Although it is most famously known for being the supposed hometown of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Verona has a whole lot more to offer than the tiny balcony that tourists from all over the world pile into the city to see! We arrived in Verona at around 4 P.M after a gorgeous day in Sirmione on Lake Garda. It was a Saturday evening and the city’s main square, Piazza Bra, was bustling with tourists and young locals. Considering we didn’t have too much time, we decided to take a little self-guided walk to some of the city’s main attractions before looking for a nice place to have dinner.
GETTING THERE AND AROUND
We took a train from Desenzano on Lake Garda to Verona but you can also head directly to Verona from the Milano Centrale train station. Once you arrive at the station, you can take a bus directly into Verona’s main square, Piazza Bra, and from there, you can begin exploring!
WHAT TO DO/ SEE
- Piazza Bra Verona’s lively main square is packed with tourists and young locals in the evening. In this square you’ll find Verona’s Roman Arena (photos 1,2,3) and some lovely restaurants with terraces overlooking the piazza.
- Juliet’s Balcony By far the busiest attraction in Verona is Juliet’s Balcony and brass statue (photo 9). Hundreds of tourists flock to this tiny courtyard to get a chance to touch Juliet’s breast in hopes of bettering their luck in love. And let me tell you, a lot of people are in need of luck because it was quite the struggle to get up there!
- Piazza delle Erbe Another one of Verona’s famous squares, Piazza delle Erbe (photos 6,7,8), is filled with colourful buildings and beautiful architecture. When we were there (in May), there was a small flea market where you could purchase leather goods and other handcrafted items. I assume that it’s only there during the summer months though!
- Fiume Adige You can take a long walk along the Fiume Adige (the river) whilst enjoying a lovely view (photo 11) .
- Roman Theatre Unfortunately, I didn’t actually get the see the outdoor Roman theatre up close but, if you do get the chance to visit, I think it could be quite interesting. You can see that I attempted to capture a photo of it in this post’s featured image (I think we can all agree that it was a failed attempt)!
WHERE TO EAT
Osteria Verona Antica: We were simply walking along the fiume Adige when we stumbled upon this adorable restaurant (photo 10). If you are looking for delicious Italian cuisine at a very reasonable price, check this place out! Their menu varies depending on what produce is in season. We enjoyed an incredible pasta with tender white asparagus. It was absolutely to die for!
I wish I would have spent more time in Verona! There were so many other spots I wanted to check out but didn’t get the chance to. I would love to know if you’ve been to Verona and if you have any recommendations ; )