Verona Travel Guide
Myself and Jonny recently took a nice, little trip away to Verona (and Lake Garda – more on that next week!) for the week. So, I thought why not pull together a little Verona Travel Guide for you all.
We were planning our next holiday and were pretty set on Italy; great weather, world-renowned food, and delicious wine. The question was where? In the end it boiled down to cheapest flights to a place where we hadn’t been before. Verona came out on top. As it was so close to Lake Garda, and we had a week to spend, we thought we’d split our time between the culture, bars and restaurants of Verona, and the sun, swim, sand of Lake Garda.
We went to Verona not knowing all that much about it. Friends pointed out that we had to check out Juliet’s balcony, that it was pretty, and that it was famous for Opera. Using Google maps we had a quick check to see roughly where all the bars and restaurants were to help us choose an area to aim for with the AirBnB. We ended up with a central studio apartment, just off the river.
The main part of Verona is set up in the middle of a tight hairpin bend of river. Everything’s all within walking distance, so anywhere near the river is automatically very convenient.
On arrival the first thing to note was that it was HOT. Funnily enough, the UK was in the middle of a heatwave so it wasn’t a huge amount hotter but still; 37 degrees celsius for a man who sweats at 20 degrees in Manchester is pretty intense!
Make sure you book somewhere with air conditioning if you’re travelling to Italy in Summer. It’ll come in handy for those lazy siestas and generally getting a good quality of sleep.
Also get a hold of some high factor suncream and insect repellant.
Verona itself is picturesque; the river is probably the bluest I’ve ever seen next to a town/city. All of the streets and plazas intertwine to make every journey out of the AirBnb an adventure.
We arrived with very little agenda so just set out and went where we wanted to, stopping off at bars and restaurants that took our fancy if we wanted a bit of shelter from the sun. The food, as you would imagine, was excellent wherever we went. We made sure to have at least one pasta and one pizza across the weekend so we could tick those vital boxes. People were friendly and didn’t make us feel too guilty for not knowing much Italian at all.
We only had 3 days in Verona and we basically spent each day roaming around at a leisurely pace going down streets as we wanted, going down to the riverfront, exploring castles. W even poked our heads down the street to cast an eye on Juliet’s balcony (big queue to go up to it so we were happy just to have a glance). To be honest, there were other more beautiful balconies that we spotted as we were walking about!
Top spots that we found were:
- Bergin; a trendy burger and gin place with a terrace by the river
- Archivo; an up and coming small cocktail bar where customers spilled out onto the streets to enjoy their snazzy cocktails
- The Soda Jerk; a very cool speakeasy with an array of fancy cocktails.
Before we knew it it was time to head over to Lake Garda. We tried the bus on the way there, but would definitely recommend catching a train instead! Much faster and much more comfortable, without being too much more expensive.
Verona is mostly all within walking distance but with the heat you may want to consider catching a taxi (no Uber there though!)
All of our Lake Garda adventures will be up next Friday, so keep your eyes peeled! In the meantime if you missed our last post on Monday, Ella was giving a run down of the basics of Affiliate Marketing for beginners – so be sure to go and take a look!
Thank you for reading, I’ll see you next Friday for all things Lake Garda!
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