Verona is well-known over the whole world. The city has Shakespeare to thank for that. I think it’s safe to say that everyone knows the story of Romeo and Juliet. And yes, the city is truly as lovely as the story goes. Only nowadays, Verona is a little more touristy. Nonetheless, it’s one of my favourite cities in Italy!
We visited Verona as a day trip, so we mainly had to limit ourselves to the tourist highlights. Luckily, we had just enough time to explore some of the little streets in the inner city too.
Arena di Verona
The Arena di Verona is one of the monuments you can’t walk by without seeing it. It’s huge! The Arena is located on the Piazza Bra. It’s the biggest square in Verona. It has several beautiful buildings with little cafés and restaurants. The square is also the ‘storage room’ of the Arena. When we visited the Arena was packed with pieces of an Egyptian opera. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to catch a performance. But I encourage you to go anyway! I read a lot of positive comments. The Arena di Verona alone is worth the effort.
Casa di Giulietta
Casa di Giulietta, or Juliet’s House, is a fun monument. But be ready to crash into hoards of tourists! It’s the busiest place of Verona, although it’s a tiny courtyard. Don’t let the movie ‘Letters by Juliet’ foul you. You can leave a romantic note on designated walls. You can also enter the museum in Juliet’s house. I think the entrance fee was about 6 euros. The courtyard is free. If you enter the museum, you’ll get the chance to stand on Juliet’s balcony!
Shopping, shopping and even more shopping! Verona is heaven on earth for shopaholics! The Via Mazzini is the place to be. But don’t forget to stroll through the little streets around Verona’s shopping street. You’ll find even more shops and boutiques. You’ll find everything you’re looking for! Clothes, shoes, souvenirs… they have it all. You’ll be able to spot H&M and Zara, but also more luxurious fashion houses like Armani and Gucci.
Piazza del Erbe
Piazza del Erbe is another famous square in Verona. It is characterized by the unique architecture of the buildings around the Piazza. The square is easy to find, even for pedestrians. Just look for the top of the Torre del Lamberti. You’ll immediately know which direction you have to go. If you’re looking for souvenirs, look no further! Walk to the market stalls on the Piazza del Erbe. They sell every souvenir you can think off. And they’re gathered in one place. Handy, right?
Walk via Piazza Dei Signori towards the Scaliger tombs. The monument consists of 5 gothic towers. They celebrate the Scaliger family who ruled in Verona from the 13th to the late 14th century.
Starting here, you can start looking for Romeo’s home. You won’t find much, only a door. But the search is a fun way to start discovering the small alleys of Verona.
Extra tip: Don’t forget the bring a scarf or a jacket. You have to cover your shoulders when visiting churches.