Palazzo Maffei Verona | What to do at this Baroque masterpiece

Palazzo Maffei Verona | What to do at this Baroque masterpiece

Palazzo Maffei is a historical palace that has existed in the current location in Piazza delle Erbe since the 15th century. Among the best known of the ancient Veronese aristocracy, the palace stands elegantly on what was the capitolium of Verona, the main temple of the Roman city founded here in the first century. The building was expanded and built upon with all works completed in the 17th century, more precisely in 1668. The Maffei building has three floors and a rich baroque exterior. Adorned with statues of Greek gods, from the left: Herculese, Jupiter, Venus, Mercury, Apollo and Minerva. The richness of the exterior makes it one of the prettiest buildings in the bustling market square.

Palazzo Maffei today

Once a palace and a private residence, the Palazzo Maffei these days is home to a museum showcasing art collections over five centuries. The building has undergone a complete restoration of one of the most spectacular buildings of its time. Beyond its doors, a story unfolds, an adventure of art begins, a passion is told offering art lovers a journey from ancient to modern.

Palazzo Maffei, Verona
Palazzo Maffei Exhibition, credit to official website of Palazzo Maffei

There are more than three hundred fifty works of art, including two hundred paintings. The museum is also home to sculptures, drawings and important period furniture, antique glass and Renaissance ceramics. Rare pieces of oriental art found here also.

Palazzo Maffei, Verona
Palazzo Maffei, Piazza delle Erbe, Verona

To view this magnificent collection and to include a visit to Palazzo Maffei in your Verona itinerary, below are some useful information to support your planning:

Location & Contact

Piazza Erbe 38-38A,
Verona, Italy
Tel. +39 045 2456959

Opening times

Mon-Fri: 10:00 – 18:00
Sat-Sun: 11:00 – 19:00
Tuesday: closed

Besides the museum at Palazzo Maffei, visitors could treat themselves to an elegant dinner and wine tasting occasion in the cellars of the Roman ruins at the Maffei Restaurant.

Maffei Restaurant at Palazzo Maffei

Maffei Restaurant at Palazzo Maffei

Tucked away from the main square, almost hidden if you are not aware of it is the Maffei Restaurant. Lookout for the arch that leads to the restaurant near to St Mark’s column on the square.

The menu served at the Maffei Restaurant is an exquisite selection of mouthwatering dishes and desserts. The seafodd, fish, pappardelle, lamb chops and the Veneto region’s speciality, risotto Amarone are usually the favourites of them all. The truffle risotto is amazing as well.

Lamb chops – one of their popular dishes
Risotto con Castelmagno, riduzione di Campari e chips di bacon

Maffei caters for special diets also and offers Vegetarian, Vegan along with Gluten free options.

Being on the  Michelin Guide since 1990, and together with its historic roots, the Maffei Restaurant is a popular destination. It is available for special occasions such as weddings, engagements, and birthday parties. For Romeo and Juliet fans, the Restaurant offers specially curated dinner settings as well.

If you are planning on a dinner at Ristorante Maffei, it is highly recommend that you prebook your day and time to avoid disappointment.

Wine cellar at the Maffei Restaurant, Verona

Piazza delle Erbe | Maffei Restaurant
The cellar at the Maffei Restaurant, Verona

For wine connoisseurs, you wouldn’t want to miss the cellar at the Maffei Restaurant! A cellar immersed in the ancient ruins of the Roman capitolium of Verona is available for wine tasting experience. The cellar at the Maffei Restaurant is said to be the most well-stocked in Italy.

To book a table for a memorable evening at the restaurant or to visit the cellar for exclusive wine tasting experience, the following are all the information you need.

Address & Location

Maffei restaurant

Piazza Erbe, 38
37121 Verona (VR)
Tel. +39 045 8010015
Fax. +39 045 8005124
info@ristorantemaffei.it

Opening times

Summer timetable

From 19.00 to 22.30
Open every day

Saturday and Sunday

From 12.00 to 14.30
From 19.00 to 22.30

Additional info:

Price range:

£27 – £50



Practical information when visiting Palazzo Maffei, Verona

1 | Getting to Palazzo Maffei, Verona

Graphic for getting around Verona

Palazzo Maffei is located at Piazza delle Erbe. This article has all the information you need on how to Get around Verona – either public transport or by foot. The article includes a walking guide also. You can easily navigate in this compact city and usually, public transport is not necessary. However, feel free to jump onboard their ATV which is free if you buy the Verona Card.

2 | Places to stay in Verona

These are three carefully selected hotels which you may wish to consider:

3 | Activities to do in Verona

For activities to do in Verona, the following suggestions are popular amongst tourists. You may wish to consider them also for your itinerary.


I sincerely hope that the above has given you a flavour of what to expect should you choose to visit the Palazzo Maffei at Piazza delle Erbe, Verona. Do let me know in comments below if this post is valuable to you in planning your visit to the Palazzo. I would love to hear from you and know your thoughts. Scroll all the way down for more ideas and inspiring travel stories. Subscribe to join us at My Timeless Footsteps to receive all the latest news and events. As always, I am contactable at ggdaniel166@gmail.com for any further info or to design your itinerary for you.

Have a splendid experience at Palazzo Maffei 🙂

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London Eye 18 important facts you would love to know about this symbol of London

London Eye | 18 important facts you would love to know about this symbol of London

On any given day, the London Eye elegantly rotates over the River Thames along the beautiful Southbank. A long queue awaits anyone (if you don’t have a skip-the-line ticket) who wishes to experience the breathtaking 360-degree views across the City. While a trip to London Eye is a “must-do” for most visitors to London, many would not know all of the facts about the structure which has become a symbol of London. So, for added value to your trip to London, here is a list of 18 important facts which tells you all about the London Eye.

While we work hard to be accurate, and provide the best information possible, we also encourage you to please always check before heading out.

1 | How did London Eye come about

London Eye at night
London Eye at night

London Eye was an idea put forward by husband and wife, David Marks and Julia Barfield. The couple responded to a competition in 1993 which asked Londoners to design a new landmark for the City celebrating the millennium. The idea of a wheel caught on and the official opening of London Eye was on 31 December 1999 in time for the millennium. However, due to a capsule clutch problem, the iconic observation wheel did not open till March 2000. A little late but that’s quite alright!

2 | London Eye should not still be here

As the above, the structure was built especially for the Millennium. Therefore it was meant to be a temporary attraction. It was planned to stand on the River Thames for no longer than 5 years. However, due to its financial success, Lambeth Council granted a permanent licence for its operation.

There was yet another challenge for its continued presence. The Southbank Centre served an eviction notice to the London Eye in 2005. The dispute centred around a strut hovering over a bit of concrete owned by The Southbank! After a lengthy legal battle, a 25-year lease was finally agreed between the parties in February 2006, ensuring the landmark’s survival. The Eye just needs to pay The Southbank 500k a year. The monies supports the centre’s comprehensive annual arts programme, which is not a bad thing.

3 | What is London Eye? Is it a “ferries” wheel?

The London Eye is Not a Ferries wheel!

