Ah, Verona. The city of love and the home to Romeo and Juliet.
But that’s not why I visited. I wanted to discover a city that was small and easy to walk around. I wanted a place to base myself and that I could feel comfortable on my first solo trip.
Although it didn’t quite work out like that, Verona was still one of the highlights of my trip. Personally, it was the loneliest time of my three-week trip, but that had nothing to do with Verona and everything to do with me and my planning.
I spent six nights in Verona, and after Florence, Verona felt small and easy, even though Florence is known for its compact size. I was ready for less walking and more exploring, and Verona did not disappoint.
I felt safe and comfortable walking around, and its small size made it easy to explore each morning before a short walk back to my hotel and back out again later to explore and eat some more.
On my first day, I joined a walking food tour with Veronality, and I ended up being the only one. The benefit of travelling out of season, I guess. It did make it much more persona walking around Verona with the lovely Diana, and I had a wonderful time, sharing stories, eating and drinking and thoroughly enjoying Diana’s bubbly personality.
I love slow travel, so I prefer to base myself in one place and spend days exploring, taking my time. But we are all different, and if only want to see Verona for a day you will not be disappointed.
Verona is a comfortable train ride for a day trip from Florence or Venice, in fact, I met a few people who were visiting for the day from Venice.
I will write an in-depth post about all I did and what I recommend, but for now, I hope you enjoy a snapshot of Verona, the highlights of my time there.
I will definitely be back to explore more.
A Snapshot of Verona
The presence of the Middle Ages is prominent in Verona, although the location itself dates back to Prehistoric times.
And right in the middle of the Historic Centre is the Arena. The arena is still used today, particularly for Opera performances.
Piazza Bra is in the historic centre of the city. It was a rainy day, and I needed to be careful on the marble walkways not to slip.
The Castelvecchio Bridge (also known as Scaliger Bridge)
I enjoyed exploring Castelvecchio, well worth a visit.
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Piazza delle Erbe a popular spot even in offseason.
The Christmas Market was set up in Piazza dei Signori
You can walk up Torre dei Lamberti, or do what I did, take the elevator.
I was lucky enough to time my visit to coincide with sunset.
The Duomo of Verona – Santa Maria Matricolare
And the beautiful Angel sculpture on the Portico. I think she is stunning.
Ponte Pietra, a beautiful stone bridge crossing the Adige River. I stopped at a couple of the stalls set up on the bridge before I made my way up to Piazzale Castel San Pietro.
The views from here are spectacular. You can walk up, or down, or take the funicular either or both ways.
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And of course the statue of Juliet. I wasn’t even looking for this, but quite literally stumbled upon the entrance while walking around.
I hope you enjoyed this quite look at Verona. It is a beautiful city and one I would highly recommend visiting. I would certainly allow a couple of days to explore, or more if you are like me and prefer slow travel. I was in Verona for six days.
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