Exploring Verona In One Day - how to see everything.
- Verona in one day
- How to get to Verona
- The Verona Card – a sightseeing card for Verona
- 10 Most Beautiful Spots In Verona
- Visit Arena di Verona and feel the spirit of the Roman Empire.
- Taste a delicious coffee on Piazza Delle Erbe
- Enjoy the panoramic view of Verona from Torre dei Lamberti
- Witness the wealth and power of Medieval Verona on Piazza dei Signori and take a photo of Arche Scagliere
- Visit Casa di Giulietta and stand on the famous balcony
- Romeo’s House
- Visit the fortified structure of Castel San Pietro
- Visit a gorgeous Roman Catholic Il Duomo di Verona
- Walk across the Castelvecchio Bridge and visit the Museum (Castel Vecchio Museum and Ponte Scaligero).
- Visit beautiful Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
- Best places to try a local cuisine in Verona
- Dining Like a Local – Best Apps
If you currently planning your trip to Italy you should definitely add Verona to your ultimate Italian bucket list. Why? Well, there are plenty of reasons for doing that. First and probably the most obvious one is that Verona is undoubtedly one of the most charming and romantic cities in the world. This is due to the fact that this small beautiful art town situated in the northeastern part of Italy owes its international fame to tragically beautiful love story between Romeo Capuleti and Juliet Montecchi that’s set right here. That’s why I’m sure it comes as no great surprise to you when I say that Juliet’s house with the most famous balcony in the world is definitely one of the best spots to see here, but I have a degree in Theatre Arts and I love Shakespeare’s plays so I may not be objective…
But even if you’re not an extremely sentimental person and magical atmosphere of this theatrical city does not inspire you there is still much more that Verona can offer to its visitors. So if you’re not an avid fan of Shakespeare and a tourist crowd admiring Juliet’s Balcony it’s not what you dream of the beautiful architecture and inspiring history of this medieval city makes it incredibly worth visiting. As a matter of fact, this small but beautiful atmospheric city of northern Italy is full of architectural delights. So if you’re passionate about architecture, historical buildings like Arena di Verona, Torre dei Lamberti, Basilica di San Zeno or Arche Scagliere will definitely impress you.
Another great reason to visit Verona is, of course, a typical local cuisine filled with delicious local specialties. Yes, because who doesn’t like a real, authentic Italian food? I bet you don’t know even a one person who wouldn’t love to eat their way through Italy… and Verona is definitely one of the best places in Italy that every foodie has to visit during their holiday trip. Oh, I just thought about my favorite Pastissada de caval, Risotto al tastasal, Pandoro and of course Baci di Giulietta and you know what? I’ve got very hungry…
Honestly, the spirit of this city can always enchant my soul and every time I’m there I’m discovering the beauty of Verona all over again. Because this small Italian city is packed full of incredibly stunning and inspiring sites worth seeing, things worth doing and delicious local specialties worth trying. So if you wanted to skip it to spend more time in Venice or Milan change your plans and you won’t regret it!
And what I love the most is that you can explore Verona on foot in one day!
Verona international airport CATULLO in Villafranca is only 12km south-west of Verona.
The main railway station is PORTA NUOVA.
Located halfway between Venice and Milan, Verona can be easily reached by motorway:
- the north-south A22 Modena-Brennero motorway
- the east-west Serenissima A4 Milano-Venezia motorway
Autostrade per l’Italia official website:
The Verona Card is an accumulated ticket that allows you to enter museums, churches and visit most beautiful monuments in Verona without paying an entrance fee or waiting in the queue.
The Verona Card is available in two versions:
- 20 euro for 24 hours
- 25 euro for 48 hours after the first validation.
What is The Verona Card and how it works here:
Buy The Verona Card here:
Discover The Benefits Of Verona Card here:
The Arena of Verona located in Piazza Bra is without any doubt an iconic monument and a symbol of the city. This open-air Roman amphitheater built in the first century AD like any other arena throughout the Roman Empire from 105 BCE to 404 CE held the gladiatorial contests. Over time, the interior was used for a variety of important and spectacular events. However, in 1913 through the interior became a stage for one of the most famous Giuseppe Verdi’s operas “Aida”. Since then the great amphitheater continuous to be a place of musical excellence. Every year in the summer the location hosts the Arena Opera Festival and the tickets for all the performances can be purchased online. So if you’re planning your trip to Verona during the annual summer opera festival and you want to take part at unique opera tradition in Italy and experience its magical atmosphere book your ticket at a special price here:
On the official website:
Calendar of Performances of the Arena of Verona:
Situated in the center of a historic city of Verona Piazza delle Erbe is definitely a favorite photography spot for tourists who usually soon after taking a souvenir photo use the possibility to spend their lunch or coffee break in one of the many restaurants or cafes located on this beautiful square. Because what can be better than a delicious Italian dishes prepared in a traditional and authentic way? Besides, you will need some nice, nutritious meal or a cup of strong Italian coffee before climbing a Torre dei Lamberti! Otherwise climbing the tallest tower in Verona may be too hard and challenging. So once you’re in Piazza delle Erbe don’t forget to take the opportunity to try one of the traditional local dishes or grab a strong and aromatic Italian coffee.
