I’ve always visited Verona in one day without having the time to fully experience it. Last weekend, however, we spent two days in the city of love. Of course two days are not enough to see everything but almost enough to visit the most important monuments of the city. So here’s a two-day itinerary walking through the streets of the city.
Our day starts in Piazza Bra, twenty minutes far from Porta Nuova station. Piazza Bra is certainly the largest square in Verona, surrounded by lots of buildings from different ages, such as the palaces of the Liston (the sidewalk next to the square), Gran Guardia, Palazzo Barbieri and the so famous Arena.
The Arena, one of the largest Roman amphitheatres, is undoubtedly one of the symbols of the city, not only for being a witness of the past but also to host numerous shows and events. After the visit, we continue along via Mazzini, the shopping street, to reach then Piazza delle Erbe, the oldest square in Verona and in my opinion one of the most beautiful ones in Italy.
For lunch, we decide to try Banco Prosciutteria, a few hundred meters from the square. Our choice has been a selection of mixed salami and cheeses with mustards. It included Langhirano prosciutto, local pancetta, Val Rendena speck, feline salami and sweet coppa, all served with an excellent homemade focaccia.
We come back to Piazza Erbe to visit Via Cappello, where Giulietta’s house is located. Once you enter you can admire the famous Juliet’s balcony and the bronze copy of the famous statue of her. The original one, created by the sculptor Nereo Costantini, is located inside the house-museum.
The courtyard of the house is in my opinion one of the most romantic places in the city, although it’s always full of tourists.
Thanks to my boyfriend, however, I’ve been lucky enough to see the courtyard completely empty by staying at the Relais il Sogno di Giulietta. The entrance is located in the courtyard and when the gates are closed to the public you can be the only one to enjoy it.
The day ends in Piazza dei Signori, also known as Piazza Dante, located near Piazza delle Erbe. Like every square in Verona, Piazza dei Signori is surrounded by several buildings, such as Palazzo della Regione, palace of Cansignorio, the Church of Santa Maria Antica, Palazzo del Podestà and the Loggia del Consiglio. Waling down the square we reach Arche Scaligere, the gothic style tombs of the lords of Verona, the family of the city.
For dinner we book a table at Canonica, a delightful little restaurant near Porta Borsari. The restaurant, characterized by a minimal style, is very refined and elegant, perfect for a romantic dinner. Forget the classic dishes of Verona, here are the innovation and creativity to be the master. We start our dinner by choosing two different appetizers: scallops, caramelized onions, toasted hazelnuts and lime and a tuna tartare with balsamic vinegar, mint and wasabi spheres. Then we continue with the same dish, excellent spaghetti with cacio, pepper, lime and red prawn tartare. I’d recommend this place not only for the quality of food but also for all the attention that the staff, young and kind, can give to their clients. Good job!
Our second day starts at Castelvecchio, the most important castle in the city, built by Cangrande della Scala to have more control over the Adige river. The castle is the house of the civic museum of Verona, containing medieval, renaissance and modern art works. Crossing the drawbridge you enter the courtyard of the castle and continuing thorugh it you’ll come across the majestic Scaliger Bridge.
After visiting Castelvecchio we head towards Ponte Pietra, the oldest Roman monument in the city of Verona. After crossing it we take a narrow alley to reach San Pietro Castle, built on the homonymous hill of San Pietro.
From the top of the hill you can enjoy a fantastic view of the city and that is why it’s always full of tourists.
We decide to have a quick lunch at the Piazzetta, near the famous Piazza delle Erbe. The menu is wide and varied, but we are decided. A risotto with Amarone and an excellent glass of Valpolicella. Can we ask for more?
After lunch we come back to the square to visit Torre dei Lamberti, a 84-meter-high medieval tower from which you can enjoy a fantastic view of the city. By purchasing the ticket for 8 euros you can access the tower and visit the adjacent Gallery of Modern Art.
Before coming back home, we decide to have an aperitif. So, we decide to try Osteria del Bugiardo, perhaps the most famous one in Verona, always full of both tourists and local people. A great spritz, or maybe two, a few small snacks and we are ready to leave the city.
See you soon Verona!