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A Day in Romantic Verona…

Verona, one of the most romantic cities in the world! Is it the atmosphere or simply the charm? Read more...

Verona, one of the most romantic cities in the world! Is it the atmosphere or simply the charm? Or is it because of Shakespeare’s infamous love story of the two star crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet?

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Verona, a city of genuine history, is quite easy to fall in love with. I was immediately captivated by its Renaissance charm, even though visiting for just the day.

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Located in the region of Veneto, Verona is best known for its Roman Arena. This amphitheatre dates back to the 1st Century AD and was originally capable of seating up to 25,000 spectators. Each summer the arena hosts spectacular open-air performances under the stars.

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The River Adige runs right through the city and there are many historical bridges (Ponte) that lead into Verona. As we drove to Verona for the day, we parked the car on a nearby street near Ponte della Navi and walked across into the city centre. Most attractions were close by and easily accessible by foot. From the Ponte della Navi, is the spectacular view of Piazzale Castel San Pietro, a medieval fortress situated on the hilltops above the city. The castle and museum are set amongst Cyprus trees, which you can walk up, or take the funiculare to this vantage point. It is here, you will capture excellent panoramic views of the city of Verona.

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Verona city centre is a pedestrian only area. There are no cars or busy traffic congestion, but simply people, locals and tourists, taking in this nostalgic city. Allow yourself to get lost in the narrow cobble streets, and take your time appreciating the little boutiques and charming houses with their quaint windows and balconies.

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Piazza delle Erbe, the main square of Verona, is the place to breathe it all in. Enjoy the fountain, bars and markets all held within the Piazza. Observe the surrounding architecture and the historical monuments, such as Gardello Tower, built in the 14th Century. Or be absorbed by the many ancient Roman ruin sites.

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Alternatively, follow the trail of Verona’s famous lovers Romeo and Juliet. This fictional tale of the two star crossed lovers is evident throughout the city. Pay a visit to Juliet’s tomb, Romeo’s house and the ever-popular home of Juliet. Upon entering Juliet’s house, you are greeted with graffitied walls, where you can make your mark of love and leave a message for all to see. A few steps further in and you enter the courtyard with it’s infamous balcony. Love is in the air and witnessed by many at this attraction. Lovers take photos on the balcony, write their initials on the walls, leave behind padlocks of love or wait in line to rub the right breast of the bronze statue of Juliet in the courtyard, for good luck!

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Verona is indeed a romantic city. Love is all around, from couples strolling through the city hand in hand, to families enjoying the ballet under the stars in the Arena, to friends taking memorable photos on Juliet’s balcony. Dive into the clutches of love and let Verona transport you to a time of romance, as it did for me.

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Quick Guide…

When to travel:

During the summer months of June, July and August, the city comes to life with markets, al fresco cafés and outdoor performances at the Arena di Verona. If you don’t mind the crowds or the heat, this is a good time to visit. Alternatively, during late spring and early autumn, the temperatures are milder and there are fewer tourists around.

How to get there:

Air

Verona-Villafranca Airport is 12km from the city. A taxi can cost between €25 and €30, depending on the time of day. The shuttle service from Verona Porta Nuova train station to Verona Airport operates daily, which takes 15 minutes.

Train

Verona Porta Nuova station is a major stop on the Italian rail network with direct services to numerous northern Italian towns and cities, including: Venice, Padua, Vicenza and Milan.

Car

Verona is at the crossroads of two of the most important Italian motorways: the north-south A22 motorway (Modena-Brennero) and the est-west Serenissima A4 (Milano-Venezia). All parking spaces along city roads around Verona city centre have a pay and display parking meter system. Fees will depend on the area.

Highlights:

Castelvecchio

Juliet’s House

Juliet’s Tomb

Arena di Verona

Verona Cathedral (Duomo)

Piazza della Erbe

Gardello Tower

Palazzo della Ragione and Lamberti Tower

Where to eat:

Osteria Duomo – Via Duomo, 7, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

Pizzeria Al Redentore –   Rigaste Redentore, 15/17, 37129 Verona VR, Italy

Accomodation:

We visited Verona for the day. We stayed at Agrituismo Le Nosare, in Valleggio Sul Mincio, 26km from Verona. This unique farmhouse set amongst the vineyards, was the perfect country escape.

