Looking to spend 1 Day In Verona? This wonderful medieval town is somewhere you simply have to visit when in Northern Italy.
Made famous as the setting for the Shakespeare classic Romeo and Juliet there’s a lot of history here which makes it the perfect place to spend a day or two!
However, it wasn’t always somewhere Helen and I was planning to visit on our most recent trip to Italy.
Hopefully, we can encourage you not to make the same mistake we did and include at least 1 day in Verona in your tour around Northern Italy.
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1 Day In Verona
If breakfast isn’t included with your accommodation in Verona then be sure to stop by the famous Loacker cafe for some instead.
This famous biscuit bar cafe was our go to place for affordable bites and refreshments while in Verona.
Casa di Giulietta – Juliets Balcony
Begin your morning in Verona with a trip to Juliets Balcony. Located just off the main square it’s a must visit when in the city – even if it is a massive tourist trap!
Pro Tip: This is the most popular tourist attraction in Verona, being both free and in a very confined area it gets busy quickly so arriving early will hopefully mean it’s less crowded.
Also known as “Casa di Giulietta” the balcony is well signposted throughout the city.
It’s almost impossible to walk past thanks to the floods of people coming in and out of the small entrance and the chewing gum (and other unsavoury objects that line the walls)
While observing the balcony from the ground is free you can pay an additional €7 per adult to enter inside where you’ll find a small museum dedicated to Romeo and Juliet and have the opportunity to take your photo by the famous balcony.
Of course, it’s worth remembering that Romeo and Juliet are in fact fictional characters so there’s no real history to this location.
However, that wont stop thousands of tourists (ourselves included) heading to the balcony to see what all the fuss is about.
Piazza Delle Erbe
Next stop on our 1 day in Verona itinerary is the Piazza Delle Erbe. This is the main market square and is filled with traditional Italian foods, drinks as well as local souvenirs.
Piazza Delle Erbe was previously the centre of the Roman Court, and home to many decisions about the local citizens political and economic life.
Feel free to browse any of the stalls here alongside other tourists and locals. You’ll likely find souvenirs cheaper than some of the stores in Verona and wonderful handmade goods.
Situated in the heart of Verona you’ll likely walk through the Piazza Delle Erbe a number of times during your day in the city.
It’s also somewhere I recommend coming back to for either lunch or dinner due to the fantastic range of incredible restaurants that have patios here allowing you to watch as locals wander the streets going about their daily lives.
Be sure to stop and look up at the large tower set off to the side. This is Torre Dei Lamberti, constructed in 1172 it’s one of the tallest buildings in the city at 84 metres.
In 1403 the tower was struck by lightning and badly damaged. It took 43 years for reconstruction on the tower to begin and even then the process took 16 years.
Since then the tower has received a number of reconstructions and multiple extensions including the addition of the octagonal belfry and the clock and bells.
For just €8 you can pay to climb the 300 plus stairs here to the top of the tower, where you’ll be rewarded with one of the best views out over the city.
A 10-minute walk from the Piazza Delle Erbe is Verona Arena. Don’t worry if you don’t have a map, the Arena is well signposted throughout the city and once you’re on the main street, it’s hard to miss the arena.
Verona Arena is situated within another large Piazza, the Piazza Bra.
Piazza Bra, often abbreviated to simply Bra, is the largest piazza in Verona. Some claim it’s even the largest Piazza in the country. Lined with numerous cafés and restaurants, along with several notable buildings we picked up a refreshing ice-cream here before heading over to the Arena.
Entry to the arena is €10, although children up to the age of 7 are free.
Pro Tip: Pick up a Verona Card (€20 for 24 hours) and enter the arena for free. You’ll also only be charged €1 to go in the elevator at the Torre Dei Lamberti (instead of the €8) and gain complimentary access to other museums in the city.
Sadly, during our visit to the arena, they were setting up for an awards ceremony so certain areas were blocked off to the public. However, it was great to see that the incredible setting is still being used practically even in the modern-day.
An this certainly didn’t stop us enjoying the lovely sunshine and appreciating this incredible architectural delight. Inside it was strangely peaceful despite the activities going on below and outside in the Piazza.
Climb to the top of the Arena (just be careful as the steps are really tall, my little legs struggled to handle it!) and be rewarded with some lovely views out over Verona and into the Piazza.
Head back into the Piazza Bra for lunch.
Emanuel Cafe is a popular choice. Entrees here cost around €14 and there’s an additional €2 cover charge, so it’s certainly not the cheapest option, however the food is great and the backdrop is simply incredible.
Alternatively, if you’re on a budget head just 300m round the corner to Aldi and pick up everything you need for a small picnic.
There’s a lovely garden/park area opposite the Piazza and Arena where you’ll find locals sitting on benches playing chess and students lounging in the summer sun.
After lunch it’s time to hit the streets once more, making the most of our 1 day in Verona. This begins with a 30-minute walk to the Teatro Romano.
Teatro Romano was our favourite stop during our 1 day in Verona. Situated outside of the city centre and over the river Adige this roman theatre was built in the first century.
Entry into the theatre is €4.50 per person or complimentary if you’ve purchased a 24 hour Verona card.
Much like the Verona Arena, this theatre was also holding an event in the evening. Therefore a temporary stage, lights and cameras were being set up. However, this didn’t take away from the beauty that is the Teatro Romano.
Set into the San Pietro hillside, there are a number of large steps which take you up to the top of the theatre where you’ll find the most incredible views out over Verona as well as the museum.
The museum is inside an ancient temple at the top of the theatre. Inside you’ll find greek vases, mosaics, sculptures alongside everyday utensils from the necropolis.
Castel San Pietro
Just a 500m walk further along the River Aldige is Castel San Pietro. This medieval fortress is set back on the hilltop above the city.
Pro Tip: If you don’t fancy the climb you can pay €1 per person to ride the funicular up to the top of the hill.
It’s one of the largest historic buildings in Verona and much like Teatro Romano provides some incredible views out over the city.
Ponte Pietro once known as the Pons Marmoreus is a Roman arch bridge which crosses the Adige River.
Completed in 100BC it originally flanked another Roman bridge, the Pons Postumius both of which were used to connect the city on the right bank with the Roman theatre on the east bank.
Today, it’s the oldest bridge in Verona and has undergone major repairs. The largest of which was in 1957 when four arches were blown up by the German troops retreating after World War II.
For dinner head back to the Piazza Delle Erbe or check out some of the suggestions by award-winning foodie travel bloggers 2 Food Trippers.
2 Food Trippers not only have reviews on the mainstream cafés and restaurants but also undiscovered local places that offer traditional dishes from recipes handed down over generations.
There’s a limited number of things to do in Verona at night. However, we’ve found one activity that really rounds off an action-packed day in this incredible city.
City Segway Tour
Experience the city at night on a City Segway Tour. Meeting at 6 pm, this three-hour tour will take you back around the major sights of Verona as the sunsets.
A guide will provide you with background information on each of the sights and answer any questions you may have. It’s a great way to compare the difference between the hustle and bustle of the city during the day and the relaxed charm of the city at night.
You don’t need any prior Segway experience as some brief training will be provided (it’s easier than it looks) as will basic safety equipment.