I have been very lucky in my travels to Italy. I did a lot of work there and got to see a lot of the country and have lived both in the north and now in the south. I love everything about Italy. In so many ways it has figured out how to live happily. It is no wonder so many people want to go there. There is so much to see.
I have enjoyed its big cities:
I have also enjoyed its diverse areas:
- The lakes in the north
- The Adriatic Coast
- The Tyrrhenian Coast
- The Amalfi Coast
There are still some places I want to see so this is my current Bucket List:
- Cinque Terra (north) – These five small towns were once very remote and unseen by most tourists. Then the train came and brought many tourists to this region. There is a walking path connecting each of the five villages. You can also take a boat, Life here is simple and enjoyable.
- Portofino (north) – This Italian fishing community and high-end vacation resort is famous the world over. The cove here is very picturesque. When I think of Portofino I can hear Andrea Bocelli singing here.
- Lucca (Central) – A city in tuscany near the sea. It is famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls.
- The Tulli Homes of Alberobello (south) – These unique homes are round with pointy roofs. This is a very unique architecture that is strongly enforced in this city.
- Matera – Italy’s cave town (south) – Originated in the Paleolithic Period. The cave dwellings here were once slums and have been transformed into luxury housing and rentals. This is one of the most un pique cities in Italy and maybe the world.
- Sicily (south) – This unique island has so much to offer. From the volcano to its magnificent towns to its Greek ruins. Sicily is easily reached by ferry, train or car. All three methods of travel cross to the island on the ferry.
What is your bucket list for Italy?
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Verona, Italy is one of my favorite Italian cities to see. It is a good size city of about 260,000 inhabitants. Verona is located between Milan and Venice. It connects to these two cities by a good autostrada. It straddles the Adige river. It is a city of romance and love since Shakespeare based three of his plays here:
- Romeo & Juliet
- The Two Gentleman of Verona
- The Taming of the Shrew
If you have seen the 2010 movie Letters to Juliet, you know it takes place in Verona. Letters from lost lovers are left on a wall for Juliet to to answer. Who really answers these letters? It is the Club di Giulietta.
Info: Club di Giulietta
Via Galilei 3
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Of course the story of Romeo & Juliet is fictional but many believe Shakespeare was inspired to write this play in Verona. He may have seen the now famous Balcony of Juliet and got the idea. What ever the truth is, Verona has capitalized on this tragic love story. There is a statue of Juliet with bare breasts that is suppose to give you good luck in love if you touch them. So many tourists do this, that her breasts are wearing down. There is also a balcony next to the statue which is supposed to be where Romeo told Juliet he loved her.
You can feel romance & love in this town. It is similar to other Italian cities with its restaurants, gelato stores, bars, museums, churches and views. Driving in the old section is restricted. Get a hotel room and re-live your love. Enjoy Italy and Verona.
George & Jo Anne
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