Italy: Enchanted by Verona Part 2

Travel Date : 23rd June 2013

Location: Piazza delle Erbe, Verona, Italy

Verona Streets Sights 

After we were done with the Arena, we headed out to try to figure out how to get to the Lamberti’s Tower (Torre dei Lamberti), so that we could get to the top and get a good landscape view of the city. While we were circling around the Arena, we discovered some enormous ‘hidden’ statues that looked like gladiators. There were magnificent but unfortunately under maintenance so we couldn’t really see their actual glory.

Regarding the clock tower, we realised it was still quite a distance from where we were, so we decided to get back to our vehicle (we had only paid for 1 hour worth of parking fees and it was almost time) and drove to a nearer location to the tower.

Using our GPS, we managed to get to our new destination, Piazza delle Erbe, without much difficulty. Parking our car, we saw a tower ahead of us and then started walking towards it, only to realise it wasn’t the clock tower we were expecting. Fortunately, we soon found the ‘real’ tower just another stone’s throw away, located just behind an open area.

{Cat} : “ While walking, we passed by the Louis Vuitton Shop and a small public square. An Egyptian Mummy was standing there on with a bowl in front of him. We chuckled. Didn’t we saw him outside the Verona Arena before we entered? He had looked like a statue from afar and we wondered what an Egyptian Mummy was doing outside a Roman architecture. When we saw the bowl in front of him on the ground, we understood.

It was such a hot day and we couldn’t imagine how he manage to cover up like that and standing motionless for hours, waiting for passers-by to drop him some money. We looked on interestedly when a person suddenly walked towards him and help him out of that Mummy suit and collect his earnings! Poor guy had an unpleasant scrunched face as he gulped down some water. Time to change shift! We guessed.

There was also another performance by another artist dressed up as a ‘baby’ and wailing in high-pitched voice. We stood around to watch for a while because he was hilarious. ”

Walking further, there was a performing pianist in the square, which added to the romantic feel of the area. We didn’t spend much time admiring the music since we didn’t have that luxury of time, and thus headed over to the clock tower.

Attraction – Torre dei Lamberti 

In order to get up to the clock tower, we had to first enter a souvenir shop right beneath it. We then purchased the entrance tickets from the cashier before heading into the tower, with the entrance located just beside the cashier.

We took the elevator up to nearly the top, before we need to proceed with the rest of the journey by foot (fortunately we didn’t need to climb up all the 238 steps of the tower!).

Once out of the elevator, there was another flight of stairs to go right to the top where the bell is located. On our way up, a lady was rushing down and signaled to us by pointing to the bell. However, we didn’t understand her and continued on to the top, where four huge bells resided.

While we were just about to start admiring the scenery from that height, the bell suddenly rang behind us at a deafening volume, with its echo sounding all around us in the enclosed tower!

The ring had caught us completely unaware and before we could cover our ears, it was already over. However, the ‘damage’ to our ears were already done and we had some ringing sound in our ears for quite a while. Dar was most affected as he teared and kept urging us to go down the tower, in case the bell rang again. We had to reassure him that it would not happen again until one hour later.

Later on, we started to recall what the lady was warning us about — that it was almost 1 o’clock and we should not go up to the tower until the bell had rung! Fortunately, we had arrived at 1 o’clock and not an hour earlier — imagine what 12 loud continuous rings could have done to our ears!

After recovering from our shock and having a good laugh over this, we began to check out the spectacular view of Verona from the tower, appreciating the many surrounding historical buildings which made Verona a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A family portrait taken by our friend

History 

During the Middle Ages in Verona, tall towers-residences were a visible symbol of the wealth and power of the noble families which lived in them. Only a few had remained today.

Torre dei Lamberti, the tallest of Verona’s towers at 84 metres tall, was built by the powerful Lamberti Family in 1172. The tower houses two famous bells, the Rengo and the Marangona, which kept time and regulated city life. The Marangona signalled the end of the working day for the artisans (marangon) and also sounded the alarm in case of fire, whilst the Rengo summoned the town Council and citizens of Verona in times of war. The bells still ring during funerals and hourly. The view of the city from this tower is spectacular. (source: http://www.tourism.verona.it/en/enjoy-verona/art-and-culture/monuments-and-sights/lamberti-tower)

Other Parts of Verona 

Satisfied, we made our way back down to the ground floor and walked along the streets exploring other places. We also bought some souvenirs for this trip.

{Souvenirs}

We buy magnets that are more 3D and we are collecting shot glasses of each destination we are touring in Europe.

We then returned to our vehicle and decided to head for our next destination — Lake Garda, which was about 24 km (or 15 miles) from Verona.

Unfortunately upon arriving, all we got was a short drive around the lake, as the place was overwhelmingly crowded in the summer and we did not manage to find any vacant parking lot. We thus started to make our way back towards Austria and Germany.

We decided to stop by Innsbruck, Austria, which is on the way as my friend heard that it was worth visiting.

{Cat} In Summary:

Our itinerary for our road trip (from Germany) to Italy was rather impromptu. Our main aim was to our dream destination, Venice, and we initially thought to spend two days there but it turned out not as interesting as what we had experienced in Verona. Maybe we didn’t like the crowd, the overpriced everything and some rudeness we experienced. Still, we didn’t regret going Venice for the unique architecture.

Verona was better since we didn’t really need to talk to anyone and generally, the atmosphere was artistic and cultural. I expect lovers would love the romantic ‘back-in-time’ walk through the streets. Everywhere we looked, we couldn’t resist taking a photograph. The buildings were well-maintained, no peeling paints or cracked walls. It was a last-minute research on the internet and we were glad we took a detour to it, instead of just returning back to Germany.

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Next Post: Short Evening in Innsbruck.