The land of pasta, opera, good coffee and ancient ruins.
Sunday 1 May 2011 - Friday 6 May 2011
Sunday 1 May - A travelling day, starting with an early flight from Chios to Athens, a very quick connection to the flight to Milan, a train to Milano Centrale and then a two hour train to Verona, arriving at about 3pm.
Monday 2, Wednesday 4, Thursday 5 May - These days were spent wandering around Verona. It is quite small so getting everywhere is easy and it is built in the loop of a river.
It has a full sized Roman arena that is used for concerts, especially during the summer opera season. They stage full operas in the arena and they are supposed to be quite spectacular. The city is not that touristy with only day trippers passing through on their way to or from Venice.
The Piazza Erbe in Verona.
A statue of Dante Alighieri.
A monument of some description.
The Castel San Pietro.
The river Adige and the Porte Pietra.
The city walls.
"Lets fleece a tourist."
The arena and the City Hall.
An important monument with the left hand figure about to bowl a leggy.
The Duomo in Verona.
The city of Verona from the Castel San Pietro.
Friday 6 May - Another travel day, this time by train from Verona to Ancona and then by ferry to Split in Croatia.
The ferry port at Ancona.
The strangest sign ever seen on a ferry!
Hotel review: The B&B La Tana is a great little place and is situated in an apartment building in the centre of the city, 5 minutes walk to the arena and 15 minutes walk to the railway station. Stella, the lady who runs it does not speak much English (however, her nephew the policeman, does speak very good English). The rooms were spotlessly clean, although my room only had a view into the central air shaft rather than an outside window. The breakfast was typical European continental with lots of bread and jam, tea or coffee, juice and so on.