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A First Timer’s Guide to Spending One Day in Verona

Some say Paris, Venice and Rome are the city’s of love, but what about Verona – the home of Romeo and Juliet? There are so many things to see and do with only one day in Verona, Italy. You can see the Arena di Verona, Juliet and her house, Torre dei Lamberti, Castelvecchio and its bridge, Piazza delle Erbe, Giardino Giusti and more. We only had one day in Verona, and found it to be the perfect amount of time. Whether you are taking a train to Verona or driving by car, it is a very accessible city. Our guide will help you see why it only takes one day in Verona to fall in love with its romantic charm.

 

One Day in Verona

We initially had no plans to visit Verona, but when our hosts insisted we visit, we took their word for it and spent one day in Verona. Wow! After our time in Verona, we understood why they loved this city so much. Verona has everything you want in an Italian city, romance, an arena, a magnificent castle, rivers flowing through the city, bridges to catch the sunset, a beautiful garden, piazza’s to enjoy and of course Juliet’s house and love wall.

Verona is an easy day trip from Venice or Brescia, Italy. We took a train from Brescia and arrived early in the afternoon and left just after dinner which allowed us to see this lovely city during the day and night. We recommend you try and do the same.

One day in Verona – Arena di Verona at night

 

How to Get to Verona

If you are driving by car, you will find Verona to be like any other medieval city in Italy because it has very narrow streets. However there are plenty of places to park – visitors can park on the white lines for free, park on the blue lines or in the underground parking lots and pay at the automatic machines. To read about the places you can park with addresses, click here.

We found the easiest and stress free solution is taking a train to Verona. Train tickets are often very budget friendly and easy to use in Italy. The train station in Verona is called Verona Porta Nuova and is just outside the city’s walls. Once you are off the train, visitors will walk 15-20 minutes to arrive in Verona’s city center. This may sound like a far walk, but it is not and it is quite beautiful. Visitors will walk on the street, Piazzale 25 Aprile, through a beautiful 16th century stone gateway all the way to the arena.

One day in Verona – beautiful 16th century stone gateway

 

The Verona Card

The Verona card is great for visitors spending one or two days in Verona. It will save a lot of money, if you plan on visiting a lot of sights with an entrance fee. Take a look at our recommended places to see and if there are at least three places of interest, you may want to look into the Verona card. A lot of times Verona card holders get free entrance into places. Otherwise, they receive a huge discount.

Verona card for 24 hours: €18.00
Verona card for 48 hours: €22.00
http://www.tourism.verona.it/en/information/travel-your-way/verona-card/discover-the-benefits

 

Things to See in Verona

As we have previously stated, there are so many things to see in Verona. Many of them are budget-friendly, if not absolutely FREE! The biggest splurge to enjoy in Verona would be to see a show at the arena. The only money we spent during our one day in Verona, was our dinner.

 

Sip on Espresso in Piazza Bra City Park

With the exception of the arena, the first sight that caught our eye was the Piazza Bra City Park. There is a beautiful fountain in the center of the small park with benches surrounding it. There is something special about coffee in Italy. So we could not think of a more peaceful way to start your day in Verona than enjoying a shot of espresso at the Piazza Bray City Park. Then when dinner comes around, visitors can revisit the park a night to dine at one of the restaurants with a view of the magnificent arena.

One day in Verona – Piazza Bra City Park

 

Catch a Show at Arena di Verona

The Italians sure know how to create stunning architectural masterpieces. The Arena di Verona can almost give the Colosseum a run for its money with its sheer beauty. Whether you splurge on some tickets to watch a show, or just admire the architecture from the outside; the arena is magnificent and the most popular sight to see in Verona – you cannot miss it!

One day in Verona – Arena di Verona

Verona’s amphitheater is one of the best preserved ancient Roman structures. Though it did experience an earthquake in 1117, it was rebuilt to how it stands today. During the ancient times, the amphitheater could seat nearly 30,000 people. Today it only seats 15,000 people for safety and security reasons. Visitors can watch concerts, ballets and opera shows inside the Arena di Verona for an incredible experience you will never forget.

Though we did not have the opportunity to watch a show inside the amphitheater, we did get a sneak peak of the prop’s used for the show. The set piece’s were magnificent and so detailed up close, we can only imagine how spectacular they must have looked during the performance.

Piazza Bra, 1, 37121 Verona VR, Italy
For ticket prices and show times please visit the URL below
https://www.arena.it/arena/en

 

Take a Stroll Through Giardino Giusti

The Giardino Giusti are known for being one of the best Italian Renaissance gardens. Inside the Giardino Giusti will literally take the breathe away from visitors. You are encompassed by tall cypress trees that surround the maze-like hedges. We cannot think of a more picturesque landscape than Giardino Giusti to capture the Italian Renaissance charm.

photo courtesy of Flickr by Spencer Wright

Via Giardino Giusti, 2, 37121 Verona VR, Italy
Open daily: April – Sep, 9am – 8pm and Oct – Marc 9am – 7pm
Prices: €8.50 for adults, €5 for Verona card holdersFREE for children 11 years and younger
http://www.tourism.verona.it/en/enjoy-verona/art-and-culture/monuments-and-sights/giusti-garden

 

Castel St Pietro

Sitting on a hill a few meters above and beyond Verona’s city center is Castle St Pietro. It is not only beautiful, but also significant in Verona. This fortress is where Verona was founded and home to the remains of the first settlements dating back to the 7th century B.C..

Castel St Pietro are what movies are made from. One look at them and you will understand why. Visitors can admire Castel St Pietro from afar, just across the river. When we picture Italy, this is what comes to our minds – absolutely gorgeous!

One day in Verona – Castle St Pietro

Though you cannot visit inside, you can get the picturesque view from across the river. From the city center, head to Ponte Pietro Bridge.

