Food in Verona | Best 16 to Know

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Best 16 Traditional Food in Verona to Try or to Know About

Travelling to Verona and wondering what the food is like and what to eat? Well, let me just say, … we were in Verona for four days, and all through, we never ate a bad meal. Having visited Northern Italy on previous travels, we found that food in Verona were some of the best in Italy. Therefore, this post is a list of the 16 traditional food in Verona which you may want to know about, and perhaps try them when you visit.

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A visit to Verona or anywhere in Italy and I am sure you would agree that their food is incredible. You may also have noted that Italian cuisine is highly regionalised, expressing geographical influences from their neighbours and locally sourced ingredients. Dishes use high quality ingredients, simple cooking methods and are always seasonal, hence exuding a distinct regional flavour even for their well-known staple food, the ubiquitous Italian pasta.

An Overview on Cuisines in the Northern Italian Region

The cuisines in the Northern Italian region is quite different. Neighbouring the Alps, spanning across the mountainous, wooded terrain and fresh water, affords the region with a wide range of locally sourced high protein food. Beef, pork, rabbit, horse-meat, donkey-meat, quail, fish and shellfish feature highly in their seasonal cuisine. The cuisines here use richer dairy fats such as cream and butter. Olive oil is used as well but not as much as it is in the South.

The food in the northern region, though simple, uses fresh herbs such as rosemary and sage and distinct cooking methods. Primarily slow-cooking and recipes handed down through generations, the food in Verona sets them apart from the rest of Italy. Aside from these, a notable difference is that the Northern Italian region uses rice and corn as staples in the form of risotto and polenta.

Veneto Region

The Veneto region in Northern Italy occupies the northern area along the Adriatic Sea. Thus, fish and seafood such as eel, shrimps, and lobsters feature highly in the cuisines from this region. As well, vegetable dishes such as rice and peas, grilled red radicchio of Treviso seasoned with salt and olive oil, along with boiled white asparagus.

Cuisines in Verona

Verona is one of the largest cities in the Veneto region. A romantic city with a rich art and cultural heritage, along with its suggestive alleys, Verona is a popular European tourist hub. The city is also known for its cuisines, local specialities, traditional dishes and for its examplary wines.

Simple, yet rich, comforting and scrumptious dishes of rice, polenta, beans and unique meats paired with the region’s full-bodied special wines are typical features of Verona’s cuisine.

With an overview of the northern region of Italy, Veneto and Verona above, I am sure you are beginning to appreciate what variety of food in Verona to expect.

Let’s take a closer look at what to expect on food in Verona when you visit.

1 | Antipasti

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Antipasti in Italian, refers to ‘before the meal’ and takes the plural form of the word ‘antipasto.’ A common variety of antipasto includes cured meats, such as salami and prosciutto along with a selection of cheeses, olives and red peppers. A delicious antipasto to try is the bruschetta.


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2 | First Course Cuisines

For the first course, visitors to Verona can expect a hearty filling of pasta, rice or gnocchi dishes.

2.1 | Pasta

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Unique to Verona, and native to the Veneto region is Bigoli, a spaghetti-shaped pasta. Known to have originated in the 1600s, bigoli is much thicker than ordinary pasta and has a rough surface. The rough surface allows for the sauce to be absorbed more generously. Bigoli has a nutty flavour and conventionally paired with a duck ragu sauce, salted sardines or seafood Traditionally made with buckwheat and duck eggs but these days, bigoli is made with wholewheat flour, butter and water.

Just to note, the meat sauces for the pasta dishes in Verona are sometimes made with untraditional meats such as duck, horse or donkey.

The bigoli dishes are rich, substantial and light. Traditionally, a popular dish consumed on fasting days such as Ash Wednesday or Good Friday.

Along with bigoli, the Province of Verona is home to another popular variant of pasta, tortellini. This local tortellini is unique to the village of Valeggio sul Mincio, located about 40 kilometres from Verona. The recipe for this tortellini is said to have originated in the 14th century. This wholesome pasta variant is made with flour and eggs, filled with a mixture of ground beef, pork, chicken, onions, carrots, celery, rosemary, Bardolino wine as well as breadcrumbs.

