I absolutely loved Venice even more this second time around. I don’t know what it is; I could just wander about all of the different alleyways and labyrinth like paths and be happy for days. There’s not much to do in Venice anyway other than eat and shop, so wandering around and just taking in all of the sites is my favorite way to spend my time there. And that’s exactly what I did! Though I didn’t do it everyday as the weather was a bit unyeilding with its rain the whole time I was there, but the skies did give way to a few moments that were just lovely.
I think I’ve officially seen all of Venice now. I got to explore parts of it that I hadn’t seen before the first time that I went. I now have a lot of new favorite spots that are away from the main tourist sites, so they are a bit quieter and more my speed. There’s one place in particular, one of the island sections of Venice that juts out into the Grand Canal, so that if you’re standing at the tip of it you can see water all around. You’re able to see Guidecca on one side and main Venice on the other. It is a gorgeous spot and I could see myself sitting there all day. When I can across it, there was a class of art students sitting all around sketching, painting and drawing what they see. I did end up returning to the spot a little later on in the day and was able to sit there for a while just looking out at the sprawling island city before me and it was quite nice!
Other than that, I didn’t do very much in Venice. Honestly, you don’t do anything in Venice anyway. It’s just a place to wander around and marvel at its beauty.
My oh my was Verona quite lovely! The train station was just a few minutes walking distance to the center of everything, so after we deposited our luggage at the station, we took a nice 20 minute walk to the heart of Verona. I don’t know if it was because school had let out or if there was a university nearby, but the first thing I noticed about Verona was all of the young people. It could be that the Lake Como area catered more to the older crowd and I felt super young in comparison, but in Verona I finally seemed to blend in.
First stop was La Casa di Giulietta to see Juliet’s balcony and see all of the letters to Juliet everyone from around the world leaves when they come to visit. Upon walking through the archway, you are encased in darkness all around as you walk through the small tunnel with graffiti scribblings of messages and letters written on sticky notes and pieces of paper tacked to the wall with band aids. This is Juliet’s wall where people tack up their letters. After admiring all the scribbles and talking a few photos, you come upon a small little courtyard, with a bronze statue of Juliet standing tall right under her balcony. Behind her is another wall of letters. The whole place is really lovely and I would to come back to it during a time when it isn’t overrun by tourists.
The rest of our time in Verona was spent wandering about the city. It seems small and it’s really quaint. I definitely have it in my head that I will need to return someday soon to explore it properly. I think Verona definitely needs a full day of exploration and not just a few hours.
I spent much of my four days at Lake Como in Bellagio, wandering around its quaint little streets, window shopping and taking snapshots of all its lovely little nooks and crannies. I did however hop on a ferry one of those days and visited the town of Varenna, another town on the lake opposite of Bellagio apart of the golden triangle. Varenna was absolutely picture perfect. Honestly, I think the small town, which is a bit bigger than Bellagio, is even lovelier than Bellagio. Varenna just had a lot more winding alleys and streets to explore and the scenery was just stunning. This town was like something out of a fairytale storybook. Honestly it was simply stunning! I’d honestly go back in a heartbeat and definitely explore all of the other little towns that line the Lake’s banks.