A quick guide to Verona, Italy

Verona is a fascinating city with style, beauty, and charm. Each street is rich in history and culture, while its thick air sends a sense of calm and relaxation around the city. It’s like a Rolls Royce or a Bentley. Its charming town never encourages you to rush, stress, or go wild. It only motivates you to relax and take in the beauty of a town sandwiched between two bustling metropolises of Milan and Venice. It’s as if everything great about each Italian city can be found in and around Verona.

A view of Verona from above
Verona City

When to visit

High Season: (Jul-Aug) Hot weather, chances of thunderstorms, and large crowds.
Shoulder: (Apr-Jun, Sep-Oct) Warm weather and small queues at big sights.
Low Season: (Nov-Mar) freezing overnight and heavily discounted hotel prices.

Verona’s highlights

1: Verona Arena – Have you ever wanted to go to Rome and witness the world-famous Colosseum? Well, if you have, Verona is the place for you. Not only does the city have the fourth largest Roman amphitheater, but you get to see it without the mass tourist crowds. This ancient landmark is also in better condition than its counterpart in Rome and still holds concerts to this day.
Entry Fee: 10 EUR

Verona Arena
Verona Arena

2: Piazza Delle Erbe – What was once the town’s forum during the Roman empire, is now a buzzing square with markets, restaurants, and coffee houses. Since this area is quite small, it can get quite busy around midday. It’s a good idea to take in the stunning buildings and architecture early in the morning before a swarm of tourists arrives.
Entry Fee: Free

A square in Verona
Piazza delle Erbe

3: Juliet’s House – Whether you’re a fan of Speakspere’s work or not, you cannot afford to pass up the chance to see one of the most iconic movie settings. Outside the house, you can witness Juliet’s balcony. This part is free to enter but can get quite busy in the Summer months. Inside, it is much quieter, and you can even walk out onto its famous balcony.
Entry Fee: Free

Juliet's balcony in Verona, Italy
Juliet’s Balcony

Eating

1: Pizzeria Vesu’ Express – Many locals refer to this restaurant as having the best pizza in town. After trying it myself, I can see why. But it is not just pizza here, they serve many traditional Italian dishes at very low prices in a gorgeous environment.
Price Range: $$$$$
Website: http://www.vesuexpress.it/Vesu_Express/Enter.html

2: Focacceria Ponte Pietra – Pizza lovers on a budget will fall in love with this charming little restaurant. You can pick up a slice of one of the many heavenly pizzas here for just 2 EUR.
Price Range: $$$$$
Website: https://www.facebook.com/focacceria.pontepietra.1

3: La Taverna di Via Stella – La Taverna di Via Stella has a lovely setting in a central location. It offers customers authentic Italian cuisine at affordable prices.
Price Range: $$$$$
Website: https://www.tavernadiviastella.com/

Drinking

1: Campus – Since this bar is located quite close to Verona University, you can expect to find this bar full of students. The great thing about this is that drinks are cheap for Verona, and there’s always a festive atmosphere from the moment you walk through the door.
Price Range: $$$$$
Website: https://www.campuspub.it/

2: Al Manegheto da Spada – Get yourself down here if you want to get away from the tourists and mingle with the locals. Inside there’s cheap drinks, a warm atmosphere, and a rustic setting.
Price Range: $$$$$
Website: None

3: Archivio – if you’re looking for a more upbeat, vodka-fueled night, this is the place to be. Archivio serves arguably the best cocktails in all of Verona. On a warm summer night, you can stand outside with a drink and let the warm breeze brush your face.
Price Range: £££££
Website: https://www.facebook.com/ArchiviodiViaRosa/

Money saving tips

1: Drinking: Verona is certainly not a party city, and there are few pubs and clubs around. If you’re just looking to have a few casual drinks, you’re better off stopping at a café. The vast majority of small cafes and restaurants sell alcohol and are usually cheaper than pubs and clubs.

2: Transport: If you’re planning to take any trips to Lake Garda or other cities nearby, be sure to book your train ticket with Trenitalia. The other train service Italotreno is much more comfortable but also more expensive. Be sure to validate your ticket before you enter the train, or you will be hit with a hefty fine.

3: Accommodation: Verona is not a budget-friendly city when it comes to accommodation. Many tourists want to stay in the city center and close to the attractions. In reality, Verona is a very compact city so searching for hotels outside the city center is not a bad idea. Not only are they much cheaper, but you will find many great cafes and restaurants on your way into the city center.

Venture beyond Verona

If you’re done exploring the best of what Verona has to offer, it would be a shame to not venture out into more of this wonderful country. Because of Verona’s great location, there’s no shortage of places to pick from. Milan, Bergamo, and Venice are all within a two-hour journey. Seen as Lake Garda is on Verona’s doorstep, it would be criminal to pass up the opportunity to swim in its famous waters. It takes just 13 minutes to get from Verona Porta Nuova to Peschiera del Garda via train. A return journey costs just 4.80 EUR.

Lake Garda in Summer
Lake Garda

More information

Tourism in Verona: https://www.visitverona.it/en
Tourism in Italy: https://www.visititaly.eu/
Trains in Italy: https://www.italiarail.com/
Travel in general: https://diggingforgems.org/

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