72 Hours in Italy: Day 3.

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Day three of our Italy trip definitely made me feel like an excited little blogger. We took a trip to Verona, where our cousin lives and works. While I didn't wear any cute outfits and take any pictures of me (maybe one day) I felt like quite the photographer taking pictures of the stunning views and quirky side streets. In short, Verona was beautiful and I'm so happy we got to spend some time there.

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Everywhere we turned, while walking through the city, gave me pause and begged for a photograph. There were shops and cute little cafe's nestled into the smallest spaces, yet bursting with people. The buildings were so old, some quite worn, they boasted history and peeked my curiosity. None looked rundown and shabby. They all added character to an already breathtaking city. 



Our first stop of the day was The Arena Di Verona, in Piazza Bra. This is the third largest Roman Amphitheater in the world. It was built in the first century and is still used today. (One Direction have performed there - fun fact ;p) Unfortunately, we didn't get to look inside, but from the outside it was fascinating. I especially loved how there was such a contrast in buildings when looking at one side of the square to the other. The more modern shops and the arena were literally a few meters apart. It looked brilliant!

Next, our cousin wanted to show us another famous site, which meant a walk through Via Mazzini, which is a famous street in Verona, known for it's shopping. Wherever we looked there was a brand, from Gucci to Dolce and Gabbana, this street will quench any ones thirst for high fashion! Personally my favourite shop was the Bialetti coffee machine shop, although they did have some cute clothes in Dolce and Gabbana!!! :p We stopped to get a coffee just off the Piazza Erbe, a square that gets it's name from years ago when they used to make and sell medicines made from herbs in the markets.

Once caffeinated, we proceeded to the aforementioned famous site, which was Juliet's balcony. We had a brief look because the place was packed. From talking to our cousins, we've almost established that this piece of history isn't actually Juliet's balcony but a sort of monument to the story. (We think.) There is a statue of Juliet in a little garden below the balcony and legend has it, if you touch the right breast of Juliet then you will be lucky in love. There were love letters adorning the walls and people wrote their names on the wall entrance to the balcony. It was quite the little tourist trap, with Romeo and Juliet merchandise available in each direction of the square. 




So much pretty! I absolutely loved taking photos in Verona. It was great having our cousin as our guide because she took us away from the tourist areas and we got to stroll through the back streets, soaking up the sunshine and admiring the architecture. We found an incredible park, that looked like it was straight off the cover of The Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley and Jen fell in love with it. It's safe to say I have plenty of new canvas ideas for my house! 

Have you ever been to Verona? If so, what did you enjoy most? If not, is it on your list?

Have a wonderful day.
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4 comments :

  1. Verona is such a beautiful city! One of my favorite big cities in Veneto. The white marble streets make it feel like you're walking through heaven! I totally agree about Juliet's balcony though...years ago when I studied abroad I remember having it all to ourselves! Now it's so jam packed I just walk on by. I found a prettier balcony in Verona and imagined it was Juliet's balcony instead. :D Your pictures got me excited to visit Verona again! <3 Kelly italianatheart.com

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    1. Aww thank you Kelly! I'd definitely visit again and show Lucy around. It really is quite stunning. Haha I know, I'm glad I can say I've seen it but I wouldn't feel the need to go back to it! xx

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  2. Ah, it looks absolutely incredible! The buildings are so gorgeous, I love the colours. I've always wanted to go to Italy and went to Rome a few years ago and really didn't enjoy it - we had a bit of a bad experience staying in a dodgy area and my mum was mugged - boo! I definitely need to go back and see some other places - I'm not ready to write it off! Nikkixx - thoselittlemoments.net

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    1. Aww so sorry to hear that Nikki, that doesn't sound like much fun at all. We've always been to the not so touristy areas, so Verona was a first for us, but we were lucky with it being so lovely. I hope you do get to go again one day and have a wonderful time! :) xx

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