2.2 | Rice

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Rice is a common dish in Verona. Native to the province of Verona is the top quality grain, Vialone Nano Veronese which makes a perfect base for risotto. Risotto is a staple dish in Northern Italy, so much so that a yearly festival is held every September and October. The annual festival is held in the nearby village of Isola della Scala, just 20 kilometres from Verona, where top chefs feature their risotto creations for the season.

2.3 | Gnocchi

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Gnocchi is a traditional variety of pasta believed to have originated in the 16th century. They were originally made with wheat and semolina. The mountain villagers made them with rye, barley or chestnut flour.

Since the introduction of potatoes in Europe, gnocchi has been made with potato, wheat flour and eggs. The potato based dough, is then shaped into bite-size ‘dumplings’. Pumpkin and spinach can be added to the mixture as well. These are either boiled in salt water or deep fried. Gnocchi varieties abound in Italy. Each region has its own varieties and names.

Gnocchi is commonly enjoyed as first course dishes in the Veneto region. These dumplings are served with numerous possibilities. They can be complemented with tomato sauce and grated cheese, butter and sage, creamy cheese-based sauces, ragu, cured meat or as complementary to meat stews.


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3 | Second Course Cuisines

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Meat features highly in Verona’s second course cuisines. Fish and seafood are also present in food to eat in Verona as these are freshly sourced from nearby Lake Garda.

3.1 Meat

Meats such as veal, pork, wild game, horse, beef, donkey, duck, and fowl are unique to Verona’s cuisine and distinguishes the city from its neighbours. There is a range of roasts, stews, and sauces with meat being central to the dish.

3.2 | Polenta

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Many of the second course dishes are typically accompanied with polenta.

Polenta originated amongst the peasant farmers of Po Valley. In ancient times, polenta was made from rye, spelt and buckwheat, taking a darker form. However, post 16th century and with the introduction of corn in Europe, polenta was made by grinding corn into flour. It has a richer colour, yellow yolk-like and slightly sweet. This dish is readily available in most places to eat in Verona.

2.3 | Fish and Seafood

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Bass and Catfish are readily available as these are sourced from the local Verona lakes. Fish is often grilled, sautéed or braised and the use of wine in seafood is common. Served with a side dish such as polenta, or local vegetables that are sautéed.


4 | Desserts

Traditional desserts in Verona include a variety of cakes, cookies and other delights.

4.1 | Pandoro

‘Golden bread’ or more popularly known as Pandoro, is served topped with powdered sugar. Pandoro is readily available during the festive season.

4.2 | Nadalin

An invention believed to have originated in the 13th century. This classic Italian dessert is said to have been made in honour of the powerful Della Scala family who ruled Verona for a over a century.

Nadalin is the preferred dessert option than Pandoro, as it is less buttery, and has a denser texture. Made from dough flavoured with vanilla and lemon zest, it has a crunchy top crusted with granulated sugar, marsala wine, almonds and pine nuts.

4.3 | Other dessert options

Pinza Veneta, a traditional Italian cake which is popular in the Veneto region. Made with a combination of polenta flour, plain flour, raisins, figs and apple along with butter, sugar, yeast and fennel seeds.

Fregolotta, is another traditional Italian cake, that originated in the Veneto region. It is a crumb cake, more like a large cookie. Made with flour, butter, sugar, lemon zest and chopped almonds.

Try also sfogliatine di Villafranca, a doughnut shaped puff pastry and/or torta russa di Verona, a cake made with puff pastry, almonds, amaretti, eggs, lemon and topped with powdered sugar.


5 | Wine

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The region of Veneto is one of the largest quality wine producing areas in Italy and the province of Verona features top wine producing zones. Visitors to Verona can experience a variety of wines, from whites such as Soave, Lugana and Custoza to reds, which includes Bardolino, and Valpolicella.

Recommended read: Guide to Verona Wines from Garda Hills & food-match suggestions


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Food in Verona | What to Eat in Verona

Tradition and creativity sets Verona apart along with flavour and texture. Here are the best 16 traditional food in Verona which you may wish to try.

1 | Bruschetta

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bruschetta | food in Verona

Bruschetta or bruschette (plural) is a delicious starter to an Italian meal. Made with toasted ciabatta, drizzled with extra virgin oil, a little salt, topped with fresh pomodoro tomatoes, chopped red onions and the fine Monte Veronese cheese from the Lessini Mountains.

