Many people think of Romeo and Juliet when Italy’s Verona is mentioned. Although Verona’s association with these famous characters is a big reason why tourists flock here in their thousands, this historical city has so much more to offer. Here are some of the top highlights for a romantic weekend dedicated to couples.
Romantic weekend in Italy: what to do in Verona
1. Juliet’s House
The first attraction you must see when arriving in Verona is Juliet’s House. No matter if you love or not the Shakespearean famous love story, but the house of its heroine is definitely on the top of the list. The famous balcony where you can imagine Romeo admiring Juliet’s beauty is on Via Capello. The courtyard of this 13th-century Gothic house also features a bronze statue of the heroine, where many tourists love to strike a pose with. You can get in for around €10, where you also can stand a chance to peek through her legendary balcony.
Location: Via Cappello, 23, Verona, Italy
Open: Daily from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm
2. Arena di Verona
If you like to visit historical buildings and want to see a fantastic example of Roman engineering, then visiting the Arena di Verona is undoubtedly worth the trip. It is essentially Verona’s version of Rome’s famous Colosseum. While it’s just as beautiful, Verona’s ancient site is much better preserved – making it easier to truly appreciate the craftsmanship that has gone into building the monument.
The Arena di Verona was built in 30 AD and was capable of holding 30,000 spectators in its prime. Today it’s open to visitors, and also plays host to many concerts and musical shows.
Location: Piazza Bra, Verona, Italy
Open: Monday from 1.30 pm to 7.30 pm, Tuesday – Sunday from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm
Sticking with the historical theme, Verona’s Castelvecchio is a must-see. This fortress is still impressive and imposing to this day, and it boasts an excellent museum (housing some fantastic artefacts) and splendid views down the river.
Visiting this castle, which was built in 1354, is a great way to discover more about the region’s history and the Scaliger dynasty (who ruled this area at the time of construction).
4. Lake Garda
Verona is a popular base for exploring Lake Garda, as there are quick and frequent bus and train services between the two. With a surface area over 260 square kilometres, few lakes in Europe can match the majesty of Lake Garda.
There are enough attractions in and around Lake Garda to keep you busy for several day trips. Going on a cruise from one end of the lake to the other is the best way to take it all in. Sirmione is a particularly beautiful old town, on the southern banks of the lake. Visitors can even climb its medieval castle for expansive views of the surrounding area.
In April, visit Verona to experience one of the largest wine fairs in Italy. Held over five days, there is plenty to explore, taste and experience during the annual event that attracts thousands of people. The average April temperature in Verona is still 64°F, so it’s also the perfect time to enjoy Italy’s beautiful weather in a period with fewer tourists.
As well as wine tasting sessions, seminars and lectures are offering tantalising insights into the Italian wine industry.
6. Verona’s Opera Season
Lasting for just over three months of the year, Verona has a spectacular opera season that’s well-known for showcasing some of the best current and future talents. Held in the fantastic Arena di Verona, the event takes place in June, July, August and September – and you’re bound to be impressed by the talent on offer.
At the same time, you can be sure that there is time to see some of the unparalleled sights of the local area.
If you want to take a trip to Italy, then Verona is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit. It has everything from natural beauty to culture – as well as a rich history that will surpass your expectations.