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.

Soave Castle – 4/5/2016

In the 10th century the castle of Soave was built to protect the place against the Hungarians. Later in 1596 the castle was sold at the private market when it lost its strategic importance. 1830 was the year that the castle was inherited by Giulio Camuzzoni and he re-established the castle.

You can get to the castle by using the stairs Via Castello Scaligeo or you can get there by car. You can park in the parking lot between the opening hours of the castle.

Opening hours: In the summer 9:00 -12:00; 15:00-18:00 ,  in the winter 9:00-12:00; 14:00-16:00 –  it is also closed on Monday and if not it is on a festival day.

Prices:  € 7.00 – € 5.00 for groups of more than 25 people – € 4.00 for high schools –  € 3.50 schools.

We spotted this castle by accident on the way from Verona. We took Max and Ava to see it, and it was really cool. A retired gentleman restored it in the late 1800s, it certainly has a beautiful outlook over the walled town and vineyards.

Basilica di San Marco – 5/5/2016

Tourist Information for the Basilica di San Marco

Basilica Information:

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday – open 9.30 am to 5 pm (last admission 4.45 pm), Sunday and Holidays – open 2 pm to 4.30 pm (last admission 4.15 pm)
  • Cost: Entrance to the Basilica is free

St Mark’s Museum:

  • Opening Hours: Daily 9.45 am – 4.45 pm
  • Cost:  Adults €5, Reduced Price €2.50, groups with a minimum of 25 people – ticket price is reduced by €1.

Pala d’oro:

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday – 9.45 am – 4.45 pm, Sunday and Holidays – 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm
  • Cost: Adults €2, groups of greater than 25 people ticket price is reduced by €1

 

Treasury:

  • Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday – 9.45 am – 4.45 pm, Sunday and holidays: 2 pm – 4.30 pm
  • Cost: Adult €3, groups of greater than 25 people the cost pp is €1.50

June (Corpus Domini) – November:

Basilica: 9.45 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. (entrance free – last admission 4.45 p.m.) – Sunday and holidays: 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. (entrance free – last admission 4.45 p.m; last admission “skip the line” 4.30 p.m.)
St. Mark’s Museum
: 9.45 a.m. – 4.45 p.m. (entrance: ticket 5 € , reduced 2,50 € only for groups with more than 25 people)
Pala d’oro: 9.45 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. – Sunday and holidays: 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. (entrance: ticket 2 € , reduced 1 € only for groups with more than 25 people)
Treasury: 9.45 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. – Sunday and holidays: 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.(entrance: ticket 3 € , reduced 1,50 € only for groups with more than 25 people)

 

Bell Tower*:

September 5 – September 18: 8.30 a.m. – 8.15 p.m. (entrance: ticket 8 € , reduced 4€ only for groups with more than 25 people)

September 19 – September 30: 8.30 a.m. – 7.45 p.m. (entrance: ticket 8 € , reduced 4€ only for groups with more than 25 people)

October 1 – October 9: 9.30 a.m. – 19.00 p.m. (last admission 6.15 p.m.) (entrance: ticket 8 € , reduced 4€ only for groups with more than 25 people)

October 10 – October 31: 9.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. (entrance: ticket 8 € , reduced 4€ only for groups with more than 25 people) timetable to be confirmed

November 1 – March 31: 9.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. (last admission 4.45 p.m.) (entrance: ticket 8 € , reduced 4 € only for groups with more than 25 people)

January 8 – 19: closure for manintenance work

April 1 – April 30: 9.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. (last admission 4.45 p.m.) (entrance: ticket 8 € , reduced 4 € only for groups with more than 25 people)

May 1 – September 4: 8.30 a.m. – 9.00 p.m. (last admission 8.45 p.m.) (entrance: ticket 8 € , reduced 4 € only for groups with more than 25 people)

 

* In the event of adverse weather conditions (fog, strong wind, intense cold) the bell tower will be closed.