Lake Garda, Sirmione and Verona

We traveled to Lake Garda today. It’s Italy’s largest lake and extends up to the Switzerland border. We took a cruise from one side of the lake to the other. In the middle of the lake is a small private island owned by the Count of Cavazza family. There is a large castle on the island.

Our cruise took us to the town of Sirmione where we spent several hours exploring. There are ruins of a Roman villa at the end of the town.

And a castle in the middle of the town, with a functional moat. There were even duck and swam families living in it.

After lunch we headed to Verona, the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. It is home to a Roman arena (similar to the Colosseum but slightly smaller).

We walked to the infamous house and balcony of Juliet. The walls of the courtyard entrance are covered in colorful graffiti love letters and initials that people have written over the years. Apparently years ago, people would leave their love letters in the cracks of the bricks, however recently it has been sealed over with plaster, so now people just write on the walls.

 

We were told that by touching the right breast of the Juliet statue in the courtyard under the balcony, will bring you good luck.

 

We walked around Verona, checked out their church and large elevated tombs of their former rulers and then headed to Venice.

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