03.10.2007 21 °C
Well I finally found the most beautiful town in Italy! It was clean, pretty and surrounded by a gorgeous walled city. It still had the odd Roman relic that had survived time, and they have a style and air of culture that we found nowhere else.
Steve managed to find his restaurants of restaurants - called Giuletta & Romeo - where he had Donkey spagetti; followed by Tartar (raw mince mixed with herbs, spices and a bit of sauce) of Horse (sorry sandy - steve doesnt want you to tell Bree!)
Then the next night we topped that by finding a restaurant experience to match none other! Ristaurante Arche. The food was devine, there were wine suggestions for every dish, and amazing entertainment watching the perfomance when the wine trolly was pushed to the table with the bottle of wine and glass on it. The waiter would open the bottle; sample the wine then pour for every glass that was drunk. I will never forget that most amazing experience!
In between eating, we stayed in a campsite run by some dreadlocked hippies. Every tree had a tag attached with its botanically name on it. It was also on a cliff part of Castel San Pietro. Some of the fortifications still remained. We also visited the Civici de Casa di Giuletta where the Capulette family where believed to have lived. And the fabulous castel with a Rafello and a few others dating back to 1200s.
Verona was another interesting city: one also run by the Guilds. These provided the ultimate in democratic rule. I guess that has aided Verona, Venice and Florence being such strong and influencial cities in their day, as well as maintaining a sence of independence of region today from the rest of Italy.