Verona, Padua and Venice.
06.06.2016 8 °C
The flight from New Delhi to Bologna, Italy cost CAD$1, 781 for a 10hr and 50min flight with 1 stop at Frankfurt on Air Lufthansa. The drive from the airport to the hotel in Verona was 1hr 40min. I stayed at the Hotel Scalzi which cost CAD$181 per night or CAD$560 for a 3-night stay.
I started off the first day by having a quick breakfast and walking 12min to the massive Roman Arena. It stands out in the lively square and is still remarkably well preserved and a sight to see. I then walked 8min to the Via Capello, what is known to be the balcony of Juliet. You will also find a statue of Juliet near what is a wonderful example of Gothic architecture. It was a tourist packed area with people writing on the walls, the tiles, and on the padlocks expressing their love. Next, I walked 3min to the Piazza delle Erbe. This area is home to a lively market where I purchased many souvenirs and rested at a nearby cafe before journeying onward. I then walked 1 min to Torre dei Lamberti: a 84m medieval bell tower just off Piazza delle Erbe. Then I walked another minute to Piazza dei Signori, a small square surrounded by monumental buildings. In the center is a statue of Dante, and there are many more in the vicinity. I then ended the day by taking a 19min cab to Porta Borsari, an ancient Roman gate, which once marked the southern entrance into Verona.
On the second day I spent my time exploring the landmarks of Padua. I started off by taking a 1hr 11min cab to Palazzo Bò. This is near the University of Padua, and therefore it is packed full of stores, markets, and a lot of students. The university gave out free tours to people on the different departments, which was really interesting as I was able to notice similarities and differences between the education systems in countries. I then walked 8min to Capella degli Scrovegni which is a chapel that is famous for its fresco cycle by Giotto in 1305. It issurrounded by a Roman amphiteater which was part of the tour for all the visitors. Highlights were watching a short video before moving into the chapel where you were told interesting information on the history of the building. Next, I walked another minute to Palazzo Zuckerman, a museum full of art and artifacts from everyday life spanning several centuries. I then walked 6min to Caffé Pedrocchi to enjoy a wonderful Italian meal. Finally, I ended the day by walking 10min to the Botanical Gardens which was a calming way to end off the day.
On the last day I roamed the streets and waterways of the quaint and serene town of Venice. I started off by taking a 1hr 17min cab to my first destination of Campanile di San Marco. I took the elevator up and enjoyed the wonderful panaromic views of the city from above. I then walked 1 min to St. Mark's Basilica in order to witness its treasures and glittering mosaics lining the walls and crawling up the celiings for wonderful photos. Next, I walked another 2min to Doge's Palace. Here I went on a 90min tour which gave an glimpse into the hidden offices, courtrooms, archives, and prisons from which the true Venetian Republic ruled for over 900 years. After walking 7min to Osteria La Campana, I had a wonderful meal at this delightful restaurant with amazing service and food. I then walked 12min to the renowned Accademia Gallerie to view hundreds of beautiful paintings from around the world. I then travelled on foot for another 20min to the main waterway in order to finally experience a Venetian gondola ride. Finally, I ended the day by taking a 7min cab for dinner at Ristorante Bistrot de Venise for my last meal in Italy.