Verona – 3/5/2016

Verona has a Roman amphitheatre that was built in the first century. It is also still used today as entertainment such as opera performances. It has done well in preserving the ancient structures. The Roman amphitheatre was actually built outside the city’s walls. In the 12th century an earthquake struck the city and it left marks on the monument.

In the 13th century shows the balcony in which Romeo promised Juliet that he would always love her in Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. People that are not yet married touch Julliete’s statue in hope that they too will find love.

Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 8:30-19:30 – Monday 13:30-19:30

Prices: € 6.00 – Reduced € 4.50 (groups minimum 20 persons, students 14-30 years old and over 60) – € 1.00 (Schools and young people 8 – 13 years old ) – € 1.00 the 1° Sunday of the month for everyone (from January to May and from October to December) – Free entrance with the Verona Card.

Castle Vecchio Bridge is a bridge in Verona in Italy which was built over the Adige River and it was built around the 1354-1356.

We visited the arena, Juliette’s house and castle Vecchio bridge 3/5/2016. We were driving to our new place in Veneto and stopped for a side trip to Verona. We began with lunch and started with the arena, which is the third biggest Roman arena in the world. The arena was quite expensive to go and visit, but the tunnels where the gladiators and animals were kept were still in great condition. The arena is used for plays and opera in the summer.

Next stop was Juliette’s house. Romeo and Juliette is based on a real story although there was no Montagues and Capulets in Verona, there was Montecchi and Capuleti families. The house was owned by the Capuleti family and bought by the town and established as a tourist attraction. The story was written in the 1520’s by Luigi da Porto and made famous by Shakespeare. Thousands visit it each week, and leave love notes graffiti style and rub Juliette’s right breast for luck.

Last stop was the Castle Vecchio Bridge, built as a means to escape in case of a rebellion against the Scalla families tyrannic rule. The bridge and one tower were destroyed by the retreating Germans in WW2, but the bridge was restored in 1949. We walked across the bridge and it did look very cool. We did not go into the castle.

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