Verona at a Glance

Verona at a Glance | An overview of What to Expect on your First Visit

Verona at a Glance Updated: April 12, 2022

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

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Language

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

Currency

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

Credit Cards and ATMs

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

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

WiFi

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

Safety

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

Getting around Verona at a Glance

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

View full post on Getting Around Verona here.



Places to Stay in Verona at a glance

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Places to Stay in Verona | Verona a a Glance

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

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Things to do in Verona at a Glance

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Thinking of what to do and ways to explore this beautiful medieval town?Take a look at the 31 Very Best Things to do in Verona, a complete guide to an incredible visit to the city.

Consider also, the following highly popular activities:

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

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A final note on Verona at a Glance

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

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Have a splendid time visiting Verona 🙂

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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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food in Verona

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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Sample: Local cheese, salami and freshly baked bread;

Discover: The secrets of tortellini pasta;

Taste: Some of the best wines from the Valpolicella area;

Explore: Hidden streets and see the historic sights;

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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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Eat your way through Verona and enjoy the Best Food Verona has to offer.

Visit: 5 traditional restaurants;

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Avoid: Tourist traps;

Learn more and check availability.


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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food in Verona

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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Visit the Valpolicella Valley, a beautiful winery, sample wines and food.

Convenient > Transport included.

Informative > Along the way, learn the secrets and techniques of producing the top range wine, Amarone

Relaxing > Stroll around the gardens and vineyards

Check availability.


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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sfogliatine di Villafranca | food in Verona

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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tiramisu | food in Verona

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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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.

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Food tours in Verona

food tours in Verona

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.


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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.

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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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9 Charming Walking Tours in Verona

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9 Charming and the Very Best Walking Tours in Verona that you will love

A delightful Italian city, Verona is full of charming little cobbled streets, historic piazzas, Roman monuments and lots of authentic places to eat. Entwined with folklores, the secrets of this medieval city is best explored by joining one or more of the very best walking tours in Verona.


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Discovering Verona on foot is ideal for best experiences. The biggest market place in the city is surrounded by restaurants and cafes where you could stop for a cappuccino or espresso and enjoy the tranquility amidst it vibrant setting.

The quaint and winding streets of Verona are a breath of fresh air and you could wander for hours with a few detours. Moreover, for a small medieval city, Verona is actually quite large. The city has two vibrant squares for an authentic Veronese culture experience, beautiful river views and hilltops, quintessential romantic bridges, wealth of architectural finds, clock towers, parts of Roman walls still standing and a Roman amphitheatre still in use. There is so much to see, discover and take pleasure in the unhurriedness of the medieval city that you may wish to spend more time than you may have originally planned.

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Verona is a compact city that can be conveniently explored independently. If you are thinking of ways to get around the city, take a look at my comprehensive guide which includes a walking guide, encompassing all the highlights of the city. However, to maximise your experiences in Verona and to learn of the city’s culture, history and a taste of Veronese food, explore the city on foot by joining one of the best-selling guided walking tours in Verona.

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Combine your city highlights walking tours with the discovery of Veronese food. Visit a Veronese Osteria, try the authentic Veronese wine or opt for discovering Verona at night. The walking tours in Verona covers a lot of information, giving an all-round experience and is one of the best city takeaways.

We have shortlisted the best walking tours in Verona for you to peruse. Book early to secure your spot with your preferred tour operator and avoid disappointment.

Guided Walking Tours in Verona that You Will Love

Verona City Walking Tour

With the City Highlights Guided Walking Tours in Verona, you shall see and experience Piazza Erbe, the Scala Family tombs, the infamous balcony of the star-crossed lovers, Via Mazzini, Verona Arena, Gran Gurdia and more …

Duration: 1 – 2hrs

From: € 25 pp (Mar. 2022)

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This small group guided tour offers you an in-depth look at Verona as you explore its highlights. The tour includes the famous piazzas, arena, Juliet’s balcony, churches, palaces, hidden gems and …

Duration: 2 hours

From: €35.00 pp (Mar. 2022)

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This tour brings to life the story of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. Hear the legend of the feuding families at the Scala tombs. Visit the Gothic and Renaissance landmarks along with great overview of the city’s history

Duration: 1hr 30min

From: €46.16 pp (Mar. 2022)

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Enjoy the quaint medieval city as you visit Castelvecchio, the magnificent medieval castle, Piazza Brà, pass by Juliet’s balcony, and finally enter the the Roman amphitheatre, the great open-air venue for concerts.