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85 comments on “A Day in Romantic Verona…

  1. There you go again, making me ache for Italy …. I simply have to plan a long trip soon and I have the ideal excuse since my husband has only ever been to Turin and Milan and the ideal reference to lure him in your wonderful posts ….

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  2. It looks so romantic! I couldn’t see a few of the photos though. Not sure if it’s my macbook being an idiot or your post x

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  3. I cannot see a few of the photos either Lorelle! 😦
    Verona is a great city. Not bad for shopping in July and a little Aperitivo.

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  4. Ok. I re visited the post and the photos are now all visible.
    I had forgotten about that wonderful turretted gate in Verona! So happy to see that again!
    Btw, I’ve started using a lot of flikr linked media, thanks to you! It is a great tip!

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    • Oh thank goodness!
      Glad you liked the picture and that you’re using Flickr, though it was giving me trouble tonight loading these photos😝
      All good now, have a great week Amanda. Xx

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  5. You have a gift for taking beautiful pictures, Lorelle. You are making us want to go to Italy soon. I can feel the romance in the city from the way you wrote this piece. Nicely done. 🙂

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  6. Bless you Lorelle!!! I love Italy, and Verona is beautiful. Thanks. Have a great week. Debbie

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  7. You really make me want to go back to Italy!

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  8. I love the idea of a car free area in the city centre. It makes visiting so much more pleasant. What a pretty place Verona is – beautiful photos.

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  9. Ah Verona, my beauty! 🙂 You bring back romantic memories from a day spent ambling around it, Lorelle. Which was your favourite part of the city? xx

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  10. Great post! Always informative and full of wonderful photos. Have added Verona onto my budget list.
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  11. We’ve tried to get to Italy twice. The first trip was cancelled the night before departure due to the ill health of my father in law. The second trip – well i won’t go into that….. it’s our list for a third try – one day.

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  12. Such an interesting read, this is my first time getting to know about this city and I’m excited to learn more about it! Thanks 😀

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  13. A lovely glimpse into what appears to be a lovely city. Can’t wait to go there later this year.

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  14. Never been there. It seems inviting accord due to Your lovely photos. Thank You for this post.

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  15. great photos! I’ve been to Verona too, nice city

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  16. So beautiful!

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  18. Verona is indeed a wonderful and romantic city! I visited it several times also because it is not too far from my hometown near Pordenone. You can get there in a day and come back. Thank you for sharing your photos I really enjoyed your post!

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  19. Great post, lovely photos. Love Verona! Sharing on FB under the page “Snapshots from Italy.”

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  20. Looks so lovely!

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  21. Love it pinned it and came from FB through the blogshare. X

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  22. Gorgeous pictures! So interesting!

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  23. I haven’t been here yet Lorelle, but you’ve really sold it to me. 😊 great post with fab photos.

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  24. This makes me want to visit Italy so badly! Looks like the most wonderful place 🙂

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  25. It looks like a wonderful place to visit. I think I’d give the Romeo and Juliet bits a miss, but the Roman bits look interesting.

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  26. Verona looks absolutely beautiful!

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  28. Verona was one of my favourite stops on our Italy trip so thank you for bringing back great memories Lorelle! We stayed right next to that Louis Vuitton store in your third picture! Perfect for people watching and gelato on Piazza Bra 🙂

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    • I’m so glad it sparked those wonderful memories for you Em. It’s nice to reminisce of places such as this. Great memories. And yes that is a great spot for gelato and people watching!! ❤️

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  29. Such a beauty. Beautifully presented as well👌

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  30. I loved Verona! Such a charming city and so much fun to see Juliet’s balcony 💕

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  31. I would so love to visit Verona! Your photos and descriptions are wonderful. It is amazing what you can see in one day.

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  32. Wonderful reading about Verona and sure a very romantic city indeed! It was wonderful to see all the lovely photographs as well !Great post Lorelle!

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  33. Such an enchanting and beautiful city Lorelle. Makes me want to hop on a plane and revisit. Lovely photos ❤️

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  35. I had to re-visit this post Lorelle, I love history and well this place looks just beautiful. You travel to such amazing places 🙂

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