6 Things to do in Verona, Italy
Verona has all of the luxuries of Italy that has stolen my heart. UNESCO agrees because the entire city is a World Heritage Site. I mean. This country - The colors. The architecture details. The food (oh snap, the food.) The adding of the fun, extra syllables to everything. It agrees with us and I try to convince J about this fact perpetually - 'deer, look at my skin. it's softer now that we're here.' or 'love, your eyes are extra blue since we crossed the border.' I'm not totally unsure that it's working. If you want to discuss how much you love Italy, come sit next to us....unless you don't wear deodorant, because c'mon.
SHOP IN PIAZZA DELLE ERBE
The bustling market and patio scene at Piazza delle Erbe (the square of herbs) may seem like any ol' ordinary town square, but the vibrancy and the delectable architecture that makes up its walls tell a different story. The square was originally the site of the town forum back in the Roman Empire days. Ya know...wayback when. Shop amongst the local artisans or grab a prime patio seat any time of day - an espresso for breakfast, pizza for lunch, or an apertivo before an authentic Italian dinner.
VISIT THE ARENA
The city boasts the third largest Roman amphitheatre in Italy, built around 30 AD, Arena di Verona in Piazza Bra. It is still in use today and, if you get the chance, don't miss the opportunity to catch a large-scale opera performance. The stories those seats could tell!
PIN A LOCK AT ROMEO AND JULIET'S BALCONY
UNESCO isn't the only one who appreciated the beauty of the city, Shakespeare was a big fan as well. He set three of his plays there - Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Taming of the Shrew. The famed balcony lives in a small, but highly sought-out courtyard in the center of Verona, named Casa di Giulietta. R+J's tragedy attracts romantics from all over to come and leave love notes and locks as forever symbols. We played along - got us a rad little pink lock, wrote our initials on it and brought the keys to Croatia with us.
VISIT JULIET'S TOMB
Less touristy and certainly worth a visit, the tomb of Ms. Capulet, called Tomba di Giulietta, finds itself off the beaten path lined with columns leading to the monastery. It's a welcome, serene break from the Italian crowds.Ahh! And the best thing ever. Justin got stopped by an Asian tourist who asked for a photo with him. Her friends spoke English and told him that it was because he looked like Leonardo DiCaprio.. He tried to tell her that he was not in fact Leonardo DiCaprio, but the lady insisted, it was okay that he just looked like him. Y'all. Leo D played Romeo which was set in Verona. Mind: blown. You don't know how bad I want a copy of that photo.
WALK THE RIVER
Also, in order to solidify a spot in our list of great cities, Verona went ahead and claimed a fab body of water. Not just claimed, but straddled itself around the Adige river making it quite convenient to enjoy best of both worlds. As with most areas that you stand on in Verona, the bridges - Ponte Castelvecchio and Ponte Pietra provide some fantastically stunning views on them and at them. Good job, Italy.
CLIMB SAINT PETER'S HILL
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It's okay. There are lots of vistas to stop and give your feet a break on the way up. But, for the record, it is worth it to make it to the top. Along the way up the hill, Colle San Pietro, you'll have a front row view of Teatro Romano, a Roman amphitheatre set at the foot of the hill. The ultimate goal is to reach Castel San Pietro (Saint Peter’s Castle) at the top and admire the full view of Verona.Goodnight, good night, Italia. Parting is such sweet sorrow. For in the morning, our road trip continues!This post is part of a two week long road trip around central Europe. Check out the other stops on our trip: