Visiting Verona? You may have heard of the charming, little Italian town from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliett, but do you know the city’s secrets? Verona is so much more than just a place of star-crossed lovers. How do I know, you ask? I just so happen to have studied there during college. So c’mon, let’s expLaur and let me show you my fair lil Verona 🙂
Casa di Giulietta
All right, all right–it’s touristy. But you’re in VERONA for goodness sake. It kind of just comes with the territory. Embrace your inner lover and visit the place rumored to have been Juliett’s balcony and put a love lock on the wall. Engage in a little Verona tradition and grope Juliet’s boob (don’t ask, just do) for some good luck in love, and send a letter to the famous Capulet daughter inside.”There are even volunteers to respond to these mostly lovesick people (see www.julietclub.com).”
Fun fact: Though there was no real Romeo and Juliet here in Verona, Shakespeare actually did model his famous love story after a real feuding family of verona and juliett’s now famous balcony once belonged to the real-life Cappello family.
Step foot into the Arena, and experience the ancient charm of this marvelous amphitheater. The amphitheater actually dates back to the 1st century A.D. (older than the famous colosseum in Rome!) and still contains most of its original stone.
Fun fact: Did you know that Verona is filled ancient Roman ruins? Due to Verona’s pristine location, the city was used as a common resting place for ancient Romans on their way across the Alps back in the day. If you look hard enough, you’ll find many ancient masterpieces still in tact all across the city. Pretty cool, huh?
Get a bird’s eye view of the city by going up the clock tower in the center of Piazza Erbe. Witness the overwhelming beauty of Verona from above, and marvel at its incredible Italian charm.
Tip: Try to visit around Valentines Day to see the town decorated to the dime in hearts and attend the “Verona in Love” festival.
“Verona’s market square, where vendors come to slice and sell whatever’s in season. People have gathered here since Roman times, when this was a forum. The whale’s rib, hanging from an archway for 500 years, was a souvenir brought home from the Orient by spice traders. Today Piazza Erbe is for the locals, who start their evening with an aperitivo here. It’s a trendy scene, as young Veronans fill the bars to enjoy their refreshing spritz drinks, olives, and chips.”
Proudly resting on the banks of the River Adige, this Medieval fortress was constructed back in 1354 and was built to keep Verona safe. If you look closely, you can find the the Scala family’s (basically Verona’s Medici) coat of arms: the ladder.
Fun fact: Today, Verona’s soccer team, Hellas Verona F.C., uses the Scala family ladder for its emblem on it’s jersey.
Man oh man, La Romana. If you’re in the mood for a tasty treat and want to indulge in one of Italy’s finest and most famous delicacies, you have to take a trip over to La Romana. With its fresh, fantastic flavors such as Biscott della nonna, this gelateria is sure to live up to every expectation. I crave it all too often. I’ve even been known to go back for a second cone; it really is that good. My tastebuds don’t lie.
Can’t decide on a flavor? No problem, get a double scoop for just €2.50. Amazing, I know.
Looking for a local place to get some delicious, authentic Italian food? Well look no further than Greppia. Tucked away and hidden from the main road, this restaurant is anything but a tourist trap. Their rigatoni Bolognese is without a doubt one of my personal favorites. But don’t just take my word for it, try it yourself–I can almost guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Walk through Verona’s largest pedestrian street and indulge your fanciest fashionista. The long alleyways of streets connects Piazza Bra with Piazza Erbe, and is quite the place to be in Verona. Shops line the streets. Oh, and did I mention the street is paved with marble?