 

Feel the Power of Love at Juliet’s House

O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? For Romeo is at Juliet’s house in Verona! Whether you are hopeless romantics like us, love the movie, Letter’s to Juliet, or are a fan of Shakespeare, you simply cannot miss Juliet’s house. It is a little hidden from the city centre, almost like the movie, Letter’s to Juliet, depicts.

Juliet’s Love Wall

Visitors will know they have reached Juliet’s House when they come across an alleyway with a wall covered in paper notes and colors of writing. Yes, Juliet’s love note wall does exist! Surprisingly, Letter’s to Juliet, has some truth to its story. A team of local volunteers that goes by the name, The Juliet Club, occupy an office upstairs from Juliet’s courtyard. They dedicate their free time to respond to the thousands of letters that come to their office or stuffed in Juliet’s wall. The alleyway is not the only wall, Juliet’s wall also extends into her courtyard. So, do not forget to bring a piece of paper to leave your love note on Juliet’s famous wall… she will respond to you.

One day in Verona – Juliet’s love wall

The Legend of Juliet’s Boob

Legend has it that if you touch the bronze statue of Juliet’s boob in the courtyard, your luck with love will turn around. We cannot even begin to tell you the amount of people we saw grope Juliet’s boobs. It was both funny and a little disturbing, but hey if touching her boob is what brings love, then why not? Not to be gushy, but we had no reason to touch her boob, we already found our love (awwww). So, instead we just shared a kiss in the romantic air that surrounded us.

One day in Verona – bronze Juliet statue

The Famous Balcony

Last, but certainly not least, Juliet’s famous balcony. Juliet’s House dates back to the late 13th century and features the balcony where Romeo promised his eternal love to Juliet in Shakespeare’s famous tragedy play. Visitors have the opportunity to visit Juliet’s house as well as stand in her famous balcony.  If you really want to, you are free to reenact the scene amongst the public tourists. Inside the house, you can admire the beautiful furniture and velvet costumes worn by the actors in the 1936 movie of “Romeo and Juliet”.

One day in Verona – Juliet’s balcony

Via Cappello, 23, 37121 Verona VR, Italy
Mon: 1:30pm – 7:30pm
Tues – Sun: 8:30am – 7:30pm 
Price: €6.00 for adults, €4.50 for seniors over 60 years, €1.00 for children 8 – 13 years, FREE for children 8 and younger and Verona Card holders.
http://www.tourism.verona.it/en/enjoy-verona/art-and-culture/monuments-and-sights/juliet-s-house#

 

Torre dei Lamberti

There is nothing more spectacular than the view of a city from the top of a tower. Torre dei Lamberti boasts the tallest tower in Verona. Visitors can see Verona with its red roof top houses, churches, piazzas and more from 275 ft (84 m) high. The tower is accessible to everyone, visitors can go up by a stair-way or a lift.

photo courtesy of Flickr by Paul Arps

We did not plan accordingly, therefore we missed the slot time to go up to the tower. This is typically not like us, and we are still kicking ourselves in the foot for it. We were only able to admire the tower from the piazza. So, we urge you to not make our mistake with your one day in Verona.

Via della Costa, 1, 37121 Verona VR, Italy
Open daily from 10 am – 7 pm 
Price: €8.00 for adults, €5.00 for seniors over 60 years, and children 8 – 14 years, FREE for children 7 and younger and Verona Card holders. €1.00 extra to use the lift.
http://www.tourism.verona.it/en/enjoy-verona/art-and-culture/monuments-and-sights/lamberti-tower

 

Relax at Piazza delle Erbe

Going to several sights of Verona while most likely have you walking through Piazza delle Erbe. It is the heart of Verona’s historic center and one of the more beautiful and intimate piazzas in Italy. The tall, colorful, medieval buildings encompass the piazza providing visitors with not only beauty, but shade from the hot sun as well. Since the piazza is in the heart of Verona, it makes for the perfect place to meet up with loved ones or to enjoy a meal at one of the restaurant patios. It is also a great place to relax when you are seeing so many sights in your one day in Verona.

Piazza Erbe, 16, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

 

Take a Step Back Into Time at Castelvecchio

Verona is one of Italy’s most beautiful medieval towns, so it goes without saying that Verona has a castle you must see. Castelvecchio is known as being one of the most important military castles of the Scaliger dynasty that ruled the city in the Middle Ages. What was once used as a military fortress, today it is used as a museum. The museum showcases 29 different rooms filled with collections of sculptures, statues, paintings, ancient weapons, ceramics, goldworks, miniatures and old bells all dating back from the years 1300 to 1700.

Corso Castelvecchio, 2, 37121 Verona VR, Italy
Mon: 1:30pm – 7:30pm
Tues – Sun: 8:30am – 7:30pm 
Price: €6.00 for adults, €4.50 for seniors over 60 years, €1.00 for children 8 – 13 years, FREE for children 8 and younger and Verona Card holders.
http://www.tourism.verona.it/en/enjoy-verona/art-and-culture/monuments-and-sights/castelvecchio-museum

 

Watch the Sunset Over the Castelvecchio Bridge

Watching a sunset is one of our favorite things to do in the whole wide world. One of the most stunning sunsets we have ever witnessed was in Verona over the Castelvecchio Bridge. After a visit to the Castelvecchio Castle and Museum, walk across the bridge. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful views of the golden sun hitting the side of the castle and all of the bridges over the river.

Then walk back over the bridge and along the river to watch a glorious sunset just beyond the Castelvecchio Bridge.  You can thank us later.

Of course, there is more to see in Verona, but for one day in Verona, these are the sights we think you should not miss.

 

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our first timer’s guide to one day in Verona

Ciao!

Christina + Adam