Ciao Verona and Venice!
Welcome to Italia! Our first stop was to the legendary town of Verona. This little village is known for the setting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Contrary to Hollywood's depiction, there really is a wall in Juliet's courtyard however, there are no letters to be found from hopless romantics. This garden is completed with Juliet's infamous balcony, another love lock collection and a statue of said Capulet. Legend says that if you touch the right breast of the statue, you are granted a lifetime of true love. Needless to say that area was extremely crowded and I made sure I got my turn!
Venice was more stunning than any photo you've seen and hotter than you could probably imagine. There are over 400 bridges connecting the little islands of Venice. This city's perfection made it feel like a theme park. I spent my time in this city on an authentic gondola ride through the peaceful canals and got lost down one of the hundreds of alleys in search of the famous 'spritz' cocktail. A friend and I were told we have to try a spritz in Venice. So we went down countless alleys, got lost and made local friends who directed us to a tiny, little nook of a bar where the bartender made us his special passion fruit spritz. Delicioso! He asked us where we were from, when I told him "New Jersey", he responded with excitement. In a heavy Italian accent with hand gestures to match he said, "Ah! New Jersey, Buddy!" After seeing my inability to connect he struggled a moment and said "cake boss!" Definitely a noteworthy moment!