Like Venice, Verona is about 45 minutes from Vicenza by train. Verona, however, is in the opposite direction, to the west of Vicenza. Verona is the city of Romeo and Juliet (Romeo e Giulietta), and is home to a ton of history and even it’s own mini coliseum. We ventured to Verona with another couple, Diane and Tony. Diane and I are good friends and go on many adventures together along with our other friend Laurel. The three of us call ourselves the Spritz Club and have a blog that we share about our outings, which you can check out here: God Save the Spritz.
Verona is an awesome city for walking, though the train station is a little out of the way. It’s probably a 15 to 20 minute walk to get from the station into downtown Verona, but once you’re there it’s totally worth it. I had never been to Verona before, so I didn’t know what I was in for. As you walk up the main street, you begin to see a large stone archway.
But it’s once you walk through the archway that you really get to see the beauty of Verona. Just inside is Piazza Bra, which is one of the most popular areas of the city. The piazza has almost an overwhelming number of things to look at. There is a park, the Arena (the mini coliseum I mentioned) complete with street artists with whom you can take pictures (for a price), and a row of the most colorful, yummy-looking restaurants I’ve ever seen. From the wide openness of Piazza Bra, tiny Italian streets branch off with typical gelaterias, tourist shops, and high-end stores.
Next we went to Juliet’s balcony. We chose not to pay to enter the actual house, figuring that the best stuff to see was outside it anyway. The courtyard was packed shoulder-to-shoulder and had a gift shop built in. Next to the gaudy shop, there was the wall full of locks. Adoring couples go into the shop, buy an ugly pink or red lock, and then lock it onto Juliet’s wall to symbolize their enduring love. I assume that they would throw away the key afterward, but who knows? And then of course, there’s the statue of Juliet herself.
Apparently it’s good luck to touch her boob (I can’t remember which one, or if it matters), so men were queuing up to get their pictures taken copping a feel. Yes, Alex did too, but only because I made him. Above us we could see the actual balcony beneath which Romeo would have uttered, “But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun! It is my lady; O, it is my love!” Awwwwww.
To leave the courtyard and get back to the street, you have to go through a bit of a tunnel. On the walls of this tunnel is where you’re welcome to write a “love letter to Juliet.” The walls are COMPLETELY COVERED in writing. It’s really cool. And being the awesome person I am, I happened to have some Sharpies in my backpack. We were all able to leave our mark – in permanent ink – on Juliet’s wall.
After Juliet’s courtyard, we went to what became my favorite place in the city. The Torre dei Lamberti (the Lamberti Tower) is the tallest structure in Verona, and for €4,50 you can go to the very top. Luckily we went on a beautiful day, and the view was to die for. I can’t describe it any better than that, so I’ll let the pictures try.
We wandered around Verona a bit more, but unfortunately it was another work night for my hubby and we had to part ways early. We made sure to take a different route back to the train station so we could see as much as possible, and we were not disappointed. Castelvecchio is a beautiful castle from the middle ages.
It was hard to resist the urge to go in, but we had a train to catch. Once again, we have a lot left to see and we’ll definitely be going back.