London Eye: Capsules.London Eye

The London Eye is ​one of the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel. This is because the Eye is supported by a single A-frame. As well, the capsules are outside the wheel rim instead of hanging low, hence the difference with a ferries wheel.

4 | How heavy is the London Eye

The entire structure weighs 2,100 tonnes. The structure was assembled flat and moved onto eight temporary islands on the River Thames. It was raised into place in September 1999.

5 | How tall is London Eye

Although it stands at 135 metres (443 feet) high and has a diameter of 120 metres (394 feet), the Eye is not the tallest structure in London! The tallest building in London is the Shard at 310 metres (1,004 feet). The circumference of the London Eye is 424 metres (1,391 feet) which means if it weren’t a wheel, it would actually be taller than the Shard.

Even though it is not the tallest structure in London at present, it was the tallest structure and observation wheel when it was constructed. The London Eye is now the 4th tallest observation wheel in the world.

The top three tallest observation wheels are: High Roller at 168 metres (550 feet) in Las Vegas; The Singapore Flyer at 165 metres ( 541 feet) in Marina Bay; Star of Nanchang at 160 metres (525 feet) in Nanchang Star Amusement Park.

6 | Who owns the London Eye

This iconic landmark of London has seen a few ownership pass-by. Originally owned by British Airways, Marks Barfield and the Tussauds Group, led to the Tussauds Group becoming the sole owners in 2006. The Tussauds Group was sold to Blackstone in 2007 which became Merlin Entertainments Groups. So, London Eye is now owned by Merlin Entertainments Group (Merlin).

Merlin signed a sponsorship agreement with lastminute dot com who took over from Coca-Cola as headline sponsors of London Eye. It is a three-year deal which took effect as of February 2020. This gives lastminute dot com full naming rights and will see the landmark lit up in the travel brand’s corporate pink colour.

7 | How long does it take to ride the London Eye

A full rotation of the London Eye takes 30 minutes to complete. It travels at a leisurely speed of 0.6 miles per hour. This leisurely ride gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy breathtaking views over London. The slow rotation also allows for visitors to board and disembark at ease without the wheel coming to a halt.

8 | How many capsules on the London Eye

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London Eye with its 32 capsules standing on its A-frame

The Eye has 32 capsules. Each represents the 32 boroughs in London. but they’re numbered from 1 to 33.

9 | Superstitious

Whether you believe in superstition or not and as with many buildings and structures, there is no number thirteen. The capsules skip from 12 to 14.

10 | Capsule #2 is Coronation Capsule

London Eye Coronation capsule

The second passenger capsule on the London Eye is known as the Coronation Capsule. This is in honour of the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Yeap, you got it – its Red! The only capsule in colour.

11 | Is London Eye a popular attraction

Very popular! Without a doubt, the London Eye is the most popular paid attraction in London welcoming almost 4 million visitors a year. The most popular Free attraction in London is the British Museum which sees more than 6 million visitors each year.

Amongst it’s visitors are celebrities who have taken more than one ride! Jessica Alba has gone on the Eye 31 times and Kate Moss, 25 times.

On average the Eye supersedes the Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramids of Giza in annual visitor numbers.

12 | Can you hire the Eye for private events?

Absolutely yes! The Eye has been a popular venue for engagements, weddings, pop-up dining spots and a rotating nightclub!

According to records held by the organisers, there had been more than 500 weddings and more than 5,000 people have held their engagement on the Eye since it opened. The first wedding is recorded to have been held in 2001.

13 | Upgrade for a “sparkling” experience!

To really make your London Eye experience sparkle, enjoy a glass of Pommery Brut Royal champagne while you relax and enjoy the sublime views of London.

14 | How many people can the Eye accommodate

Each capsule can take about 25 people. This means that the London Eye can carry 800 people each rotation.

15 | What to experience on a day ride

London Eye: Unobstructed views of the Houses of Parliament
Unobstructed views of the Houses of Parliament

There are many places to see on the River Thames or as you stroll the Southbank but none can compare to the views from the top – onboard the London Eye.

You will see most of London landmarks. Unobstructed views of Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Parks and so many more, as far as your eyes can see!

At its pinnacle of 135 metres, this largest cantilevered observation wheel gives you mesmerising 360-degree views of the City, laid out before you with views reaching as far as Windsor Castle, 25 kilometres away, on a clear day. Being so high up means that you can watch the River Thames stretch all the way to the horizon and the edge of the city limits.

16 | The London Eye is not the first big wheel in London

The London Eye had a predecessor. Simply known as The Great Wheel which was in working order from 1895 – 1906. It was a 40 car ferris wheel modelled on the original design from Chicago. It was 94 metres (308 feet) in height and 82.3 metres (270 feet) in diameter.

17 | A popular feature in movies

The London Eye had been featured in many movies. In 2002, it was in 28 Days Later, 2004’s Thunderbirds and in Harry Potter, 2007 – Order of the Phoenix and in 2011, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 2.

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18 | View the exact replica of the wheel

A short journey from London, about 48 kilometres (30 miles) away an exact replica of the wheel can be found, in miniature form.

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Legoland Windsor has a scale model of the Eye as part of its Miniland exhibit, which also features models of the Palace of Westminster, the Millennium Bridge, and Buckingham Palace.


Practical information for when visiting the London Eye

Location and opening times as follows:

The London Eye
Riverside Building
County Hall
Westminster Bridge Road
London
SE1 7PB

Opening times varies due to Covid-19 lockdown measures, This space will be updated as soon as the attraction reopens.

Nearest Underground stations

The London Eye is located within easy walking distance from several London Underground stations: Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross and Westminster.

Waterloo is the closest tube station and is located about five minutes walking distance. Exit the station following signs for the South Bank.

Embankment and Charing Cross stations are close together on the north side of the River Thames. Both tube stations are a ten-fifteen minute walk to reach the destination.

Westminster tube station is the closest station to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. From Westminster tube station, take exit one and follow signs for Westminster pie

Purchase your tickets before your visit

With almost 4 million visitors a year, the London Eye is a very popular attraction. It is strongly recommended that you purchase your tickets online prior to your visit. Pay a little more and buy the skip-the-line ticket so you don’t have to wait in line. Sometimes queues can be for an hour or more. You do not want to spend long periods of time waiting when you can be maximising your time to sightseeing. In addition, if you are travelling with kids, you may not want to put them through the wait as well.

Peruse the following ticket choices and buy them before you travel and enjoy the 24-hour cancellation rights afforded to travellers by our trusted partner.


On a final note…

To be honest, in terms of London landmarks, London Eye sits alongside St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London and the British Museum. It is big, it is the number one paid attraction by visitors and the views are spectacularly beautiful. To top it off, you can hire a capsule all for yourself and your group of friends for special occasions or simply upgrade for a personal experience over a glass of champagne. Design your experience for your next visit and have a fabulous time.

While visiting London, don’t miss out on the countryside – do a day trip to Stonehenge, or Windsor and combine it with a visit to the Cotswolds or Bath. If you have more time, go to Isle of Wight, the largest island on the south coast of England. Here are some choices for you.