2 | Salmon

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Salmon mi-cuit makes an excellent starter course to any meal. The decadent texture of this dish relies on religiously curing the salmon to achieve maximum flavour. Served with caper sauce.

Where: Ristorante Il Desco (Michelin starred), Via Dietro San Sebastiano, 5/7
37121 Verona

3 | Gallina Flammata

If you would like to try a poultry starter, try the flamed chicken. Sourced from local farms, the grilled chicken is served with salad and pomegranate.

Where: Ristorante Maffei, Piazza Erbe, 38, 37121 Verona VR, Italy


4 | Risotto all’Amarone

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Risotto Amarone is a traditional dish and a much loved one. Made from a selected few ingredients but of very high quality. Risotto Amarone is often a signature dish in many of the restaurants in Verona.

The primary ingredients are just two. Both  are of the finest products of the Veneto region — Amarone della Valpolicella and Vialone Nano rice. Added to these ingredients are onions, broth, olive oil, butter, salt and pepper.

Where: Antica Bottega Del Vino, Via Scudo di Francia, 3, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

5 | Risotto al Tastasal

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Risotto al Tastasal is a traditional Veronese cuisine. Made with prime vialone nano rice, the rice is boiled with meat broth, sauteed with onions and garlic. The risotto is topped with local salami (made from ground pork belly and shoulder) and seasoned with just the right amount of salt. Garnished with a pinch of nutmeg and Parmigiano Reggiano.

Where: Risotteria Porto Mancino, Via Lazzaretto, 26, Verona, Veneto, Italy


Other rice dishes to try:

Risotto al Radicchio, a traditional Venetian dish made with local radicchio.

Risotto with porcini mushrooms;

Risi e bisi ( rice and peas);

Risi e figdini (rice and chicken liver).


Recommended read: 24 Incredibly Delicious Dutch Culture Food in Amsterdam


6 | Bigoli in Cassopipa

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Bigoli in Cassopipa is an Italian dish symbolic of the Veneto region. The sumptuous dish originated from the fishing village of Chioggia. The nutty flavour of the bigoli goes well with seafood such as squid and shellfish (mussels, clams and cockles). There seem a number of variations and each chef/cook seems to have their own recipe on this one. Generally, the squid and shellfish is sauteed in olive oil with onions, garlic, carrots and celery with spices. White wine is added and the mix is allowed to simmer till the sauce is right. The bigoli is dressed with the sauce along with a drizzle of olive oil.

If you are not into seafood, try the bigoli in salsa.

7 | Bigoli in Salsa

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Bigoli in salsa is a typical dish of the Veneto region and is made of simple but tasty sauce. The sauce is made with onions and salted sardines or anchovies, creating a unique rich flavour. Sometimes topped with pine nuts.

Where: Pescheria I Masenini, Piazzetta Pescheria, 9, 37121 Verona

8 | Bigoli with Duck Ragu

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A traditional dish in the Veneto region, bigoli with duck ragu sauce is widely served in Verona. The bigoli pasta is cooked in duck broth, served with duck ragu sauce (made with mince duck meat) and grated cheese.


9 | Polenta

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Polenta, typical traditional Veronese dish, made from cornmeal and cooked in salty water.

The best polenta to go for is the one made with beans (polenta infasola). You could also try them with meat, mushroom and cheese. Traditionally, polenta was eaten with herring.

Where: La Taverna di Via Stella, Via Stelaa 5/c, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

10 | Pastissada de Caval | Veronese Horse Meat Stew

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These days, Pastissada de Caval is a speciality cuisine in Verona served as a second course of a meal. This is an ancient Veronese horse-meat stew, believed to have originated as far back as the Ostrogothic rule (493 AD to 553 AD).

The Ostrogoths, led by Theodoric the Great defeated Odoacer, a Germanic soldier who was the king of the Heruli, in control of northern Italy at that time. After, the battle, there were too many dead horses on the battlefield. As a celebratory gesture, Theodoric allowed his people to use the horse meat for food. The people marinated the horse-meat with plenty of wine, onions, and cooked it with vegetables. The meat was slow-cooked for several days to be enjoyed with more wine … and that was how patissada de caval was born.

The recipe on patissada de caval has been passed down from generations to generations, albeit tweaked along the way. Nowadays, the horse-meat is cooked with onions, carrots, cloves and Valpolicella wine. This special food in Verona is then flavoured with bay leaves, cinnamon and nutmeg. An incredibly cuisine, typically served with creamy polenta.

