Although Verona is a historic and charming Italian town, most of us only know it from the British author Shakespeare and his masterpiece Romeo & Juliet. A visit to Verona will take you to some iconic places in the play. But Verona has many unknown charms.
I actually don’t know the reason why Shakespeare picked this town for the setting of what became the most famous and tragic love story. And if the tourism department of Verona can be thankful for the exposure Shakespeare’s plays give to the town, Verona does not need any fiction story to build its tourism. Indeed, its Roman history and its nice mix of architecture make it a great destination for a weekend away or as a stop on your way to Venice.
The tourist office website provides guides for a full day visit or a half-day tour of the town to help you build your itinerary. If you don’t want to walk, there’s a hop-on-hop-off bus available (click here to book*).
I visited Verona in 2011 and unfortunately did not take enough notes about the day I spent there to create an itinerary for the blog. I remember being fascinated by the diversity of the buildings in the town. How lucky is it to have a picture-perfect medieval town centre and a beautiful roman amphitheatre in the same town? I found the city rather quiet and relaxing, apart from Juliet’s balcony.
I don’t think the visit to the symbol of the fictional Shakespeare’s play is worth too much time if you only have one day in town – but that is not taking into consideration the exciting photo opportunity on the famous balcony for some fans and maybe romantic lovers.
Wine lovers may want to take the opportunity to visit and taste one of Italy’s top red wines, Amarone. It’s only half an hour away from Verona. Plus, there are lovely views there too. Day tours (click here for more info*) and half-day tours (click here for more info*) will take you there from your hotel or the train station.
Where is Verona?
Verona is the Veneto region in the northeast of Italy, not too far from Venice. There is a train between the two biggest towns in the region: it only takes one hour to go from Venice to Verona by high-speed train.
Verona has its own airport, with regular and budget airline routes from Paris and London (and a few other destinations in Europe).
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