With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I figured there’s no better time than now to share my quick guide to Verona, Italy. This charming city filled with romance and history is located just an hour away from Venice. Fair Verona, as Shakespeare called it, is the location where the famous Romeo and Juliet takes place. While most people visit Verona because of its relation to the romantic tragedy, the city has much more to offer.
What to do in Verona
Of course, the main tourist attraction in Verona is visiting Juliet’s balcony. The house dates back to the 1300s, but the balcony itself was added in a restoration project in the early 1900s. The courtyard below is filled with tourists lined up to touch the breast of her statue and lovers adding their own love letters to the walls. Not wanting to grope Juliette’s statue or graffiti the walls, we did not partake. The walls were covered in gum and pen marks, and I found it a little disappointing that panels were just recently added to protect the structure.
While this is a must-do in Verona, I actually enjoyed walking up to Castel San Pietro more. This is a quick stop to take in the views, but you could also spend much more time at the museum right next to it. In the winter, we were almost completely alone in the Roman Theatre and Archaeological Museum (entrance fee approximately 4.50 euro).
Back across the Ponte Sisto and in the middle of town is the larger Roman amphitheater and piazza surrounding it. We didn’t have time to go inside, but the Verona Arena is the third largest in Italy.
Where to Stay in Verona
Hotel Milano & Spa – The rooms were a little tight, but this is Italy and hotels rooms are not spacious. The rooftop balcony was a nice spot to have an aperitivo and watch the sun go down over the arena.
Want to look out your room and across the courtyard to Juliet’s balcony? Book a room at this bed and breakfast.
Also Read: Hotels in Italy
Where to Eat
The regional speciality is Amarone risotto and it is absolutely delicious. The only problem with risotto is that most restaurants in Verona will only make it in a portion for two people. Since my husband doesn’t really like it, I was determined to find a spot that made it for one. Not only was Ristorante Greppia was happy to only make one serving, it was a great restaurant overall.