Check out the best restaurants near Piazza delle Erbe:
An 84-meter tall Torre dei Lamberti is the tallest tower in Verona. This medieval bell tower situated in Piazza delle Erbe is proudly overlooking the historic center of the city.
The entrance is just near Palazzo della Ragione so just after taking a delicious cup of creamy cappuccino or strong Italian espresso you can climb 368 stairs to the top of the bell tower that offers 360° view of the old town and a possibility of another great shot! But if walking up so many stairs are encouraging you, don’t worry there is an elevator! Now you know it you have no excuses to skip your visit on the top of the tallest tower of the city of love.
Official website of Torre dei Lamberti:
Piazza dei Signori, the second famous ancient square in the city is a former Verona’s center of power. Surrounded by many important historical buildings and monuments among which Palazzo del Comune, Palazzo del Governo, Loggia del Consiglio that remind us that once this beautiful square was the seat of the city’s public institutions and symbol of
At the center of the ancient square, there is a large statue of Dante who during six years of his stay worked on the final part of his “Divine Comedy”, considered to be one of the best poem written in Italian language and definitely one of the most important masterpieces of world literature.
Just around the corner at Via Arche Scaligere you can find the Arche Scaligere, an impressive complex of funerary monuments of the Della Scala family (Italian Scaligeri) that ruled Verona between XII and XIV century. This masterpiece of Italian gothic architecture and sculpture is a symbol of wealth and power. It’s breathtaking and worth seeing a piece of art that you cannot miss during your trip to Verona.
Oh, the famous balcony in the city of love… Isn’t that why you decided to visit Verona? Because let’s face it, it’s impossible to visit Verona without seeing Juliet’s famous balcony and feel the charming atmosphere of the romantic fantasy created by Shakespeare.
But know that during the peak season in Italy taking a photo of Juliet’s statue or the famous balcony it’s quite challenging but still it’s worth it. However, if you chose to visit this iconic spot in Verona in the early morning you will have a great opportunity to admire the balcony with nobody around.
So don’t let a tourist crowd admiring Juliet’s Balcony to dishearten you because visiting the place where the most famous love couple story in the world began is indeed a wonderful and unforgettable experience. (entering into the courtyard of the house is free)
Once you are next to the life-size bronze statue of Juliet taking a photo of the famous balcony don’t miss out the exceptional opportunity to visit the interior of Juliet’s House (free entrance with Verona Card) In this beautiful medieval house at Via Cappello no. 23 you can not only feel the romantic atmosphere of most famous Shakespeare’s play but also visit a small but also a charming museum. Then you’re on your way out from the courtyard don’t forget to leave a love note on the courtyard walls…
So don’t hesitate to visit one of the most photographed spots in Verona. Visit Juliet’s House, indulge in a unique atmosphere and feel the spirit of one of the most romantic cities in the world and let it enchant your soul… and before you leave the courtyard of Juliet’s House leave a love note on the “lover’s wall”…
Official website of Juliet’s House:
Not far from Juliet’s House, in the historic center of Verona, you will find Romeo’s House at Via Arche Scaligere no 2. It’s an authentic medieval structure that according to Shakespeare’s tragedy belonged to Montecchi’s family. However, this historic building was named “Rome’s House” only for tourism purposes because it’s real name is “Casa di Cagnolo Nogarola detto Romeo.” Unfortunately, as opposed to Juliet’s House, it’s not possible to visit it because “Romeo’s house” is privately owned and inhabited. However, the beautiful Gothic medieval façade and Inscription on the front door (Act 1, scene 1 in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet) attracts thousands of tourists wanted to take a picture.
Another important spot to visit during your trip to Verona is Castel San Pietro. This fortified structure build in neo-Romanesque style stands proudly on the San Pietro hill which rises a few hundred meters above the Roman Theatre. During Roman times, Castel San Pietro had profound religious significance because of the temple connected to the Roman Theatre that is well preserved and located on the hill on the left Adige. The elevated position of this strategically located Castle offers an exceptional view of the city for those who choose to visit this masterpiece of neo-Romanesque Italian architecture.
