Verona in a Few Hours!

Ah, Verona!

City of romance and love! It is wonderful to spend a few days there, strolling around and inhaling the spirit of Shakespeare’s endless love.

But what if you have just a few hours to do that? It happens so often that we come to a place we really want to get to know better, but we have either very limited time or simply do not know where to start… In order to avoid future regrets, I will offer you my itinerary that you may find useful. I based it on top 10 or 20 sights to visit, suggested by a few internet sites. I found those places on the map and made my own route that saved me a lot of time and footsteps.

ITINERARY

  1. L’Arena di Verona
  2. La Piazza Brà
  3. Il Palazzo Gran Guardia
  4. Il Palazzo Barbieri
  5. I Portoni della Brà
  6. La Casa di Giulietta
  7. La Piazza delle Erbe
  8. La Fontana di Madonna
  9. La Torre del Gardello / La Torre delle Ore
  10. Il Palazzo Maffei
  11. La Colonna di San Marco
  12. La Torre dei Lamberti
  13. L’Arco della Costa
  14. Il Cortile del Mercato Vecchio
  15. Il Palazzo della Ragione
  16. La Piazza dei Signori
  17. La Loggia del Consiglio
  18. Le Arche Scaligere
  19. La Chiesa di Sant’Anastasia
  20. La Cattedrale Santa Maria Matricolare / Il Duomo
  21. Il Ponte Garibaldi
  22. Il Ponte di Castelvecchio /Il Ponte Scaligero
  23. Il Museo di Castelvecchio
Arena di Verona

Assuming that everyone can show you where the Verona Arena (Arena di Verona) is, I chose it as our starting point. It is a Roman amphitheater in Piazza Brà, where you will also find two other famous Verona’s palaces: the Gran Guardia, and the City Hall (Palazzo Barbieri), numerous shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels. Next to the Gran Guardia, you will see I Portoni della Brà, an impressive gateway with a clock.

Taking street (Via) Mazzini, from Piazza Brà, you will get to Piazza delle Erbe, Verona’s ‘other famous square. Just before entering it turn right and 50m away, you will find the famous Juliet’s House (La Casa di Giulietta). The house and even more famous balcony inspired Shakespeare to write his play Romeo and Juliet. There is a bronze statue of Juliet in the courtyard and hundreds of people trying to touch it, to visit the balcony, or to leave their love notes on the wall at the entrance.

La Casa di Giulietta
La Casa di Giulietta
La Piazza delle Erbe
La Piazza delle Erbe

After this little adventure you really deserve to take some time to enjoy Piazza delle Erbe. Every corner here is a small masterpiece. Madonna Verona Fountain, built in 1368, is in the middle of the square. On the left side you can see The Gardello Tower (La Torre del Gardello), called also “The Tower of the hours” (La Torre delle Ore).

The beautiful baroque palace with a facade full of ornaments and sculptures “Palazzo Maffei“, built in 1668 by Rolando Maffei, is right next to it. There is also The Statue of Leone Marciano, (Colonna di San Marco), a winged lion of St. Mark’s, a saint patron of Venice in front of it, to remind that Verona was a part of Venice’s interest sphere.

Il Palazzo Maffei e La Colonna di San Marco
Il Palazzo Maffei e La Colonna di San Marco
La Torre dei Lamberti
La Torre dei Lamberti

Finally, the most impressive piece to admire here is The Lamberti Tower (Torre dei Lamberti), the tallest (84m) medieval tower in the town built in 1172. Its 230 steps, or more easily the elevator will offer you a superb view from the top.

When you are done, take a walk through the Arco della Costa and enter the Old Market Square (Cortile del Mercato Vecchio) in the interior of the Palazzo della Ragione, with its stunning gothic stair-case.

Il Palazzo della Ragione
Il Palazzo della Ragione

Right in front of it, there is “La Piazza dei Signori”, also known as La Piazza Dante because of its statue of Dante Alighieri. La Loggia del Consiglio behind it, built in 1476, is a masterpiece of the Venetian Renaissance and its most magnificent building.

Le Arche Scaligere
Le Arche Scaligere

Next, you will come across The Scaliger Tombs (Le Arche Scaligere), five funerary monuments in honor of the Scaligeri family, rulers of Verona during the 13th and 14th centuries.