If you are from abroad and plan to visit some of the iconic English Heritage sites across England, you may find the English Heritage Overseas Visitors Pass to be of great value – free access to 100+ sites for one price. A great value membership of the English Heritage is also available for UK residents. Peruse choices by navigating the links below.

Sincerely hope that this post is valuable to you in planning your visits to the London Eye? If so, please use the links embedded in this post and related posts to book your experiences. TTS earns a commission from qualifying purchases, and as always your support is greatly appreciated to keep this blog going. We would love to hear your thoughts, please share them in comments below or via Contact Form. Stay connected and Subscribe to join us at Timeless Travel Steps to receive all the latest news and events.


Have a great time exploring London 🙂

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Verona at a glance | Verona City Guide | An overview of what to expect

Verona at a glance | Verona City Guide | An overview of what to expect

Verona at a glance gives a quick overview of what to expect and what you need to know when visiting this City of Love. Although, Verona is a city popularly known for the greatest love story ever told, Romeo and Juliet, it is a city often overlooked by travellers whose sights are set on the bigger cities of Milan and Venice. However, this hidden gem in northern Italy has some extraordinary attractions packed full of archaeological, cultural and historical sites that should not be missed.


Whilst we work hard to be accurate, and provide the best information possible, we also encourage you to please always check before heading out.


Verona is an incredible destination for a European City break, a weekend getaway or a day trip from Milan, Venice or Florence. So, when visiting Verona, here is a quick guide to what you can expect:

Verona at a Glance

Visa – Visiting Italy

If you are a national of EU/EEA, you can travel with just an Identification card. If you are non EU/EEA, you will need an entry visa. Learn more from this page.

Language

The official language spoken in Verona is Italian but the majority of Veronese speak Padanian, a dialect typical of the region in northern Italy. You could purchase a little phrase book as a guide, if you prefer. However, I did not encounter any language barriers when I visited. The restaurants and bars along with the touristic places are staffed with some English speakers, so non-Italian speakers will have no problem.

Currency

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The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). 1 Pound Sterling (£) is equivalent to 1.15 Euro | 1 USD (US$) is equivalent to 0.93 Euro | Check latest currency exchange before you go.

Credit Cards and ATMs

Inform your credit card company that you are travelling abroad.
*Inform your credit card companies that you are travelling abroad.

In Verona, there are no problems in finding ATMs /cash machines that accept foreign credit cards or bank debit cards. Most shops, restaurants, and tour operators will also take credit cards as a form of payment. You only really need cash for small purchases like bus tickets, bottles of water, coffee, gelato and small souvenirs etc.

Power Plugs

The plugs & sockets in Italy are Type F and L. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a worldwide universal travel adapter which you can use in any European countries. Go to this page to have a quick browse on my essential travel kit.

WiFi

WiFi is usually available at the hotels and the high-rated restaurants but there may be a need to have WiFi at all times (like me). I recommend subscribing to Unlimited Portable Pocket Wifi (my favourite and a must have) when travelling to Verona or wider Italy/Europe. Works out much cheaper than roaming charges by a mobile carrier.

Safety

While Verona is generally a safe place to be, you may want to keep a close eye on your belongings. There are always that elements of pickpockets and theft.

Getting around Verona city

ATV, Verona | public transport
The buses in Verona are managed by ATV

While in Verona, you will not probably need to use public transportation. Everything in Verona is located centrally and easily reachable with a short walk from either Piazza Bra or Piazza delle Erbe. However, you will need public transportation if your hotel is located in the suburbs outside of Verona or if you wish to explore nearby cities and seaside resorts.

The main train station in Verona is Verona Porta Nuova, about 15 – 20 minutes walk to Piazza Bra. I loved travelling to other cities on day trip by train. The countryside is beautiful and Italy has excellent high-speed routes. Have a look at this page and explore city destinations by train.

View full post on Getting Around Verona here.

Places to Stay in Verona at a glance

Verona has many beautiful places to stay for short or long-term visits with prices ranging from budget to high. Here is a suggestion for the best two places in Verona in terms of location and views it affords.

Take a look at the recommended top 7 beautiful places to stay in Verona for timeless memories before you book elsewhere!

Things to do in Verona at a glance

Thinking of what to do and ways to explore this beautiful medieval town? Consider the following highly popular tours organised by a reputable company. You have peace of mind should circumstances change – a company that offers easy cancellation and a full refund up to 24 hours before the activity due to start.

Classic bike tour of Verona City
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Navigate to Unique Experiences in the City of Verona for more ideas which you wouldn’t want to miss

Don”t just stop at Verona! Explore the Veneto region that is famous for its Valpolicella or visit the lakeside towns. Here are some great ideas for a day trip.

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On a final note

I hope this overview has given you a taster of what to expect when visiting Verona, Italy and is valuable to you in planning your travels to Italy. Browse through all related articles (below) so you can make an informed decision and uncover the many layers of history the enchanting city holds.

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Romeo and Juliet in Fair Verona | An indefinable, undeniable power of enduring love that lives on in so many ways!

Romeo and Juliet in Fair Verona | An indefinable, undeniable power of enduring love that lives on in so many ways!

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“Fair Verona” is what he called this enchanting City. William Shakespeare chose Verona to be the romantic backdrop for the second of his ten tragedies, Romeo and Juliet. It was the first romantic tragedy ever written and one that made Verona famous as one of the romantic cities of the world. Shakespeare’s settings for Romeo and Juliet was so vivid and so descriptive that the “balcony” and Juliet’s house where the star-crossed young couple declared their love have become a pilgrimage destination for many from all around the world.

The legend, the tradition or belief – call it what you will – the undeniable power of love where people forget that the balcony never existed at the time, that Romeo and Juliet aren’t real, and the story itself was by no means an original story. Today, the indefinable, undeniable power of enduring love lives on in so many ways in so many lives! Not only is Verona a City for Lovers but it is also one of the fifty-five Italian sites listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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This article on “Romeo and Juliet in Fair Verona” gives a brief background to Shakespeare’s inspiration and story of Romeo and Juliet. It gives the reader a quick read-through of Shakespeare’s 14-line poem and the play of Romeo and Juliet. Further, this page provides an overview to the creation of Juliet’s House as a tourist attraction. It includes links to watch the American movies that may have inspired some restorations of Casa di Giulietta | Juliet’s House. Beautiful photos of both the exterior and interior of the House are included also. Regarded as a symbol of love and a “pilgrimage” spot for honeymooners and lovers, it is a destination not to be missed. Suggestions and practical information to visit this destination in the City of Lovers are also included.

Casa di Guilietta | House of Juliet | Juliet’s House is located at Via Cappello, 23, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

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Inspiration for Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare’s work on Romeo and Juliet was first published in 1597 but it was by no means an original story. The tragic story of the star-struck lovers was inspired by Arthur Brooke’s poem, The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet, which was published in 1562. Brooke’s version was inspired by older works by Italian writers, including Luigi de Porto and Matteo Bandello, who told the story of Romeo and Giuletta and the deadly feud between the families Montecchi and Capelletti. These names are also mentioned in a verse of Dante’s Purgatory, published in the mid-1300’s. However, Dante’s poem does not include anything about star-crossed lovers.