It is possible to reach the terrace of Castel San Pietro on foot or using the funicular railway (2 euros for a round-trip ticket) which is near the Roman Theatre, close to the Church of San Stefano. Castel San Pietro is definitely one of the most beautiful spots in Verona and the best place to admire the panoramic view of the city of love.
La Cattedrale di Santa Maria Matricolare is an another gorgeous Roman Catholic church you just have to visit while you are in Verona. Located in one of the oldest parts of the city, il Duomo di Verona is a part of an architectural complex that includes the Chapter Library, the Cloister of the Canons, the Baptistery and the Church of Sant’Elena and of course the Bishop’s Palace. Unfortunately, in 1117 the cathedral was completely damaged by an earthquake among most of the city. But within 20 years it was entirely restored in Romanesque style in 1138. Consecrated in 1187 by Pope Urban III and dedicated to Saint Maria Assunta it’s definitely one of the most important and incredibly beautiful spots in Verona.
Castelvecchio Museum in the Medieval Castle of Verona
It will probably come as no surprise if I tell you that the Castelvecchio is another spectacular medieval building in Verona. This picturesque Castle with an impressive entrance host the Civic Museum that in itself is a fine piece of art. Inside the museum, consisting of a series of large rooms, you can find many extraordinary exhibitions and collection dedicated to Italian and European art consisting with a large number of paintings, sculptures, archaeological finds and of course, weapons. This impressive collection of the medieval and Renaissance works and artifacts represents an incredible combination of artistic spirit and genius creativity that you cannot miss during your one day trip in Verona!
Official website Museums of Verona
The Castel Vecchio Bridge or Scaliger Bridge
The Castel Vecchio Bridge over the Adige River is definitely one of the top attractions of Verona. This architectural masterpiece of the Italian Middle Ages was build most likely between 1354 and 1356 and opened to the public in 1870. Since then this 101.84 meters long, fortified bridge played an important role during various battles and wars.
Today the Castel Vecchio Bridge not only preserves the atmosphere of the typical medieval settlement and reminds the glorious times of Verona but also is an impressive entrance to the Castelvecchio Museum. So if you currently planning your trip to the city of Romeo and Juliet crossing this gorgeous bridge and enjoying a breathtaking view of the Adige river should be on your bucket list.
This beautiful medieval bridge with many panoramic points is a perfect place for admiring the sunset. Plus it’s easily reachable on foot from the historic city center! So don’t miss your opportunity to visit this beautiful spot!
Located a little outside the main historic city center but easily accessible on foot in 10 minutes from Castelvecchio Bridge, Basilica di San Zeno is another iconic building and without any doubt one of the finest Romanesque basilicas in Italy.
According to the tradition, this incredibly beautiful and well preserved Romanesque-style building was the location of the wedding in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. So if you want to follow the footsteps of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet you must stop here and take some time to admire this gorgeous, truly magical place and one of the most important buildings in Verona.
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6 thoughts on “Verona In One Day”
So much to see and do… it takes a lot of planning to pick what you want to add to your list and how to get it all done, and you’ve done such a fantastic, thorough post to help! This is excellent, Kate! I wish one day I could be able to visit – if I ever do, I’ll have to come back to this as you’ve included so much, and helpful links to all the relevant sites and tips on the best eateries too. Great stuff!!
Hi Caz!! Hi Caz! If you’ve never been to Verona you just have to come and visit this incredibly beautiful city! And of course you just have to try Italian gelato!!! Oh my gosh, if only I could eat one food I would consume lots of gelato…that would be paradise… what about you Caz? What’s your favourite dessert? 😀
I could definitely say yes to some gelato!! 🙂
Well, that’s an excellent answer! Italian gelato is the best especially the flavors like stracciatella, Zuppa Inglese, Strawberry Cheesecake, salted caramel and of course dark chocolate…🤤
This is helpful. I don’t like one-day stops and rushed trips. I would rather see less but have more time to get to know an area.
Hi Aixa! Thank you for your comment!! I completely agree with you, rushed trips are no fun especially if you travel a place like Italy that is so incredibly rich in art, architecture, and history. But I’ve noticed that people who spend holidays in Italy tent to skip Verona in order to spend more time in Milan or Venice and they lose the opportunity to visit this incredibly beautiful town. I wrote this post to show that you can spend one day in Verona and see the best spots “just walking around”. Verona is a small town but with an incredibly rich history, culture and culinary tradition (like any other Italian city 😉) that’s why it’s worth to spend even couple of hours there just to feel an amazing atmosphere of this place! Take care and have a wonderful day!! P.S. Your new blog is insane! I love it, lots of interesting articles and insanely beautiful photos!! Great work!! 😘😘