Tuesday, November 17, 2009

May 24, 2009 - Verona, northern Italy

The weather seemed determined to vex us. After an extended period of cool, wet weather, it had now turned hot and humid - 95F temperatures are quite trying in a van that has no air-conditioning. We drove down to the Verona area and ended up at a rustic campsite some 10 miles west of town with little pitches scattered among grape vines on a working farm. There was a bike ride of a couple of miles to reach the nearest bus stop from where we caught the downtown bus. We left the bikes chained to a lamppost near the bus stop and everything worked out fine.

The old town of Verona is contained in a loop of the river Adige as it snakes westward toward the Gulf of Venice - a great natural defense for three-quarters of the perimeter. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Verona is home to about a quarter million Italians and has worked hard over the centuries to protect its history. Sadly, many of the earliest structures were razed during a massive earthquake in 1117 following which a large rebuilding effort in the Romanesque style was undertaken. Enjoyable city to visit with much to see.

1 comment:

hampshireman said...

Hello, from a campervanner with no AC.
Member of MHF in the UK. We went to Verona last year for the 1st night of the Opera. The only site open at that time was up in the castel grounds, spectacular view and an easy walk into the city, taxi back up. It's a hippy style and basic but clean and we were so glad we found it. The other site, listed in guides was closed so this one was full quickly and it can only take vans up to 7m.