Fair Verona

In fair Verona where we lay our scene…

The next stop on our Italian road trip was the charming city of Verona. A suitable place to stop in between Venice and Lake Como (more to come on Lake Como in the next post!), which ended up making the perfect place to sit back, relax and properly get into holiday mode.

After picking up our car from the Venice Airport, we arrived in the historical centre of Verona in time for a late lunch.

As we didn’t want to waste any time in this beautiful city with a long lunch, we popped into a grocery store and picked up some picnic supplies to take with us to Palazzo Giardino Giusti.

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Located in the East part of Verona, a short walk from the city centre, the palace and gardens offers an oasis of calm.

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The palace was built in the 16th century and the gardens are considered some of the most beautiful Renaissance gardens in Europe!

The villa has been recommended to me by a friend, and I am so glad we made the trip!

The grounds are made up of a series of beautiful terraced gardens filled with impressive cypress trees, beautiful flowers and native herbs. There is even a maze!

As you reach the top garden there is also an amazing view of the city.

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The city was glowing in the afternoon sun.

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The gardens also offer lots of quiet benches to take a pew and escape the Italian heat. This was the hottest day of the trip, so we took our tour around the gardens slowly.

After our exploration of the Palazzo Giardino Giusti, we took a turn around much of the old parts of Verona, spiralling in towards Juliette’s House.

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Sadly, we were not the only people with this idea. There were about 200 other tourists crammed in the little space. So, we took a quick snap for the memory books and continued exploring the beautiful city and its Roman architecture.

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Next stop, was the Arena di Verona, an impressive Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Bra, it is hard to miss with its imposing walls! The amphitheatre was built in the first century and it still in use for the Opera. Next time, I come to Verona, I am planning my trip around the Opera!

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Before dinner we got a drink at  Osteria Ponte Pietra Restorante that looks out over the Adige, with a perfect view of watching the sunset over the Ponte Pietra Bridge.

Remember to go early to snag a table outside, the view is so worth it!

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The Ponte Pietra Bridge is over 2000 years old (completed in 100 BC!) and provides a beautiful backdrop for a predinner cocktail.

We had dinner at Osteria da Ugo, a recommendation from our waiter on our Bath trip. And it ended up being the favourite of the whole trip! Nothing over the top, just a lovely family run restaurant with outstanding food.

Before leaving Verona the next morning, we drove up to Castel San Pietro’s. This is the spot you’ll want to go to for to view Verona in all its glory!

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Sad to leave this beautiful city, we took one last look, before heading off to the Italian Lakes!

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Steph xo

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Arriving in Venice

Mike and I started off this summer with an Italian road trip. It was a trip we had been planning for quite some time, so when the day came to set off we were giddy with excitement!

We started our Italian adventure in Venice, a place Mike had never been to before and I had not visited since I was very young, so we were excited to discover the place together.

We arrived in style taking a water taxi through the Grand Canal and eventually to our lovely Airbnb in San Marco.

I forgot how beautiful Venice was! The city was glowing! And we loved being able to see the place by boat.

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On our first full day in Venice it was raining cats and dogs, luckily the only rainy day of the whole trip, so we decide to escape the bad weather by sticking to the museums.

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Our Airbnb was in the perfect location for exploring all the sites.  It was just a few steps away to many of the galleries, and we got to pass by a few sites on our way, including the beautiful Rialto bridge.

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First stop was Gallerie dell’Accademia, followed by The Peggy Guggenheim. The Peggy Guggenheim was by far my favourite of the two museums. I loved all the modern beautiful curated pieces and the unique setting.

It also provided a nice view of Ponte dell’Accademia.

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We ended our day at the museums with an Aperol Spritz, a Bellini, both great Italian cocktails, and some wine watching the sunset over the canals.

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On our second day in Venice we were greeted warm weather and beautiful sunshine, so we decided to head to Burano for the morning. Burano is an island in the Venetian Lagoon known for its lace work.

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There are frequent ferries to many of the islands around Venice and we had chosen Burano as our destination of choice because we had been told by a local that Burano tends to get less busy than Murano, unfortunately when we arrived the place was heaving with people!

We escaped the crowds by avoiding the central canals, staying off the beaten path.

As you might know I have a thing for pastel coloured homes, so it was hard not to take a million pictures of this charming island.

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Although, we had a lovely morning and lunch in Burano, next time, I would try head somewhere a bit more off the beaten track to avoid all of the tourists.

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After lunch, we took the ferry back to the Venice for a quick change of clothes. We grabbed a gelato (when in Italy!) before dinner and went for a wander in the afternoon in the Dorsoduro area.

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Crossing over the Grand Canal on our way and making sure to stop and take in the amazing view of the sun setting over this golden city.

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On the last day in Venice, we woke up extra early to see Piazza San Marco.

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We had been to the square on the first day of our trip, but it was so busy with tourists (and quite rainy!), so we wanted to get in another look before heading off.

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The early start was so worth it! It was so nice to have the place to ourselves and just a few others- our own private tour of Venice. You can watch as the city slowly comes into life.

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Basilica di San Marco looks amazing as the sun floods it with golden light.

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And you get uninterrupted views of the beautiful Dodge’s Palace.

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We sadly couldn’t stay too long, next stop on our journey was Verona!

Steph xo