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VERONA, anyone been by Napoleon on 2 December 2006 8:55pm
Im off to verona for vaentines next year, have booked hotel near the arena.
At this point I know very little about verona, other than the outdoor operas in the summer and Its where Romeo and Juliet lived, and indeed you can visit the balcony. Anymore information would be most grateful.

Re: VERONA, anyone been by christophertravels on 3 December 2006 2:55am
What I know about Verona is what you already mentioned: the opera festival and Romeo and Juliet.

There is a nice castle and a Roman bridge across the river. But also to remember, Verona is a day trip by train to Bolzano and the Dolomite Mountains, and Venice, and also Vicenza.
Re: VERONA, anyone been by MarcoP on 12 December 2006 1:23pm
Lived my first 29 years 80 kms from there.
Yes, the most famous things are the balcony and the arena. By the way, I suggest you to visit the arena anyway, it's pretty much like Rome's Colosseum (except for the flooring that has been added to accomodate the summer opera festival). Also, next to the balcony there is a statue of Juliet. Touching her right breast is supposed to be lucky for your love life. It worked for me the last time I went, I suppose I'll have to go again now.
In the central Piazza delle Erbe (pretty nice itself) you will see an arch with a statue on top. This statue is holding a ball. Legend says that when a person who is without malice walks under that arch the ball will fall. Of course it is still there.
Nearby you'll find the graves of the Scaligeri/Della Scala, the medieval Verona lords. Big monumental sarcofagi in the middle of the town, pretty pictoresque. They are protected by a metallic grating. But one of those gratings is mobile (try them), because its moving makes a noise that remind of waves and the guy buried next to it loved the sea.
Also, on the hill overlooking the town you'll find the castle, not particularly amazing itself but with wonderful views.
Also check the old bridge on the Adige river.
Finally, if you have to find a nice restaurant, I'd suggest you to go to the wee town of Parona, there's a restaurant with a cave in which salamis are stored.
And then you have Vicenza, Venice, Padova and the Dolomites (Belluno better than Bolzano to appreciate the "real" Dolomites), all only a couple of hours away by train.
Re: VERONA, anyone been by sighthound on 12 December 2006 11:39pm
Your descriptions are very alluring, Marco! I definitely must visit there someday.
Re: VERONA, anyone been by MarcoP on 13 December 2006 11:21am
I'm just in love with the land of my fathers :-)
Re: VERONA, anyone been by tucsonmike on 19 December 2006 6:24am
Alas, only Verona, New Jersey. Not quite as Romantic.:-(
Verona by j5x429 on 14 February 2007 10:30am
I just found this web site about an hour ago and finally got logged on. Napoleon is off for Valentine's Day so I hope he gets this. Listen, Napoleon: I have been to 28 countries, 42 of the United States. By far, Verona, Italy, is my absolute favorite place I have ever been to on Planet Earth. There is no close second. First of all, Verona has everything Rome has EXCEPT the Sistine Chapel (I know it's technically the Vatican); Verona is a fraction of the size of Rome; has fewer people, the Alps are an amazing backdrop, the River Adige is the fastest-moving river I have ever seen flowing right through the center of town. We stayed at the Hotel Adige at the edge of town and walked everywhere with ease. Juliett's balcony is within confines of the city. It is a very beautiful city. You will not be sorry.

That's it. Enjoy your trip.

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