Turn left to Vicolo Cavalletto and then right, at the first corner to Corso Sant’Anastasia. It will take you straight to The Basilica of Saint Anastasia (Chiesa di Sant’Anastasia).

 

La Cattedrale Santa Maria Matricolare / Il Duomo
La Cattedrale Santa Maria Matricolare / Il Duomo

Turn left to Via Massalongo, further  Via Duomo, and you will get to The Cathedral of Verona (La Cattedrale Santa Maria Matricolare, Il Duomo di Verona) the Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Follow the street Arcidiacono Pacifico, which will take you to Garibaldi Bridge (Ponte Garibaldi). Then simply follow the Adige River to the left. You will first reach Ponte della Vittoria and then finally Castelvecchio Bridge (Ponte di Castelvecchio or Ponte Scaligero), built in the first century AD, destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt with the original red-colored bricks.

Il Ponte di Castelvecchio /Il Ponte Scaligero
Il Ponte di Castelvecchio /Il Ponte Scaligero
Il Museo di Castelvecchio
Il Museo di Castelvecchio

It is connected to the Museum of Castelvecchio, an impressive 14th century fortress.

Street (Via) Roma, beginning right in front of the museum takes you back to Piazza Brà, our starting point, and that is where our circle ends! 🙂

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I Portoni della Brà

 

How to Get the Most Out of Your Visit to…

 

If you are going to visit a city and you have a bit limited time for it, I suggest that you dedicate just a few minutes before your trip in order to organize it in the best possible way. Thus, you will not find yourself in a position to regret afterwards the missed opportunity of seeing something beautiful.

  • In your favorite browser, search for the top 10 or 20 sights or attractions to visit in that particular place. You can make the itinerary based on your own preferences. Instead of searching for the top 10 sights to see, you can search for the best museums, restaurants, shops, buildings, galleries…
  • Upon doing that, try to find those places on the map you have, or on your computer, copying and pasting its name in the search box.
  • Mark them with a flag or a star.
  • Connect those stars creating a line or a circle, which will ensure that you never duplicate the walking distance.
  • Print it or save it to your phone.

Once you are there, just follow the order of your marks. If your itinerary is linear, try to start from any of its ends. If it is circular, which I highly recommend, you can choose any position to start with, and it will be your final destination, as well.

making itinerary

How To Organize Your Photos Smartly

Organize it well

 

If you are also a travel addict, you most likely have thousands of photos on your computer, waiting to be arranged or even printed one day. However, that day never comes. Here are some useful tips on how to resolve that problem once for all.

 

  • As soon as you get back home, dedicate just 10 minutes of your time to put them onto your computer in a separate folder that you will mark with YYYYMMDD number first, and then you can put the name of the destination (for example 20181103 London). I prefer writing the numbers separately (2018 11 03 London), but then you have to pay attention never to forget to put those spaces between. Select all the photos in the folder and click on “rename” to put the same name on every single photo. Your computer will assign the numbers automatically. In that way, your photos will always be in chronological order.

 

  • If you visited more places in one day (for example Strasbourg, Colmar and Riquewihr) or ( Louvre and Eiffel Tower in Paris), your computer will put Colmar first, because it comes first in alphabetical order. If you still want them to be in chronological order, you can just select the whole group of the photos from the place you visited first, and renaming it, in the end ofYYYYMMDD just put a letter A (2018 11 03A Strasbourg). Thus, Strasbourg will be first in your group of photos.

 

  • It gets a little bit tricky when you have more sources of photos (camera, mobile phone…). In that case, I advise you to transfer them to different temporary folders. Rename all the photos in the largest folder. Then, copying the name of a photo in it, paste it to a photo or a group of photos in the “secondary” folder, adding just a simple a, b, c letters in the end of that name, so that they can fit into the right chronological position when we put them all together in the end.

organize it

  • You can do one more thing, I personally adore. I copy all those new photos to a new folder and go through all the pictures deleting one by one, all but the best of them. (They still have the same name as in the “basic” folder) Of 1000 photos, I usually select around 30 and then I move them to the folder “Favorites” which already contains all the best photos from my journeys. Thanks to their names, they will always be in chronological order. I use it as a source for my screen saver, or if I want to print some photos, or to show someone shortly the best moments from my latest journey.

 

  • Finally, make sure to backup your photos to an external hard drive, because they are precious and unrepeatable memories.