All in all, I was pretty lucky with weather the entire month I was in Europe – except for one day when we were driving to Verona. I didn’t get to see much of the city because of the torrential downpour, but on my quick lunch break here’s what I encountered:
This statue of Juliet outside the balcony has been uh, violated one too many times. You’re supposed to rub her arm for good luck, but visitors were eager to lay their hands elsewhere…
Despite the rain, the place was still so darn crowded so I bounced outta there ASAP. In my search for a decent lunch, I kind of failed because I wandered into a very touristy area where everything was overpriced (as expected). But I had no choice than to sit down and eat before the bus left!
I had extremely high expectations for the meals in Italy. After eating only meat and potatoes for a couple of weeks, I was eager for some fiiine cuisine. On top of that, Italian is one of my favorite kinds of food, so I was ready to treat myself. However, that first meal was kind of “eh.” It wasn’t so good I could die. So if you have suggestions for superb food in Verona, let ’em at me!
One of the things I did see up close was Verona’s arena, where a bunch of us hid under from the rain. As in all amphitheaters, famous gladiator fights and hunts for exotic animals once took place there. Now, the arena is (thankfully) used for musical concerts where artists like Madonna and Alicia Keys have performed.
That afternoon, we arrived in the beach town of Cavallino outside Venice. “Insider” tip: it’s way cheaper to stay in a town near Venice than in Venice itself, so that’s exactly what we did. Best thing was, our hotel was right by the beach!
The water was definitely too cold to swim in, but it was nice to breathe in the raw, salty air after a good rain.
The next day’s weather drastically changed to sunny and warm, so back to the beach I went!
I ended that night with the best meal I had in all of Italy, a seafood tagliatelle pasta with white wine in a restaurant across from my hotel (Ristorante Sole Mare Di Maurizio Passadore <– I had to Google that).
Man, I still drool when I think of that meal. Take full advantage of the fresh seafood in those parts while you can, people! Speaking of the area, be sure to stay tuned for the next couple of posts – we’re going back to Venice!
Have you been to Verona before? Since I didn’t see a whole lot of it, I don’t know whether it’s a city worth returning to. What do you think?
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