Verona Wine | 11 Fine Garda Wines

An Easy Guide to Verona Wine – The Fine Garda Wines and Winery Experiences that you will love

A wine lover visiting Verona? Welcome! I am glad you are here. The one thing that you must do, amongst others, when visiting Verona is to indulge in their culture of wine drinking. Taste some of the very best Verona wine from one of the very best wine producing regions in the world. Unwind at the end of the day or week with a glass of wine and it does wonders! Complement a meal with the carefully selected wine, and you shall want more. Wine, somehow, magically relaxes one’s senses, body and mind. Wine is both delicious and potent, aptly described in one of Homer’s poem:

“[I]t is the wine that leads me on,
the wild wine
that sets the wisest man to sing
at the top of his lungs,
laugh like a fool – it drives the
man to dancing… it even
tempts him to blurt out stories
better never told.”
― Homer, The Odyssey

I love wine. A bit too much at times. I am passionate about red wines, especially Chianti, Amarone or Valpolicella DOC. There is something special about red wines. A dynamic red drink, with scents of fruits and spices, brought to greatest perfection, enjoyed lazily, savoured passionately, and pairs perfectly with seafood, steaks or risotto igniting greater appreciation of the bottle that sits on the table. Can’t imagine a meal without a red in Verona.

Though I am a little bias, as red is my favourite, I do, on occasions turn to Chiaretto or Soave to complement the dishes at hand.

Therefore, in this easy guide you shall find information on Verona wine, whether it is the full-bodied red, delicate rosé or the distinguished white to help you make simple choices when dining in the historic city. I have also included suggestions on matching your wine to the dishes in Verona. All in all, this easy guide is suitable for first-time travellers as well as repeat travellers to Verona. Whether you are a novice or an aficionado of wines, this simple guide to Verona wine is a handy resource for your trip to Verona.

For context, we begin with Verona, the crossroad to European wine trade. Followed by an overview on the history of wines in Italy, what makes Verona wine special, the rich tradition of wine-making, and the types of wine offered in this unique destination. Finally, ways in which you could have timeless Verona wine experiences. Read along all the way. However, if you are pressed for time,   you could bookmark the page, pin the post on Pinterest or skip ahead via the navigator below.

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1 | A little about Verona

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Verona, a small province in the Veneto region of Northern Italy is a leading wine city in Europe, producing the highest quality wines. This historic city is located at the foothills of the Lessini Mountains, protected by Lake Garda and dotted along the shores of the Adige River.

The best thing about the city’s unique geographical location is that Verona enjoys the perfect favourable weather conditions for the production of sumptuous wine all year round. It is also strategically located for the north-south and east-west European commercial traffic, hence garnering the reputation of being the major leading wine city in Europe and contributing to foreign trade. This is one reason why this city is special and features a myriad of Verona wine tasting activities along with vineyard visits.

Besides the Verona wine that you get to experience, this pretty city is one of its kind. Cobbled streets, narrow alleys, vibrant piazzas, ‘painted city‘, — all displaying the romance, culture and story of the passionate people of Verona.

Read: Your one-stop resource to the historic city of Verona.

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2 | A brief look at the History of Wines in Italy

Italy, once known as ‘Enotria’, the ‘Land of Wine‘ has its roots in vine growing and wine making going back to ancient Greek. The ancient Greek developed their wine through grape-drying methods. By drying the grapes, they ensured that the sugars in the grapes remained concentrated, hence ensuring longer shelf-life, higher alcoholic content and sweeter wines. Supported by the pleasant Mediterranean weather, vine growing thrived wherever they were planted and led to the production of the best wines. The love of wine innate to the Greek culture became one for the Romans as well. They brought it along to wherever they went.

2.1 | Vineyards and Wine-making Technique

As the Romans expanded in the mid-second century, so did the Roman vineyards throughout Italy. The local farms began to flourish, replacing traditional food farming with vineyards. The Roman winemakers advanced the growing of vines and the quality of it through wine making.

Wine was preferred over any other drinks and became a staple drink in their daily diet. The ancient Roman wines followed much of the winemaking processes developed by the ancient Greek, namely the grape-drying process to lock-in the sweetness and to produce high alcohol content. These strong wines were religiously diluted with water or other flavour changing properties. Salt water, honey, herbs and spices were used to flavour the wine. Storage methods were also developed to reduce the acidity and to flavour the final taste of the wine. A popular way to store the wines were in the Roman amphorae.

The wines produced using the grape-drying technique are still used today. These wines are simply called ‘passito’ wines which refers to the sweet dessert wine made from dried grapes. The word ‘passito’ comes from the word ‘appassimento’ which means ‘withering.’

2.2 | Producing Good Quality Verona Wine

This ancient culture was probably the first to understand that grape varieties produced different quality of wines due to the varying growing conditions. Thus, matching specific grape varieties to their ideal growing conditions and producing good quality wine. This selective cultivation of wine grape and vines is ancestorial to the grapes grown in Italy today, giving Italian wines its distinct native characteristics.

Given the wide ranging territories in Italy, from north to south, east to west with mountains, valleys, lakes, islands, sea and continental as well as Mediterranean climate, there are more than 500 varieties of Italian wines. Each variety, with its unique characteristics, having grown in a specific region for centuries with particular traditions in wine making. About 329 varieties of wine in Italy are labelled Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC), which means “designation of controlled origin” in English.

Some of the most popular varieties of DOC and high quality Italian wines originates in the Veneto region, northern Italy.

3 | Veneto and Verona Wine

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Unsurprisingly, Verona with its central role during the Roman times, has a long-standing tradition in vine growing and wine making, inextricably linked to Veneto region’s history and culture.

3.1 | Verona Wine from the Hillsides of Lake Garda

It is the great grapes of Garda on the hillsides of Lake Garda, near Verona where some of the world’s most famous Verona wines are produced. such as the Amarone and Recioto of Valpolicella.

The Valpolicella area is located in the hills on the north of Verona. This area is crossed by three streams which flow from the Lessini Mountains towards the Adige River, creating three parallel valleys.

From the valleys of the Valpolicella comes three varieties of grapes – Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and Molinara. These are typically used to produce the Valpolicella wines.

Three further Verona wine producing areas in the hills of Lake Garda are Soave towards the east of Verona, Custoza to the south of Lake Garda, along with Lugana, which is also home to beautiful towns of Sirmione and Peschiera del Garda.

4 | What types of wine Verona is famous for? | The 11 Fine Varieties of Verona Wine from the hills of Garda

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The region of Veneto in Northern Italy is vast and reputed as one of the best wine producing region in Italy. Broadly, Veneto is world famous for its Amarone, Valpolicella, Soave, Prosecco and Pinot Grigio. The Amarone is considered the most prestigious wine of the Veneto region. It is one of the Italian ‘big red’, which is also a little highly priced.

Below is a list of the most popular wine Verona is famous for which you could experience:

4.1 | Bardolino

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Corvina Veronese and Rondinella are the two grape varieties used to produce this ruby red, fruity wine. Laced with cherry, strawberry, raspberry, red currant and spices, this unique wine is highly drinkable and goes well with almost any dishes.

If you wish to try the Bardolino, try the ‘Bardolino Classico’, a label exclusively reserved for production from the oldest area of origin, Morainic Hills, Lake Garda.

4.2 | Chiaretto

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Chiaretto, meaning ‘pale’ in Italian is a rosé, variant of the Bardolino red wine family and made from the same grape varieties of Garda. This wine has been produced in the Veneto region since 1896.

Chiaretto is fresh and delicate, laced with wild berry and vanilla. Usually consumed as an aperitif or as a perfect accompaniment to light dishes such as appetisers, fish or pizza.

4.3 | Amarone

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Amarone della Valpolicella is certainly the best and one of the most famous of Italian red wines. Generally produced from Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and Molinara grape varieties but also at times, using the combination of Forselina, Negrara and Oseleta grape varieties.

Amarone is a passito wine. The grapes are left to dry for four months after harvest, during which time the sugar fermentation is completed. Thereafter, left to age in oak casks for two to four years.

Once matured, this vibrant red dry wine comes laced with scents of red fruits and spicy aromas. A full-bodied red goes well with meat dishes, mature cheese and game.

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4.4 Recioto

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The Recioto of Valpolicella is a passito wine using the same grapes as Amarone. The grapes are left to dry, just as for the Amarone. However, the process of fermentation is interrupted to stop the lowering of sugar, resulting in a much sweeter wine than the Amarone.

The Recioto is a sweet Verona wine, deep red, with an intense floral and fruity aroma. Ideally paired with desserts and chocolates.

4.5 | Valpolicella

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Valpolicella DOC is the product of Corvina, Corvinone Veronese and Rondinella. A superior brand, it needs to age for a minimum of one year. This smooth ruby red wine is laced with red cherries and sweet spices. Best with meaty dishes and mature cheese.

4.6 | Custoza

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Custoza is produced from Garganega, Trebbianello and Bianca Fernanda grape varieties. The combination brings about a fresh, aromatic and highly drinkable white wine laced with a straw-yellow colour to it.

This highly popular Verona wine is best enjoyed with fresh fish, deep-fried dishes, and tortellini di Valeggio.

4.7 | Lugana

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Classified as Superiore, Riserva or Vendemmia tardive (late vintage/harvest), Lugana was the first wine in Italy that was assigned the status, Lombard DOC.

Everything about Lugana is special. Grown in the southern shores of Lake Garda, this white wine is extracted from the indigenous grape variety Turbiana which are grown in the special clay soil produced during the last Ice Age, when Lake Garda was formed.

Ideal as an aperitif, Lugana perfectly complements pasta, rice dishes and pizza.

4.8 | Garda Classico Groppello

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Garda Classico Groppello is a unique Verona wine, grown in a specific area of the Veneto region. This special wine is extracted from the Gropello grape variety native to the Lombardy region, specifically the Valtenesi, hills of western Lake Garda. Gropello has been cultivated since the 1500s.

