Two thousand years of history, dream and tradition.
Verona is the city where Shakespeare set the most famous love story in the world: Juliet and Romeo.
Troubled history, you’re right, but do not let yourself be impressed, indeed if you are a passionate about history, art, or good food and events, Verona will satisfy you.
I want to give you a few stalks, but good.
This small itinerary has been my “track” and I hope it will be useful to you as well.
Keep in mind that Verona is full of ZTL areas so I suggest you eliminate the idea of using the car. In fact, you get comfortable shoes and take advantage of changing perspective, or alternatively you could hire a bicycle, a pedal is always enjoyable.
We start from piazza Brà, the pulsating heart of the city: here you will find the Arena watched south and east by the Grand Guard and Palazzo Barbieri.
Piazza Brà is not only home to history but is also the ideal place to have a drink and stroll in the evening if you do not want to venture into the streets of the city after a ‘wild’ day of sightseeing or simply invaded this place.
Circumnavigate the arena as if you were Magellan until you find Mazzini.
From there, go until you find the square of the Herbs: you will put a bit, not so much for distance, but rather for the many stores that will appeal to you shopping.
Once you arrive, however, you will find yourself in what was in the age of the Forum of Verona, surrounded by the most elegant palaces in the city. The center of the square of the Erbe is dominated by the fountain of the Madonna of Verona, built in the 14th century, and if you look around you will surely also see the Ancient Column or Capitello a marble canopy where the rulers went up to talk to the people (and where they came exposed the heads of the condemned to death after execution).
The central part is full of stalls selling gourmet food and local items.
But if you believe that the temptation to yield to good Veronese cooking is limited to this, you are wrong!
Throughout the center you will find restaurants, taverns and inns waiting for you to sit back and enjoy the typical dishes of the place. Also in this regard I have a passionate advice for you: if you are in Verona at Christmas, ask to taste the typical Nadalin sweetness of the city. It’s exquisite!
Verona … I bet you will not only visit it, so I have something to talk to you about (and you will love it if the idea of walking does not make you excited).
Think about it: What’s more romantic than running the city comfortably seated on an elegant vintage car?
This tour has been organized to include the main squares, places of interest and the sweetest alleys. Needless to say how many times I have stopped the driver to take photographs of the lungadige, the historic palaces and the glimpses of a more intimate Verona that slowly unfolded in my eyes.
Arrived at the famous ”veron” under which Romeo sang love phrases to the beautiful Capuleti, however, I really did not know what to say.
If I chose the city for a statement, this is the time and place to take courage: Carpe Diem!
If you are a Shakespeare fan, and you already know that you will have eyes only for the Juliet statue and for the stage of the most famous love story in the world, you will come to tears of emotion, as happened to me.
Know that Juliet’s home hosts a museum open to the public, and without you being mad at looking for them, I tell you that the timetables are as follows:
Monday from 1:30 pm to 7:30 pm
from Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm
(Remember that the last entry is at 6:45 pm)
I hope you will have time to visit many more things than I could write to you.
Piazza dei Signori, where there is a colossal Carrara marble statue dedicated to Dante, Palazzo degli Scaligeri, Lords of Verona until 1387, Santa Maria Antica, the private chapel of the palace, where the Arches Scaligere, a complex funerary signed by the charming Italian gothic style, and still the Capitanio Palace, the Lamberti Tower …
In short, Verona has things to show you! What are you still standing in front of the screen?
– Alessandra Bartolomei