Fair Verona

Two households, both alike in dignity,

In fair Verona, where we lay our scene…

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After Venice our real adventure began.

A road trip across northern Italy, with our first stop in Verona.

We piled out, eager to explore a new city. Especially as one as rich in history and culture as Verona.

The sun beamed down on us and we prowled the cobbled, tree lined streets.

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Pink checked dress

Sunglasses // Basket (similar)

Valentino sandalsHS versions

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Verona’s pretty Italian architecture, muted ochre tones and lack of almost any traffic whatsoever makes it the most marvelous place to wander.

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Julia’s purple dress

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Filled with pretty Juliette balconies (naturally) and painted shutters, it’s not difficult to fall in love with the place and get swept up in the romance.

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And those colours….

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We took a turn around much of the old parts of Verona, spiraling in towards Juliette’s House, somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit.

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Tumbling out of a cobbled side street, we found ourselves in the main square -Piazza delle Erbe.

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^ Check out the frescos on the Mazzanti Houses.

Watched over by Madonna Verona.

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Atop the square’s oldest monument, the fountain.

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A cool, breezy spot to catch your breath in the rising heat.

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Just around the corner we found the Cappelletti house, or Capulet if you will.

Here you can visit the balcony where Romeo would have pledged his love to Juliette.

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All around people leave love letters to their past, current or future soulmates.

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Unmarried visitors touch Juliette’s right breast for luck and to bring them the love of their life.

A statue of Juliette, that is. And not our Julia, that’d bring you a smack, not luck.

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We read as many of the notes as we could and stuck some of the fallen ones back up.

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Wished the lovers better luck than Romeo & Juliette found, and went on our way.

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Running into Dante himself, looking very serious and very sensibly protecting his breasts from visitors.

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We visited church after church, I just can’t resist these sights…

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And with aching feet, finally conceded that perhaps it was time for lunch.

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Which we found at Osteria Ponte Pietra (thanks to my chap, who suggested it).

Sitting on the edge of the Adige River, at the foot of a 2000 year old bridge (the Ponte Pietra).

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We took a table on the balcony, and celebrated our find with some Italian bubbles.

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And there we stayed for a beautifully leisurely lunch!

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Complete with some of the best olive oil I’ve ever tasted, which is not something I say lightly.

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A table filled with pasta and veggies to share.

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After which, Julia and I stretched out on the sofa with a cup of tea each, while the eager boys trotted up the hill to take some pictures!

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Castel San Pietro’s the spot you’ll want for a proper view of Verona in all its glory.

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If you really squint and peer very closely, you can probably see one pink and one purple dot, sitting on the terrace of the restaurant. That’s us!

When the boys finally came down from their castle, we settled up and set off again.

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Marching along the river’s edge and back to our trusty steeds.

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Reenergised and excited for the next leg of our trip!

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More on that tomorrow.

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  • Gosh Italy is so beautiful! Our holiday down there in a June, can’t come quick enough! I am dreaming after reading your post Rosie! This is really what la Dolce Vita looks like in my mind. I had no idea Verona was so stunning. I think one holiday in Italy won’t just be enough;) I enjoy travelling in your company! <3 Ciao! Julie xx


  • What a beautiful spot for lunch, I’ll have to pay it a visit! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your Northern Italian roadtrip, as beautiful as the rest of the country is, the North has a special place in my heart and always will. Milan, Piemonte and Sud Tirol are my favourites xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua ; Food, Travel, Italy

  • Sounds like a lovely day! Verona would be such a romantic place to visit.

    xo Bryn

  • ErinLindseyO

    Lovely Rose, do you speak Italian? I’ve managed to putter through Paris and the south of France with some embarrassingly basic French, but an impending Italy adventure is on the horizon and I’m wondering how far English (or bad Italian and a sweet smile) will take me? And where oh where can i get my hands on those purple sunnies?

  • Italy looks incredible – and I love Julia’s dress!

