One place while on my trip to Italy which was a definite to visit was Verona, fair Verona. As a big fan of Romeo and Juliet this is the classic place to visit. Verona was my favourite place I visited on my 9 night trip and if you have ever visited here before I bet you can relate to everything I say. From the cobbled quiet side streets, beautiful buildings and history, to its cute market, its own coliseum (yes Rome is not the only place with one) and the views across from the bridge, Verona is definitely a place not to miss.
I only got to spend one day here and I can safely say if I ever get chance I would spend so much longer here. From Venice I took a day trip, I got the train at 8am and did not get a return ticket, as I did not want to be set to a time to leave (I knew I would love Verona, and I wasn’t wrong) The train ticket one way from Venice was only around 14 euros and took around 2 hours.
From the train station it is an easy walk to the centre of Verona, after a 20 minute walk literally straight down from the station you are met buy the big square which is surrounded by bars, cafes and restaurants, a big park and the coliseum. I loved how easy it was to find places in Verona and how well sign posted everything is. I have never met anyone that has said they have visited Verona which makes me think it is an underrated place to visit.
A Day in Verona
Casa di Giulietta
”Two households, both alike in dignity
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents’ strife.”
I am a big fan of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet so this was the first thing I had to go and see before it started to get busy. I got there at around 10am just the right time before all the big walking groups descended on the small courtyard. Yes I will admit it is a very touristy thing to do but this I feel was a must, for the love of Romeo and Juliet. Here in the courtyard is obviously the famous balcony of Juliet’s house. Of course this is just a setting so is not actually the real one, however it is the closest thing in Verona. Below the balcony is a famous statue of Juliet, which by tradition you must get a picture touching her breast. It was pretty funny watching people posing with Juliet. Around the walls are love letters and locks which is amazing to see and makes for some really lovely pictures. As long as you are aware this is just a tourist trap then you will not be disappointed.
You can go inside the house and go up onto the balcony which only cost around 6 euros. There is not much to see inside the house, a bed, some house furniture, books, and statues. To be honest you are really only paying to get a chance to go on the balcony (yes I know its not real)
The rest of the day after a visit to Juliet’s house was spent walking around the streets of Verona, taking in all the beautiful buildings, unique streets, and taking in the views from the bridge looking out onto the castle. There are so many lovely restaurants, bars and cafes which would be a reason to go back for longer to take in everything that Verona has to offer.
Verona is also surprisingly really good for shopping, when leaving the main square where the coliseum is straight away you are where the shopping area is. So many shops, ice cream shops and restaurants, I was really surprised. After walking through the shops you get to another beautiful square which is again surrounded by restaurants, there is also a really nice market which sells so much fruit, pizza, cakes, handbags, souvenirs and much more. A lovely place to walk around and keep out of the sun for a little while.
I absolutely loved the cobbled streets and how small Verona is. The main thing I love about the place is how quiet it is, compared to everywhere else I visited in my 9 nights, it did not feel touristy at all which is what I love.
I would definitely recommend Verona to anyone, if you like the quieter side of visiting new places, away from the tourist spots and crowds then this is 100% the place for you. I really would love to visit Verona again but for longer than a day. Even though I was only there for a day I definitely got the feel of what sort of beautiful place it is.
Thanks for reading 🙂
Miss Coddiwomple xx