From our B&B in Bologna, we decided to take a day trip to the beautiful town of Verona. I was worried that it’d be a touristy spot filled with Romeo + Juliet gimmicks, but what I discovered was so much more as it quickly became one of my favorite Italian cities. If you’re looking for a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with breathtaking bridges, medieval architecture and grand gardens, Verona is the place to wander.
The first thing we did after stepping-off the train was head to Juliet’s balcony. We thought we might beat the tourist rush going in the morning, but it was jam packed, y’all. It was still super cool to see (how can you not?!) and I’d highly recommend going. Just go as early as possible.
Also, don’t forget to leave a love lock or rub her breast for good luck…it’s tradition!
After a busy morning at Juliet’s balcony snapping photos and shopping in the nearby gift shop for souvenirs for family, we headed on down to a cute little rustic restaurant for authentic Italian pasta. Make sure to stop-in to Hostaria Vecchia Fontanina for a delicious lunch + a glass of vino.
After lunch and gelato we walked on over to the Giardino Giusti and on the way we took in the grand views along the Ponte Pietra.
The Giardino Giusti was my favorite stop in Verona. I could spend hours touring the garden grounds, taking in the fresh flowers, watching the turtles that overtake the quaint fountain and walking-up the trail to view the awe-inspiring grounds. At only 7 Euros a ticket (about $8USD), it’s well-worth the entrance fee to see the 16th century garden.
After the best of afternoons touring Giusti Garden, we did what any self-respecting Italian traveller would do…headed for gelato! We stopped at the shop across the street from the entrance to Castelvecchio and I highly recommend you do too. Who doesn’t want a sweet treat?
Going to Verona? Pin + print this guide for your adventure and let me know if you have any questions in the comments, below! xo