Gropello is a delicate, spicy red wine laced with a fruity flavour. Best paired with meat dishes, or medium mature cheese.

4.9 | Soave

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The majority of Soave produced today are simple, easy drinking white wine, and inexpensively priced. Soave makes up almost half of Verona wine production and has been around for a very, very long time.

Cultivated in eastern Verona, at the foothills of Lessini Mountains, primarily the Soave zone, as well as on the hills of Val d’Illasi, Val di Mezzane valleys and the Alpine valleys.

The production of the Soave Classico, a high-end, DOC labelled white wine comes from the hills of Soave. This prestigious white wine, when treated right and allowed to age for up to ten years or longer is a fine wine with a beautiful straw texture.

The principal grape varieties used for Soave is Garganega, while Trebbiano and Chardonnay are sometimes partnered in varying percentages.

In late autumn, the Soave region is affected by the flow of mist from the Po Valley. The mist brings along mold and other grape diseases. The Garganega grape variety is known for its late ripening properties and thick skin. Therefore it can withstand the mist.

Soave has a delicate aroma. It comes in straw yellow, extra dry and with a slightly bitter touch.

An easy drinking wine that can please everyone, often enjoyed with traditional regional dishes such as risotto, vegetable soups, white cabbage and celery, along with salami, fish dishes, and cheeses such as Taleggio and Grana Padano.

4.10 | Marzemino

This red Italian wine is primarily grown in the Isera area, south of Trentino, Lombardy and Veneto regions. Nicknamed “Mozart’s wine” for its mention in the ‘Don Giovanni’ opera, Marzemino is one of the oldest wines in Italy.

The Marzemino grape variety is susceptible to grape diseases and as such the vine requires a long growing season. The grape ripens late, produce light wines and slightly sparkling.This grape variety is often used as a blending variety, matched with Barbera, Groppello or Merlot.

The deeply ruby red Marzemino goes best with mushroom dishes, white and red meat and cold cuts.

4.11 | Prosecco

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Prosecco, an Italian sweet, fruity sparkling white wine is a product of the sprawling vineyards located between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene in the Veneto regions.

The grapes used to make Prosecco are Glera, a fruity, aromatic green grape. Glera is a thin-skinned green grape that has been grown in the Veneto region for hundreds of years. Prosecco wines contain at least 85% of Glera, blended with other grape varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in smaller quantities.

Prosecco’s sweet and lightly sparkling glass of wine is best paired with seafood, savoury cheeses, cured meats and fruits. It also goes well with smoked salmon, sushi, Thai noodles and Indian curries.


Best Ways to Experience the artful creation of Verona Wine from the hills of Garda

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Experience Verona from a different cultural perspective. The artful creation of Verona wine from the hills of Garda handed down from generation to generation is best experienced by joining wine tasting or winery visits activities.

Visit historic wineries that had stood in the very same place for hundreds of years. Take an insider look in the wine-making culture and learn about the local harvesting, history, and processes from an experienced sommelier first hand. Taste local cuisine paired with local wine for an authentic experience of Veronese wine-making culture.

While you are fully immersed in the tasting and learning of the various wines, you are further rewarded with the breathtaking views of the hills and valleys of the Garda area along with the sereneness of the countryside.

What you experience on your visit depends very much on what you select. You could take a half-day trip visit to a winery or join a wine tasting walking experience. Here are some of the very best Verona wine experiences you could go for:

Our Best Verona Wine Experiences that you may love

This sell-out event offers an all-round experience for wine lovers.

Visit a 17th century winery that has been in the family for 5 generation. Enjoy a peaceful stroll, taste a selection of local wines along with commentary on the wine-making processes.

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Add a visit to the picturesque wine region in Lake Garda to your itinerary. Taste up to 6 wines including Garganega and Chiaretto along with cold cuts, Garda’s extra virgin olive oil and bread.

* Visit to the vineyard and cellar is upon request.

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Enjoy a peaceful stroll in the quintessential hamlet of San Giorgio that is home to a 12th century Romanesque parish church while experiencing this tour.

Taste four different wines that has been made here for centuries along with cold-cuts, bread and cheese. Learn about the local harvesting, wine-making processes and history from a professional sommelier.

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31 Best Things to do in Verona

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31 Awesome Things to do in Verona

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Visiting Verona but wondering what to do? No worries. I have you covered. In this post, you shall find the 31 best things to do in Verona, in Northern Italy.

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1 | Want to learn all about the city that drips in old time romance? Discover its history at every turn – hear it first-hand from a local and you are sure to want to delve deeper.

2 | Why not go a little further? Discover Verona Food and Wine while seeing all the Highlights and Landmarks of the city, in half-a-day or so led by an expert.

Discover the incredible city that is more than the tale of the star-crossed lovers. The heritage of this city is rich. Home to a Roman open air amphitheatre, studded by bell towers, beautifully paved Piazza in pink marble liston, and layers upon layers of history still being unearthed, it is a city that offers something for everyone.

There are a range of dynamic restaurants offering the best local cuisines you can find in northern Italy. Along with this, there are a growing number of designer boutiques opening up between the frescoed churches which you wouldn’t want to miss. One thing to note though, is that when the lights go down, the city awakens. It becomes something of a haven for the young and old, especially the young lovers. So, it is worth bearing in mind that Verona is a city best enjoyed at night as well.

31 Very Best Things to do in Verona

Here are some of the remarkable things to do in Verona that includes best of the beaten track as well as some off-beat experiences. All suggested sites are easily reached, as Verona is compact and walkable. You don’t really have to go too far from the city squares but some sites may require about 20 to 30 minutes walk and are worth exploring. Most of the museums are centred around the piazzas. We have also included visits to vineyards, and exciting day trips as part of things to do in Verona, curated just for you.

Let’s get started:

1 | Juliet House

The story of Romeo and Juliet, though a myth has spurred the creation of the famous balcony and a soul-touching legend that keeps attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The most popular visitor’s attraction in Verona has also inspired several movies. Learn more about the inspiration to Juliet House, the legends associated to this destination and take a sneak peek into this famous house before your visit. A complete guide to this popular visitor attraction, and as part of things to do in Verona awaits your perusal via the link below.

Read: The Story of Romeo & Juliet in Fair Verona.

Piazzas in Verona

2 | Piazza Bra

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3 | Verona Arena

The Verona Arena is a monument of 2000 years of history.  An unmissable attraction when in Verona, this ancient marvel sits adoringly in Bra, enticing all visitors to explore its ancient history. Explore one or two of the many ways to experience this ancient site as one your best things to do in Verona itinerary — a medieval marvel not to miss.

Read the complete guide to Verona Arena which includes an overview of its history

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With the Verona City Card, you will gain Priority Entry to the Verona Arena and the Lamberti Tower along with free local transportation – these and so many other benefits. Explore more and pre-purchase before travelling to Verona > Verona City Card.


Things to do in Verona around PIAZZA ERBE

4 | Piazza Erbe

Read: The Complete Guide to Piazza delle Erbe

5 | Piazza dei Signori

A charming and an elegant square, with the statue of Dante standing tall in the centre. Also known as Piazza Dante, the square encompasses diverse architectural styles — Gothic, Romanesque and Renaissance. Piazza dei Signori sits right next to Piazza Erbe and the Lamberti Tower. The Square is said to date back to 1330 at least, and it is an important part of the city worth seeing.

6 | Loggia del Consiglio

This Renaissance style open arched space is a pretty spot at Piazza dei Signori, just next to the historic Piazza Erbe. Built between 1476 and 1493, the Loggia del Consiglio presently houses the Provincial Council of Verona and is one of the best things to do in Verona.

7 | Climb the Tower

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TTS Best Tip > Verona City Card includes entry to the Lamberti Tower

8 | ‘Painted City’

Once known as the ‘Painted City’, take pleasure in admiring the dwellings that stands testament to what Verona was in the Middle Ages. The colourful images painted by Cavalli tells a story and worth exploring.

Navigate to Mazzanti Houses in Verona for an overview of its history and where to find it

9 | The Baroque Palazzo Maffei

Standing gallantly overlooking the Piazza Erbe is Palazzo Maffei. This magnificent building was once a palace and a private residence belonging to the Veronese aristocrats, the Maffei family. Palazzo Maffei is presently a museum housing sculptures, paintings and furnitures.

If you are not into visiting the museum, perhaps you may wish to enjoy a wonderful evening, dining in their renowned restaurant which is tucked away from the main square. Prior reservation (well in advance) is highly recommended as getting a last-minute reservation is almost impossible!

Read the full guide to Palazzo Maffei and what to do here

10 | Majestic Gran Guardia

Visit this very large (86 metres in length) historic building that was built for military purposes but now, it is home to exhibitions and cultural events.

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11 | Scaliger Tombs

There is not very much to see here except that the tombs comprise a group of funerary monuments that were built by the powerful Della Scala family who ruled Verona in the Middle Ages. The monuments are regarded as the finest Gothic architecture in Italy today.


Unmissable Ancient Landmarks

12 | Porta Borsari Gate

The Porta Borsari is an ancient gate believed to originate in 1st century BC. It is a significant piece of Verona’s history as it was the main entrance to the city. Built from Valpolicella white stone, Porta Borsari has two arches flanked by semi-columns, and an upper floor with twelve arched windows. See it as you walk through the city, and cross it off your list on things to do in Verona.

13 | Arco dei Gavi

Once an ancient gate to the medieval city, the Arco dei Gavi was built by the influential noble Gavia family around the 1st century AD. It was demolished by the French in 1805 to make way for their military mule trains. The Arch stones were stored safely at the Citadella Square for over a century. Using the original stones, the Arch was later rebuilt to stand where it does now, next to Castelvecchio. It faces the Adige River and not far from its original position. Just 1 minute walk from Castle Vecchio, an item worth listing on your unmissable things to do in Verona.

