Verona: Thursday afternoon

February 22, 2006

When we last left out intrepid explorers they had just arrived at their hotel.

We were staying at the Hotel Piccolo. We had a twin room which was fine for us with a kick ass power shower which was very welcome indeed as our shower at home makes you feel like you are being dripped on. So we unpacked some of our stuff, got our bits together, grabbed the map and headed out to have a little explore of the surrounding area.

We quickly discovered that the hotel was just outside of the old city walls. This was the gate to the old city.

This was in the middle of a rounabout style part of the road that the cars flew around in their mental style driving (I saw a bus driver with a bus full of passengers sending a text meassge on his phone whilst driving. Scary). This is part of the walls:

Ok I know I’m not meant to take pictures facing into the sun but I actually like the way this one came out. The big building in the background was our hotel I think! To look at the walls we walked through the park and there was a statue there that I feel I took a picture from my own personal favourite perspective:

So we walked and found a cafe to have our first beer sat in the sun. It was fantastic. We had a bit of a wander around and then had a sandwich (they do not do sandwiches well I am afraid – big problem for G#2 as she is allergic to dairy – not so great when there was cheese on everything!) and another beer sat in a Cafe by the Arena. This was the view.

We took a bit of a stroll just to get our bearings a little bit more and then we decided to find a toilet. We saw a sign pointing down some steps in Piazza Bra outside The Arena. We had to pay 50c each to use the toilet but it was one hell of a toilet – so impressive I had to take a picture!

After that we headed back to the hotel for a nap and to chill out for a couple of hours before we went out for dinner. Nothing particular to report for the rest of the evening except that we had a lovely meal at a restaurant called Maderia (which I will come back to later) and the fact that I had the nicest house red wine and lasagne and ice cream desert that I have ever had. I slept the sleep of the contented and full that night!

Join us again for further adventures. Still to come a bus trip, a full bladder, the longest walk to a restaurant ever and climbing too many steps after drinking beer. You’d be mad to miss it!


  • Reply Doug February 22, 2006 at 3:44 pm

    Why does the bathroom have wall mounted urinals I wonder.

  • Reply dragonfly February 22, 2006 at 4:01 pm

    Lovely statue perspective!

  • Reply Dancinfairy February 22, 2006 at 4:40 pm

    Dooug – that was the Ladies side!

    Dragonfly – I thought so! I think G#2 might have the opposite view!

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