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Arena of Verona

Arena of Verona

Verona (around 260 000 inhabitants), city of Romeo and Julia, with one of the largest romisch arenas in Italy and is famous for it’s operas during the year. The UNESCO awarded Verona with World Heritage Site status for its urban structure and architecture.

Mask of an opera

Mask of an opera

The major walking area is packed with the big brands like Hermes, Dolce & Gabana and Mont Blanc, but there are also some really nice shops and it is worth to keep your head up and have a look on the beautiful houses and not only the shops on the usual view axis.

We have not spent the money for the arena, just walked around but you could also pay a small fee for going upstairs to a bell tower of a church nearby.

If you plan to visit Verona with your love, make sure you have an Edding, the entry area of Julia’s balcony is full with couple messages and hearts, very romantic. It is also worth to make one or two shots with your partner.



After arena and Julia’s balcony there are the other touristic spots like duomo, the castle etc which I will not mention, there are better blogs about that.

I would recommend to go there for half a day, preferable before lunch, park your car in one of the parking houses.

Things I planned:

– Visit the balcony of Julia

Things I haven’t done:

    Visit the arena
    Spend money for crappy souvenirs
    Visited a opera

Things I would do within the next trip:

    Bring an eddying with me

Things i learned:

    Keep your head down when visiting Julias balcony unless you want to be on hundreds of pictures.
    Gelato (Ice cream) can be very expensive in Verona (we saw >2 €) but there will be a cheaper one nearby for sure
    It is very easy to find out who is a german tourist (good for find someone for taking a picture)

Good spots:

    Julias Balcony
    Arena of Verona
    Shopping Area
verona guilietta e romeo

verona guilietta e romeo

Romeo and Julia

Romeo and Julia

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Bozen – balzano

Balzano Cathedral Bozen Italien

Balzano Cathedral

Botzen is famous for Ötzi, also called the icema, and they are showing the old dead body in a special museum, but expect the museum to be very crowded. The building is not very huge and I think that is the unique selling point, we would have to wait for an hour and is about 9 € per adult (August 2014).
According to the museum web page:

A visit to the museum takes about 1-2 hours.
The interior of the museum is easily accessible to disabled people.

So it is up to you if you want to wait.
The mumy was found 1991 in the Ötztal alps and scientiests assume that he was living around 3300 before christus. Funny fact: he was found by two german tourists, so if you walking around in the alps, watch carefully, you might find Ötzi 2.0.

Besides the museum, Balzano has some nice churches and older buildings that could be worth to check out.

The pedestrian zone is very very nice, lots of small shops with unique stuff (but also the big brands have their space), and you should save around two hours to give it a look.

If you plan to rest for a while have a look for the „Kornplatz“, with some nice wooden seats. Try to be there during market time so you can buy fresh and high quality stuff for a fair amount of money. According to this page the schedule is like following:

Fruits, vegetables, food, clothes, custome jewellery, items for home…

Monday: Piazza Don Bosco
Tuesday: Via Piacenza-Via Aslago
Thursday: Via Rovigo, Piazza Matteotti
Saturday: Piazza della Vittoria and surroundings

For parking you should give this one a try, it is pricewise fair and very central just next to the Balzano Cathedral

Parcheggi Italia Spa
10/A Piazza Walther Von Der Vogelweide, Bolzano, BZ 39100

A little confusing is going back to the autobahn / motorway, if your GPs is recommending Balzano south / Bozen Süd, be careful. We ended on a

A nice spot it the Ponte Talerva, a bridge with some locks as a symbol of love and you can walk to the „Siegesdenkmal“ – „Monumento alla Vittoria“

Balzano love locks on a bridge

Balzano love locks on a bridge


Here is a new feature, an OpenStreetMap with most of the spots mentioned in the Blogpost.

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