Address: Corso Cavour, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

14 | Castelvecchio

Castle Vecchio is a magnificent structure that dates back to the 14th century. It is quite an expansive site and lies within the city’s perimeters. This old castle is worth exploring unhurriedly and best to set aside some time when you visit. If you could, get an audio guide to fully appreciate the relevance, context and the particular areas in this vast site when you visit. When here, don’t miss looking out to the bridge nextdoor.

Address: 2 Corso Castelvecchio
Verona, 37121
Italy

15 | Ponte di Castelvecchio

Next to Castle Vecchio is the famous Ponte di Castelvecchio. Also known as Scaliger Bridge, it is often regarded as the most romantic bridge in Verona. It is a pretty bridge, best viewed when the sun slowly sets over the horizon.

Built by the Scaligeri family between 1354 and 1356 as a means to escape should they be attacked. The bridge connects the castle to the left bank of the Adige River.


Where to go for Epic Sunset Views over the City of Verona

16 | Teatro Romano Verona

Built during the latter part of the 1st century B.C. the Roman Theatre (not the Roman Amphitheatre at Piazza Bra) is located next to Castel San Pietro. This theatre is still used today, albeit for smaller scale performances due to its size. It is worth visiting and is one of the things to do in Verona as it adds to understanding the history of this passionate medieval city. There is an Archaeological Museum that offers a fascinating insight into the city’s history also.

Address: Regaste Redentore, 2, 37129 Verona, Italy | Opens: 08:30 AM

17 | Piazzale Castel San Pietro

Though popular, this is not frequented by many who visit the city for a short break but it is one of the best things to do in Verona. Piazzale Castel San Pietro is a medieval fortress set on a hilltop and requires a climb. With best views over the many spires of the city, and the glistening Adige River flowing through the heart of the city, this is one destination to head to if you could make it. For some magnificent views, head here at dusk for epic sunset hues.

Address: Piazzale Castel S. Pietro37129 Verona VR, Italy

*It is free of charge.


18 | Palazzo Giusti and Giardino Giusti

A beautiful, perhaps one of the best in northern Italy, the Giardino Giusti was created at the end of the 15th century. The garden is said to be one of the best examples of Italian gardens and it is right next to the Giusti Palace. One of the things to do in Verona, this makes an easy destination to while-away some time in Verona’s afternoon sunshine.

Address: Via Giardino Giusti, 2, 37129 Verona VR, Italy | Opens: 10:00 AM


Cathedrals & Basillicas

19 | Verona Cathedral

Tucked away in a quiet street is Verona Cathedral (Piazza Duomo di Verona), a magnificent hidden gem which you must absolutely see when you are in the city.

An outwardly simple Romanesque architecture is pleasantly inviting, but once indoors, you shall be struck with an incredibly magnificent surprise. A 12th century apse, admirable biblical depictions, space and harmony. We particularly appreciated the Church of Sant’Elena and the archaeological excavations.

Verona Cathedral sits on the site of the very first Christian place of worship in Verona that was established here in the 4th century. Verona’s rich history continues to be unearthed here.

*Must top “things to do in Verona” list.

Address: Piazza Duomo, 21, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

20 | The Basillica of Sant’Anastasia Verona

This is another impressive church in Verona which must be seen! An outstanding Italian Gothic architecture, the Basillica of Santa Anastasia in Verona is the largest church in the city. The Basillica had its first stone laid in 1280 by the Dominican Order. The interior extends over three isles and twelve impressive pillars, all in red Veronese marble. An absolute unmissable things to do in Verona.

Address: Piazza S.Anastasia, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

21 | Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

This beautiful church is a little out of the centre of Verona, about 15-minutes walk. San Zeno Maggiore is worth visiting as it is one of the better preserved of Romanesque architecture in Northern Italy. The Basillica is certainly a must-visit destination for fans of the star-crossed lovers. The crypt here is said to be the setting where Romeo and Juliet were married according to the book.

Address: Piazza San Zeno, 2, 37123 Verona VR, Italy


Museums

As an ancient city, Verona’s long history lingers on its Roman ruins sitting next to medieval fortresses with Renaissance architectural delights in the foreground. The city’s rich history is everywhere, and most of them are found in the many museums that is dotted around Verona. If you love the opera, an art lover, or a history buff, head to one or more of these museums in Verona.

22 | Roman Theatre Archaeological Museum

The Roman Theatre (mentioned above #16) has an Archaeological Museum which opened in 1924. It is one of the best archaeological museums in Verona and worth exploring. The Museum showcases about 600 pieces of art.

Address: Rigaste Redentore, 2, 37129 Verona VR, Italy | Opens: 10:00 AM

23 | Juliet’s Tomb and the Museum of Frescoes

The Museum of Frescoes stands within the complex of a convent, San Francesco al Corso Monastery that dates back to the 13th century. In here, sits the mythological ‘Tomb of Juliet‘, which has become a major tourist attraction.

Besides the tomb, the museum is home to beautiful frescoes that decorated Veronese buildings in the 16th century. The frescoes are placed in their original arrangement. The Museum of Frescoes also showcases canvas works from 16th to 18th along with 19th century sculptures.

In the garden, there is a collection of Verona’s original sculptures, inscriptions and lapidary along with a collection of Roman amphorae from the first century BC.

Address: Via Luigi Da Porto, 5
37121 Verona | Opens: 10:00 AM

24 | Maffeiano Lapidary Museum

Established around 1738, by the long and passionate works of Scipione Maffei, the Maffeiano Lapidary Museum is in the heart of Verona and is one of the oldest public museum in Europe. The Museum has two floors and a courtyard.

There is a wide collection of carvings and inscriptions, with mostly of Greek, Etruscan and Roman. Tombstones with inscriptions from ancient civilisations are found here as well, some with original paints on them.

Address: P.za Bra, 28, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

25 | Palazzo Della Ragione

Located in the Lamberti Tower, the Palazzo della Ragione is a public gallery and houses a vast collection of paintings and sculptures representing modern art.

The entry ticket to the Lamberti Tower includes entry to the museum also.

Address: Cortile Del Mercato Vecchio, 10, 37121 Verona VR, Italy | Opens: 10:00 AM

Experience Verona’s Cuisine, and Culinary History

26 | Visit an Osteria

Verona’s cuisine and its culinary history is unique! From simple quick comfort dishes such as risotto, polenta, gnocchi and tortellini to horse and donkey meat cooked for hours if not days. Recipes are uniquely preserved by families, that has been handed down through centuries.

For an authentic experience, visit Osteria Sottocosta, in Piazza Erbe. We visitied on a not so busy rainy evening, had plenty of Bordolino and an easy serving of Bigoli bolognese.

Address: Piazza Erbe, 16, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

27 | Dine at Ristorante Maffei

Set at the top end of the historical Piazza Erbe is Ristorante Maffei. Set within a former palace and residential home of the famous and influential Maffei family in Verona. (#9 above).

The Maffei Restaurant serves typical Veronese cuisine, refined, to bring the best Italian tradition with elegance and brilliance. They even have a special ‘Romeo and Juliet’ room for romantic couples, for that timeless moments.

Maffei is renowned for its risotto dishes and it is said to have a vast collection of wines, one of the best stocked in Italy. To dine at this fine restaurant, ensure you book well ahead of time.

Address: Ristorante Maffei

Piazza Erbe, 38
37121 Verona (VR)
Tel. +39 045 8010015

28 | An all-round experience of Veronese Food and its Culture

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If you want to know all there is about traditional Veronese food and its history, join a group food tour. I know there are quite a number of food tours available and it may be a little daunting to select the one that may give the best experience. You may wish to sign-up to either of the following two:

Recommended Read: 3 Flavoursome Food & Wine Tours in Verona


Wines of Verona

29 | Valpolicella Wines

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Valpolicella is an area within the wider Veneto region in northern Italy. Its climate and geographical location has contributed to the production of quality wines in the world. The high-end Valpolicella Amarone, Reciotto and Soave DOC, amongst others, all comes from this Veneto region the hills of Garda. An area in Northern Italy where varieties of grapes have been matched to the soil and weather to produce some of the world’s best wines for centuries. Visiting Verona, the ‘wine city of Europe’ must surely call for an experience of the wine trail or a visit to a winery and vineyard.

Timeless Travel Steps Best Tips:

You may find the following three tips to be useful.

1 | Want an all-round experience of Verona — a touch of history, culture and all about Verona’s popular wines?

Be part of a Food & Wine Walking tour where you will learn about Verona’s local food, see the highlights of the city and sample some local wines.

2 | Visit a vineyard and a winery along with food tastings. Enjoy a serene stroll of the vineyards, learn about the wine-making process from grape to glass and visit a 17th century cellar >> Vineyard & Winery Tour

3 | Learn more about the Valpolicella wines — Join the Amarone Wine Trail

Day Trips from Verona

Verona’s ideal geographical location in northern Italy makes a great base for exploring other cities in the region. As well, with very good high-speed train links and road systems, these cities are easily reached within a couple of hours. Cities such as Milan, Venice, or Florence are highly doable destinations for a day-trip. However, if you are looking for something closer, Lake Garda, Sirmione and surrounds makes a perfect destination also.

30 | Lake Garda

Lake Garda is a picturesque area of the Veneto region and is one of Italy’s as well as Europe’s main tourist hub. With dramatic mountain backdrop, crystal clear waters and a collection of traditional villages, Lake Garda offers ample opportunities for a stroll, cruise, and to pick a spot on the lake front to sit and watch, over a gelato or spritz. While here, visit the nearby town of Sirmione also. Explore the medieval Scaligero Castle along with its narrow streets, and the serene Santa Maria Maggiore Church.

Don’t want to hire a car or take public transport to Lake Garda from Verona?

Timeless Travel Steps Best tips:

For a no-hassle, transport included trip, join a small group tour to Lake Garda and Sirmione. Tour includes a knowledgeable tour guide, plenty of time to explore, boat-trip and stops in nearby towns.

