- Ealing, London, Vereinigtes Königreich
- 02.07.2022 - 17.07.2022
A lovely family home in a very beautiful cityOne of the joys of home swapping is being able to spend two weeks getting to know a city which we might otherwise only have visited for a long weekend. Verona definitely merits much more than just a pit stop. We were still finding surprises on the last day of our holiday. The Rossini family's spacious apartment is well appointed and equipped and is conveniently located in a quiet neighbourhood just outside the old city walls. The roomy balcony/terrace is perfect for outdoor family meals and benefits from a pleasant breeze in the evenings. In cooler weather, we would have walked everywhere but the frequent no 11 bus was a comfortable way to get to the city centre in the heat - a 10 minute ride to Piazza Bra and the Arena (Roman amphitheatre) and even quicker to the main railway station. Our sons used the electric Lime scooters and Verona bikes which were always available just round the corner from the apartment. Our car free holiday included easy day trips by train to Venice, Brescia (for the impressive Romanesque cathedral and Roman ruins) and the cooling waters of Lake Garda. Vicenza and Padua were also on our list but we over relaxed! Highlights in Verona were the opera in the Arena, the views of the city from the Roman theatre and from the top of the funicular, and walks along the river by Castel Vecchio. We enjoyed sampling traditional Veronese cuisine and the excellent local wines and ice cream. Special mentions go to the Rossinis' super helpful neighbour, Michelle, to the Antica Pasticceria on via San Marco for delicious breakfasts and sweet treats, and to the Double Clutch basketball shop (our older son's idea of paradise). Grazie mille to Francesco, Cinzia, Frederico and Lorenzo for their friendly hospitality, helpful notes and tips and great communication throughout and for leaving our house so clean and tidy. This was one of our most enjoyable swaps to date. Very best wishes from Anne,Tim, Will, James and Maja.