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How to spend 72 hours in Verona

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This Venetian city, home to the real-life Romeo and Juliet, is one of Italy's most beautiful and little-talked-about destinations. 

Verona, view from Castel San Pietro
Image Credit: Jakub Halun from Wikimedia Commons 

I have been to Verona three times and I still haven't managed to see everything. For this reason, I would highly recommend not exhausting yourself by trying to fit it all at once. In this guide, I have included my highlights of the city if you are limited to 72 hours in Verona.

Transport

If you fly into Verona, there is a shuttle bus (€6,00) that leaves every 20 minutes to Verona Porta Nuova Rail Station. From there, you can catch a bus into all areas of the city. I would recommend buying your ATV bus ticket from a Tobacco shop inside the rail station as it is easier than buying one on the bus.

Verona

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If you arrive in Verona in the late afternoon, there is still plenty to do. The numerous terraced bars overlooking the river provide the perfect golden-hour drink.

From there, you can easily walk into the centre of the city, which is just as vibrant at night as in daylight hours. A stroll through the Piazza delle Erbe is the ideal way to kick-start your evening, although I would not recommend eating here as it is very overpriced for the food you will receive. However, a drink there provides a lovely setting, in the centre of the buzz.

Piazza delle Erbe, Verona, Italy

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For dinner, I would highly recommend the pizzeria Peperino. They serve delicious Naples-style pizza. It sits on the surrounds of the Verona Arena, which looks very much like the Colosseum in Rome.

Unlike its capital city equivalent, the Arena is still in use today. It hosts singers as well as operas and plays, with Elton John himself performing there at the end of last month. Sitting around the Arena having your meal, you can often hear the cheers from inside the stadium. It is well-worth buying tickets for the events if you visit in the summer months. 

Arena di Verona 1

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I would recommend starting your day relatively early if you are visiting in the summer months since the midday sun can be very strong. It is sometimes worth following the examples of the locals by taking a daily siesta or arranging a visit to an indoors museum at the height of the day.

One morning, I would recommend visiting the Castelvecchio, directions for which can be found around the well-signposted city. This beautiful castle dates back to the 14th century and the museum is filled with artefacts from the different ages. You can also take a walk around the battlements, which provide a beautiful view of the city and the oldest-standing bridge.

View from Castelvecchio

Image Credit: Matilda Martin

A beautiful place to grab lunch is the Cappa Cafe, which has a terrace overlooking the river Adige. Their menu contains light snacks as well as bigger lunches such as pasta and pizza. 

After lunch is the perfect time to explore the city's Duomo and beautiful churches which are a cool haven in the midday heat.

Of course, while in Italy you must try the incredible gelato they have on offer. I would recommend in particular two places, but of course, there are many more to discover. One is the Gelateria la Romana. They have amazing fresh gelato with liquid chocolate on tap! Do expect to queue, though. The second is GROM which has a vast array of natural ice creams.

In the afternoon, why not enjoy some shopping? Italy is known for its fashion and you are sure to see some beautiful items in the shops.

One day during your stay, you could take a trip to the beautiful Lake Garda, a short 20-minute train ride or an easy hour by bus.

Lago di Garda

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The ancient town of Sirmoine is a must-see but very busy due to it being a top tourist destination. I would recommend reading ahead on other areas of the lake, as well as bus and shuttle times in order to make the most of your day.

The Biblioteca Capitolare is an ancient library full of interest for book-lovers. Sadly, you must book onto a tour at least a week in advance if you want to visit, so make sure you do so.

Museo Archeologie

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One more sight in Verona you must see is the Museo Archeologico. Situated in the hills over Verona, the theatre there, like the Arena, is still in use today. Climb up the steps among ancient ruins to see a breathtaking view of the city. This is the perfect way to end your trip. Buon viaggio!

Lead image credit: Matilda Martin




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