Letters To Juliette
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Got up earlier than I had wanted, but having arrived late the day before I hadn't seen anything, other than the opera, that I hadn't seen on my last trip. We had decided to delay our departure to Venice,so we could have a good look about the town. Wife and son did breakfast, while my daughter and I caught a few extra Zzzzz's. I went down and checked out while everyone else got their stuff together, and arranged for us to leave our bags there for a few hours.
Out for 9-30 and looking at the map the nearest point of interest was Juliette's Tomb, so we made our way there. A bit of reconstruction work going on there and we had to make our way round to the temporary enterance to go into the courtyard.
The tomb is down in a crypt,where there are some tombs on the floorwhere other folk buried. There are a lot of graffiti messages written on the walls but the tomb of Juiliette is above the floor, if you know what I mean ( if not see pictures ;) ) . Just as you leave going out there is a nice little piece of clay art with 10 moulds depicting the story of Romeo and Juliette.
Going back into the museum building we hadn't been downstairs and it was signposted as Roman Amphorae.
From here we next haeaded for the Cas Di Gullietta ( Juliette's House). You enter through an archway, that is literally covered in letters to Juiliette. Once through there is a small courtyard, and up on the right hand wall is, supposedly, the famous balcony. There was a samll production going on when we arrived, invlving, as far as I could see, just 3 actors. At the far end si a statue of Juliette, and many people getting their picture taken rubbing the statues right breast. this is supposed to mean you will marry the person you love. Thought better of doing it as my wife was with me ;) :D
Walked the very short distance into the Piazza Erbe, which was as far as I had made it the last time I was in Verona.
Went down the street at the side of the tower into the Piazza Della Ragone, where you get a better view of the tower and where the centrepiece is a statue of Dante. From there we made our way down to the river past the Church Of Santa Maria Antica, and followed along to the bridge, the Ponte Pietra. On the other side of the river was the Teatro Romano, but we wouldn't have time to go up there , so we cut back into the streets and went to the Cathedral and then back into the Piazza Erbe. It was already midday and we really needed to be thinking of moving on.
Made our way back up through the town, through the Piazza Bra' with the Arena and the Gardens and up to the Porta Nuova and went back to the hotel to pick up our bags. Made it along to the station and looking at the depsrtures board we had 12 minutes to get our tickets and on a train. There was a massive queue at the ticket windows, so I opted for the self service automatic machine, easy since again it was another Regional service we were getting. Got up to the platform with a few minutes to spare, though not many, and the train pulled in and then left for Venice at 13-18.