Georgina: As adventurous as I am with food, I did not try this one. However, I researched on the best places that offer this traditional food in Verona and found the following two. Perhaps, you may want to give the Veronese horse-meat stew a try.

Where: Osteria Da Morandin Verona, Via Venti Settembre, 144, 37129 Verona, VR, Italy | Recommended by food critic Paolo Massabrio

OR

Osteria al Duca, Via Arche Scaligere, 2, 37121 Verona VR, Italy | Recommended by food critic, Lorella Fabris


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11 | Lesso e Pearà

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Lesso e Pearà is a traditional Veronese dish served as second course, and more common during the holidays and festive season. A rich cuisine, made with boiled meat and paired with pearà.

Pearà dates back to the 14th century and refers to a slowly cooked sauce made from beef marrow, beef or chicken broth, grated stale bread, butter or olive oil, salt and lots of pepper.

The pearà is traditionally served with poached meat such as beef tongue, or chicken. However, more commonly used are beef cuts, veal, capon, cotechino – all gently simmered for two to three hours in a terracotta pot for an authentic flavour.

Where: Ristorante Greppia, Vicolo Samaritana, 3 – Verona (Italy)

12 | Stinco al Forno

A popular second course, this is roast veal shin bone, cooked low and slow to ensure the meat is tender. Commonly served with polenta or seasoned potatoes.

13 | Sea Bass

If you prefer a fish dish, go for sea bass. These are locally sourced and fresh. Grilled and dressed with rosemary oil, served with potatoes.

Where: Pescheria I Masenini, Piazzetta Pescheria 9, 37121 Verona.

14 | Nadalin

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Try this sweet crusted top mini cake, Nadalin (see 4.2 above) after a sumptous meal.

Where: Pasticceria Tomasi, C.so Milano, 16A, 37138 Verona VR, Italy.

OR

Pasticceria Flego, Corso Porta Borsari, 9, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.

15 | Sfogliatine di Villafranca

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A traditional dessert in Verona (see 4.3 above), try the melt-in-the-mouth Sfogliatine di Villafranca with pistachio and hazelnut cream.

Where: Ristorante Maffei, Piazza Erbe, 38, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

16 | Tiramisu

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An iconic Italian dessert, Tiramisu effectively means, ‘pick me up’ due to the effects of sugar, liquor and coffee.

First introduced in Veneto around 1980, the perfect tiramisu is said, and should deliver the serious caffeine kick from the strong espresso, and the Marsala wine adds a nice sweet buzz. In Verona, it is sometimes made with pandoro.

Where: Ristorante Maffei, Piazza Erbe, 38, 37121 Verona VR, Italy


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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

Read: Piazza Bra

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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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

Learn more: Lamberti Tower

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.

Read more on Gran Guardia >>

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.

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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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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



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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

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

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!

Entrance to Casa di Giulietta, Verona | Romeo and Juliet in Fair Verona | timelesstravelsteps.com
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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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.

Inside Juliet's House, Romeo and Juliet in Fair Verona,
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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Mazzanti Houses, Verona

Mazzanti Houses | Verona

Updated: Apr 14, 2022

One of the oldest in the charming city of Verona, in northern Italy, the Mazzanti Houses is a group of frescoed Renaissance houses. The building is breathtakingly beautiful, painted in both subtle and vibrant colours. They are located from via Mazzanti and all the way round to Corso Sant Anastasia, facing one of the most famous historical squares in Verona, Piazza delle Erbe.

This post lays out a little background to the Mazzanti Houses and what it is today in Piazza delle Erbe. Along with this brief overview, included are information on Albergo Mazzanti, a popular accommodation amongst visitors and tourists who want to experience the authentic Veronese style and culture.

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A little background to Mazzanti Houses Verona

Casa Mezzanti | Mazzanti Houses | Verona
Mazzanti Houses, Verona

The Mazzanti Houses date back to the middle ages, around 1300s to the Scagliari (Scala) family. The Scala family were not the lords of Verona yet at this time, but they were very influential in the economic and political life of Verona. The Scala family used the building to store wheat. The bottom of the building were used as shops. It was passed on to the Gonzaga family who then sold it to the Mazzanti family in 1527.