Duration: 3 hours

From: € 55 pp (Mar. 2022)

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Explore the city of cobbled streets, the romantic and secret alleys in the calmer hours of the evening. Listen to the stories, and tales of the poets, a and dreamers who made the city into a charming destination it is today.

Duration: 1.5 hrs

From: €52.00 pp (Mar. 2022)

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Stroll through the city as you get to taste the Veronese culinary culture. Visit the small streets like the locals do. Visit an authentic ‘bottega’ to taste some local cheese and salami. Try Valpolicella wines, and some delicious gelato.

Duration: 3.5 hrs

From: € 75 pp (Mar. 2022)


Unique Walking Tours in Verona

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Discover the hidden secrets of Verona during the age of darkness and fear. A walking tour through the ‘cruel and mysterious’ time the city of Verona endured. This tour will bring you back in time to experience the fierceness, ferocity of the past, and the bloody events that happened when nobody dared to go out when dusk fell.

Duration: 1.5 hrs

From: € 60 pp (Mar 2022)

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Sample local dishes with beautiful views of Verona. Stroll through the city and view the historic landmarks while you stop at a cozy bistro, rooftop bar and picturesque terrace. The tour ends with a sunset aperitif: Walking tours in Verona

Duration: 3.5 hrs

From: €92.00 pp (Mar. 2022)

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Immerse in the most significant places that symbolises Verona as you stroll through the city. Eat your way through by visiting the local shops and restaurants and have a lovely time discovering Veronese street food: Walking tours in Verona

Duration: 5 hrs approx

From: €69.00 pp (Mar. 2022)

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Essential Information to Know before Walking Tours in Verona

1 | 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.



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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Palazzo Maffei Verona | What to do at this Baroque masterpiece

Palazzo Maffei Verona | What to do at this Baroque masterpiece

Updated: Mar 25, 2022

Once a palace and a private residence, the Palazzo Maffei has undergone a complete restoration. The Maffei is one of the most spectacular buildings of its time and stands gallantly overlooking the ancient Piazza delle Erbe. Beyond its doors, a story unfolds, an adventure of art begins, a passion is told offering art lovers a journey from ancient to modern.

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About Palazzo Maffei Verona in a nutshell

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

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

What to expect when you visit the Palazzo Maffei today

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Palazzo Maffei Exhibition, credit to official website of Palazzo Maffei

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

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Palazzo Maffei, Piazza delle Erbe, Verona

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

Location & Contact

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

Opening times

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

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

Maffei Restaurant at Palazzo Maffei

Maffei Restaurant at Palazzo Maffei
The arch that leads to Maffei Restaurant

Tucked away from the main square, almost hidden if you are not aware of it is the Maffei Restaurant. One way to find it is to lookout for the arch that leads to the restaurant near to St Mark’s column on the square (pictured above).

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

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Lamb chops – one of their popular dishes
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Risotto with Castelmagno, Campari and bacon

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

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

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

Recommended read: Complete Guide to the City of Verona Italy

The wine cellar at Maffei Restaurant Verona

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The cellar at the Maffei Restaurant, Verona

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

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

Address & Location

Maffei restaurant

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

Opening times

Summer timetable

From 19.00 to 22.30
Open every day

Saturday and Sunday

From 12.00 to 14.30
From 19.00 to 22.30

Additional info:

Price range:

£27 – £50


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Practical information when Visiting Palazzo Maffei Verona

1 | Getting to Palazzo Maffei Verona

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Palazzo Maffei is located at Piazza delle Erbe. The article on how to Get around Verona – either public transport or by foot is an excellent guide for you to use to navigate the city. The article includes a walking guide to help you easily navigate in this compact city where usually, public transport is not necessary. However, feel free to jump onboard their ATV which is free if you buy the Verona Card. The Verona Card is great value for money as it includes priority entrance to the Verona Arena.

Learn more and buy the Verona Card in advance of your visit. Plan ahead and book your visit to the Verona Arena

2 | Places to stay in Verona

You may wish to consider the following three carefully selected hotels:

Explore: Top hotels to stay at in Verona

3 | Things to do in Verona

There are so many wonderful things to do in Verona – peruse and plan your itinerary from the very best activities to do in Verona.


I sincerely hope that the above has given you a flavour of what to expect should you choose to visit the Palazzo Maffei Verona at Piazza delle Erbe. If you find any of the suggestions useful, do use the links to buy your Verona Card or to go on the suggested tours – Timeless Travel Steps earns a commission at no cost to you, and as always, your support is appreciated.

