Part I - Verona
Last autumn I travelled to Milan to spend a few days in Northern Italy with my friend Esther.
We were based in Milan, however since we didn't enjoy the city as much because of the few parks and green spaces, we went on day trips to some other towns.
Firstly we visited Verona, the city where Shakespeare's play "Romeo & Juliet" takes place.
"Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean."
We arrived early in the morning at Verona Porta Nuova and made our way to the historic centre. There are a lot of ancient Roman edifices which can be found all over the centre. I especially loved all these small balconies filled up with flowers and other plants.
It is obvious and at the same time amusing that Verona takes advantage of Shakespeare's play which results in heaps of different touristic activities or souvenirs (e.g. the Romeo cake). Thousands of people pilger to Verona only to take a peek at the various places where scenes of "Romeo & Juliet" might have been set at.
Anyhow, Verona is a precious little city which offers many interesting sights and great walks along the river or the centre itself.