Verona, what a magical city. It’s certainly not one of the top cities you think of when you hear about Italy. It’s definitely a hidden gem. The locals are proud of where they’re from and love sharing their city’s history with you. When pulling up to Verona, I couldn’t help but notice all of the bright colors. Each building was a beautiful pastel color with dark windows that made the colors pop even more. I was in awe. The narrow streets painted a beautiful picture. You could see the colors of the buildings and the terraces of the apartments overlooking the streets. It looked like something out of a fairytale. The pink marble streets were an elegant touch and nothing I had ever seen before. There was so much to see in this city, and I couldn’t wait to get out there and see it.
In front of the arena there are a number of outdoor restaurants lining the city street. It almost reminds you of something you would see in a beach town. The arena itself is an amazing monument that holds hundreds of years of history. It was the site of bloody Gladiator fights, the killing of unknown animals and prisoners of war trying to gain back their freedom. It stands tall and erect. The inside is vast, and you can almost picture the events that went on there. It gave me chills. The Duomo was another beautiful sight. The architecture changing from Renaissance to Gothic style gave it such a unique look. It was unlike anything I had ever seen. The Piazza delle Erbe was another sight to see. There was a large fountain in the center of the piazza with a handful of small vendors selling wonderful local goods. It was heaven.
I would have to say that my favorite sights were the buildings. I loved walking around and looking up to see the colors. I envied everyone who had the pleasure of owning/renting one of those beautiful apartments. Getting to walk out on that balcony with a cappuccino must be pure bliss. I hope to come back to Verona in the near future. This city is unlike anything I have ever seen and you will not be disappointed.