Book > Small group tour to Lake Garda and Sirmione from Verona.

*Georgina: We undertook this tour when we visited Verona and highly recommend it.

31 | Milan

Milan, the metropolis of fashion and design in the Lombardy region is easily reached by high-speed train from Verona Porta Nuova in a little over an hour. Make an early start and take the last train back. It is cheaper to prior purchase a point-to-point train ticket than on the day of travel.

Milan is a city that has so much to offer to its visitors and one day is by no means sufficient. If one day is all you have when visiting Verona, then visit the landmarks, such as the Milan Cathedral, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Piazza della Scala, Sforzesco Castle, Parco Sempione and dine at Biffi. No matter what you choose to do on one day in Milan, ensure that you visit the rooftop of Milan Cathedral at sunset (watch the video of the changing hues), enjoy a spritz at the Galleria and ride the historic wooden train.


… finally

These wonderful things to do in Verona are by no means exhaustive and we are sure to have missed some attractions. It only gives us an opportunity to return when possible. Verona is certainly a city that makes one yearn for more.

I hope that you found this article helpful and found answers to your questions/research on Verona. If so, use the links to book your activities and trips. We earn a commission from qualified purchases/bookings at no costs to you at all. As always, we, at Timeless Travel Steps appreciate your continued support. However, if you have more questions, please do ask and we will do our best to answer them.

Have a great time in Verona!

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The Serene Patio de los Naranjos in Seville

Seville Cathedral, the fountain in Patio de los Naranjos

The Serene Patio de los Naranjos in Seville

In the midst of the sultry city of fun and historic Seville, there is an oasis of serenity, perfectly ideal for relaxation, prayer and to while away some time.

The quaint garden grounds of Patio de los Naranjos is one of the oldest spaces in Spain and is located within the distinguished grounds of Catedral de Santa María de la Sede. The rectangular space of tranquility was inherited from the Almohad mosque that once stood here in the 12th century.

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An overview of Patio de los Naranjos in Seville

Seville Cathedral, the fountain in Patio de los Naranjos
the fountain in the centre of Patio de los Naranjos | Image:  © TTS photographer

The present Patio de los Naranjos has its origin in Muslim. It was an area that was built between 1172 and 1186 with seven arches in the centre which was the original entrance to the Almohad mosque. Many changes took place over the centuries, and the only remains of the Islamic era is the rectangular shape that measures 80 metres long by 43 metres wide.

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view of the arches at Patio de los Naranjos Seville

Although it is a small courtyard, there is a fountain in modern design, located in the centre, surrounded by orange trees. The fountain occupies the site of the old Sabil, (a public source where the Muslims would perform ritual ablutions before entering the mosque).

The “orange tree courtyard”

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the orange tree courtyard

The name, Patio de los Naranjos means “orange tree courtyard” and originates from a 16th century reference made by Rodrigo Caro who said:

“There are orange trees from many centuries ago there, with some palms and cypresses”

Rodrigo Caro (1573 – 1647) is a celebrated Spanish priest,  historian, archaeologist, lawyer, poet and writer.

There are six rows of orange trees planted here that exudes a subtle aroma of marmalade. It is worth visiting


*The Patio de los Naranjos is now used by visitors to the Seville Cathedral to relax before and/or after the tour of the Cathedral.


How to experience the Patio de los Naranjos

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Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower | Seville

You can experience the Patio de los Naranjos by visiting the Seville Cathedral, officially known as the Catedral de Santa María de la Sede.

Seville Cathedral is an architectural masterpiece, completion of which spanned well over a century! A majestic jaw-dropping sight, it is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and will have you speechless when you see the opulent High Altar gilded in 30 tons of pure gold, a legacy of Spain’s wealth during the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus.

Read the article on the majestic Seville Cathedral in its entirety.

Your fast-track ticket to visit Seville Cathedral starts from £9.26


Where to Stay in Seville, Andalusia

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Santa Cruz neighbourhood Seville

Seville is the capital city of Andalusia in Southern Spain. A bustling historic city and a favourite European destination, Seville has some of the hottest temperatures as the city is located away from the cooling influence of the coast.

With plenty of clear blue skies, scorching sunshine in summer and pleasantly warm in winter, Seville makes a popular tourist destination throughout the year. The city offers a wide range of accommodations from 2-stars to 5-stars that suits all budgets and interests. You can even book apartments and visit the local markets for fresh produce and experience life as a Sevillano.

bohemian Seville

There are several neighbourhoods where you could stay. Selecting where to stay depends very much on what you intend to do and how long you are visiting. Undoubtedly the Centro Seville is most popular but we would suggest that other barrios are equally interesting and convenient to stay at.

The following articles provide a comprehensive guide to the neighbourhoods in Seville – where to stay, things to do and where to eat.

Read the best guide on Seville’s neighbourhoods:

Santa Cruz

Bohemian Seville

Triana


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Seville Spain
37.3891° N, 5.9845° W


OUR BEST SELLING ACTIVITIES FOR SEVILLE

1 | For an all-round experience of the sultry city, opt for a food walking tour

2 | Buy a combo ticket to visit the Royal Alcazar, Seville Cathedral + Giralda.

3 | Enjoy timeless experiences on the Guadalquivir River.

4 | Tapas hopping tours

5 | Flamenco & Tapas Experience in Triana

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3 Best Food Tours in Verona

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Eat Your Way Through Verona | 3 Flavoursome Food and Wine Tours in Verona

Ready to taste some authentic Veronese food? If so, join one of the food tours in Verona when you visit this amazing city. In this easy guide I share three of the very best flavoursome food and wine tours in Verona, which you could opt for, including an overview of what to expect on each of the food tours in Verona.

Timeless Travel Steps BEST TIPS:

1 | Want to learn all about the city that drips in old time romance? Discover its history at every turn – hear it first-hand from a local and you are sure to want to delve deeper.

2 | Why not go a little further with our Best Seller? Discover Verona Food and Wine while seeing all the Highlights and Landmarks of the city, in half-a-day or so led by an expert.

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Food tours in Verona

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Verona, home to an innovative and sophisticated foodie culture is a city where you are spoilt for choice. From delicious classic dishes such as risotto al tastasal, and delicious gnocchi to mouthwatering baccalà mantecato along with local salami and cheeses. However, choices can sometimes be overwhelming. You could spend days seeking out for the delicious classic dishes or you could opt for a food tour that would take typically half a day, and use the rest of your vacation time exploring the medieval city.

Food tours in Verona are fun activities to be part of and is offered as a small group activity. Each tour mentioned in this post is distinct and offer unique experiences.

These surprisingly creative food tours in Verona offers plenty of delicious food in a variety of traditional places to eat and you get a glimpse into an amazing culinary culture. Food and places to eat are hand-picked by the local foodie expert who will be your guide throughout the tour. Starting at either morning, or afternoon, the food tours in Verona typically run for about three to three-and-half hours, with plenty of opportunities for foodie fun and to meet other people.


Recommended Timeless Experience

Are you a wine lover visiting the Wine City of Europe?

Verona is renowned for its DOC designated wines and a visit to the Valpolicella Winery is one that will prove to be a timeless experience.


An overview of What to Expect on Food Tours in Verona

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The food tours in Verona takes you on a journey of discovery of the Veronese food and wine. From sweet to savoury options and delicious local wine, there is plenty to savour on this foodie tour.

Fall in love with the flavoursome Veronese cuisine as the tour introduces you to sweet pastries, Verona’s soppressa salami, Monte Veronese cheese, and regional wine, alongside Italian classics, fresh tortellini pasta. You are in for a treat, for sure.

Eat your way through the enchanting city. Your snack and stroll adventure typically begins the Italian way – an espresso and a pastry. Afterwards, visit an authentic shop for salami and homemade bread. Taste authentic bites and drinks, while you hop from one food hot spot to another.

Along with tasting some typical Italian food, the experience includes tasting some of the famous Valpolicella wines which are unique to the Veneto region. Listen to the stories behind each variety.

This culinary tour in Verona is weaved in with a cultural journey as well and takes you much further than the food and wine you try. As you stroll through the historic city, stop and admire some of Verona’s landmarks. See the Arena, Juliet balcony, Piazza Erbe and discover some of the pretty hidden streets in the city. Listen to the city’s history, and tales from a local, sometimes not found in any tour guide books.

End your rewarding culinary experience with a local dessert, ‘risino’, a traditional Veronese dessert based on rice or a delicious gelato. Your guide will also give you recommendations on cuisines and places to eat for an enhanced experience of the city of Verona.

Ensure you select the food tour that best suits you from the options below.

Reasons to book food tours in Verona

1 | Taste the best classic Italian bites;

2 | Visit several authentic Veronese food hotspot;

3 | Learn all there is about the Valpolicella varieties from a knowledgeable guide;

4 | A food tour laced with history and culture of Verona;

5 | Small group for a more engaging experience;

6 | Mobile ticketing friendly;

7 | Free cancellation. Book your food tours in Verona experience ahead of time to secure your place and avoid disappointment. Have peace of mind knowing that you can cancel for free at least 24 hours before the event due to start should your plans change.

Timeless Travel Steps Best Tips:

1 | With the Verona City Card, you will gain Priority Entry to the Verona Arena and the Lamberti Tower along with entry to museums as well as free local transportation – these and so many other benefits. Explore more and pre-purchase before travelling to Verona > Verona City Card.

2 | Book a no-hassle Private Transfer from Verona Airport to your hotel/place of stay in Verona

The 3 BEST food tours in Verona to select from

Each tour is distinct and offer unique experiences. Ensure you bring your appetite along.

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Avoid the tourist traps and enjoy the best of Veronese culinary delight at 5 unique restaurants. Sample local specialities, visit a local tavern, try some fresh handmade pasta and polenta along with some local wines. Finish off your meal with ‘risino’, a local dessert. Learn about the city’s culinary history and the powerful Scaliger family.