The story behind Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

Although Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet was inspired by earlier writings and Shakespeare may never had visited Verona, he began an era of modern drama. He inter-weaved historical fiction and imagination, in his poetic style resulting in a universal love story. He wrote about the lives of ordinary people who became just as important as the lives of the great. Romeo and Juliet was not a story of kings, queens, or emperors but it was about two young teenagers caught up in events beyond their control. Thus, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet was so rooted in real life, that suspense and thrill was not required to gain spectators attention. So vivid and descriptive that it is difficult to distinguish between fact and fiction.

A pair of star-crossed lovers

Shakespeare preface his works with sonnets, a 14-line poem which summarise and foreshadow the tragic fate of the lovers. A pair of star-crossed lovers is what he called Romeo and Juliet.

Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
;


A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;
Whose misadventur’d piteous overthrows
Doth, with their death, bury their parents’ strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark’d love,
And the continuance of their parents’ rage;


Which, but their children’s end, naught could remove,
Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare: Act 1 Prologue

Shakespeare lays out the plot and moral of the play and writes of an ongoing quarrel between two families who are of equal social status (“alike in dignity”), the Montagues and Capulets. Romeo is Montague and Juliet, a Capulet are the “pair of star-cross’d lovers” whose deaths will finally put an end to the feud.

The play of Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time when Romeo attends a masquerade ball at her father’s house. The attraction between the two youngsters is immediate but they know it’s doomed because of the feud between their two families.

After the ball, Romeo returns to the Capulet’s garden and overhears Juliet on her balcony declaring her love for him. Juliet speaks of Shakespeare’ famous lines in the play: “O Romeo, Romeo! {W}herefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; {o}r, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, {a}nd I’ll no longer be a Capulet.” Romeo makes himself known and they vow to marry the very next day, a marriage doomed to tragedy.

Romeo and Juliet by Frank Bernard Dicksee, 1884
Romeo and Juliet, 1884, Frank Bernard Dicksee (1853 – 1928): Art UK

This painting of the lovers on the balcony moments before Romeo’s swift exit perfectly captures the urgency of the moment (with one leg over the ledge)

The story moves quickly, a fast-paced rhythm, in a span of five days, where the two teenagers meet, fall in love, struggle, escape, poisoned and death. A timeless masterpiece representing human emotions.

The house in Verona, House of Juliet and “forevermore” – after Romeo and Juliet

Even though Juliet Capulet is a fictional character created by Shakespeare, there is a 13th century house in Verona which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Millions of tourists from around the globe visit just to see the balcony at Casa di Giulietta (House of Juliet) where she was wooed by her Romeo. People also visit Juliet’ House for a tradition that has developed which is particularly associated with newly-weds and young lovers. – that their love will last for eternity, forevermore.

The setting of Romeo and Juliet was so vivid and so descriptive that the balcony scene where the star-crossed young couple declared their love have become a pilgrimage destination for many from all around the world.

Well, we know that Romeo and Juliet are not real, therefore the balcony is also “not real”. So, why is this particular 13th century house in Verona which is connected to fictional characters of Romeo and Juliet, attracts so many from around the globe, making it a “forevermore” destination?

Here are the stories behind the house in Verona, House of Juliet and forevermore

1 | Story of the house in Verona

This particular 13th century building was once inhabited by the Cappello family, a name similar to the Italian version’s Capelletti and Shakespeare’s Capulet.

The Cappello family were spice merchants whose main residence was right here. The family’s coat of arms (“a bonnet-like hat carved in the courtyard vault’s keystone as proof of the building’s ties to the Capello family“) is still visible. The accommodation originally consisted of two adjacent medieval towers. and a large courtyard. Now, it features two 16th century constructions and a courtyard.

2 | The story of Casa di Giulietta | House of Juliet | Juliet’s House in Verona – Creating a “Juliet’s House” as an attraction

The Courtyard at Casa di Giulietta, Verona, 2019

The building was bought at a public auction from the Cappello family in 1907 by the City of Verona. The City of Verona decided to turn the house into Juliet’s House, a museum, taking advantage of the famed Shakespeare’s play of Romeo and Juliet and the similarity between the names of the house’s true owner, Capello and the Capulet in Shakespeare’s play. Thus, the famous tourist attraction, Casa di Giulietta or Juliet’s House was born. A clever marketing strategy, one would say!

Entrance to Casa di Giulietta, Verona

The arch that leads to the courtyard of Casa di Giulietta | Juliet’s House, Via Cappello, 23, 37121 Verona VR, Italy. (2019)

The tower-building did not have a balcony or Gothic-style windows and doors when it was purchased.

3 | Adding the infamous “Juliet’s Balcony”

The balcony to Juliet’s House was discovered in the early 20th century. This small balcony dating back to the Gothic period was recovered from the ruins of medieval houses which had to be demolished to make way for the building of new dams across the river to prevent future flooding.

Juliet's Balcony
The famous balcony at Juliet’s House, 2019

Antonio Avena, Director of Verona museums at the time had the balcony attached to the tower-house in the courtyard; thus Juliet’s balcony was born.

4 | Juliet’s Statue

Avena also added a bronze slender statue of teenage Juliet by sculptor Nereo Costantini in the courtyard.

Juliet's Statue in the courtyard.2

Statue of Giulietta in the courtyard of Casa di Giulietta, 2019

The original statue of Juliet was removed from the courtyard to the museum in 2014. A crack appeared in the breast from all the wear and tear. There was damage to the statue’s right arm as well because the tourists leaned on it so they had their photos taken. An exact replica was created by a local foundry and placed in the courtyard.

5 | Exterior restoration of Juliet’s House

The frontal view of Casa di Giulietta in 2019

Under the directorship of Antonio Avena, a massive restoration was carried out in the 1930’s where windows and Gothic doors were added.

The house was adjusted through many more restorations over the years so it could be identified as Juliet’s House, inspired by the 1936 American movie by George Cukor.

Watch a snippet of the movie by clicking on the image below. The movie was nominated for an Oscar and Best Picture.

Romeo and Juliet

6 | Interior restoration of Juliet’s House

The interior of Juliet’s house was restored much later in the 1990’s. Authentic period ceramics, paintings and furniture from the 16th century, are on display in the rooms. This allows you to really get an idea of life in a well to do house in Verona from the time of Romeo and Juliet.

The restoration of the interior of Juliet’s house was inspired by a 1968 movie by Franco Zeffirelli. The bed and costumes worn in the movie is showcased here.

The interior of Juliet’s House as it is at present. The bed and costumes were used in Franco Zeffirelli’s movie of 1968

6.1 | Medieval and artistic climate

There are lovely painted ceilings and paintings that contribute to the medieval and artistic climate in which Casa di Giulietta was created upon.

Throughout the building, the walls are adorned with a series of art. There are two 14th century frescoes on the ground floor which were detached from the Palazzo del Tribunale, Verona in 1875. On the second floor, there are 16th century frescoes.

There are also paintings on the walls that illustrate the story of the two lovers.   There is this particular painting that will grab your attention – Death of Romeo and Juliet by Angelo dell’Oca Bianca (below).

Death of Romeo and Juliet by Angelo dell’Oca Bianca

These frescoes, wood-panels and fire-places are so rich and different due to their medieval origin.

