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... Castle tour: There is a beautiful castle situated 200 meters from Sirmione bus-stop. Entry is 4 Euro per person. Time to take a tour may vary from 1-3 hours. View of the lake and the town from the top of the castle is mesmerizing.
Tuesday 20th October
Up at 5.30 & off to return the car at 7.00. Finally arrived at Gatwick airport at 7.30 & the plane left at 10.15 for Verona. Arrived in 90 minutes & took the shuttle bus to the station & a taxi from there to our Residencia. It isan amazing place with beautiful old furniture, cooking facilities & a lounge area, about 3 times as big as we had envisaged.
Took a walk along the ...
... that looked nice, but otherwise the city seemed to be dark and covered in graffiti. I decided I would just head back to the area where my hotel was, just few minutes out of the centre and find some food there. What I didn't know was the only restaurant in this are was a steakhouse. Not wanting to ride down the major road in the dark back to the centre, I decided to just have whatever was cheapest. This turned out to be something like ...
... and we mentioned Seattle, the owner said that he knows Rick Steves who indeed has visited his restaurant. Very proudly he brought out his tablet to show us the video clip. Wine was poured with a very unique aerator that is hand blown glass from Italy. When Kathy asked where we might get one the owner said he would sell us one. Another souvenir of our trip!
Verona has been a lovely stop and one to recommend for a short stay en route to Venice.
... pass purchased provided a souvenir wine glass and 10 tastings for 15€ or about $16.50.
We each purchased a pass allowing us to try a total of twenty wines. A few Soave whites - not our favorite as they were very minerals tasting and very dry. The Valpolicella were okay, the Amarone were probably the best. One wine however stood our from the rest a red from Bennati ...