A day in Verona

Italy – maybe one of the most picturesque countries in the world.
You must love everything about it… the food, the people and the charming places all around.

I’d say two days are enough to see Verona. The city is rather small, therefore you can reach every sight within walking distance. That’s why visiting this city is so relaxing. No need to use a car or public transport. That’s what I enjoy about Europe, everything is so close.

Wake up at:

I stayed at Palazzo Victoria. The hotel is very charming and in the middle of the city so once you step out of the building you are right in the middle of Verona’s old town. Intercontinental breakfast is served in a beautiful courtyard and the classical music playing in the background puts you in that Zen mood to start your day with lots of energy. They serve great coffee, which is another plus. The room was cozy and had a little balcony. The only downside was the shower, it resembled more a time capsule than a shower… But otherwise it was a comfortable stay and the staff was very attentive.
But there are plenty of various accommodation options around town and they are all conveniently located as well. Next time I’ll try another one.

Eat at:

Osteria Monte Baldo, Via Rosa 12
If you like to eat in a rustic place with simple foods like me then I’d recommend visiting Osteria Monte Baldo. It’s that kind of typical Italian place you’d imagine and the food is so tasty and delicious.

La Tradisiòn, Via Oberdan 6
When you are in Italy you must make the most of ‘Aperitivo time’, choose one of the little bars or cafes to enjoy a refreshing glass of sparkle and you get to enjoy small appetizers from the buffet for free. La Tradision is a very rustic wine bar and their shared plates with tomatoes, cheese, meats or whatever you prefer are of best quality and perfect with a glass of red wine or spritz.

Bigoli Amo, Via Roma, 18
For the quick fix – if you need to fuel up on the go as you enjoy all the beautiful sights of this city stop at one of bigoli amo pasta take aways. They offer freshly hand made pasta called bigoli with a wide selection of sauces to choose from. Although it seems like a small portion beware that it is really filling. My favourite was the carbonara sauce with lots of parmigiano reggiano on top… no counting calories here!

Osteria Ponte Pietra, Via Ponte Pietra, 34
If you’re looking for a special dinner location you should try to book a table in advance at this well-known restaurant. Which is popular for its great location directly next to Ponte Pietra (stone bridge) and the river Etsch. You can sit in the front courtyard which is very romantic and pretty or inside where you’ll have a great view of Ponte Pietra.

Gelateria ‘La Stagione Del Gelato’, Corso Porta Nuova, 18
No question that you have to eat not only one but several gelatos when in Italy. Some of them have some special and not everyday flavours. If you like to try something new go for the ricotta figh flavour – so good.

Other restaurant recommendations:
Locanda 4 Cuochi, Via Alberto Mario, 12
Tre Marchetti, Vicolo 3 Marchetti, 19/B,
Il Pompiere, Vicolo Regina d’Ungheria, 5
Bottega del Vino, Via Scudo di Francia, 3

Stroll around:

There are plenty of sights in Verona, lots of churches, museums and historical spots to check out. Here just a few sights I’d suggest not to miss:

  • To catch the best view walk up the hill to Castel San Pietro. You’ll be rewarded with a beautiful view of Verona.
  • On the way up to Castel San Pietro you’ll pass the Teatro Romano which is an ancient roman theatre.
  • The house / balcony of Juliet is nice to visit but let me tell you there’s a lot of tourists taking pictures and it can get really crowded.
  • The Arena di Verona is an impressive roman amphitheatre. It is still in use today and there are popular operas playing. Nowadays the capacity is limited to 15’000 persons.
  • Take in the bustling Italian vibe at Piazza Erbe with its market stands and cafes. Here you’ll find the perfect holiday hat for your next beach vacation.
  • Castelvecchio is another great sight to stroll around and take some nice pictures of the river.
  • For the shopping lovers Via Mazzini is the main shopping street with beautiful boutiques and stores. But there are many other cute little shops around the streets of Verona.

Overall I’d say Verona is perfect for a quick getaway to relax, eat great food and stroll around the romantic little alleys and experience that Italian vibe and summer nights.

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