  • Gorgeous photos! I am dying to get over to Italy with my husband so he can explore where his relatives used to live.

  • Ashlee

    Love both your outfits so much! Stunning!


  • Katie

    I’m glad you had a lovely day in beautiful Verona Rosie. I moved here for work last August and pinch myself everyday that I actually live here, but it is hard to find many Brits who have visited, skipping it for Venice or Milan. Having a drink overlooking Ponte Pietra is one of my favourite things- good shout your chap!

    Katie xx

  • Looks like you had an amazing time! I love both of your outfits!

    Ash | Liakada

  • Looks like the perfect day!

    LEACH | theleachlife.com

  • Stunning! Sooo envious, oh well at least the sun is shinning in London today.



  • Kari Guastella

    What a fun stop to make on your trip!

  • Madison

    How pretty! The love letters by Juliette’s house is such a sweet idea ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Goodness me these photos are stunning! Thank you for sharing! Plus I absolutely love what the two of you are wearing, that pink dress is gorgeous on you Rosie!


  • Aurรจ

    hello,ciao…charming look!…nice photos…lovely places …but…the tourists should visit also the South of Italy…there’s something different…

  • It looks absolutely lovely! X

  • Wow, what a beautiful town! Would love to visit Verona one day, it looks absolutely magical! ๐Ÿ™‚
    — LisaLDN.com

  • Gorgeous pictures! Verona looks so romantic.
    That restaurant is perfect – the view! The pasta!

  • The Sunday Mode

    Wow this really takes me back, Verona is so beautiful! I visited Verona a few years ago and everything looks the same (in a good way). I also remember I had the best lasagne of my life there! That’s something a girl just doesn’t forget ๐Ÿ˜‰


  • Bella, both of you x

  • Such beautiful pictures! I am yet to visit Verona but these photos definitely enough reason to make the trip.


  • You’re so lucky that Juliet’s place wasn’t crowded when you visited, every time I went to Verona it was literally packed with tourists, couldn’t get near Juliet. And that osteria looks wonderful, I definitely want to have lunch there! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Ashley Christabelle

    Oh my gosh, of course I’ve heard of Verona before but I’ve never thought it would be so beautiful!!!!


  • This looks amazing! I wanna go! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • I actually did just squint at the picture to find the pink & purple dot …. clearly I need to leave the office early this Friday, I’ve lost the plot! lol Looks like a beautiful city x Jersey Girl x http://www.jerseygirl.co

  • Verona looks just beautiful, stunning. Definitely on my bucket list (well, most of Italy is!). The wall at Juliet’s house is so sweet, all these notes of love! Your photos are beautiful, your travel posts are my favourite because it just feels like we’re here with you. By the way, your bardot-style dress is gorgeous!

    Julia x
    http://www.juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.fr | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle in Paris

  • Jen

    The windows/shutters/balconies are so beautiful! And you have such a sense of humor, Rose – your posts always make me laugh. x


  • Your hair + Julia’s hair in one blog post is too much loveliness to handle!

  • Love y’all outfit so much! So retro!



  • Can’t beat a good ol’ road trip and looks like you’re having / had the best one! xo

  • It looks like you and Julia had the best time and how does your hair always look so perfect?

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Too beautiful. J’adore! <3

  • Giuliana

    Glad you had a Lovely day in our country! Extra olive oil is made in Trapani, Sicily. You must go there! The messages on Giulietta’wall are written with love…others are to be censured. As the biggest one in your photo! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Pli Shu

    Italy is so beautiful!!!!!

  • Julia’s dress, what a beauty! I adore Italy, Verona is being added to the list of my dream road trip

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Maggie Fitzsimmons

    Did you grow up spelling Juliette this way? Interesting nuance between US and UK cultures I suppose — we always learned it as Juliet! Lovely post

    xo from NYC

  • I am going to Verona and Venice in 5 weeks. Seeing these photos make me countdown to my trip even more. Yay!