Verona: The monuments

Tortellini and Gnocchi are staples in Bologna but they were also quite popular in Verona as well. Personally not a huge fan of gnocchi, but tried as much as I could. No regrets. Yet very heavy from start to finish.

북쪽지방에서는 미니만두같은 토텔리니와 뇨끼가 유명. 난 개인적으로 뇨끼 너무 헤비해서 안좋아하는데 확실히 맛있었다. 피자가 안전한 선택이긴하지만 북쪽에서는 한번정도 도전해보는 것도!

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One of the first things I noticed about Verona was the roofs (surprise, surprise). The more feminine angles and strokes of the buildings and monuments, to be specific.

여성스러운 도시랄까. 줄리엣의 도시라서가 아니라 건물들도 그렇고 길들도 그렇고 웅장하고 가슴을 팡팡 치게 만드는 아름다움이 아닌 (이건 밀라노의 두오모나 피렌체, 로마의 경우) 아기자기한 느낌.

r16First stop was Castlevecchio which was a military fortress of the Scaliger (also known as della Scala) dynasty of Verona during the Middle Ages. The M-shaped merlons actually gave the fortress an overall feminine touch (sorry, soldiers). This type of merlon was, of course, for defensive purposes, but was later on also considered to have more decorative purposes. A lot of buildings and bridges around the city of Verona had such merlons, including Romeo’s house, and, well, at least now, gave the area a bit more fairy tale like feeling. Speaking of fairy tales, I found some signs and drawings around the Castelvecchio which reminded me a lot of the sun design from Disney’s Tangled. (I did some digging, and no direct connections.)

사실 가봐야할 명소들이 그렇게 많지 않아 아쉬우면서도 이틀정도의 시간내에 모두 끝내버릴 수 있어서 뿌듯하다. 가장 먼저 간 곳은 브라 광장 바로 옆에 있던 카스텔베키오. 베로나의 스칼라 집안이 대단하던 시절 만들었던 성곽인데 뭔가 전투적인 느낌보다는 디즈니 잠자는 숲속의 공주의 성 느낌.

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r17The Castelvecchio Bridge also known as the Ponte Scaligero, was actually made as an escape route for Cangrande Il della Scala, Lord of Verona, who was afraid yet smart enough to prepare such a gateway in case of a rebellion. This is not the original, as it was completely destroyed by German troops in 1945. Interestingly enough, almost all of the buildings and landmarks in Verona are in red bricks, something of a tradition that ran down the Scala family.

다음은 카스텔베키오오를 잇는 스칼리제로 다리. 베로나의 군주 Cangrande Il della Scala가 혹시나 일어날지 모르는 반란에 대비해 재빠르게 도망가기 위해 만들었다고. 1945년 독일군이 무너뜨린걸 다시 복원한 다리인데 꽤나 높은 느낌. 2층으로 올라갈 수도 있는데 고소공포증이 있으면 좀 무서울수도 있는 높이.

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r19There are numerous cathedrals in Verona, like any other Italian city, but the Basilica of San Zeno was the most intriguing for me. And I believe for others as well because it is ranked as the number one place to visit in Verona on many travel sites, including tripadvisor. This place does have its, say, unusual reason for being so sought after, but the overall ambiance and art does live up to it. Its crypt was the place where Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet promised their love and got married. The crypt in question is that of St. Zeno, the patron saint of Verona.

베로나와 관련된 명소 랭킹의 1위를 가장 많이 차지한다는 Basilica of San Zeno. 난 이 사실을 모르고 갔는데 감동받았다. 바로 이곳에서 셰익스피어의 로미오와 줄리엣이 영원한 사랑을 맹세하고 결혼했다고. 이 또한 나는 모르고 갔는데 이제 와서 생각해보니 영원한 사랑을 맹세하기엔 적합한 곳이었던 듯… 색색깔의 벽화와 모자이크, 그리고 성인 (Saint) 동상들이 경건하면서도 로맨틱한 분위기를 만들어냄. 이외에 유명한 성당들이 두오모, San Fermo Maggiore Church 그리고 San Lorenzo Church.

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r21The Ponte Scaligero leads the way to the Castel San Pietro, which is on a hill of San Pietro. People walk up for about 15 minutes to get to the top, and not just for the military castle, but mostly for the view. It was a bit cloudy when we were there and very sadly, the famous Archeological Museum was under construction. But we still managed to see a glimpse of the Roman Theater. Climbing up to get a view has become a habit. A good one, actually, both for the body and soul. (Fine, I did huff and puff a bit, but everyone else did too…)

스칼리제로 다리를 지나 올라와보면 San Pietro 언덕을 오를 수 있다. 한 15분정도 걸리는데 날씨가 좋지 않으면 안개 낀 런던 느낌이 나고 화창하면 제대로된 이탈리아 붉은 지붕의 도시를 만끽할 수 있다. 바로 아래에는 1세기에 지어졌다는 로마시대의 원형극장이, 그 옆에는 안타깝게도 공사중이었던 고고학 박물관.

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(+) Verona’s official website: the list they offer under different categories such as monuments and sights, churches and holy places are useful, like this part, but they are so scattered. The first three pages of each category are well put together with photos, very little typos, but as you go further, you get maybe one or two sentences and frequent typos (“German cimitery”). Would be helpful if they had more quality photos. (Zero photos for thermal resorts.) TINY fonts.

(As much as I enjoy impromptu visits and surprises, I still like to do some research before I plan to go anywhere. Most of the time I pay a visit to the official website, and others I casually look for interesting tips and places. I found it interesting how different official websites can be. They ARE supposed to represent their own cities, yet I have seen many websites that just confused me, let alone help me.)

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All photos by rachelsanghee

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