Beautiful ceiling in one of the rooms as you keep exploring and walking through the rooms

Pretty painted ceilings as you walk up the stairs

Though bare, the dining room is spacious, airy and quite impressive with wood panels and warm colours (below)

Dining room in Casa di Giulietta | Juliet’s House, Verona 2019

A flower-shaped wooden writing desk which is now home to four computers where visitors can have a moment to write their messages to Juliet

If you like old architecture and historical artefacts and collections, you will find this place rather amazing.

7 | The legend and forevermore

No one really knows how the legend, tradition and all the symbolic gestures of Juliet’s House being the symbol of love and a pilgrimage spot actually started. The House was intended to be a museum but now, together with the courtyard, is a lot more than that!

Here goes the legend…

7.1 | The bronze statue of Juliet in the courtyard

Legend has it that if you touch Juliet’s right breast, it will bring you luck in finding your own true love. You can tell that many people believe in this as the bronze-plating has worn off and looks faded in comparison to other parts of the statue.

People wait in queue to have their turn so they too, hope to find their true love.(2019)

7.2 | Love notes

It is said that if you leave a declaration of your love with your names at Juliet’s House, you will be together forever. Tiny love notes, post-it stickers, graffiti scribbles cover the courtyard walls,

Little love notes cover the walls of the courtyard at Juliet's House, Romeo and Juliet, Verona
Love notes on the courtyard walls behind the statue of Juliet
Graffiti and love notes on the doors in the courtyard of Juliet's House, Verona
Graffiti and love notes on the doors in the courtyard of Juliet’s House. These seems to be preserved.

The graffiti scribbles and notes are from visitors asking for guidance in love. They tell stories of their pasts, their problems, lost loves and their hopes for the future. Some messages are really touching and emotional. Most of these notes are attached to the walls with chewing gum.

7.3 | Love locks

Just as Paris, Rome or Florence, Verona is no stranger to Love Locks especially in Juliet’s Courtyard! Names and hearts drawn on padlocks are attached to railings with keys thrown away – a gesture to lock the love forever. However, unlike the traditional gesture of fixing the padlock on railings at a bridge and throwing away the key into the river below, in Verona, these padlocks are available at nearby shops on Via Cappello.

Love locks attached to railings inside the shops in Verona nearby to Juliet's House
Love locks attached to railings inside the shops in Verona nearby to Juliet’s House
Shops along Via Cappello, Verona selling padlocks
Shops along Via Cappello, Verona selling padlocks.

The shops along Via Cappello sell these somewhat light-weight pink or red padlocks and at the same time make available railings in their shops where visitors can attach their locks.


The thing about love notes, graffiti and chewing gum which you may want to know

Graffiti being removed by an employee of Verona City Council, Verona
An employee of the City of Verona painstakingly removing graffiti off the walls – the arch leading to the courtyard of Casa di Giulietta

In 2008, the City of Verona introduced fines of up to €500 for anyone caught writing graffiti on public or private property. The use of chewing gum to stick love notes is strictly prohibited also.


The House of Juliet | Casa di Giulietta – a symbol of indefinable, undeniable power of enduring love | Romeo and Juliet

Although almost everything about this house is fiction, the emotions that draw people to it is real. There is strength in the emotions that is indefinable and seems endless. It is unbelievable! It’s so strong that it defeats logic, neutralise any rational thought and influence decisions. Love, as it appears has an undeniable power.

Photo credit to Airbnb

In addition to the tradition or legend of touching Juliet’s breasts for true love or seeking eternal love by writing love notes, people also write letters to Juliet, asking for her advice in love.

Juliet’s Club | Juliet’s Secretaries

The Juliet Club has been reading, replying and archiving thousands of letters that they receive addressed to Juliet asking for her advice in love. The Club is managed entirely by volunteers. These volunteers are called “Juliet’s Secretaries” and they work out of an upstairs room in the house.

This “belief” and custom of writing letters to Juliet asking for advice inspired the making of a Hollywood movie, Letters to Juliet (2010).

Letters to Juliet tells the story of an American tourist (Amanda Seyfried) who visits a wall where the heartbroken leave notes to Juliet. She finds an unanswered letter from 1957. She writes to the author of the letter (Vanessa Redgrave) and sets out to find her long-lost lover. Watch the official trailer on Youtube by clicking the image below.

This is a feel-good movie for a lovely evening in over a couple of Amarone or Vapolicella.


Practical information on Romeo and Juliet in Fair Verona

1 | Visiting information on Juliet’s House

Location

Via Cappello, 23, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

Opening hours

 Tuesdays to Sundays from 8:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and on Mondays from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Admission charge

Standard tickets cost €6 while concessions start at €1. Entry is free with a Verona Card.

Charges are for the museum. Access to the Courtyard is Free.

Best time to visit Juliet’s House:

Juliet’s House is a popular destination throughout the year. It is particularly popular around Valentine’s Day. The busiest season for tourism in Verona is from June to August. As one can imagine, Juliet’s House sees the highest visits during these months being a popular destination. Accommodation typically will cost more as well. The feel of “romance” is almost non-existent when it is crowded and you have to weave through people to get to see anything!

Pro tip: If you are visiting during the peak season, then take advantage of the early opening hours at 8:30 and go first thing. You may want to visit later in the day, perhaps after 5 p.m. Better still, I’d suggest an off-season visit. I visited in November. around 5 p.m. The crowd was less, no queues to the museum, and I could see and linger at ease. (See photos on the courtyard above)

Visit Juliet’s tomb  inside the monastery of San Francesco al Corso which has been indicated as the place where the setting for the tragic finale of the Shakespeare play took place. [Address: Via del Pontiere, Verona Italy]


2 | How to get to Juliet’s House

i | From Porta Nuova Station, Verona:

By Bus

Line Bus 13

Cost: €1 – €3

10 minutes

5 minutes by bus to Stradone San Fermo Station. Exit and walk for 5 minutes to Juliet’s House.

By Taxi

4 minutes

Cost: €8 – €11

Walk details

1.4 miles

27 minutes


ii | From Piazza Bra:

The easiest and most economical way to get to Juliet’s House from Piazza Bra is to walk via Via Giuseppe Mazzini. It takes 8 minutes. You can also get to your destination via Via Anfiteatro (8 minutes) and Via Leoncino (10 minutes). Take a look here


iii | From Piazza delle Erbe

The quickest way to get to Juliet’s House is from Piazza delle Erbe – 2 minutes.


For a comprehensive guide to Getting around Verona, go to this page – this is the only guide you need on public transportation and ways to explore this enchanting medieval city.


3 | Places to stay

3.1 | At Casa di Giulietta

For the first time ever, a lucky couple will get to stay at Juliet’s House on Valentine’s Day. Airbnb ran this competition for 2020 and I’m hoping that it will be for next year too.

Photos: credit to Airbnb

Try your luck for next year, you never know…you may have a winnable love story to share that might win you a stay at Juliet’s House and along the way inspire others to get their creativity on paper as well. Take a look at this Airbnb page for full details of the competition.

