If you are looking for somewhere wonderful to have a weekend away then make sure you add this beautiful Italian city to your list. I would wholeheartedly recommend that you visit Verona. The people are so friendly. You will be made to feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed. It is a calm atmosphere.
- Enjoy the Italian food
Italian food is wonderful, and it is even better from its native country. The restaurants in Verona are wonderful. There are many restaurants with great views, including the view of the Arena di Verona.
- Enjoy the ice cream
Ice cream deserves its own point. This is because Italian gelato is wonderful. There are so many flavours to choose from to tantalise your taste buds.
- Go to Casa di Giulietta
Juliet’s house is great. There is a balcony where people often declare, “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” It has a wonderful little trinket shop. It is definitely worth going to if you are a Shakespeare fan. As Romeo and Juliette was set in fair Verona. Many people over the years have written on the walls to signify the eternity of their love for each other.
- Send letters to Juliette
This is one of the best things about the house is that there is a red post box where you can put your letter to Juliette. If you have seen the film, then you will know what I mean. For those who don’t know, I will explain. You write a letter to Juliette asking for advice for your life or love life, or anything you would like help with. Make sure you write a return address on it. Her secretaries write back to you to your home. I received my letter two months later and it was some very sound advice.
- Go to Castelvecchio
A wonderful castle that is in the heart of the beautiful city. It has a museum in it that is also great. It has a bridge across to the other side of the river, which is lovely to walk over.
- Go to see the Adige
The river is most definitely a great place to have a walk along. I stayed at the other side of the river, and so it was either a short bus ride or a walk along the river and across the bridge to get there. It was incredibly beautiful. All of the architecture in Verona is stunning.
- Go to the Arena di Verona
A Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Bra in Verona. It is incredibly beautiful. You will feel so small when you are inside. It was built in the first century, and it is still in use today. It is internationally renowned for the large-scale opera performances. You are able to take a tour, and you have the ability to walk around it alone.
- Visit the market stalls
There are many market stalls where you can purchase trinkets or food from. I brought home some colourful spaghetti to cook with. Italian pasta is incredible, so any excuse to get some to take home is wonderful. There are beautiful little Italian masks and trinkets that are on sale.
- Practice languages
You will find that a lot of people speak English there, especially in the most touristic places. However, it is a good opportunity to practice speaking Italian. I took a mini Italian phrase book with me and I managed to get by. I am a fan of languages anyway. However, when I first arrived I had to get a train to Verona and the ticket officer in the station could not understand me. Luckily, the lady behind me spoke German and I was able to communicate with her to get the right train. I cannot stress how important languages are!
Photo credit: Chantal Elizabeth Speed