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Although long delay due to Italian Air Traffic Control strike Jet2 looked after us very well. Chris Briggs from DialAFlight kept in touch throughout.
Very pleased with the booking and the service. All worked out very well indeed
As per usual Joe organised everything and made our trip hassle free.
Exemplary service and care from Jude as usual. Will not book my travel with anyone else!
Jonathan is excellent
Well organised. The Travel manager was very helpful and responded to any queries promptly. Already using DialAFlight for our next holiday.
Good communication. Second time we have booked with you and will do so again
Really good as always. Special thanks to Russell and at the last minute Mason
Fabulous holiday, many thanks Alex
Another great holiday organised by Spike
Everything went according to plan, will certainly use you again.
Our flight home was cancelled by Easyjet but after one call to Danny he sorted us out with options, booked us on another flight from a different airport and gave us suggestions as to how we could get there from our hotel. Cannot praise him enough. He organised a refund from Easyjet on our behalf too.
Brilliant service all round
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My agent went over and above sourcing and securing tickets for the Opera. Excellent seats. Thank you
I will definitely recommend DialAFlight to my family and friends. I had an amazing City Break and everything from the location of the hotel onwards was fantastic
Simon knows what we like and again came up with a great holiday location and fantastic hotel - Lido Palace in Rive del Garda.
Very helpful and efficient
Dale was excellent as usual.
Everything went as planned.
Sonny was fantastic. Wonderful support. He made ALL of my family jealous of the service and value for money
Lily was very helpful and extremely attentive. Thank you. I will definitely book through DialAFlight again
Verona is stunning!
My very first mistake is to arrive in Verona with two men. One is tall, dark and handsome.The other is fair, with mesmerising green eyes.
'Which will you choose?' winks a lady at the elegant Hotel Colomba D'Oro as we check in. I smile hopelessly at my two gentlemen of Verona, and in unison we declare that we are all just friends. They look rather too relieved for my liking.
By the time Lucy, the fourth member of our party, arrives, I have protested my singleness to half a dozen passers-by. One sends me straight to the House of Juliet, of Shakespeare fame. There is no Romeo waiting for me beneath the balcony (a delicious 20th-century addition to the medieval building), but there is a wall of love notes and romantic wishes.
To write or not to write? I opt instead to make for Juliet's statue. Rub her right breast, they say, and you will be lucky in love. Before I can reach her, I am shoved out of the way by a throng of wedding guests. A beaming bride and groom have appeared on the balcony overhead.
We leave the fray and head for dinner. Verona's specialities are donkey ragu and hearty horse stew. I order risotto. Across the square from our table at Antico Caffe Dante an orchestra plays on a loggia.
After a bottle of Valpolicella, we are glad we have travelled with an empty suitcase - and have space to take some supplies home. The next day, we stock up at a charming wine shop called Signorvino.
In the last of the evening light, the four of us head over to Piazza delle Erbe via the so-called 'Arch of the Rib'. You could easily miss it, but if you gaze skywards you will see a mighty whale rib dangling precariously above from the middle of the arch.
Legend has it that the bone will fall on the first honest person to pass beneath. Deciding that impalement is no reward for virtue, we are glad to be exposed as hucksters.
During the day, Piazza delle Erbe is Verona's main market square. Stalls selling watermelon and strawberries, sunflowers and Venetian masks stand in the shade of enormous cream parasols. At night, there is more room in which to appreciate the palaces which surround them.
Before the Venetians took over in 1405, the most prominent family in Verona had been the Scaliger. Many buildings were raised in their honour, then redecorated during the Renaissance.
The facade of one, Casa Mazzanti, is adorned with the kind of frescoes you'd sooner associate with a Renaissance interior. Statues of Roman gods, meanwhile, peer down from the gorgeous Palazzo Maffei at the piazza's north end.
In fact, it is hard to avoid the Romans in Verona. Mesmerised by its ancient gates, we venture the next morning to the Arena. It is even older than Rome's Colosseum.
We are too early for the opera, which is performed here in the summer months, but not in the sun. After a few minutes sitting here, we are already developing a Donald Trump glow.
CITY OF LOVE
Originally, I visited Verona to research a book on Catullus, the erotic Latin poet who grew up here. Verona's airport, Valerio Catullo, proudly bears his name. Juliet Capulet may be Verona's most famous star-crossed lover, but Catullus was its first.
Remembering how Catullus despaired in his relationships, 'I hate and I love', I reach the conclusion that Verona isn't a city of love at all. From my lonely seat in the Arena, I resolve to rechristen it the (exceedingly beautiful) city of heartbreak.
On our last night, I realise that I have lost my notebook. I run through all the places we have visited that day. Did I leave it in the hills beyond the River Adige, where we went for a thigh-bruising walk? Or at Museo di Castelvecchio, among all the paintings by Bellini and Pisanello?
Finally, I return to the bar where we had enjoyed our aperitivi: Aperol Spritz all round. Inside, I find the jolly, pot-bellied owner waving my battered book.
'I thought you would come back for it,' he says. 'You are a writer. And you are very beautiful.' He may be no Romeo Montague, but he's better than a whalebone through the heart.
*Daisy Dunn's book, Catullus' Bedspread: The Life of Rome's Most Erotic Poet, is published by William Collins, £9.99.
First published in the Daily Mail - April 2017
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