3.2 | Relais De Charme Il Sogno Di Giulietta

Stay in the heart of the historic old town and enjoy breakfast served in your room. Il Sogno Di Giulietta is set in the courtyard of Juliet’s house and offers elegant rooms. In the evening the courtyard is reserved to guests only, to admire the famous balcony in private. Some rooms have direct views of Juliet’s balcony and some face Via Cappello.

3.3 | Places to stay near Piazza Bra which you may like…


4 | Historical, people and culture activities


My thoughts…on Romeo and Juliet in Fair Verona

There is no denying that the creation and subsequent promotion of Juliet’s House is a clever marketing strategy over a story that is totally a fiction. Almost everything about this house is fiction, the balcony, the pieces of art for a medieval feel, the bed and the list goes on – all created by men to breathe life into the fictitious enduring love of Romeo and Juliet.

On the other hand, there is no denying that the emotions that draw people to this house is real. You only need to read the messages on the wall or excerpts of letters to know that the emotions that accompany these messages are real. There is strength in these emotions. It defeats rationality and logic. The messages here aren’t all about lost love and looking to find their true love. For some, they have found their true love, while some found their true love after their visit to Juliet’s House and touching her right breast! I sincerely believe that this bit about Juliet’s house is not a marketing strategy.

A place to visit

Casa di Giulietta | House of Juliet | Juliet’s House – however you may refer to this medieval house, it seems to be a symbol of love forevermore.

While there are many interesting things to do in Verona, a visit to Juliet’s House should and must be one of them.

Romeo and Juliet in Fair Verona – a fictitious story – an indefinable, undeniable power of enduring love that lives on in so many ways, in so many lives.


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Have a splendid time at Juliet’s House. Do return, to share your experiences as I would love to know more.

Georgina xx


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Getting around Verona | Public transport and best ways to explore

Getting around Verona | Public transport and best ways to explore

Explore the romantic medieval city to your heart’s content easily and leisurely – getting around Verona is convenient by public transport but you can easily ditch the public transport and walk to experience the authentic Verona.


Verona is a compact city which centres around two historic piazzas, Piazza Bra and Piazza delle Erbe. These two historic piazzas provide easy access to the best of the beaten track either because these attractions are within the square itself or via its many narrow alleys that surrounds the squares. For example, the first century Roman amphitheatre and the historic clock tower are located within their respective squares whereas the mythologised balcony that earned Verona its reputation as a City of Love is only a few minutes from either of the squares. Therefore, walking through Verona, a city that drips in romance is the best way of exploring this enchanting UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Moreover, the historic centre of Verona is limited to traffic (ZTL). While vehicle access is permitted in some areas, this is limited to certain areas at certain times only. Having said that, this easy-to-use and comprehensive guide on getting around Verona is the ultimate support to designing your visit your way to this beautiful city.

What to expect from ‘Getting around Verona’

This post sets out a comprehensive guide to getting around and public transportation in Verona.

The primary and popular public transport in Verona is the bus. There are various types of tickets you can purchase for your bus journeys. This post sets out the type of tickets your could purchase, where and how to purchase these tickets along with the costs of these tickets.

However, you may not need to use public transport if you are staying in the city. There are a number of ways to explore the city using other modes and the best being to just walk around the city. Included in this post is a suggested self-guided walking tour should you choose to do so.

There are also suggestions for timeless experiences in the city of Verona

Also embedded is a simple guide on how to get to Verona from the train stations (Porta Nuova or Porta Vescovo) or from the airport (Verona Villafranca, VRN). All in all, this is a complete guide to getting to and around Verona and the only guide you need to plan your vacation.

public transport in Verona

Where is Verona?

Located in the Veneto region of Northern Italy, Verona lies at the foot of the Lessini Mountains and is half encircled by the Adige River. The City sits 105 kilometres (65 miles) west of Venice and was founded by an ancient tribe. Being second to Venice only for its population and architectural interests, this medieval old town is a joy to explore!

Getting around Verona

There are a number of ways to get around the City. You could use the bus, take a taxi, hire a car, hire a bike, join group tours or you could simply explore on a self-guided walk. The main public transport in Verona is the bus.

1 | Public Transport in Verona

Verona’s public transport is operated by ATV (Azienda Transporti Verona Sri).

ATV, Verona | public transport
Buses in Verona operated by ATV

The buses in Verona managed by ATV are green and operate daily. The service is frequent, reliable and good. There are bus stops everywhere in Verona and the service is really good during the day. Just be aware that timetables and bus routes are different on Sundays and bank holidays (and during the night!).

Verona’s main bus terminal is located in front of the train station, at Verona Porta Nuova. From there buses depart for the various neighbourhoods (city buses) and for the provinces (from the northern part of lake Garda to the southern limit of Verona district). For convenience, download the App for bus routes and timetable using the link below.

Download the WEBAPP of Verona City Routes and Timetable.

Following is a guide on how and where to purchase public transport tickets including the type of tickets available for purchase.

1.1 | How to buy bus tickets in Verona

Bus tickets are sold at bus station, at tobacconists and newsagents around the city of Verona. Tickets can also be purchased onboard the bus. However, take note of the benefits of purchasing before boarding the bus:

1.2 | Type of bus tickets, where to buy them and costs of the tickets

Tickets for the city area of Verona, primarily for occasional travellers:

i | Tickets are cheaper if purchased before boarding the bus;

ii | Cost: €1.30;

iii | Tickets are non-transferable;

iv | When purchased before boarding, tickets are valid for 90 minutes from the time it is first stamped and allows the traveller to use the entire urban network.

v | Tickets must be validated in the machine as soon as you board each time and this includes transfers. Don’t forget to do that or you might get a fine.

Urban tickets purchased onboard:

i | You can purchase tickets onboard the bus using the automated ticket machines;

ii | Cost of ticket: €2.00

iii | Just know that the automated machines do not give change back;

iv | Tickets purchased onboard is valid only for the one-way trip and transfers are not allowed.

Daily tickets:

i | Daily tickets can be purchased at ticket offices;

ii | Cost of ticket: €4.00

iii | Unlimited journeys on the entire urban network of Verona city for the whole day;

iv | Includes transfers as many times;

v | You must have the ticket stamped each time you board the bus;

vi | Expires at midnight of the day when first stamped.

10 tickets carnets:

i | Cost: €11.70

ii | Buy them in ticket offices;

iii | It is a carnet of 10 tickets – each ticket is valid for 90 minutes from first stamped;

iv | Must be stamped each time you board the bus;

v | Once stamped, each ticket allows the traveller to use the entire Verona urban network.


For the latest on public transportation and ticket prices, look-up ATV’s official page here. [Tel: +39 045 805 7811]


Georgina suggests: Buy the 24 or 48 hour Verona Card and enjoy rides on the ATV.

Verona Card graphic

2 | Taxis in Verona

Taxis in Verona must be picked-up from the designated taxi ranks located throughout the city, and this includes at the train station, Piazza Bra and Piazza delle Erbe.

For same day taxi bookings, it is advisable to book at least one hour prior.

You could ask your hotel to call a taxi for you as there is one usually available at short notice.