Duration: 3 hours

From: € 82 pp (March 2022)

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Begin your day the Italian way with an authentic espresso and a delicious pastry. Discover the secrets of local tortellini pasta, explore the hidden streets and taste some local Valpolicella wines. This food tour in Verona includes seeing some of the landmarks in the city as you hop from food hotspot to another.

Duration: 3.5 hours

From: € 75 pp (March 2022)

Take a tasting tour of enchanting Verona. Stroll through the quaint streets, see the important landmarks and learn its history. Visit historic places to eat and wine bars. Depending on the season and time of your visit, this tour includes a trip up a funicular for a spectacular view of the wonderful city of Verona.

Duration: 3.5 to 4 hours.

From: €94.00 pp (March 2022)


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Romeo and Juliet in Fair Verona

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Romeo and Juliet in Fair Verona

Planning a visit to Verona? If so, I am sure a visit to Juliet House is on your itinerary. You are covered! To give you a heads up on what to expect on your visit, this article on “Romeo and Juliet in Fair Verona” sets the scene with a brief background to Shakespeare’s inspiration for the story of Romeo and Juliet by taking a quick read-through of Shakespeare’s 14-line poem and the play of Romeo and Juliet.

The soul-touching story prompted the creation of Juliet House as a tourist attraction and we take a sneak-peek inside the house, along with some practical information to support your planning.

The legend, the tradition or belief — call it what you will, continues to be associated with this Heritage site in Verona. Juliet House is one of the most visited destination in the City for Lovers.

The House of Juliet is located at:

Via Cappello, 23, 37121 Verona VR, Italy



Recommended read: Mazzanti House | Painted City

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Timeless Travel Steps BEST TIPS:

1 | Want to learn all about the city that drips in old time romance? Discover its history at every turn – hear it first-hand from a local and you are sure to want to delve deeper.

2 | Why not go a little further? Discover Verona Food and Wine while seeing all the Highlights and Landmarks of the city, in half-a-day or so led by an expert.


Inspiration for Romeo and Juliet

“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.

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

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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.

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The house in Verona | House of 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, forever more.

Here are the stories behind the 13th century house in Verona, House of Juliet which has become a forever more destination…

1 | Story of the house in Verona

This particular 13th century building was once the residence of 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 | Creating a ‘Juliet House’ as an attraction

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 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 House was born. A clever marketing strategy, one would say!

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The arch that leads to the courtyard of Casa di Giulietta | Juliet House, Via Cappello, 23, 37121 Verona VR, Italy. (2019) | Romeo and Juliet in Fair Verona | timelesstravelsteps.com

3 | Adding the ‘Juliet Balcony’

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

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The famous balcony at Juliet House, 2019 | Romeo and Juliet in Fair Verona

The balcony to Juliet 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.

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

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With the Verona City Card, you will gain Priority Entry to the Verona Arena and the Lamberti Tower along with free local transportation – these and so many other benefits. Explore more and pre-purchase before travelling to Verona > Verona City Card.

4 | Juliet Statue

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The Courtyard at Casa di Giulietta, Verona, 2019 | Romeo and Juliet in Fair Verona

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

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 tourists leaned on it to have their photos taken. An exact replica was created by a local foundry and placed in the courtyard, which is what you shall see today when you visit.

5 | Exterior restoration of Juliet House

Juliet's house - Gothic windows were added to the building in the 1930s
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 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 | The Interior of Juliet House

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

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Juliet House

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.

Pretty ceilings as you go up the stairs
Pretty painted ceilings as you walk up the stairs
Pretty ceilings at Juliet's House, Verona
Beautiful ceiling in one of the rooms as you keep exploring and walking through the rooms

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
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.

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

Dining room in Juliet's House, Verona
Dining room in Casa di Giulietta | Juliet House, Verona 2019
Computer room in Juliet's House, Verona
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.


While visiting Juliet House, you may wish to visit Juliet 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]

7 | The legend of Romeo and Juliet at Juliet House

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

7.1 | Legend of the bronze statue of Juliet in the courtyard

Legend has it that if you touch Juliet 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.

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People wait in queue in the 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 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 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.

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

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.

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7.3 | Love Locks

Just as Paris, Rome or Florence, Verona is no stranger to Love Locks especially in Juliet 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 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. They also make available railings in their shops where visitors can attach their locks.

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

7.4 | Juliet Club | Juliet 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 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).

Amanda Seyfried in Letters to Juliet
Amanda Seyfried in Letters to Juliet

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. If you haven’t watched the movie, you could watch the official trailer on Youtube. This is a feel-good movie for a lovely evening-in over a couple of Amarone or Vapolicella.

Practical information when visiting Romeo and Juliet in Fair Verona

1 | Visiting information on Juliet House

Location of Juliet House:

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.

2 | Best time to visit Juliet House:

Juliet 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 House sees the highest visits during these months. 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 plan to visit during the high season, then take advantage of the early opening hours at 8:30 and go first thing. Alternatively, 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.

3 | How to get to Juliet House

3.1 | 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 House.

By Taxi

4 minutes

Cost: €8 – €11

Walk details

1.4 miles

27 minutes

3.2 | From Piazza Bra:

The easiest and most economical way to get to Juliet 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

3.3 | From Piazza delle Erbe

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


For a comprehensive guide to navigating the city of Verona, go to the comprehensive guide — this is the only guide you need on public transportation and ways to explore this enchanting medieval city.


4 | Places to Stay in Verona

4.1 | Relais De Charme Il Sogno Di Giulietta

Relais De Charme Il Sogno Di Giulietta, Verona, Italy

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.

4.2 | Other Places to Stay near Piazza Bra

Due Torri Hotel

Hotel Milano & Spa

Hotel Accademia


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.

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

xoxo


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Verona by Bike | 6 Fun Cycle Tours

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Verona by Bike | 6 Fun, Best and Most Popular Cycle Tours in Verona

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Planning a timeless experience in the city of Verona? How about discovering the medieval city differently — on two-wheels.

Verona by bike is a fun and relaxed way to explore the delightful old town. Explore the highlights and the hidden corners while venturing out a little further to the picturesque Valpolicella region.

The city of Verona has enchanted many travellers over the centuries. The story of the star-crossed lovers may be the biggest attraction and draw a pilgrimage of visitors but Verona is a lot more than Juliet balcony. The Romans, the Renaissance artists and the simple romantic bridges over the Adige River are all equally inspirational reasons to visit this beautiful city in northern Italy.

Verona by Bike
Verona by bike

Most visitors explore Verona on foot as it is compact and easily walkable, with public transport being almost unnecessary, unless if you are going to the outskirts of town. However, exploring Verona by bike is increasingly popular, as it offers a safe way to explore with dedicated cycle lanes. Exploring Verona with a two-wheel is cost-effective as it is a lot cheaper than hiring a car or taking the public transport. Cycle tours gives you the flexibility to see more or less as you may wish. To top it off, cycling gives the perfect adrenalin boost to complement your daily dose of workout.

Timeless Travel Steps BEST TIPS:

1 | Want to learn all about the city that drips in old time romance? Discover its history at every turn – hear it first-hand from a local and you are sure to want to delve deeper.

2 | Why not go a little further with our Best Seller? Discover Verona Food and Wine while seeing all the Highlights and Landmarks of the city, in half-a-day or so led by an expert.

Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, pedal your way through the UNESCO listed city, the historic squares, monuments, stop at the best spots for some incredible views and photo opportunities. Look out for the ancient Roman walls that once stood to protect the city, cobbled lanes, the famous balcony and some majestic architecture. Verona by bike activities are limited to a certain number of participants for a more personalised experience.

In this guide, you shall find the information on 6 fun and most popular Verona by bike activities, its cost, and to book an experience with your preferred tour operator.


6 OF THE BEST VERONA BY BIKE EXPERIENCES

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Experience the best of Verona on a relaxed bike tour with an informative guide. See the main sights of the Roman theaters, old city walls, Juliet House and the architecture of the past 2000 years.

Duration: 3 hours

From: €39.00 pp (March 2022)

Check Availability with your preferred tour operator:

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Ride your e-bike through the rolling hills of Valpolicella, the creeks of the countryside and stop to sample the very best of the locally produced wines. Learn about the wine making traditions from a local expert.

Duration: 4 hours

From: €75.00 pp (March 2022)

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A fun ride immersing in the highlights, hidden gems and panoramic views of the medieval city while you learn all there is about the city’s past. Accompanied by a knowlegeable local guide.

Duration: 3 hours

From: € 45.00 pp (March 2022)

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Enjoy delicious food and wine while riding your bike and sightseeing the city. Taste your way through the backstreet bars in Verona called “Osterias” and discover local lifestyle.

Duration: 3 hours

From: €59.00 pp (March 2022)

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On an e-bike, ride through the hills and long rivers to reach the sanctuary of Verona. This tour offers breathtaking views over Verona . It ends with a great wine tasting and snacks session at a local bar in the city.

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

From: €85.00 pp (March 2022)

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Explore the narrow alleys, historic squares, baroque buildings by bike. Take a break and afterwards, enjoy a rafting experience on the Adige River. Verona by bike.

Duration: 4 hours

From: € 79.00 pp (March 2022)

Check availability and book your experience:

Learn more and book your experience here


Essential Information to Know before Verona by Bike Experience

1 | What is included: Use of Bicycle; Helmet; Qualified Guide

2 | Book at any time to secure your place. Have peace of mind knowing that you can cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund should you change your mind.

3 | This is a small group activity.

4 | Mobile ticketing is available.

5 | Please read all booking conditions for each activity prior to booking.

6 | Use comfortable and suitable shoes.


Timeless Travel Steps Best Tips:

With the Verona City Card, you will gain Priority Entry to the Verona Arena and the Lamberti Tower along with entry to museums as well as free local transportation – these and so many other benefits. Explore more and pre-purchase before travelling to Verona > Verona City Card.



