Top Things To Do In Verona including Awesome Day Trip Ideas

“In fair Verona where we lay our scene…” recognized by most as the second line of the prologue  to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliette, is also a great way to introduce you the Top Things to Do in Verona and also provide you with a few day trip ideas for exploring the area. It’s a city that celebrates the star-crossed lovers as well as boasting its own Roman architecture by way of am amphitheater and old city walls as well as some beautiful sunset spots and the Verona Cathedral. Add in it’s proximity to Venice and Milan, as well as neighboring cities and you’ve got loads of Things To Do in Verona and some awesome day trip ideas. Oh and lets not forget the food. There really is nothing better than Italian Food in Italy!

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Top Things To Do in Verona & Awesome Day Trip Ideas

A Guest Post by Nam Cheah from Laugh Travel Eat

Verona is known for being the City of Love and the birthplace of Romeo and Juliet. It is the reason why I visited it in the first place. While it might not be as famous as the nearby city of Venice and Milan, there are plenty to see in Verona as well as the area around it. I spent a month living in Verona and volunteering with Club di Giuliette, and honestly I expected that I’d run out of things to do. But it was the exact opposite. Below are my top 10 things to do around the Veneto city and let me tell you, it was a tough choice!

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Top Things To Do IN Verona

1. Follow Romeo and Juliet’s story

Things to do in Verona Day TripsDid you know that Romeo and Juliet’s story existed in Verona before Shakespeare heard of it and made it his own? The star-crossed lovers from rival families might just be a true story. Though the current sights that attract tourists are arguably less so. Nonetheless, you can visit Juliet’s house and stand on her balcony, catch a glimpse of Romeo’s abode and even pay your respect at Juliet’s tomb. Don’t forget to rub the right breast of Juliet’s statue for good luck in love! Following the story of Romeo and Juliette is definitely one of the top things to do in Verona!

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2. Write a letter to Juliet

Yes, it is just like the movie Letters to Juliet, and no, it isn’t quite as romantic as they pegged it out to be. You can write a letter to Juliet and put it in the postbox in the courtyard of her house (or just mail it). The reply will take up to six months and it’d be written by a volunteer at the club, but you will get one. So write down all your woes of love and send a letter to Juliet’s secretaries. Alternatively, if you want to be a secretary of Juliet, I wrote about my experience here.

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3. Sample great Italian food

Things to do in Verona Day TripsItalian cuisine is famous, yes, but I expected them to be best in places like Sicily and Puglia. However, Verona surprised me with great budget eats and I have discovered several favourite spots during my stay. Pizza, focaccia, gelato and pasta – you name it, I have a top spot for it. The regional drink is Aperol Spritz, and one would only cost you around 3.5 euros. During my lunch break, I was often found sitting at a café with my notebook and sipping on one. You can find my full list of budget food recommendation here.

EXTRA FOODIE ADVENTURES IN VERONA:

  • Take a Foodie Walking Tour of Verona and see the sights, watch tortellini being made and feast on cheese, pasta and wine!
  • Get your hands dirty and learn how to make your favorite  Italian comfort foods in this Cooking Class
  • It’s wine time! Get outside the city walls for a day as you explore the Valpolicella Wine Region.

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4. Visit the Roman architectures, in particular, the Arena

Things to do in Verona Day TripsVerona has a rich Roman history and it can still be seen all over the city. The most prominent of it all is, of course, the Arena. One of the largest and most intact Roman Amphitheater around the world, it hosts the Opera Festival yearly as well as various concerts. While the stone steps aren’t the most comfortable, a seat there costs as low as 25 euros. Other stunning pieces left are the Bosari Gate and Pietro Bridge.

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5. See the most romantic sunset at Castiel San Pietro

Things to do in Verona Day TripsOne of my favourite things to do in Verona and of the best sunsets I have ever witnessed to date is the one over Verona at Castiel San Pietro. The little square overlooks Verona from a small hill northeast of the River Adige and it is a romantic experience like no other. I’m pretty sure it’s still my Facebook cover photo 2 years later! You can find the path that goes up to the square right opposite the Pietro Bridge and it’d be wise to head up early to grab a decent spot.

I used to grab a drink and focaccia and sit there to admire the view.

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6. Trace the ancient city walls

Things to do in Verona Day TripsThe city wall of Verona fascinated me since we passed the southern ones on entry to the city from its main train station. On studying Google Maps, I found out that it still stands all the way around the old city limit. So I geared up for an adventure and decided to trace it for as far as I can on its northern side, which extends up to the hill. Aside from one couple, I didn’t encounter anyone along the walk and it was surreal to walk in between the walls (yes, there are two sets in places) that was once the city’s defense system. If you are in Verona on a sunny day, I’d grab some gelato and head off on an adventure there!

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7. Take a day trip to Padua

Things to do in Verona Day TripsPadua is midway between Venice and Verona and a lovely university town. Less visited because of its two more famous neighbors, it is still full of history and amazing sights. The second biggest outdoor square in Europe, the Prato della Ville, is worth visiting Padua alone. Not to mention its famous UNESCO World Heritage Scrovegni Chapel. My personal favourites were the Palazzo Regione with its beautiful stucco ceiling and the Botanical Garden. Did you know that the garden is the oldest academic one in the whole world?

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8. Visit the palaces at Mantua

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Hall of Giants

A small town that’s just outside Veneto and in the Lombardy region, Mantua is only an hour away and perfect for a day trip from Verona. A smaller town compared to Verona and Padua, I was surprised to find that it has three palaces and plenty more historical sights. Even if you, like me, aren’t familiar with medieval art and architecture, the artworks are so amazing that you’d end up spending hours wondering around the halls. I’ve never been one to remember names of rooms, yet I remember how awed I was by the Hall of Giants and the Hall of Mirrors.