Points to note about taxis in Verona:

i | Taxis are more expensive in the evenings and at night – that’s just the way the regulation goes;

ii | The meter starts running when the taxis leave to come to collect you. So, when you get into the taxi, you would already see a charge on the meter.

iii | Safety rules of Taxis – As in any other countries and situations when you use taxis, ensure there is a working meter when you get into the taxi. Also, ensure that it is used.

iv | Fixed rate taxis – There are fixed rates to the airport and to some destinations. Ensure you are aware what the cost is before you hire a taxi. You could always ask the hotel reception to get you the quotes or ask the taxi company at the time you make your enquiries.

Limited Traffic Zone

It is worth noting that the historic centre in Verona is limited to or no traffic is permitted at all. Learn more about the controlled zones (Zona a Traffico Limitato) from the official page of Province of Verona here.

Getting around Verona - ZTL map
Image taken from the official site of Municipality of Verona | Jun 2020

Although vehicle access is permitted in some areas, this is limited to certain areas at certain times only. You can subscribe to the Telegram Channel of Comune di Verona for the latest updates on traffic conditions and alert situations. Go to this official page to subscribe.

Best ways to Explore Verona for Timeless Experiences

1 | Walk and explore the enchanting medieval town and UNESCO site

The thing about this medieval town is that it is small, compact and is easily walkable. You will be surprised at how the narrow streets connects to each other. Most streets are so narrow that it is suitable for only one vehicle at a time. You can easily avoid driving or avoid the confines of public transportation.

Exploring this Roman town on foot allows you to appreciate both the historic piazzas and the surrounding streets that offer so much more to cultural experiences than a simple spot of attraction.

The shopfront of a deli in Verona
Shop front of a deli
Shop front of COS - a fashion store
Shop front of COS, a fashion store

Walk through the narrow alleys, discover the hidden gelaterias or the secret gardens and churches. Enjoy the little boutiques as well as the luxury brands such as Gucci, Givenchy and Valentino. Via Mazzini, located on the northern side of Piazza Bra, is the place to be to experience some of Italy’s big brand names. Running parallel to Via Mazzini is Corso Porta Borsari where you can shop till you drop for some delightful fashion and shoes.

For foodies, there are endless delis specialising in pasta, salami, olive oils and herbs. The mouth-watering truffle risotto, creamy polenta, pasta dishes, warm breads and Veronese cheeses are unforgettable experiences to savour!

A visit to this enchanting UNESCO listed site is not complete without a visit to Juliet’s House on Via Cappello, 23. The indescribable emotions and the messages that surrounds the courtyard is worth experiencing.

Juliet's Balcony | Verona
Juliet’s Balcony
Juliet's Statue in the courtyard.2
Statue of Juliet in the courtyard
Graffiti and love notes on the doors in the courtyard of Juliet's House, Verona
Graffiti of messages of love written by couples

Discover secret gardens and underground churches where excavations are still going on to unravel the history of this ancient civilisation.

Bask in the simple delight of rainbow coloured window shutters and balconies with ivies! It’s simple. It’s beautiful.

Some of the beautiful narrow alleys in Verona
Some of the beautiful narrow alleys in Verona, Italy | Image: georgina_daniel

For timeless experiences where you walk and explore, you can design a self-guided walking itinerary or join a group walking tour for a day to suit your schedule. Whether it is slow-travel to fully immerse in the Veronese culture or a full-packed itinerary. Here are some suggestions for you.

Self-guided Walking Tour – Start the day at Piazza Bra

Start your day at Piazza Bra.

Piazza Bra | Arena di Verona | Via Mazzini | Juliet’s House | Piazza delle Erbe | Torre dei Lamberti | Catterdrale di Verona

How to use this Google map: Click on the arrow at the top left corner of the map. You will see the places next to colour-coded markers. Click on the individual places to learn more.

Join a Group Walking Tour

One of the activities I strongly recommend doing when visiting any city or country, either solo or as a couple/family is to join a group tour. The benefits are many but here are some:

i | Group tours are generally great value for money;

ii | The tour guides are knowledgeable and have so many stories to share about Verona’s history, handed down to them by their elders. You may not find these stories in history or guide books.

iii | They know the best spots to stop for photographs.

iv | They know the best places to eat and drink.

The following group walking tours in Verona are highly recommended:

Verona City Highlights walking tour
City highlights guided walking tour
Verona in Love tour | Unique experiences in Verona
‘Verona in Love’-small group tour

2 | Explore the city of Verona with a bike

Exploring Verona with a bike is quite pleasant. You will certainly reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to the environment positively while enjoying your trip.

You could either hire a bike for a self-guided tour or you could join a value for money bike tour group. Choices below:

2.1 | Hire a bike for a self-guided tour of the city through the city’s bike-share scheme

The city runs a bike-share scheme – Verona Bike. Their stations are conveniently central at Piazza Bra and Castelvecchio Museum.

Bike Share Scheme in Verona. Piazza Bra Station
Verona Bike Share Scheme at Piazza Bra, Verona

Go to Verona Bike official page here.

You could design your itinerary to suit.

2.2 | Join a bike tour group

Alternatively if you want to get a great orientation and an appreciation of history to this historic town, join a bike tour.

A bike tour will give you local insights of the city from a knowledgeable guide. See more and cycle to the cradle of the city, across River Adige. Visit the Basilica of San Zeno and the Art Nouveau villas of the Borgo Trento, one of Verona’s loveliest neighbourhoods. Enjoy cycling routes with little traffic with opportunities to stop for photos.

Here are some suggestions:

3 | Hop on the open-top red bus

The hop-on-hop-off open-top red bus is a great option as well if you want to combine walking with a bus tour. It gives visitors two routes that have been designed specifically to show the main attractions of Verona. You can hop-off at an attraction to spend time exploring and return to the designated stop to hop-on again to your next destination. Visitors can learn more about the historic city from the multilingual audio commentary that goes with this tour. There are 24-hour or 48-hour tickets available to suit your itinerary. As always, these purchases comes with protection for you where you can cancel 24-hours prior and receive a full refund if there are any changes to your plans at the last minute.

HopOnHopOff Verona

Buy Verona 24 or 48 hour hop-on hop-off tickets


How to get to Verona

You can get to Verona by air, train and by road.

1 | Verona’s Railway Train Station

Verona is served by two train stations and there are three ways to get to Piazza Bra, centre of town.

The primary train station is located at Verona Porta Nuova, and the other is Verona Porta Vescovo, situated at the south of the city centre.

1.1 | Getting to Piazza Bra, centre of town from Verona Porta Nuova, 37138 Verona, Province of Verona, Italy

From Verona Porta Nuova station, take Line Bus 13 to Piazza Bra, centre of town. It is a five-minute ride and costs around €2.00. Alternatively, you can walk to Piazza Bra. It is located about a mile and takes around twenty minutes. There is also the option to take a taxi which may costs between €7.00 to €8.00.

1.2 | Getting to Piazza Bra from Verona Porta Vescovo, Piazzale 25 Aprile, Province of Verona, Italy

Take Line Bus 13 to Piazza Bra. It takes twelve minutes and costs €2.00 – €3.00. You may want to take a taxi and journey time is significantly less – about three minutes but it will costs you €10.00. Porta Vescovo is located within walking distance of Piazza Bra and it will take you thirty minutes.

