Traveling from Venice to Verona

March 2012 trip to Madrid, Venice, Verona, Milan and Paris.

Verona: Piazza Bra, Roman Arena, Chiesa San Fermo Maggiore,
Juliet's House, Piazza delle Erbe, Chiesa di Santa Anastasia,
Roman Theater & Archaeological Museum, Ristorante Torcolo di Luca Barca,
Castelvecchio Museum

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Trenitalia second class railcar
The view from our seats

Friday, day 6

We took a vaporetto up the Grand Canal on our way to Venezia Santa Lucia railway station. It took less time than I had allowed and our train didn't arrive until shortly before it was scheduled to depart, so we had time to kill in the station. We couldn't find a comfortable place to wait in the station and just stood around.

Second class on the Trenitalia train operated by the Italian Government was quite comfortable and very reasonable - only 9 euros each. The Frecciabianca train which we rode can reach a speed of 125 MPH, but I don't believe it ever approached that speed during our hour and twenty five minute ride. The route was a bit under 80 miles and there were several stops along the way.

My only complaint was that we had seats that faced backwards and I was uneasy with the idea of sitting in the other empty seats that faced the correct way. I wish I had done it anyway. It was hard taking photographs when things were at their closest when I first saw them and quickly moving away.

Building near the Venezia Santa Lucia railway station

Italian farmhouse

Italian farm and vineyard
We kept seeing more vineyards as we got closer to Verona

Montebello, Italy Castel
Hilltop above Montebello

We arrived in Verona a little after noon and took a taxi to the Hotel Milano, which was located just a few dozen feet from the Roman amphitheater in Piazza Bra. I think I would have been very happy with the Hotel Milano during a different year, but they were doing major construction. The elevator was out of service to the upper floors so we had to haul our luggage up the stairs. The construction noise was very loud starting at 8AM.

The most annoying thing was that they do not have wifi during the construction. I couldn't check work email and was unable to plan the next part of our trip. It had a major impact on the next two day of our vacation.

Hotel Milano - Verona, Italy
The Hotel Milano is on this one way street in the old section of town where auto access is limited during the daytime

Hotel Milano room
Linda commented that at least up until now, each hotel room has been a little nicer than the one before

Verona Roman Arena
View of the top of the Roman Arena from our room

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