Have a splendid experience at Palazzo Maffei 🙂

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Majestic Gran Guardia Palace | Verona

Majestic Gran Guardia Palace | Palazzo della Gran Guardia | Verona

Updated: Mar 25, 2022

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

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The majestic Gran Guardia Palace is located on the south-side of Piazza Brà – you can’t miss it!

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

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

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

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

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

What to see in Gran Guardia Palace

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

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

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

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

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

Practical information on Gran Guardia Palace and immediate surrounds

Visiting hours

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

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

Opening hours: 

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

Phone: +39 045 803 3400


Basic information about Piazza Bra when visiting Gran Guardia Palace

Piazza Brà is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful squares in the world! The heart of the city of Verona and a public square, it is open 24-hours a day. A complete pedestrianised area, it’s a safe place to stroll with young children without concerns for traffic. The square is lined with bustling cafés and restaurants, and is a good place to stop for a meal or snack.

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

How to get to Piazza Bra

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

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

Places to stay in Verona near Piazza Bra

For more choices on incredible places to stay, navigate to > Top 7 best places to stay in Verona

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Fun ways to experience Verona

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

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

Peruse all unique experiences in the City of Verona

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

Explore the Veneto region

Make time to explore the Veneto region – bask in the Italian wine culture, admire the scenic rolling hills and be encapsulated with the citrus scents of green apple, gentle peach and white flowers aromas.

Sirmione and Lake Garda is an easy destination from Verona and a popular one for visitors to this region. Studded with pretty harbour towns along the shores of Garda and the narrow cobbled streets together with a 13th century castle in Sirmione makes this half day trip a top activity.


Finally…

My sincere wish is that this post is valuable to you in planning your visits to Gran Guardia Palace and wider Verona. If so please let me know in comments below or via Contact Form, I would love to hear from you. Also, use the links to book your place to stay and activities to do. The suppliers are credible and you benefit from special deals as well. TTS values your support as we earn a commission from qualified bookings and purchases which are at no cost to you at all.

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Piazza Bra | Verona | Best 7 experiences!

Piazza Bra | Verona | Best 7 experiences!

Updated: Mar 25, 2022

Located within the gates of Verona is one of the largest piazza in Europe. Piazza Bra welcomes visitors both day and night to indulge in a little Veronese culture. Marvel at the historic Roman Arena, grab a cup of espresso and happily people-watch while not missing on the beautiful attractions that are dotted around the expansive square.

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Piazza Bra Verona

Simply known as Bra, Piazza Bra is the main square and heart of life in Verona. It is one of the largest squares in Italy as well as in Europe. Located inside the City’s gates, Piazza Bra is a beautiful and an expansive square. It’s like a huge arrival hall from whence you get to various places and attractions. The pink marble liston is perfect for a stroll. Bra is also a destination for to observe and people-watch over a cup of coffee. Enjoy a meal at one of the al frescoes restaurants that are lined alongside prominent historic buildings from medieval times to present day.

The square is a frequent stop on guided walking or bike tours of the city.


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Piazza Bra – An overview of the development of a “square”

Portoni del Bra Archway, Verona
Portoni del Bra Archway, Verona

The word “Bra” has its origins in German from the word “breit” which means “broad“. It began to be defined as a “square” in the mid sixteenth century.

The Palace of Honours was built by architect Michele Sammicheli on the west of the Square with the purpose of limiting the perimeter of the square from future expansion. On the southern side, the Grand Guardia Palace was constructed and you will also find Portoni del Bra archway which encloses the south. Then in the nineteenth century, Palazzo Barbieri, the neoclassical City Hall was constructed alongside the Arena on the eastern side of the Square, with the Arena on the north of the square.

The Square was paved off completely with pink marble from the Valpolicella region in 1782.

Piazza Bra – Historical use of the Square

A notable use of the square was in the mid twelfth century as a “livestock” market. Along with it, the Bra was also used for wood, hay and straw.

Piazza Bra is no stranger to the ancient custom of holding a fair. The one that had survived through the centuries to today is the fair of St Lucy. The fair of St Lucy takes place each year between 11th and 13th December.