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Mazzanti Houses Today

Mazzanti House frescoed wall
Frescoed walls, Mazzanti Houses, Verona

Today, the Mazzanti Houses stand testament to what Verona was in the 1500s – urbs picta, a painted city. Almost all the dwellings in Verona during this period had their front walls brightly painted with frescoes so passers-by could stop to see and admire. This was common amongst the wealthy and the Veronese nobles.

Mazzanti Houses.frescoed walls.Verona

A look at the Mazzanti houses and you will instantly be intrigued by the many frescoes of mythological and allegorical scenes painted by Alberto Cavalli. For some, these images may tell a story and find them interesting while for some, these could be an eye-sore, yet others may not even give it any attention! Nevertheless, it is a colourful collection from the middle ages that blends well with the historical and delightful Piazza delle Erbe.

The ground floor is still home to shops but shops of a different kind – restaurants serving delicious mouthwatering pastas and seafood linguine (there’s lots more on the menu of course 🙂 ) with additional seating on the first floor.

Restaurants on the ground floor of Mezzanti House \ Verona
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Restaurants line the perimetre of Piazza delle Erbe, Verona

Georgina: The first floor rooms are small (as to be expected of medieval homes) but the tables were arranged in a way that there was just enough room to go around. My visit was off-season, in November. The restaurants were not busy and we could easily get a table without having to wait.


Piazza delle Erbe is a vibrant square and if you want to experience an authentic Veronese culture, staying in the heart of the square even for one night will be an enriching experience. You may wish to consider Albergo Mazzanti.



Albergo Mazzanti, Verona

Albergo Mazzanti is a 3-star superior hotel located in the heart of enchanting Verona. It is popular among tourists because the best of the beaten path are all within a few minutes reach. The infamous balcony of Shakespeare’s star-struck lovers is located less than one kilometre (200 yards) away. The world famous open-air amphitheatre is also less than five-minutes walk. Being close to everything means that there will probably be no need for use of public transportation to get to the attractions.

The non-smoking hotel is inviting and decorated with warm and pleasing colours. It’s refined decor goes well with the history of the square. With a buffet breakfast, friendly staff and 10% discount at Caffè Dante Bistrot, you are sure to have one of the best memories of your vacation in Verona.

Albergo Mazzanti | Verona
Albergo Mazzanti, Verona

To book your stay at Albergo Mazzanti for a memorable experience, checkout their discounts and offers on this page



Very best places to stay at Verona

If you would like to peruse a greater selection of accommodations in Verona, there are seven unique accommodations which have been carefully selected for you. Each has a unique feature. Some includes rooftop access for a beautiful sunset view over the Verona Arena. Or if you are a Romeo and Juliet fan, you may want to stay at Il Sogno di Giulietta which overlooks the most popular balcony in the world!

Three of the seven hotels are appended below.


Plan ahead:

Travel resources at a Glance

Planning your dream vacation? Excellent! Here are all the Resources and Practical information you need for your self-guided or guided vacation.

Flights

I have a few choices. Search Google flights because they offer very competitive prices. You could also try Opodo for cheap airfares. For special experiences, go to On the Beach and Jet2Holidays.

Accommodations

My favourite website for booking hotels is booking.com – I love their flexible cancellation policy which means I’m covered till the last minute. I also like that the totals show up for the whole stay so it helps me budget better. Other favourites of mine are Millennium & Copthorne Group of Hotels and Resorts for their consistent high quality accommodations and service. You could also take a look at the Radisson Hotels chain that caters for all budget.

Unique experiences & tours

My all time go to resource for unique experiences and tours is Get your Guide. I am also a fan of Viator for their special deals.

Travel insurance

Never travel without travel insurance and never overpay for travel insurance! I use and recommend World Nomads for your travel insurance needs. They even insure on the go. Before purchasing any any travel policy, read through the terms to ensure that the plan is right for you and your trip.

Travel essentials

Never travel without these! I use and fully endorse all the products on this page but especially: High powered wireless power bank, Universal travel adapter and unlimited portable pocket wifi.


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Verona Arena | A piece of medieval marvel that can’t be missed

Verona Arena | A piece of medieval marvel that can’t be missed

Updated: Mar 25, 2022

Renowned as a Veronese monument, the Verona Arena is the oldest and the largest open-air amphitheatre in the world. This Roman marvel is impressive from all angles and it is a spot in Verona that must be experienced.

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The ancient marvel, Verona Arena was constructed in the 1st century and is one of the best preserved of its kind. It sits in Piazza Bra, dominating the heart of the city. The formidable structure looks spectacular both during the day and at night. It was once used for spectacles of gladiator fighting, now Opera performances takes place in the summer months at dusk. An absolute piece of medieval marvel that can’t be missed when visiting Verona.

Come along with me to take a very brief look at its 2000 years of history and discover ways on how you can experience this ancient monument in Verona.


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Verona Arena: An ancient monument of 2000 years of history

The 1st century amphitheatre known simply as Arena was built around 30 AD during the reign of Augustus Caesar. During his reign, the city of Verona was part of the Roman Empire’s expansion. Located between Milan and Venice together with its strategic location on the Adige River, Verona was used as a base for controlling the northern territories.

The Roman’s built Verona on an organized grid plan, with two main gates, and surrounded it with defensive walls. Bridges were built across the Adige River but most notable of their creations is an amphitheatre. Just outside of the city walls, an amphitheatre was constructed. Verona Arena.

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1 | The Romans and About the Amphitheatre

In Ancient Rome, an amphitheatre was an important structure. It was a meeting point, where the settlement gathers to watch spectacles of entertainment like a circus, a tournament or festivals. An amphitheatre kept everyone happy. Having one just outside of the city walls meant that lots more people from the neighbouring settlements and cities could come without threatening the peace of the City of Verona.

In its original architecture, the Verona Arena comprised of three tiers of arches at a height of 30 metres. The external dimensions of the structure was 152 x 123 metres. The monument was the third largest Roman amphitheatre at that time, after the Colosseum and Capua. The tiers of the amphitheatre are all made of Veronese marble, pink and white stones sourced from Valpolicella. The Verona Arena is said to have accommodated almost 30,000 spectators for festivals, circus acts, dancing and music. The theatre hosted all kinds of games and tournaments especially equestrian games. Above all, the spectacles that drew most attention were blood sports, notably the gladiator show, where two trained combatants would fight each other to death.

Later, more defense walls were built to protect the city from invaders and the amphitheatre was included inside of its walls. It was a good thing too, as all the surrounding settlements and towns were destroyed while Verona stood firm.

2 | After the Romans (500 – 1000 AD)

The Romans lost power in the 5th century. Verona was then ruled by the Goths, the Lombards and the Vatican until around 1000 AD. Buildings and monuments were added to the city century after century. The City of Verona grew but the Arena did not. Gladiator fighting was banned and the Arena stood empty for centuries.

The unused Arena was pillaged for building materials. The bricks and stones were much needed for building other structures and for Verona’s growth. Largely, the Arena stood as a free source of materials.

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3 | Disaster strikes!

After surviving the screaming, stomping fans, several wars, and as a resource of building materials, the Arena was hit by a massive earthquake. On January 3, 1117 AD an earthquake rated at VII (very strong) on the Mercalli Intensity Scale struck northern Italy and Germany. The outer wall of the Arena was partially destroyed as a result. The surviving wall was later damaged in another earthquake of 1183. Only four arches of the outer wall still remains.

4 | The Scala Family – 13th to 14th century

Following the Battle of Legnano in 1176, Verona gained autonomous status. As a result, the economy boomed and the city attracted many wealthy and prominent families who invested and grew the city. Amongst them, the Scala Family, who ultimately ruled as lords of Verona from the mid 13th century through to 14th century.

With more money flowing in the economy, the Scala’s began using the Arena. It was primarily used as a public trial area, and disputes solved through combat.

5 | Verona Arena in the 15th century

However, the fighting among Verona’s wealthy families brought them all down, making it easy for the Venetian Republic to take over at the start of 15th century. Under the Venetian, new laws were passed making it illegal to vandalize the Arena. During this period, the Arena provided cheap housing for prostitutes who kept the place nice and beautiful.

6 | A market place in the 16th century

In the 16th century, the prostitutes made way for small shops, artisans, blacksmiths, hair-dressers, jewellers and mechanics. The open-air Arena became an open-air market where you could go to get your horses hoofed, buy your wife a necklace or for snacks. Essentially it was a place where you could get all your shopping done at once.

