Better at least get started.
The trip was uneventful. Plane left Rio on time, arrived in Paris on time, the little puddle jumper to Verona left out of terminal 2G so we made the right choice when buying the tickets - giving ourselves 4 hours between flights. Two just wouldn't have made it. Our flight out of Rio landed and parked on the tarmac and we had to load onto a bus and be taken around and around the airport (seems that way) and then unload down on the ground floor. Finding our way out of that mess and to the bathrooms.... then to 2G which is a bus ride away, around and around the airport - we were on the ground about 2.5 hours before going through security at 2G. This section has a new, and very comfortable lounge to wait for your flight, but without services like money exchange or choice of eating places. But it was a comfortable wait.
The little plane, and I am not exaggerating when I call it little, carried about 45 people. It had one seat on the left and two seats on the right side of the plane. There was only luggage racks for very a small carry on on the right side. the Plane was an EMB 145 – a Brazilian made plan. Considering that Brazilian tennis shoes last 3 months at the most I was a little nervous as we took off. Don’t yell at me!
By 7:00 in the evening we were checked into the hotel, had had showers and were back out on the streets,
getting our bearings just as the sun was setting. We bought fresh peaches and apricots at a street market to have with our breakfast, walked all the way down to the river and on our way back ate dinner in our first ‘Italia Profunda’ restaurant.
Trattoria Colonna – via Tezonne, 1-37122 Verona – We rated it a 6 - nice Tortiini & Brodo, table wine was fine, service fine, baked veal was commercially prepared with gravy…. no didn’t do it for me.
Bread was BAD – price was okay for what we ate. Six is probably being generous. It may move down as we have other places to compare.
Rating words - Very good (nice), good (nice), fine, doesn’t do it for me, bad.