So aside from being deathly ill the past 2 days (I'm being over dramatic but I actually haven't left my bed since then)...my roommates and I ventured off to Verona and Bologna for Valentine's Day weekend! We knew we did not want to stay in Rome for the holiday, and we had all been dying to see the letters to Juliet...so we figured, why not! Plus, Bologna was another beautiful city to see, and to knock out 2 cities in one weekend would definitely be worth it.
Well needless to say we absolutely fell in love with Verona. We stayed at a B&B that was literally down the street from Juliet's balcony, and a piazza with tons of restaurants and shops. Gianni, the B&B owner and the cutest man alive, told us that there was a festival going on in honor of Valentine's Day. WE HAD NO IDEA. & I believe that is why it made Verona so special. There was tons of music, food, and celebration. And chocolate. Omg the amount of free chocolate that was given out was incredible. And not to mention that carnivale was going on. All the kids have off from school that day to dress up and participate and see the parade. It is such a huge tradition and such an amazing thing to see this tiny city come together. The parade lasted for about 2 hours, and yet even though we had to leave that evening, the party did not stop. All the kids were so cute dressed up and all, and very willing to throw confetti at us at any chance they got.
Juliet's House was quaint and beautiful. When you first walk in the gates you see thousands of letters from people all over the world. When you walk in a little farther you see the courtyard with Juliet's statue and her balcony. We were all able to go up and take our Juliet picture, and then five minutes after we witnessed a proposal!!! I wish I caught it on camera - but it was so adorable and I will always remember it.
Bologna was a very rich city...and when I mean rich I mean that we were a 10 minute walking distance to their "5th ave" shopping area. But it was so nice to see all the different colored buildings, shops, and a famous Irish pub! And when I say famous I mean that my roommate's Italian teacher who studied there told us to go there...so it was cool to see where she hung out in college. I wasn't crazy about Bologna, because it kind of reminded me of Rome, but it was so cool to see another part of Italy that I probably would never have seen otherwise.
Until then...I'll just reminisce on my photos. xoxo Ciao!