If you’re heading to Lake Garda Verona is automatically part of the plan. Quasi mandatory program.
Despite of the heat, we loved Verona. There’s enough to see, enough to eat and enough to drink to spend a whole afternoon/ evening here.
Ponte di Castelvecchio/ Ponte Scaligero
This medieval bridge was built in the 14th century and looks fantastic with afternoon light.
It also looks amazing by night.
The beautiful Piazza Bra with its thousands of cafés and restaurants and the Arena is Verona’s main square. It’s huge and therefore perfect for the way too many people here. You just take some pictures and that’s it. You may also want to leave as soon as possible.
Arena di Verona
The Roman amphitheatre was built around 30 AD is located at the Piazza Bra. It was once used for gladiator fights. Today you may listen tastefully to the opera.
We informed ourselves before we headed here and booked tickets for AIDA online. The seats for the mob on the upper places cost only 20€ per person which makes it a perfect opportunity to experience a show like this even if you’re not that huge opera fan.
A huge part of the experience included sitting on around 150°C hot stone and you the feeling of your comfy bottom sizzle. Everyone was trying to cool themselves by waving warm air on their faces. Look at the video. It was hilarious.
The performance itself was great. It lasts four hours. You can decide on your own on how long you want to stay there. We definitely left earlier and were not the first to go. This is totally ok.
Via Giuseppe Mazzini
The Via Giuseppe Mazzini is the shopping street in Verona which leads from Piazza Bra to Piazza delle Erbe. If you’re willing to and the money sits loose, you can definitely get rid of a lot of it. Otherwise it’s not interesting.
Piazza delle Erbe
This place is really pretty. The building walls are all from different centuries.
If you have the time to: There’s an observation deck on the top of the Torre di Lamberti. You’ll have a great view over the Piazza and the city. Problem is, queuing may take a while.
Casa di Giulette
Not far from the Piazza delle Erbe is the Casa di Giuletta. The buildings are from the 14th century. The stone balcony is said to be Shakespeare’s inspiration for ‘Romeo and Juliette’.
So far, so good. It was hell here. If you’re suffering from claustrophobia, leave this place. There are way too many people and actually there’s nothing happening here. When leaving try to not snuggle with the wall in the passage – it’s a patch wall and I think it’s disgusting.