That extra little day just makes all the difference.
Sometimes I feel a little spoiled by where we live, and how close we are to places that everyone else must vacation long and far to visit.
This weekend we decided to venture out about 2 hours from our home to Verona.
We could have easily made this trip in just a day, but sometimes its fun to getaway for the night.
We stayed at a lovely hotel called Relais 900, which was located on a slight hill overlooking Verona. It was only a 10 minute walk from our hotel to the center of the city.
One of the things I love about this town is how condensed everything is. It's not spread out like many other cities we've visited. This made for a very enjoyable and stress-free trip.
When we first arrived we were able to immediately check into our hotel, even though it was only noon. The owner greeted us and showed us around. The room we stayed in was huge by European standards. The hotel also provided free parking, which is a HUGE perk seeing as most other places charged around 20 euro a day.
As soon as we dropped our stuff off in our room, we headed into town with some fantastic restaurant recommendations from our host.
Lunch has become my favorite meal here in Italy, and we dined at a delicious little restaurant called Osteria da Ugo.
We were lucky that they seated us because apparently most people had reservations.
The food was amazing!
It was fantastic.
Next we moseyed on over to Piazza Bra to see the Arena di Verona. We haven't been to Rome yet, so this is the first amphitheater that I've seen.
It was pretty amazing.
There was all sorts of stuff going on right outside of the Area, so we walked around and enjoyed some chocolate and hot red wine.
I hadn't heard much about Verona before arriving, and I was surprised by all of the shopping. Lots of small narrow streets full of shops.
The weather wasn't what I would consider to be ideal, and once the sun went down I think I stayed permanently frozen. We had a casual dinner at a wine bar we stumbled across, and headed back to our warm hotel room.
One of the things I love about traveling in Italy is that breakfast is almost always complimentary, and it's been my experience that more often than not this also includes a cappuccino. We enjoyed a yummy breakfast at our hotel before braving the cold again.
We woke up to a city covered in frost. Luckily it didn't stick around long!
We started our morning at the Basilica di Santa Anatasia.
We were told that parts of the church had recently been re-touched, and it was absolutely beautiful.
Next we set out to find the Casa di Giulietta, or Juliet's house.
It was much smaller than I envisioned, and if you weren't looking for it you could easily miss it.
I have to admit, it was all pretty interesting. I had no idea how olive oil was made, and was surprised by how simple the process is.
The tasting was the most fun, and we came home with lots of yummy goodies.
I highly recommend a weekend getaway to Verona, it is definitely one of my favorite cities in Italy.