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Travel Blogs from Mantova
Mantua was the last leg in our three day Renaissance dash. In a perfectly balanced geographical coincidence, it was 176 miles from Urbino to Mantua, just as it had been 176 miles from Padua to Urbino. Mantua is recognised as a bit of a hidden Renaissance gem, dubbed La Bella Addormentata, and eclipsed by the local big hitters such as Milan or …
... on their first night.
Damien, Belinda and Dave Morris-Munns (the adopted son) fly in from Barcelona. No airport pick up, but a 5 litre beer flagon is personally delivered to Arena Dreams apartment by Ernesto himself (the personal touch is what keeps ET in front of the pack).
Joely and Eds fly through a storm (unarranged) at Venice Airport ...
... cheesy Venetian masks, outdated and inefficient 'water buses' and water that smells like a sewer. St Marco square is also, overcrowded with tourists with shops you can't even browse through due to crazy crowds. It also contains an ugly cathedral that we got stooged out of cash to enter the 'museum' aspect of the monstrosity. I was led to believe that the church was open to everybody, for the people, but we had to pay to look at religious ...
July 25, 2014
This morning we had breakfast at the hotel– it was quite crowded here. I rang Zia
Nanina and then Libera – to touch base about visiting when Josy comes. Then we
bussed into Verona. We had another little look around but mainly wanted to shop
at the Coin dept store again. I bought a couple of little summery tops (yellow
and black and white) as it is hot. I also bought some gift items. Craig bought
... for another look. Sometimes beautiful things take your
breath away and that was certainly the case here.
Bar Anastasia provided a drink and free
Internet – woo hoo. Then we had a nice dinner at the Romeo and Juliet Osteria
(how romantic). Craig had Ravioli with butter sauce and I had Penne con
zucchini and bacon and saffron – nice. I also had a yummy buffalo mozzarella
salad whilst Craig ...