For the past seven years, Verona was always the first major dispatch train station on our trips to Italy. We get on the train in Munich and we either change there or in Bologna. We have never had more than an hour to spend at Verona Porta Nuova.
I kept on promising that we will make a dedicated visit to Verona. I remember the first time I set foot in the ancient city back in 1993. It was a short stopover on the way to Paris and I couldn’t see much of the city, except Arena di Verona and the famous Casa di Giulietta’s balcony.
Fast forward 24 years and I am again there, this time with much more time to devote to the exploration of the old city. And I find myself mesmerized. Most of the time, I can’t even bring myself to pull the camera out of the backpack. I am looking at the old buildings, staring at the inscriptions on elements left from the Roman times, or simply trying not to body-check a fellow tourist.
Like a thousand other places in Italy, Verona can offer so much for the mind curious of the old times. This country is so blessed to be able to preserve and offer to its people and to the travelers a glimpse of what it used to be many, many years ago. Well, one has to tell the tourists to stop writing their names and stick their chewing gums on the walls of Casa di Giulietta, naturally.
There are just three things you should do when you are in Verona – walk, walk, and walk. Just don’t stop! Cross every single street in the old center, walk on every bridge, drop by every church, and even take a piece of pizza to go. There is no point in you sitting in a café and sipping from a cup of cappuccino, while you can take it with you and drink it while looking at the wonderful ornaments of the houses’ facades.
And here are my Verona photographs. They are not much and most were taken within the golden hour and dusk on a single day. Lately, I am trying to experience more than to spend time shifting through the camera settings. I keep on telling myself that it’s just a phase and it will pass…
Anyway, let me know what you think or drop me a line if you want to share your experience.
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