An Incredible Valpolicella Winery Visit in Verona

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Valpolicella Winery with Wine Tasting Guided Visit

Valpolicella Winery with Wine Tasting

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When visiting the romantic city of Verona, be sure to include a visit to one of the high-end wine estates, Valpolicella Winery.

Valpolicella is a province on the east of Lake Garda, near Verona. It is located on the northern Italy’s Veneto region at the foothills of the Alps, and in and around the valleys of the Lessini Mountains. The region has a perfect climate for wine production. Wine-making in this region has existed since the times of the ancient Greek, and today it represents the region’s primary economy. The Valpolicella region is famous for its red wines, in particular the Amarone, one of Italy‘s top three in fine wines.

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1 | Want to learn all about the city that drips in old time romance? Discover its history at every turn – hear it first-hand from a local and you are sure to want to delve deeper.

2 | Why not go a little further with our Best Seller? Discover Verona Food and Wine while seeing all the Highlights and Landmarks of the city, in half-a-day or so led by an expert.

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The Red Wines of the Valpolicella Region

1 | Amarone Wines

Amarone wines are full-bodied dry, and boldly flavoured with cherry, fig, cinnamon, as well as plum. Amarone comes with a high alcohol content of between 14% and 17%, making it a perfect accompaniment with red meats or by itself.

Other red wines produced in the Valpolicella region are the three varieties of Valpolicella along with Recioto (a sweet red wine).

2 | Valpolicella

Named after the region, Valpolicella wines are made from three different grape varieties — Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and Molinara Valpolicella giving it a light and fragrant aroma. You shall find them as:

i | Valpolicella Classico comes from the original production zone of Valpolicella.

ii | Valpolicella Superiore is aged for at least one year and has an alcohol content of 12%

iii | Valpolicella Ripasso is also a superior variety. This red wine is made with left over partially dried grape skins from the fermentation of Amarone.

Valpolicella is a basic, light and fragrant table wine and makes a great alternative to Pinot Noir. Perfect for light meals or enjoy it with poultry, salmon or seafood. It can be enjoyed by itself, too.

3 | Recioto

Recioto is a full-bodied red wine with rich flavours. Made from grapes that are harvested when they are fully ripe. They retain their natural sweetness at the end of fermentation.

Recioto is a splendid accompaniment for cheeses, chocolate cakes, short crust pastries and cookies as well as strawberries and tropical fruits.


Join this interesting guided visit and learn about the winery as well as the Valpolicella wine production at a historic Valpolicella Winery with Wine tasting.


Timeless Visit to Valpolicella Winery with Wine Tasting

VeronaWineTastingTour | Food and Wine Walking Tour | Valpolicella Winery Guided Tour

Enjoy a timeless and exclusive visit to the Valpolicella region where you shall tour the estate and meet with a professional sommelier. Admire the beautiful wine cellar and winery surroundings while you learn about the history of wine-making that is unique to the Valpolicella region. Discover what makes the wines of Valpolicella special and follow the journey of making high quality wines from the stages of grape harvest to final bottling.

This incredible Valpolicella winery visit comes with exceptional wine tasting opportunities as well. You shall be guided with in-depth information on what to look for in the various wines you taste by a professional sommelier. In particular, you shall taste premium wines such as Amarone, Valpolicella Classic and Superior.

There are two ways on how you could you enjoy timeless experiences at a Valpolicella winery, when visiting Verona.

1 | Visit to a high-end Valpolicella Winery

This exclusive Valpolicella winery visit is set for 1.5 hours. In this visit, you shall enjoy an exclusive winery tour with a knowledgeable guide, learn all there is to know about premium wine-making and taste at least 6 varieties of wine. Bread snacks provided.

Learn more about your amazing visit to a high-end Valpolicella winery and check availability

*Not suitable for wheelchair users


2 | Visit the Bertani Family Estate in Valpolicella

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The Bertani family estate is an elegant historic wine estate going back to the 18th century. The surroundings are absolutely stunning, with romantic gardens and water features. The villa has beautiful frescoed walls along with an incredible 16th century wine cellar that houses 200-year old gigantic Amarone oak casks. All of these unique features of the Bertani estate comes with a professional sommelier who will guide you on the traditional and historic Appassimento and Ripasso techniques. Discover the various wines and the characteristics of the varieties of grapes that goes into making the unique wines in the region by the Bertani family.

Book your timeless experience at the historic Bertani Estate. Prices start at just £23.13 per person.


Timeless Travel Steps Best Tips: Verona

With the Verona City Card, you will gain Priority Entry to the Verona Arena and the Lamberti Tower along with entry to museums as well as free local transportation – these and so many other benefits. Explore more and pre-purchase before travelling to Verona > Verona City Card.

Essential Information to know before you go on a Valpolicella Winery Visit

1 | This activity is not suitable for persons under 18 years of age.

2 | Book early to secure your place and at the same time have peace of mind knowing that you can cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund should last minute obstacles pops-up.

3 | This is a small group activity.

4 | Mobile ticketing

SPECIAL INFORMATION

All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned.

Masks are required. Please bring one along.




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The Isle of Wight Bucket List | Epic 35 Things to do on IOW

The Isle of Wight Bucket List | 35 Epic things to do on IOW

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With just a ferry ride away from the south – coast of British mainland, is an island that has a rich historic past, and host to uniquely diverse landscape. Once home to terrifying predators about 125 million years ago, the Island now boasts natural landmarks, ancient woodland, truly stunning coastlines, dramatic white cliffs, magical sunsets, medieval castles, three hundred year old windmill and, Victorian seaside towns that are alive with so many stories to be explored. The Isle of Wight is one of England‘s best haven, with much to do either on a day trip, a short-break or a longer visit.

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The Isle of Wight is a perfect destination for a vacation by couples, coastal adventurers, families, photographers and just about anyone who enjoys an island getaway. Whilst there are multitude of things to do in this island of outstanding natural beauty, it would be impossible to compile an exhaustive list. Nevertheless, here is a guide for you – an Isle of Wight bucket list of 35 epic things to do in this stunning island (along with some valuable tips) to select from and to build your itinerary to suit your visit.

Read: The Isle of Wight – England’s Best Haven Ultimate Travel Guide

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ALUM BAY – ISLE OF WIGHT BUCKET LIST OF THINGS TO DO

1 | The Needles Rocks, Alum Bay | Isle of Wight bucket list

The Needles is one of the most iconic natural landmark in Britain and surely one of the most photographed group of rocks in the world. The distinctive row of three sea stacks of chalk rising-up as a cone at about 30 metres out at sea together with the Needles Lighthouse is one of the main attractions on Isle of Wight. This Isle of Wight bucket list destination draws up to half a million visitors a year.

2 | Needles Lighthouse, Alum Bay, Isle of Wight

The Needles Lighthouse Isle of Wight
The Needles Lighthouse, Isle of Wight when on a boat ride |

Alongside The Needles sea stacks, stands the formidable lighthouse, Needles Trinity Lighthouse. At 33.25 metres (109.1 ft), Trinity stands against the howling gales at the end of the outermost chalk stack overlooking the Solent. Built in 1859 and has been automated since 1994.

2.1 | How to experience the Needles rocks and lighthouse?

Recommended read: Very best views of The Needles – 4 viewing points on the Isle of Wight

TTS Best Tips: Where to Stay at/near Alum Bay

Needles Cottage

The Old Kitchens

3 | Needles Old Battery and New Battery, Alum Bay, Isle of Wight

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The Old Battery perched high above The Needles rocks Isle of Wight

Famously known as “Palmerstone’s Follies” the Old Battery was built in 1860s but never used for its original purpose as defence to the French invasion which did not take place.

A little further up is the Needles New Battery. The New Battery is a small site but home to some fascinating stories of secret rocket testing during the Cold War (1950s – 1970s).

Recommended read: The Historic Needles Batteries – The Old Battery and New Battery on the Isle of Wight

4 | Alum Bay coloured sand cliffs, Isle of Wight

Alum Bay is famous for its multicoloured sand and makes the Isle of Wight bucket list. Uniquely formed out of three minerals, felspar, mica and quartz, they are white in their pure state.

There was a time when visitors were allowed to scrape off the sand from the cliffs to take home as souvenir but this is no longer allowed. These days you could visit the Sand Shop at Alum Bay and have a bottle filled with the various colours to take back as a souvenir.

5 | Alum Bay Glass, Isle of Wight

The glass factory, Alum Bay Glass is quite amazing. It is world famous for unique handmade British fine quality glassware which has fascinated visitors since it began. Watch the skilful art of glass blowing and see a range of crafted glassware.

6 | Other activities at Alum Bay

6.1 | Alum Bay Sweet Factory

If you have a sweet tooth or you are just craving for some sugar, head towards the Sweet Factory and taste a sample – and you will walk out with a bag or two of different varieties 🙂

6.2 | Amusement Park

There is an amusement park in Totland to entertain both the young and adults.

Timeless Travel Steps Best tips:

1 | Get the best of Isle of Wight in One day — Travel from London or Portsmouth

2 | Take the Hovercraft from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight

3 | Take the train from London to Portsmouth

BEMBRIDGE – UNMISSABLE ISLE OF WIGHT BUCKET LIST THINGS TO DO

7 | Bembridge Windmill | Isle of Wight bucket list

bembridge windmill Isle of Wight bucket list
Bembridge Windmill Isle of Wight bucket list

What used to be known as Knowle Mill, the Bembridge Windmill is a Grade 1 listed structure and is the last surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight. Built in 1700s, the windmill has most of its original features intack over four floors. The floors are accessible via a series of steep stairs. It was a working windmill until 1913 and it was given to the National Trust England in 1971.

