Quantum of Solace, Romeo & Juliet, Letters to Juliet are all movies filmed in Verona. Verona is called the city of Love and for good reason.
Verona is located in Northern Italy, in the Veneto region. It has a medieval old town and romantic vibe. It is easy to get to from Milan. You can purchase tickets on the Trainline app and choose which train you want to take. When we went in June 2019, the ticket prices started from 15 USD and up. The cheapest tickets follow a longer route to Verona, is less comfortable and does not offer space to store your luggage. The quickest route takes about 1 hour 13 minutes and cost upwards of 30 USD.
Sights in Verona to Visit
There is a lot to see in Verona but because the city is so small, you can see it all on foot in one day. I followed the advice on delightfullyitaly.com as a guide.
The Roman Arena- One of the first and easiest sights to find. It is located in Piazza Bra and is hard to miss. With the Verona card, you have free admittance and can bypass the line to go inside. It’s pretty at night too. If you’re lucky you can catch an opera there or see them setting up for one.
Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s house)- there is some tradition about rubbing the breast of the bronze statue of Juliet located in the courtyard of the house, but I didn’t do that. Suit yourself. Take pictures beside the wall where many people have stuck notes. Go inside the museum and take pictures next to Juliet and finally kiss your lover on the balcony.
Torre dei Lamberti- walk up 238 steps or take the elevator up and enjoy the view of Verona from above.
The Arche Scaligere- Gothic funeral monuments
Around the corner from there you can see what is supposed to be Romeo’s house. You can skip this sight. No thrills here…
The Adige river- A big river that runs through Verona with bridges to cross. The water is very dark and looks pretty disgusting but the bridges are nice.
Some of the many Piazza’s and pretty architecture of Verona.
Why I loved Verona
We stayed at Opera Relais de Charme‘, a cute boutique hotel. We were two couples and our 2 bedroom hotel room offered just enough space for us. It included a kitchenette and outside sitting area. I would stay there again if I went back.
Verona is filled with unique boutique shops where you can get one of kind items. There are also big name stores and flea markets. Whatever kind of shopper you are, you are bound to find something.
Using the HappyCow app, Darryl and I went to Flora for dinner. Flora is a vegan restaurant where you can enjoy upscale food in casual clothing. We had a 4 course delicious meal.
Verona is underrated and as such, does not have the big crowds like some of Italy’s other cities. As mentioned before you can visit all the sights in one day and not worry about crowds too much. The only sight that was kind of crowded was Juliet’s house. Verona was a breath of fresh air, compared to Rome.
Tips and Suggestions
Purchase the Verona Card for 20 Euros to avoid crowds, long lines, and to gain free or discounted entrance fees to sights. We brought ours right in the train station before you exit towards the taxis and bus stations.
Take paper and pen with you to Juliet’s house. Leave a letter of love.
Although you can see all the sights in 1 day, it is good to give Verona at least 2 or 3 days. You will need one day to sightsee and another to shop and explore.
Do not bypass Verona. It really is a charming city and well worth a visit.