7 popular attractions at Piazza Bra not to miss

This beautiful and expansive square in the heart of Verona has several historic buildings, gardens, and fountains. Here are the popular attractions which you may want experience:

1 | Verona Arena

Verona Arena is the largest open air amphitheatre in the world. It was built in the first century, survived two earthquakes and all the challenges throughout its 2000 years. It is a true marvel that it is standing in all its glory. Today, the Arena hosts musical events and their popular annual summer Opera evenings. A visit to the Arena is highly recommended. You could also peruse and book to join Verona Arena Skip-the-Line Guided Tour. A tour is an opportunity to learn of its long history and marvel at this ancient architecture from within its arched walls.

Read: The Complete Guide to the Verona Arena includes tips on how to get ticket for the Opera.

2 | Gran Guardia Palace

Palazzo Gran Guardia is one of Verona’s most impressive of historic buildings. It was designed by Domenico Curtoni and construction began in early seventeenth century. However it took over a hundred years to complete, in the mid nineteenth century by Giuseppe Barbieri. The Gran Guardia is an impressive building with stone stairway, grand porch, pillars and arched windows.

Read: The Majestic Gran Guardia, Verona

3 | Portoni della Bra

A beautiful piece of architecture and the gateway to the old city, I Portoni della Bra are the two arches on the south side of the square. It has a clock in the centre and on both sides of the arches. It was built by Gian Galeazzo Visconti in late fourteenth century.

4 | Palazzo Barbieri

Palazzo Barbieri sits on the eastern side of Bra. It is of a Neoclassical architecture built in the nineteenth century. This building was designed by Giuseppe Barbieri. Formerly known as Palazzo della Gran Guardia Nuova but was later named Palazzo Barbieri in honour of Giuseppe Barbieri. It has been home to the offices of the municipal administrations since 1869. In the 1940s, the interior of the City Hall was destroyed by fire. This led to internal modifications, rebuilt by adding the rear and the semi-circular wing.

5 | Fontana delle Alpi – At the centre of Piazza Bra

This fountain is in a small park in the centre of Piazza Bra. It offers a pleasant shady area to walk or to take a break from walking. The Veronese refer to Fontana delle Alpi as a “Lemon Squeezer” (struca limoni) because of its shape.

6 | The Statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II – at the centre of the park in Piazza Bra

An equestrian statue of Vittorio Emanuele II, the first ruler of unified Italy dominates the centre of the park in Piazza Bra.

7 | Museo Lapidario Maffeiano – an archaeological museum

The Museo Lapidario Maffeiano in Piazza Bra was constructed in the middle pf eighteenth century and inextricably tied to Marquess Scipione Maffei (1675-1755). Maffei spent thirty-years collecting hundreds and hundreds of inscriptions. He made his collection displayed to the public, believing that “what is useful to the public must become public domain”. The collection includes 650 findings.

The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
closed on Mondays


Practical information on Piazza Bra

1 | Location of Piazza Bra and all attractions listed in this post

Piazza Bra is located at: Piazza Bra, 37121, Verona Italy

Here is a map on the locations of the places listed in this post so you can easily locate them when you visit.

2 | Basics about the Bra that you need to know

i | Piazza Bra is a pedestrian square, so it is a safe place to stroll with young children;

ii | The Bra is a public square and is open twenty-four hours. Cafes and restaurants are subject to their own opening hours.

iii | The Square is lined with bustling cafes and restaurants, offering great choices of food and snacks

iv | Exploring Verona on foot with or without a tour guide requires a bit of walking. Best to use comfortable shoes, wear casual clothing and travel light;

3 | Best time to visit Piazza Bra

In any case, whether it is the peak season or the shoulder season, find yourself a seat in one of the al frescoe restaurants lined up at the Bra on early evenings. Over coffee, watch and take part in the daily passeggiata, a tradition when Italian families and groups of friends take a stroll before dinner. 

Read: People and Culture of Italy

4 | Getting to Piazza Bra

Piazza Bra is located in the center of Verona. It’s accessible on foot, by bus, taxi, or as part of a bike or Segway tour of the city center.  

Once at the square, all attractions listed here are located within walking distance.

Recommended read: Getting around Verona – public transport and best ways to explore


5 | Places to stay near Piazza Bra

The following hotels are within very close proximity of Piazza Bra and other attractions in Verona. Click on the images, peruse and book your stay.

Read: Stay at an Awesome Place in Verona

Final thoughts on Piazza Bra

A visit to Piazza Bra in Verona and you will note that this expansive square has it all! From gardens, fountains, restaurants, street entertainers to grandeur palaces and Roman amphitheatre. A day spent here will be a day well-spent.


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Have a splendid time exploring Piazza Bra and Verona 🙂

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