Beautiful warm weather and bright sunny skies greet our arrival in Verona. After tossing our bags into our room at Albora B&B, we walk to Piazza Bra and the Arena for lunch. We are recharged and ready to see the sights of this lively and beautiful city.
“Romeo Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo?” Just down Mazzini and to the right.
Our principal destination is the abode of Juliet, Romeo’s main squeeze. We visited Juliet’s house, which has more artifacts from the Zeffirelli movie than Juliet’ time. However, the structure is interesting and one can imagine Juliet excitedly gathering her shirts and running up and down the stairs to meet her Romeo. Her bronze statue is in the courtyard below her balcony and one must rub her iconic breast for good luck in romance. Above, Juliet’s balcony provides an ideal photo shoot. A hit of the area is the wall leading to the house. Here one is allowed to add a personal graffiti message without being arrested, which Gabrielle does.
The piazzas Bra, Erbe and Signori, and the great shopping streets around Mazzini are bustling with activity. This is a great city for people-watching and strolling. Gabrielle and I do a good job at both. The areas along the Fiume Adige with its ducks and gulls make for a pleasant interlude to the crowded streets. The gelato and cannoli breaks are well-earned, our dinners delicious. I eat duck as a way to earn my third Buon Ricordo plate. Overall, a fun two days.