One of the lovely things about Verona is that it is quite compact. Easily small enough to walk around in a day – even that first day where you have to stop and take a photograph every time you turn a corner…, or look up…, or look behind you…,
We planned this long weekend in Verona in the middle of last winter, and at last it has arrived!
Verona is famous for being the setting for Romeo and Juliet, aptly described by Shakespeare as ‘fair Verona”. It is also famed for its Opera Festival held in the Roman arena.
There are a clutch of obligatory sights, such as the Arena and Juliet’s balcony. But the real pleasure is discovering hidden squares and ordinary-looking cafes with stunning courtyards that back onto the river. Crossing the river and climbing up to Castel d Pietro is definitely worth it, both for the wonderful rustic houses with wrought iron balconies and compact but dramatic gardens that you pass on the way, as well as the eventual view over the city.
Where to Stay
We stayed in the Hotel Milano, which has the most splendid location just opposite the Arena, and also has a small but perfectly designed roof terrace. Suffice to say, we arrived from the airport at lunchtime, made it as far as the roof terrace and managed to polish off two bottles of Prosecco before venturing further afield.