Varrena to Verona to the Dolomites
Trip Start Sep 16, 2013
20Trip End Oct 08, 2013
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The walled inner older city dates to pre- roman times and has a number of roads and an arena that are still visible or in-use. The beautiful Roman arena is still used to host events (capacity 18,000) and was being set-up for an opera performance. This arena is smaller than the Coliseum in Rome, but was built 50 years earlier. We ventured to the Lomabardi Tower which is a sort of 14th century version of Trump Tower. (The Lombardy family needed a Phallic PR landmark to demonstrate their wealth and power - so they built a huge bell tower/lookout in the center of the city)
We left Verona and headed up a beautiful green valley dotted with castles and ruins as we entered the Dolomite Mountains. We are staying at a small family-run hotel and restaurant in the middle of a network of ski lifts, cows and beautiful alpine vistas at 6,000'. The cows here wear those large cow bells (so that's where they get the name!) and we can here wandering around outside. The host/owners served a giant 5 course meal tonight featuring Italian/Austrian cuisine - delicious!
Favorite food (s): Italian/Austrian lasagna (rich,creamy,cheesy!) and second place to the dark chocolate gelato in Verona. (Thanks Susan!)