It seems that some arches still housed mechanics and other shops until the mid-20th century.

7 | Napoleon

In 1797, Napoleon took over Verona for the length of the Napoleonic Wars until the Austrians won it in 1815. Napoleon used the Arena for purposes other than culture (concentration camp for prisoners).

8 | The Arena finally finds its purpose – 1822

1822 is known as the year of the first ever Opera performance in the open-air amphitheatre. The Arena lends itself well to opera. Though it’s huge, it has remarkable acoustics – performers do not use microphones!

9 | Opera at Verona Arena – August 10, 1913

Although the opera performances began in the 1800’s the Arena was still mostly unused for almost a century. The first performance that set the start of the Opera Festival at Verona Arena was on August 10, 1913. The first performance of Aida organised by Giovanni Zenatello and Ottone Rovato to commemorate the 100th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi. 

Besides pauses during the First and Second World Wars, the Arena has been hosting summer Opera festivals ever since.


That’s just a brief history of a monument of 2000 years or so.


Verona Arena today

The Verona Arena continues to play host to a variety of cultural events. It’s famed annual summer festival of Opera performances (June to September) is well-worth a visit if you could get hold of some tickets. Take a look below.

Verona Arena Opera Festival 2021

From June 17, 2022 the Arena Opera Festival 2022 is on stage. The Opera opens with Carmen, along with many special nights during the season in the spectacular setting of the Verona amphitheatre. Tickets might be available if you are planning a visit. Take a look at the program and seat availability at the official website Arena di Verona.

Alternatively, you could purchase an Opera package here. (More on this below)

Pro tip: Verona Arena will be used as the closing ceremony for the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo. If you’re a fan of winter sports, this would the perfect opportunity to see a different type of performance at the arena.

Ways to experience this ancient monument of 2000 years of history on its back

This Roman amphitheatre is every bit as impressive as it sounds and you will not be disappointed by its experience. It’s huge, different, medieval with modern adaptations but above all, the walls and passages speak of tales and mysteries which can only be imagined.

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Inside Verona Arena

There are three ways to experience this piece of medieval marvel:

1 | Arena di Verona Opera Package Ticket

Pick up this opera evening package and enjoy a lovely evening at the open-air amphitheatre where Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Callas, and many other tenors and sopranos from all over the world have had the pleasure of singing and performing. I can only imagine it to be one of the best experiences that one could have.

Simply exchange your voucher at gate 16 of the Arena between 5:45 PM to 8:45 PM (desk Montebaldo) any day that an opera is playing. In your package, you will receive a ticket for the opera, a 1-hour Verona city guide (starting at 6:00 PM), a transport-service ticket, as well as all the assistance you may need for a perfect experience in the city. 

2 | Verona Card

You can purchase a Verona Card for 24 or 48 hours and explore the City at your own pace. The Verona Card gives you skip-the-line priority access to the Verona Arena and other monuments as well. You have unlimited access to the ATV transport system. Personally, I find the Verona Card to be a bargain. You can peruse further of what it offers and buy it here.

3 | Guided Tour of Verona Arena

If you want to learn more about this monument from an expert, then join a guided tour. This guided tour is with a licensed guide and lasts half-an-hour with priority access. Hear about the famous operas and some of the stories that took place behind the walls.


Practical information for when visiting Verona Arena

Spectators with limited mobility or disability can have access to some seats in the stalls or the numbered stone steps at a special rate, along with the person accompanying you. Medical proof is required. Go to this page for a full guide on Spectators with Disabilities.

If your ticket is for a stone step seat, it is best to wear long (trousers) or long skirts to cover your legs, to avoid bruises or discomfort. Bring a cushion along and water/snacks.

Location: Piazza Bra 1, 37121, Verona Italy | Tel: +39 045 800 5151 | Nearest station: Verona Porta Nuova Station


My thoughts…

Verona is known as the City of Opera because of the ancient marvel, Arena. It is one of the most astonishingly preserved monument in the world. While we cannot watch gladiator fights or get the horses hoofed, we can certainly spend hours exploring or just sitting in the gallery to feel how it must have been way back then to witness any of the spectacles.

I sincerely hope that a visit to this medieval marvel will cement a perfect vacation to Verona.


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Have a splendid time exploring Verona Arena!

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