Between Milan and Venice is Verona, famously the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
“Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”
I was only in Verona for a few hours and the majority of that time was spent visiting Juliet’s Balcony. The balcony is literally just a balcony but it is fun to believe it was Juliet’s! There is also a statue of Juliet in the courtyard beneath the balcony. In the passage leading to Juliet’s courtyard the walls are covered with signatures and the names of couples. There is a gate near Juliet’s statue covered with ‘love locks’ and in the wall behind Juliet are letters and papers and notes asking for Juliet’s advice.
After the balcony, we walked around a market in the Piazza delle Erbe. It was a very touristy market with lots of little tchotchkies and nick-knacks. After grabbing a quick lunch we headed back to the train station to continue on our way to Venice! We were only in Verona for a few short hours but I am happy I had the chance to stop! We have a few things on our agenda in Venice before we leave early Saturday afternoon. Some of our agenda items include a trip along the canal, visiting St. Marks Basilica, and simply wandering the streets of the island neighborhoods of Venice!