Good to know info:

Address: High Street/Mill Road, BEMBRIDGE, Isle Of Wight, PO35 5SQ

Tel: 01983 873945 | Awards: Green Island Awards, 2008

Guide Price:

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult GAOE£6.50 per ticket
Adult Group£5.20 per ticket
Adult Standard£5.90 per ticket
Child GAOE£3.25 per ticket
Child Group£2.60 per ticket
Child Standard£2.95 per ticket
Family GAOE£16.25 per ticket
Family Standard£14.75 per ticket
*Prices correct at time of writing – February 2022

Prior booking is no longer required but expect a small queue during high season typically during summer holidays.

*Visit length is 45 minutes

8 | Bembridge Heritage Visitor Centre | Isle of Wight bucket list

The coastal position of Bembridge on the Isle of Wight inspired and still does, contribute to boat building, yacht design, sailing and fishing. The village was vital during the World Wars as well.

The Bembridge Heritage Visitor Centre brings together all of these stories on social, seafaring, military and development and displays them so visitors could learn about the diverse stories of this beautiful seaside village.

Good to know info:

Address: Unit 1B Weaver’s Yard, Lane End Road, BEMBRIDGE, Isle of Wight, PO35 5US

Free entry. Donations welcome.

Opening hours:

(1 Apr 2022 – 31 Oct 2022)

Monday – Closed

Tuesday: 10:00 – 15:00

Wednesday: 10:00 – 15:00

Thursday: 10:00 – 15:00

Friday: 10:00 – 15:00

Saturday: 10:00 – 15:00

Sunday: Closed

(1 Nov 2021 – 31 Mar 2022)

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 10:00 – 15:00

Thursday: Closed

Friday: Closed

Saturday: 10:00 – 15:00

Sunday: Closed

9 | Whitecliff Bay, Bembridge, Isle of Wight

Whitecliff Bay Bembridge Isle of Wight
Whitecliff Bay Bembridge Isle of Wight

Whitecliff Bay Bembridge is on the easternmost point of Isle of Wight. A diamond in the rough, it boasts a secluded beach, a sandy bay with shingles and a picturesque setting. Home to Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park offering an array of self-catered accommodation to suit along with a myriad of evening entertainment as well. The beach is a busy place during the day. Access down to the beach is through two-steep concrete tracks.

Whitecliff Bay is a fantastic location in Bembridge. There’s plenty to do here, come rain or shine! It makes a perfect base from whence you can explore all nearby attractions

10 | Earl of Yarborough Monument Culver Down Bembridge

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Earl of Yarborough Monument | Isle of Wight bucket list

The tallest monument on the island, the Earl of Yarborough Monument is a historic site and definitely one for the Isle of Wight bucket list to tick off. Dedicated to Charles Pelham of Brocklesby Park, Lincolnshire, who was created 1st Earl of Yarborough in 1837. He was an influential figure on the island and was held in great affection by the islanders.

The Yarborough is a striking landmark that forms part of the skyline on the east of the island and was once upon a time a seamark for shipping. Climb the hill to reach this monument and you will be rewarded with spectacular views over Culver Cliff.

Address: Culver Down, BEMBRIDGE, Isle Of Wight, PO36 8QT

11 | Quiet Walks on the Beach in and around Bembridge

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Isle of Wight bucket list

There are a number of beaches in and around Bembridge for quiet walks that are ideal Isle of Wight bucket list. Try St Helens, a pretty green village that sits on the eastcoast of Isle of Wight between Bembridge and Seaview.

Seaview is another delightful coastal village worth exploring.

Timeless Travel Steps Best Tips:

For timeless experience, select from one of the many walks available around Bembridge that offer stunning scenery. For example, try the Bembridge and Culver Downs marshes trail. Get the paper maps or download online.


BRADING, ISLE OF WIGHT

12 | Roman Villa and Coastal Views at Brading, Isle of Wight bucket list

Brading is one of the oldest towns on the island and sits on the east side, nearby to Ryde. Located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the town is pretty with cottages boasting original architecture and a Norman church, St Mary’s. There is also the Brading Roman Villa that offers insights into the Roman period on the island. If you enjoy walking and exploring, Brading Downs offer some spectacular views across Culver Down and Sandown Bay, a delightful Isle of Wight bucket list item to cross off.

Brading Roman Villa

Address: Morton Old Rd, Brading, Sandown PO36 0PH

Tuesday to Saturday

Hours: Generally 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


BRIGHTSTONE, ISLE OF WIGHT

13 | Traditional farmhouses and cottages at Brightstone Village, Isle of Wight bucket list

Brightstone sits on the south west coast of the Isle of Wight, and offer extensive footpaths and bridleways. You could easily explore the open downs, coastal cliffs and beaches.

Brightstone Village is famous for its picturesque traditional farmhouses and thatched cottages. The cottages here are built from local ‘clunch’ stone. The Village is also home to a 800-year old church that is open to the public daily.

14 | Isle of Wight Pearl

The Isle of Wight Pearl is a family owned and run business which has been operating for thirty plus years. Home to a spectacular collection of oyster pearls, this destination offers spectacular clifftop views as well. It is worth bearing in mind that the pearls are not from Isle of Wight.


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COWES – ISLE OF WIGHT BUCKET LIST ATTRACTIONS

Located on the west bank of the estuary of River Medina, Cowes is home to the oldest and biggest sailing regatta in the world. In addition, Cowes is also rich in culture and history. It is connected to the smaller town of East Cowes sitting across on the eastern estuary of River Medina.

15 | Cowes Week – Isle of Wight bucket list experience

One of the most popular sailing regattas in the world takes place in Cowes during Cowes Week. It is the busiest time of the year on the Isle of Wight and takes place over 7 days.

Traditionally, Cowes Week takes place on the Saturday after the last Tuesday in July but this also depends very much on the tides.

Future Cowes Week dates are as follows:

2022 – July 30 to August 6

2023 – July 29 to August 5

2024 – July 27 to August 3

There are other regattas sprinkled throughout the year where you shall find anything from classic yachts to power boats taking part.

16 | Cowes Yacht Haven | Isle of Wight Bucket List

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Cowes Harbour is home to 4 marinas and a visit to Cowes Yacht Haven on West Cowes is recommended. A world-class marina with easy access to the heart of town for pubs, restaurants and shops.

Address: Vectis Yard, High St, Cowes PO31 7BD

Access – All year round

17 | Osborne House, Cowes, Isle of Wight

Osborne House Isle of Wight bucket list
Isle of Wight bucket list | Osborne House, East Cowes

Isle of Wight is well-known for its royal connection – Queen Victoria and Prince Albert cemented their love affair of the island by building Osborne House, their palatial summer home. Take a glimpse into the private lives of the Victorian family at Osborne House when visiting this stunning island.

Recommended: Get your tickets to visit Osborne House, Isle of Wight

18 | St Mildred’s Church East Cowes – Queen Victoria’s Church

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St Mildred’s Church Isle of Wight bucket list

St Mildred’s Church was a favourite of Queen Victoria and she, along with her family worshipped here during their summer vacations. The church was redesigned to incorporate unique features. Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter, Princess Beatrice was married here to Prince Henry of Battenberg in 1885. Both were laid to rest in the cemetary at St Mildred’s.

Address: Beatrice Ave, East Cowes PO32 6LW

Open: Monday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

19 | Egypt Point Cowes

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isle of wight bucket list

Egypt Point is the northernmost point on the Isle of Wight and has a lighthouse that is rather unique. The Egypt Point Lighthouse is located at the bottom of Egypt Hill, on the side of Egypt Esplanade. It was built in 1897 to guide those navigating the Solent and did so for almost a century when it was discontinued in 1987. The name ‘Egypt’ is derived from a colony of gypsies that lived in the area around the 16th century.

Egypt Point is perfect for sunsets. Take the coastal path from Cowes to Gurnard and pass Egypt Point with the sea always in view. Or watch the sunset over the Solent from the terraces of Best Western.

Recommended read: Isle of Wight and 10 Victorian Love Affair Experiences

20 | The Sir Max Aitken Museum, Cowes

For a glimpse into the world of marine history, visit the Sir Max Aitken Museum conveniently located on the highstreet at Cowes. The museum is housed in an 18th century Ratsey and Lapthorn sailmaker’s loft.

Highlights at the museum include, the Gaff from the Royal Racing Yacht Britannia dating from the 1920s and a French Empire Cradle believed to belong to Napoleon Bonaparte for his son, “The Infant King of Rome”.

Address: Sir Max Aitken Museum
The Prospect, 83 High Street,
Cowes,
Isle of Wight,
PO31 7AJ


FRESHWATER, ISLE OF WIGHT BUCKET LIST

Freshwater Bay is located to the south of Freshwater Village and offer an all year round pebble beach which is ideal for swimming, walks and boating. Accessible from Freshwater Village is Tennyson Down, a grassy hill that rises to 147m (482 feet) above sea level. It is a steep climb but worth the effort!

21 | Stag and Mermaid rocks | Isle of Wight

The ‘Stag and Mermaid’ rocks that sits at the edge of the Freshwater Bay coast is a popular tourist attraction as well as a compelling destination for photographers.

There are some rock formations here that form local landmarks. The ones to look out for are the Arch Rock, Stag Rock and Mermaid Rock.

The caves at the bottom of the white cliffs were once used by smugglers when the tide was down. Best way to explore these caves is with an expert guide on a kayak.

22 | Tennyson Monument | Isle of Wight

tennyson monument isle of wight bucket list
Tennyson Monument Isle of Wight bucket list

At the highest point in Tennyson Down , stands a memorial dedicated to the Victorian Poet Laureate, Lord Alfred Tennyson. The Tennyson Monument is a striking granite cross and an impressive structure, standing proudly in an area best loved by the laureate himself. If you can make the climb, you will be rewarded with striking views that this spot commands.

