Until recently, the idea of Verona, Italy conjured up images of Amanda Seyfried and her cute costar in the romantic comedy Letters to Juliet. I am a total sucker for a good rom com, as us fans call them. I don’t just want to live vicariously through Hollywood though, so I was grateful to have the chance to tour Verona in real life en route back to London after hiking in the Dolomites.
Verona is pretty darn cute. And historical. I feel like those things could be said of most Italian (heck, most European) cities. Verona is also known as the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Pub trivia knowledge, he also set two other plays in Verona: The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Taming of the Shrew. Here’s how we spent our short time in this city of star-crossed lovers:
Don’t even think about befriending me if this wouldn’t be your number one stop in Italy, too.
2) Casa di Giulietta
Juliet’s supposed balcony where she whispered sweet nothings to Romeo below. You can wait in line for hours to stand on the balcony if you’re a hardcore Shakespeare fan. I took a quick pic from afar and was ready to move on.
3) Arena di Verona
Verona is famous for its Roman amphitheater. Completed around 30 AD, it is the third largest in Italy after Rome’s Colosseum and the arena at Capua. Nowadays it’s a tourist attraction and home to the summer outdoor opera series. Somehow we managed to snag tickets to the last opera of the season for Romeo and Juliet. It was the perfect way to experience the arena and capture the essence of Verona.
4) Wander the old town streets
Grab a map and start walking. I know we did the drive-by tour of Verona but I really enjoyed wandering the streets and relaxing after our week of hiking. It was the perfect finale for our Italian holiday.
Know Before You Go
- The New York Times 36 Hours in Verona guide
- Go Italy’s Top Attractions in Verona
- It’s easy to get into the center of town from Verona’s airport on the airport shuttle. Details here.