A romantic itinerary in Verona, from morning until evening, tips on where to eat well without spending a fortune, where to sleep and what to see in the city of Romeo and Juliet, even for Valentine's Day.
Verona, the city of love and considered one of the most romantic cities in the world, is the ideal destination for a weekend getaway with your loved one. So why not take advantage and visit it following a romantic itinerary?
First step, Breakfast! I highly recommend you enjoy this moment at the Pasticceria Flego. A cappuccino and one of their excellent single-portions will make you start the day on the right foot. To do this you can choose between the shop in Via Stella or the one in Corso Porta Borsari where you can try the delicious Romeo or the Seven Heavens for an injection of sweetness and chocolate that will give you the right energy for the whole day.
Verona can only be a privileged destination for romantics, one of them is in fact set here most famous love stories of all time, the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. In the historic center, in one of the central streets of the ancient city and clearly visible only from the queues of people waiting to enter it, there is the famous Giulietta's home. A small internal courtyard dominated by the famous balcony of the unfortunate lover. I recommend that you enter and visit this ancient house and play impersonating the young woman for a few minutes, looking out and reciting the famous line: “Oh Romeo, Romeo. Why are you Romeo? ”.
Not far away is also visible what is considered the Romeo's house. Unfortunately, it cannot be visited except from the outside as it is a private residence, the Montecchi residence is located a few steps from the Scaligere Arches, behind Piazza Erbe and Piazza dei Signori. Then tell me if you can't imagine the famous lovers wandering through the streets of the city declaiming their love.
Since you are already in the area, don't miss the ascent to the Torre dei Lamberti, because what could be more romantic than the view of the city from above? If an observation point is not enough for you, after taking a walk in the beautiful squares overlooked by the tower, walk Corso Sant'Anastasia and reach Stone Bridge, one of the most beautiful points to observe the city overlooking the Adige river. Cross it and follow the steps that you will find right in front of you. You will find yourself climbing the hill and you will reach Castel San Pietro. Catch your breath and enjoy the view of the city at your feet in all its glory. This is one of the most romantic spots in the city, and it is no coincidence that it is almost always animated by couples in love. The view is splendid during the day, at sunset and in the evening, so if you have good legs and are not tired, come back at various times of the day because it really deserves the effort of the climb (if you are in the car take the Torricelle road and you can park directly in the square).
Returning to the city center, I recommend you stop for lunch at theOsteria Romeo and Juliet. One of the typical and most recommended places in the historic center, where you can refresh yourself and taste typical dishes and wines of the Verona area. Another obligatory stop is certainly represented by a nice walk in Via Mazzini, the shopping street (if you really want, I tell you ... take a trip to the Tiffany shop!) which allows you to easily reach Piazza Bra. Arrived at the end of the street you will notice a huge bench surmounted by a big heart. I'm sure that if you are a romantic, no one will take a nice photo away from you! Well, after admiring the splendor ofArena di Verona, just under the arch with the clock that marks the end of the square you will find a bust of Shakespeare accompanied by a quote from his "Romeo and Juliet", a tribute to the great writer and one of his masterpieces set in the city. Continue along Via Palladio and follow the signs for the Tomb of Juliet. Concluding point of this romantic and also final itinerary of the tragic history of the Montecchi and Capulets.
Thanks to recent city promotion campaigns it may happen that you notice married couples who stop at Juliet's balcony for some photos. Marry me in Verona it is in fact an initiative that allows you to celebrate your wedding in places that symbolize love such as Juliet's house or tomb. If, on the other hand, you have not yet pronounced the fateful yes, you may have the opportunity to enjoy in exclusive for 10 minutes Juliet's balcony, to ask your sweetheart for the hand!
Before letting you organize your romantic visit, I leave you a couple of other suggestions. If you find yourself in Castel San Pietro at sunset, stop and have a niceappetizer a Theodoric King, located right next to the Castle. Its strong point? A splendid window overlooking Verona. If you are close to Piazza Erbe, don't miss it Terrace at the Bridge, a small room with a beautiful terrace overlooking Ponte Pietra and the Adige.
For dinner I recommend you book a table at Maffei restaurant. Slightly hidden in one of the most beautiful buildings in Piazza Erbe, the restaurant is certainly one of the best in the city, which knows how to combine excellent cuisine with reasonable prices.
Do you want to stop and sleep and visit Verona calmly? The most romantic place is without a doubt Juliet's Dream. A Relais de Charme in the courtyard of the Capuleti house whose rooms have their names linked to 16 different quotes from the Shakespearean opera dedicated to the two Veronese lovers, some with an exclusive view of the famous balcony.
If you intend to get your fill of romance and see an unusual Verona, dedicated to love, be sure to visit it during the annual event Verona in Love. In fact, in the period of Valentine's Day, the city is decorated with red hearts and dedicates some spaces in the historic center to themed events such as a romantic treasure hunt, couple photo tours of the city, pastry workshop, cellar tour and the LoveFilmFest. More information and updates on events on the official Verona in Love website.