Recommended: The Needles Headland and Tennyson Down coastal walk > Read: 4 key ways to explore the Isle of Wight


GODSHILL, ISLE OF WIGHT

23 | The picturesque Godshill Village, Isle of Wight bucket list

Godshill Isle of Wight bucket list
Godshill Isle of Wight bucket list

Godshill is the ultimate in quintessential English Village on the island. The Village boasts some of the oldest architecture, picturesque thatched roof cottages and delightful winding street lined with tearooms that beckons a stop for some traditional English Cream Tea.


NEWPORT, ISLE OF WIGHT

Newport is the main town on the Isle of Wight. This historic town boasts both Georgian and Victorian architecture. The town centre has numerous shops and eateries. You could also find some high-end fashion labels here. The unmissable places for your bucket list around Newport are the 12th century fort, Carisbrooke Castle and Robin Hill, 88-acres of rolling hills and natural woodland.

24 | Carisbrooke Castle | Isle of Wight

Carisbrooke Castle, IOW
Isle of Wight bucket list: Carisbrooke Castle

Near the town of Newport and strategically located is this prominent hilltop structure, Carisbrooke Castle which dominates the centre of the island.

A centre of power and defence for over 1000 years, it was a Saxon fortress, an Elizabethan fortress and a King’s prison, eventually a summer residence to the Governor of Isle of Wight, Princess Beatrice, youngest daughter to Queen Victoria.

Isle of Wight Carisbrook Castle
Carisbrook Castle courtyard Isle of Wight

When you are at Carisbrooke Castle, walk through the main gates and take your time in exploring this quintessentially romantic castle which still has working donkeys to work the Well-House. There is a museum and a chapel here for you to learn more about this Castle. Take the wall-walk and enjoy the breath-taking views of the island that it offers. There is plenty of space to roam around especially if you are visiting with kids.

Read the complete guide on Carisbrooke Castle >> Unmissable 9 fun things to do at Carisbrooke Castle

25 | Robin Hill, Isle of Wight

Robin Hill offers some incredible adventures and experiences in its eighty-eight acres of woodland, parks and rolling hills. Home to some incredible red squirrels, tree top canopies and epic rides, it is a destination suitable for all ages.

26 | Blackgang Chine

Blackgang Chine is the oldest amusement park in the UK and a land of imagination. With fun rides, slides, dinosaurs, cowboys and so much more for a perfect day out for families with children.

27 | The Longstone, Mottistone | Isle of Wight

Longstone Mottistone Isle of Wight bucket list
The Longstone Isle of Wight bucket list

Simply known as “The Longstone” the stones are of Neolithic origin of at least 6,000 years old. It is believed to be the entrance to a communal long barrow of 31 metre long, 9 metres wide and 2 metres high used for burying the dead. People may have worshipped the sun and moon during the Neolithic times which is one reason why the Longston is aligned west-east.

On the other hand, there is an interesting legend associated with The Longstone.

Legend has it that St Catherine and the Devil himself fought over the Isle of Wight as to who would control it. During the struggle, St Catherine threw the 4 metre and 2 metre wide stone that bears her name. It landed decisively into the ground. The Devil threw a mere 2.9 metre high and 1.2 metre wide smaller stone, thus losing to St Catherine. Hence, symbolising the victory of good over evil.

The stones were most likely moved during the Saxon times and it was certainly moved in the 19th century by Lord Dillon. Lord Dillon excavated the grounds but found nothing. There were further excavations undertaken in 1956 which exposed kerb stones and a ditch that ran around the mound.

The Longstone is a key place of worship by the Druids. Significant gatherings take place during notable dates such as the summer solstice.

RYDE, ISLE OF WIGHT

If you are looking for some offbeat fun, Ryde is the place to be! You will find beautiful sandy beaches along with traditional seaside fun, Victorian architecture and some hidden gems.

Ryde is home to the longest running carnival on the island which takes place at the end of August. Perfect for strolls along the beachfront, Ryde also offers plenty to do in this part of the island. You could go G0-karting, Climbing, explore the many independent shops or visit Quarr Abbey, a Benedictine monastery.

28 | Quarr Abbey Isle of Wight

Quarr Abbey Isle of Wight bucket list

Pronounced as “Kwor”, Quarr Abbey is a working Benedictine monastery and is set amongst acres of stunning and peaceful surroundings, just outside of Ryde.

Founded in 1132, the monastery ultimately fell victim to King Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries. In 1907, a group of French Benedictine monks were exiled to the island. They established a kitchen garden and started rebuilding the Quarr. The present monastery is built entirely by the efforts of the local islanders.

Quarr Abbey makes the Isle of Wight bucket list not just for the tranquility that it boasts but also for its incredible architecture along with its 900 years of monastic history.

Quarr Abbey is nestled between Ryde and Wootton on the northern coast of the Isle of Wight.

Quarr Rd, Ryde, PO33 4ES


Sandown, Isle of Wight

29 | Dinosaur fossil expeditions on Isle of Wight – an incredible bucket list experience everyone!

Best areas to find dinosaur bones in Isle of Wight are at Yaverland beach near Sandown and on the south-west coast of the Island, stretching from Atherfield to Compton.

SHANKLIN

30 | Shanklin Chine

Shanklin Shine is one of Mother Nature’s best geological feature on the Isle of Wight. A popular attraction, Shanklin Shine features waterfalls, lush vegetation and wooded coastal ravine along with footpaths and walkways. It has a heritage centre and a gift shop. The beautiful tea garden has a Victorian tea room, serving cream tea, light lunches and meals.

VENTNOR | ISLE OF WIGHT

31 | St Catherine’s Oratory

St Katherine's Oratory Isle of Wight bucket list
St Katherine’s Oratory Isle of Wight bucket list

Standing at four storeys high, the octagonal shaped tower is the only surviving medieval lighthouse in England. It was built by Walter de Godeton, Lord of Chale as contrition for stealing wine from a shipwreck in 1313. A replacement lighthouse was planned in 1785 but this was never completed.

St Catherine’s Oratory is affectionately known by the islanders as “Pepperpot” due to its shape and the remains of the replacement lighthouse as the “Salt Cellar”.

Accessible by a footpath from the end of Upper House Lane in Chale.

32 | Ventnor Botanic Gardens

Ventnor Botanic Garden Isle of Wight bucket list
Ventnor Botanic Garden Isle of Wight bucket list

Founded in 1970, and located close to sea, the Ventnor Botanic Gardens enjoys a micro-climate weather all year round. Home to an incredible range of flora, and fauna, along with rare butterflies and insects. A popular visitor destination on the Isle of Wight.

33 | St Katherine’s Lighthouse

Sitting on the southern tip of Isle of Wight, St Katherine’s Lighthouse was built by Trinity House in 1838 to guide ships in the Solent. The height of the tower is 27 metres and has 94 steps to reach the lantern.

St Katherine’s Lighthouse has been a weather reporting station for some years and has been automated since 1997.


COASTAL WALK ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

Isle of Wight coastal walk
Coastal walks Isle of Wight bucket list

The Isle of Wight coastal path is divided into six sections and takes you the full circumference of the island. You will pass through busy harbours, fishing villages, sailing towns, sandy beaches, white cliffs, wildlife haven and so much more.

Georgina: Although I did not complete the whole 64 miles of the designated coastal footpath, I did some, and left some to be continued on another visit.

Isle of Wight coastal walk
Views from Isle of Wight coastal walk. There is always a spot here for you to sit and look out to the English Channel or watch the busy shipping line heading towards the Solent.

Coastal walks are the best ways to appreciate the incredible Isle of Wight. I was totally distracted   with the breath-taking views of the English Channel and watching the ships across the Solent which is mesmerising while the sun sets.

34 | White Cliffs at Isle of Wight

Georgina: White cliffs at Isle of Wight: A simple walk along the coast turned out to be a memorable experience. I guess it is all about “being in the moment” – just you and nature. | Isle of Wight bucket list

The White Cliffs are a beautiful sight and it is one that you should not miss if you are planning on a coastal walk.

The white cliffs from a distant Isle of Wight
View of the white cliffs from a distant | Isle of Wight bucket list
Isle of Wight coastal walk is just another journey of discovery when you experience views like this | Isle of Wight bucket list.

35 | Victoria’s Island Trail

You can follow Queen Victoria’s footsteps – the Victoria’s Island Trail and visit the places around the island that were important to the Royal family. A key favourite is Victoria’s church, St Mildred’s, where she worshipped and the yacht club which was specifically built for Queen Victoria.

finally …on Isle of Wight bucket list

Wherever you are on the island, you know that you are never too far from the sea. The island has 57 miles of coastline and offers great opportunity to explore at every turn. The sights are unique with different soaring cliffs, secluded coves for rock-pooling and nature trails and hikes. Over half of the island has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

For me, though, after spending almost a week here, I did not do everything the island offered. As for my highlights of the visits, where shall I begin…The Needles, the Coastal Walk, Osborne House, Whitecliff Bay, Cowes, the Pearl factory, watching fishermen come in with their catch of lobsters and crab…

If you are considering an island to explore in England, I would highly recommend the Isle of Wight.

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Isle of Wight at a Glance

Coordinates: Latitude: 50° 40′ 30.59″ N Longitude: -1° 16′ 30.60″ W

Isle of Wight
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Isle of Wight
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Basic facts:

Island: Largest island in England

Island’s city: Newport

Population: 141,538 | Second most populous island in England behind Portsea Island.

Landmass: The Isle is roughly 380.728 kilometer/147 square miles

County: Governed by one unitary authority.

Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) | British Summer Time (BST)

High season: July – August

Religion: Christianity

Language: English

Money

Currency: Pounds Sterling (£)

Credit and Debit cards accepted.

Topography

Elevation: Maximum elevation: 242 m | Average elevation: 15 m | Minimum elevation: -1 m

Designation:

1 | Isle of Wight Biosphere Reserve, United Kingdom

2 | Isle of Wight – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Why Visit:

Famous for: Ghosts, Dinosaur bones, Victorian villages, Cycling routes, Walking & Hiking + Healing & Wellbeing retreats

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