. Switzerland - Matterhorn and Murren
5. Lago di Como