I spent several days in Venice earlier this year (AMAZING, photos here) and managed to sneak in a day trip to fair Verona.
This lovely Italian town is about an hour-long train journey from Venice, which has a very accessible train station right on the Grand Canal. Once you arrive in Verona it’s a short walk, or an even shorter taxi ride, to the town center.
I would suggest making a stop at the tourist center – they’ll hand over a map with the highlights of Romeo + Juliet’s hood. The tourist center is directly across the street from the Arena di Verona (can’t miss). From there I would recommend a few must do’s:
- Stroll down Via Giuseppe Mazzini (the main shopping street in Verona) to Piazza Erbe. Here you’ll find loads of cute cafés on the square for food or just an apertivo!
- DEFINITELY go to the top of the Torre dei Lamberti. It’s a tower just outside Piazza Erbe that offers an amazing view of Verona (photo above).
- Check out the bridges. Verona has seriously good bridge game. The Ponte Pietra was particularly pretty. You can admire the view from Terrazza Bar Al Ponte, it’s little bar with a patio right on the river’s edge. The Ponte di Castelvecchio is also a great spot for stroll across the river – it’s probably the most recognizable bridge in Verona. You’ll find it directly behind the Museo di Castelvecchio (nice to look at, but don’t go in if you’re pressed for time).
- Stop by Juliet’s balcony at Casa di Giulietta. You have to go here because you’re in Verona and it’s the thing you’re meant to do. It will be crowded, it will be smaller than you imagined, and you may be more impressed by the massive gum wall outside (I was!) – regardless, go and get a photo.
Verona’s center is fairly small; I felt one day strolling around was all I needed. If you find yourself there for a bit longer, you may want to check out day trips to Lake Garda and the Valpolicella vineyards. You’re in Italy so culture.pasta.wine.repeat.
(View from Torre dei Lamberti)
(Strolling down Via Giuseppe Mazzini)
(Museo di Castelvecchio)