36 Hours in Verona
36 hours in Verona. Too short? Always. But enough time to see some of the sites I’ve been dreaming of since watching “Letters to Juliet” for the first time. For me, the heartwarming (cheesy) rom com starring Amanda Seyfried and Based on the book by Lise and Ceil Friedman is a movie I not only can watch again and again, but almost obsess over. A romantic trip to Verona, travelling around Italy from town to town- who wouldn't want to do that? To say I was excited would have been an understatement.
36 hrs is certainly enough time to see Verona, get lost in the city and see all of the main attractions.
Verona historical centre is 15 mins from the airport.
If you’re extending your trip like I did then hire a car (turn left outside the airport). Hotel Accademia have free parking in blue spaces otherwise it’s €20 EUR a night for underground parking
Where to Stay
If the allure of getting lost amongst the cobbled streets, between terracotta Veronese houses appeals to you as much as it does me then stay at the Hotel Academia (www.hotelaccademiaverona.it) as the main sites are within a stones throw away from the hotel.
Antica Bottega del Vino
Rustic Italian glamour, old bottles of Amarone adorning the walls and a wine list boasting 150 pages of over 18000 wines. Established in the 16th century, this restaurant is one of the most historic venues in not only Verona, but Italy too. What I would describe as A Veronese love affair in one room- try the regional menu of unctuous risotto, or perhaps the beef tartare. It will melt in your mouth. Guzzle this all down with an unknown glass of wine (Amarone I assume) suggested by the sommelier. The decor is like something from a movie set - the whole experience will leave you swooning for more. (pictured above).
Dining al fresco, people watching whilst sipping spritz, this cute little osteria in the heart of the historical centre was a little hidden gem. They serve everything from small chichetti to larger plates. The staff are kind with perfect English which was certainly needed after a long day of site seeing.
Gelateria Ponte Pietra
With over 500 reviews at 5*, you know this place won’t disappoint. It probably wasn’t the best ice cream I have ever had, but was a strong middle of the road and a perfect refreshment to a hot day. Due to COVID you are unable to sit inside, but there are benches just outside which over look the river.
Casa Di Giulietta
My infatuation with letters to Juliet is something which I do keep under the radar. As mentioned above, my obsession with visiting Verona and Juliet's Balcony was truly inspired by this move. This was THE site I had not only dreamt of but basically planned this leg of this trip to Italy around. I felt like a school girl before visiting
The balcony is a truly romantic place, with so much charm it’s obvious why it’s such a magnetic site for tourists. COVID regulations restrict letter being posted in the walls which naturally was a disappointment and it did take some of the magic away. (pictured below)
Opening: 09:00AM- 18:00PM Tuesday- Sunday
Ticket price: €6.00 EUR
Take a few moments out of your day to be transported back to the 16th century and admire how the Veronese aristocracy lived. A villa adorned in gold leaf and renaissance style gardens, whilst strolling you will stumble accross an oasis of different settings and gain some of the best views of the historical centre.
Opening: 09:00AM- 19:00PM every day
Ticket price: €10.00 EUR
Arena di Verona
The ancient Roman amphitheater, perfectly preserved since 1st century AD and the home of the Opera. It amazes me that this is still in operation today. There was a concert on so I was unable to enter however the view outside is breathtaking. There are many bars you can stop at to take a coffee or maybe a spritz and enjoy the view.
Torre dei Lamberti
View the city from a different perspective! Tickets can be prebooked which I would highly recommend. Take the lift up to avoid walking for years. The views at the top are breathtaking and it’s always fun spotting the sites from an areal view.
Opening: 10:00AM an last admission at 5:15 PM (Monday to Friday), 6:15 PM (Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays)
Ticket price: €5.00 EUR