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9. Visit Lake Garda

Things to do in Verona Day TripsLake Garda, though not as famous as Lake Como, is the largest lake in Italy. There are many idyllic towns and resorts around it, but the only place I managed to visit was Sirmione and let’s just say I’m in love. A small town on the tip of a peninsula that jutted out in the southern shore of Lake Garda, it has all the charm of a medieval town and limestone beach. Oh, there’s also a castle. You can take a bus to Sirmione from Verona and it’s only an hour’s ride and cost me 5 euros. A no brainer if you ask me!

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Entrance to Sirmione

NEED A PLACE TO STAY?

With a variety of accommodation options available – from private villas to rustic hotels, I’m sure we’ll be able to help you find the perfect place to stay to suit your needs and budget. If you’re ready to book now head on over to Booking.com or if you want to compare prices for later, I recommend using Hotels Combined. And for up to date reviews – Trip Advisor is always a good idea.

READY TO EXPLORE FURTHER?

  • The railways in Europe are fabulous – Grab your European Rail Tickets and explore Venice or Milan – or anywhere else in Italy!
  • If you’re ready to explore the rest of Europe by Train <- this article has loads of ideas about where to stop and other cities to explore!

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.So there you have it a full run-down of the Top Things To Do in Verona along with Day Trip ideas to explore the surrounding area. I hope you now have loads of ideas for how best to spend your time in Verona and don’t forget to grab these everyday travel essentials before you go to help make the most of your trip!

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Nam Cheah is a third culture millennial who spent half her life in Hong Kong and the other half in UK. Planning to make the most out of life, she documents her passion to laugh, travel and eat on her suitably named blog: Laugh, Travel, Eat. When she’s not doing any of that, she’s either catching up on TV while online shopping or writing her novels.Follow her adventures on Pinterest, You Tube and Instagram

19 thoughts on “Top Things To Do In Verona including Awesome Day Trip Ideas

  1. Jenn and Ed Coleman says:

    I definitely thought of Romeo and Juliet the moment I read Verona. It makes sense that Shakespeare adapted an existing story. It would fascinating to do a historical trace of how the story has changed over time. Of course, my favorite Romeo and Juliet adaptation has been Warm Bodies but that’s just me. I think there is a limit to how much R&J I can surround myself with and I would quickly end up at Lake Garda.

  2. Paulina says:

    Wow that are some cool tips! I ve never been in Verona but i ll definitely consider this post when my plans become more concrete. And of course the balcony is a must see!

  3. Tracy Chong says:

    Whoaa…I just knew Romeo and Juliet story is from Verona. It’s interesting that they maintain the kind of “fans club” of Juliet. 😀 The photo of Lake Garda stole my heart! The place looks so beautiful!

  4. Reebex | Recovering Hippie says:

    Lake Garda has always been on my bucket list, but it is for the food I’ve always wanted to visit Italy.

    My mum lived not far from
    Verona before i was born and she would always cook up delicious Italian dishes when we were kids.

    Great post! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Rob says:

    We were in Italy a couple of years ago but we never made it to Verona. There is so much to see, we will have to go back to see what we missed the first time. I love the ceiling of the the Halls of Giants, and Mantua sounds like a fantastic town to explore for a day.

  6. Nicole Anderson says:

    Everyone of course knows about Venice and Milan, both icons of Italy and big draw cards for tourists. I am currently planning on visiting Italy next year and have Florence, Pisa, Rome, Milan, Sicily and Venice on my itinerary. But having read this post and seen your pics, I will definitely have to include Verona. While I am thankful for the information you have shared, I now have a new challenge of fitting this within a limited travel time-frame!

  7. Christie says:

    Verona looks awesome! My friend just asked me about it the other day but I haven’t been so I was no help. I’m going to send this to her since it was so helpful. I would for sure go to Juliet’s balcony!

  8. Global Girl Travels says:

    Italy is packed with many gorgeous cities! Verona is on top of my bucket list because of the romantic architecture and streets. I love that there are so many things to see and do for a day trip there!

  9. Chrysoula says:

    Very informative post. I have been to Verona twice and I love it. My favorite things is the view from Castel San Pietro although I didn’t go on sunset as you did.

  10. Katie says:

    Verona has been on my bucket list for so long! Would love to follow the story of Romeo and Juliet!! The views from Castiel San Peitro look incredible and would love to visit Lake Garda!!! Just amazing!! 🙂

  11. RaW | Ramble and Wander says:

    I’ve been to Italy three times now but have yet to get the chance to go to Verona. It’s on my list for my next visit and would also love to see in person how Lake Garda is compared to Lake Como, which I really love!

  12. Julie says:

    I’ve spent my fair share of time in Italy and last time I was there, I was THIS CLOSE to going to Verona. I, too, know of it from Romeo & Juliet, but was always curious what else there was there. Now I know! By the way, isn’t it true that there are so many amazing small towns in between all the famous ones in Italy? I love that about the country. Never a dull moment!

  13. Diana - MVMT Blog says:

    Yum! I would love to take a foodie walking tour of Verona! I’ve only been to Milan in Italy and I didn’t stop eating the whole time I was there! Thanks for the day trip recs too – Lake Garda looks absolutely gorgeous and would be #1 on my list.

  14. Carol Colborn says:

    I just googled it and there is only 1 hour and 20 minutes that separates Venice and Verona. Therefore, I will make it a point to get to Verona when we go to Venice and to include Padua, too)! Thanks.

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