2 | Verona Airport

Verona has one airport, Valerio Catullo (VRNairport, also known as Verona Villafranca. It is located about 10 kilometres southwest of central Verona. The airport has two terminals. There are five ways to get to Verona city from Verona Villafranca.

2.1 | From Verona Villafranca (VRN) to Verona City

By Bus

There are regular Aerobus service operating between Verona Villafranca Airport and the Verona Train Station. The journey is twenty minutes and costs €6.00. Learn more from ATV official website here

By Taxi

You could take a taxi for about €35.00. Taxis can be booked in advance. The taxi rank can be found at the exit of the Arrivals Terminal. The following taxi companies are listed on the official website of Verona Villafranca:

Unione Radio Taxi – Tel: +39 045 532666 | RadioTaxi Catullo – Tel: +39 045 2223525

A Comfortable Private Transfer

Take the stress out of your travel! Learn more about this option on how you can have a comfortable and stress free Private Transfer to your hotel

Airport transfer by Trike

Arrive at your accommodation in style by an extraordinary transport option – trike. This unique and fun airport transfer is for up to 2 people. Learn more about this special experience and book here.

3 | By road

Car Rental

International Car Hire companies – Europcar, Sixt, Maggiore and Hertz are located outside of Arrivals at Car Park 3. You can find out more on car rentals from this official page of Verona Airport.


Places to Stay in Verona

If you are planning on staying a few days in Verona, these beautiful top 7 accommodations are highly recommended for its views, locations and service. Take a look.

Experience the Veneto region

And when in Verona, get a fuller experience of the Veneto region – go on a day-trip which usually are a great value for money packages. Book early to avoid disappointments and enjoy your right to cancel 24-hour prior should you change your mind. Here are some suggestions for you:


On a final note

It is my sincere desire that this easy-to-use comprehensive guide to public transportation and ways to explore Verona is the ultimate guide for you to get around the medieval city. It is designed to support your independent travel as well as supported travel – all ensuring that you are fully informed and know what to expect. Being well informed is key to be well-prepared which gives you, the traveller control over what is right and good for you.

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Majestic Gran Guardia Palace | Palazzo della Gran Guardia | Verona

Majestic Gran Guardia Palace | Palazzo della Gran Guardia | Verona

Located in the historic centre of Verona, and next to the welcoming medieval gates of I Portoni della Brà, sits the majestic Renaissance Gran Guardia Palace | Palazzo della Gran Guardia. The Gran Guardia Palace is one of Verona’s most important historic buildings. It had been used for various military purposes over the centuries. However, today it is home to exhibitions and cultural events.

Located at 45 ° 26 ′ 17 ″ N , 10 ° 59 ′ 32 ″ E on the south-side of Piazza Brà, you can’t miss it!

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An overview of Gran Guardia Palace | Palazzo della Gran Guardia

This monumental building was designed by architect Domenico Curtoni and construction began in 1610. It’s intended use was for military purposes. To this end a large porch was included in the design where military troops could be reviewed during inclement weather.

However, the work was suspended for a very long time due to economic constraints that Verona municipality had to endure. Work resumed in 1820, under the then architect, Giuseppe Barbieri. The building was completed in 1853. The palace also served as temporary housing for the Austrian military during Italy’s first struggle for independence in 1848.

The impressive Gran Guardia Palace is arranged over two-floors and an attic. The length of the building is eighty-six meters.

If you would like to include the Gran Guardia Palace in your itinerary, here’s what to expect when you visit:

Info: Giuseppe Barbieri was also the architect for Verona’s Town Hall building which is aptly named in honour of him, Palazzo Barbieri. Palazzo Barbieri sits alongside the Verona Arena on the eastern side of Piazza Brà.

The architecture of Gran Guardia Palace | What to see in Gran Guardia Palace

Officially classified as Renaissance, the facade of this impressive building showcases a combination of two different historical periods namely Baroque and Neoclassical.

The ground floor consists of thirteen majestic arches in sturdy rusticated ashlar masonry. Each arch is a diameter of three-and-half meters. These arches mirror those of the Roman amphitheatre.

Over the floors of this beautiful Renaissance building are large rectangular windows separated by paired Doric half-columns. These offer simple openings of modest size.

The stone stairway leads to the broad and grand porch of the attic. Supported by twelve pillars with full centre arches there are five grand arched windows here – sort of a crown placed on this majestic building.

Palazzo della Gran Guardia is home to prestigious exhibitions. It is open to the public only for exhibitions or other events like art shows and Vinitaly, Verona’s wine conference. The exhibitions and art shows are arranged on various floors. The rooms have varying capacities

Practical Information on Gran Guardia Palace | Palazzo della Gran Guardia and immediate surrounds

Although the Gran Guardia does not hold scheduled visiting hours, its full calendar of events means it is open to the public almost daily throughout the year.

Address: Piazza Bra, 1, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

Opening hours: 

Tuesday (Republic Day)9:30 am – 8:30 pm; Hours might differ
Wednesday9:30 am – 8:30 pm
Thursday9:30 am – 8:30 pm
Friday9:30 am – 10:30 pm
Saturday9:30 am – 8:30 pm
Sunday9:30 am – 8:30 pm
Monday9:30 am – 8:30 pm
*Hours are subject to change. Please check events and exhibitions closer to your time of travel.

Phone: +39 045 803 3400


Basic information on Piazza Brà when visiting Gran Guardia Palace

Piazza Brà is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful squares in the world! The heart of the city of Verona and a public square, it is open twenty-fours a day. A complete pedestrianised area, it’s a safe place to stroll with young children without concerns for traffic. The square is lined with bustling cafés and restaurants, and is a good place to stop for a meal or snack.

Learn more on Piazza Brà from this page which has all the information you need for your visit.

How to get to Piazza Brà

Verona is a major city in the Italian region of Veneto, and well connected by train to Milan, Florence, Venice and the rest of Italy.

The Piazza is in the city’s historic center, a short walk from the main train station.

Places to stay in Verona near Piazza Brà

Ways to experience Verona

The best way to explore and discover Verona, also popularly known as the City of Love is to join a couple of guided tours. The guided walking tours or the bike tours will cover the highlights of the City of VeronaArena, Piazza Bra, Casa di Giulietta, Gran Guardia Palace, and so much more.

If you want to take a break from the norms of sightseeing monuments (nothing wrong in this, Verona’s buildings and architecture are absolutely stunning) and experience something different, I highly recommend going on a Wine Tasting tour as the Veneto region is famous for its Amarone, Recioto, Soave, Prosecco, Valpolicella and Bardolino.

In addition, if you have a passion for Italian food, learn to prepare a delicious vegetarian 3-course meal according to the Italian (and Mediterranean) tradition.

Here are some carefully selected suggestions for you:

Verona City Tours:

Pro tip: Exploring Verona on foot with a tour guide requires a bit of walking, so wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Food & Wine Tours:

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Have a splendid time exploring Verona and the Gran Guardia!

Georgina xx


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