A charming walking tour of Verona, Italy

Verona, Italy - Street actors dressed in medieval clothes are passing through Piazza Bra in front of beautiful buildings and restaurants We arrived in Verona, Italy after a few hours drive from Milan. We were ready to stretch our legs, but most of all we were eager to experience this symbol of Italian charm and romance. We kept using the promise of Italian ice cream as a bribe for our kids as we started exploring this beautiful medieval city. Read on to experience my charming walking tour of Verona, Italy.

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What can you expect when visiting Verona, Italy?

Since we were tired from our drive from Milan, we were eager to stretch our legs and enjoy this beautiful medieval city. Based on our research we expected a medieval town with old walls and buildings. This is what we actually found, but Verona gave us a lot much more. We were surprised somewhat that Verona’s old town was a much larger medieval town with a lot more historical attractions, shopping and restaurants.

Verona, Italy - Porta Nuova (New Gate) seen from Piazza Bra inside the old city walls
Verona, Italy – Porta Nuova (New Gate) seen from Piazza Bra inside the old city walls
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Verona has it all: lots of history, medieval and Roman history, rivers, beautiful views, bridges and shopping. We really wished we would have had a lot more time than the few hours we were able to spend in Verona.

However, if you are looking for small medieval towns and quaint villages then you need to look elsewhere like Monteriggioni or San Gimignano

My favorite tourist attractions in Verona, Italy

After lots of research prior to coming to Verona, I had a short list of things to see. Over the years I have developed, a very efficient system for planning our trips. This way I make sure our expectations match what our destination can offer.
Our visit to Verona was more difficult because we only had a few hours available on our way to Venice. So we had to have a precise list and efficient logistics so that we won’t waste any of our limited time. Fortunately, we did have a good plan and we enjoyed our time in Verona, Italy.

Piazza Bra and the Roman amphitheater are the first attractions you will most likely see in Verona if you enter the town through Porta Nova. They are both worthwhile attractions and it’s worth your time to not rush through them.

Castelvecchio is a beautiful medieval castle on your left as you look at the Roman Amphitheater. It’s worth walking over the old bridge and walls and enjoy the beautiful views of the Adige River.

Via Mazzini and Piazza Dele Erbe are usually filled with tourists because Via Mazzini is the main shopping area in Verona and it leads to the beautiful medieval Piazza Dele Erbe.

Walk on Ponte Pietra and enjoy the the beautiful views of the town and surrounding Hills.

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Verona, Italy - The old Peter's Bridge (Ponte Pietra) connects Verona across river Adige
Verona, Italy – Map of the most important tourist attractions
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With the list of tourist attractions and a map in our hands we started exploring Verona on foot.

Piazza Bra is filled with people and restaurants

Piazza Bra is a beautiful place to start your walking tour of Verona, Italy. After parking our car, we walked through the arched Porta Nuova right into the large Piazza Bra with the large Roman Amphiteater dominating the square. This is a striking place with many attractions for your eyes: there is the large Roman ruins, the beautiful earthy colored buildings and the small park with the water fountain in the middle. So, we lingered around for a while before following the crowds on Via Mazzini.

Verona, Italy - Street actors dressed in medieval clothes are passing through Piazza Bra in front of beautiful buildings and restaurants
Verona, Italy – Street actors dressed in medieval clothes are passing through Piazza Bra in front of beautiful buildings and restaurants
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Piazza dele Erbe is beautiful and bustling with life

We followed the crowds from Piazza Bra and the Roman Arena on Via Mazzini and shortly arrived in Piazza dele Erbe where everything seemed to be moving. There were so many people resting at small cafes and restaurants or browsing the small market in the middle of the square.

 Verona, Italy - Beautiful old buildings and Lamberti Tower in Piazza dele Erbe
Verona, Italy – Beautiful old buildings and Lamberti Tower in Piazza dele Erbe
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Lamberti Tower is the tall building that dominates the square. It is an impressive tower, with very complex and beautiful ornaments.

Verona is full of history and romance

Verona, Italy is most famous for being the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet play. Juliet’s house is such a popular attraction that it is very difficult to actually go in the small courtyard and visit the place. During the summer, when we visited Verona there was an impossible number of tourists inside the small courtyard at Juliet’s house. Unfortunately we were only able to look around a little bit.

However, Verona is filled with old medieval buildings that quickly take you back in time. If you stray from the crowds of tourists and wonder the small narrow streets you will find architectural gems and much Italian charm.

Verona, Italy - The beautiful San Matteo Church restaurant and pizzeria is located behind Porta dei Borsari.
Verona, Italy – The beautiful San Matteo Church restaurant and pizzeria is located behind Porta dei Borsari.
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Ponte Pietra gives you great views of the old city

From Il duomo di Verona we followed some of the larger streets and came out from the old city on Ponte Pietra. This is one beautiful and old bridge that gives you great views of the city and surrounding hills.

Verona, Italy - The old Peter's Bridge (Ponte Pietra) connects Verona across river Adige
Verona, Italy – The old Peter’s Bridge (Ponte Pietra) connects Verona across river Adige
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My best tips for planning your visit to Verona, Italy

We arrived in Verona from Milan with our Italian rental car (save 30% on car rental rates for Italy). The drive from Milan to Verona takes about 2 hours on the fast A4 freeway. However, finding parking in Verona was tricky for us because our Garmin GPS led us to enter the town the wrong way. Our GPS led us through a very narrow street that ended with a small restaurant. After asking for directions in my broken Italian, we had to come all the way around the city to Porta Nova where a modern, large and multi-leveled parking structure waited for us. Click here to see the Verona parking lot entrance map. Of if you’re looking for the actual address here it is: Piazza Cittadella, 5/A, 37122 Verona VR, Italy. From the parking lot, it’s only five minutes walk to Porta Nueva entrance to the old Verona.

If you planning to visit this beautiful area and you want to spend more time in Verona, you can search for budget hotels in Verona. You can also book a beautiful walking tour or a food and wine tour or even a bike tour of Verona, Italy.

Is it worth visiting Verona, Italy?

Absolutely! Unfortunately we were only able to spend about five hours visiting Verona, Italy. We wished we had more time to explore more in depth. Verona is full of Italian charm, history and you can easily walk everywhere in old town Verona. You can easily spend two full days taking your time to enjoy this beautiful old town.

How about you? Have you visited Verona, Italy? What was your own experience visiting this city? Leave a comment below.

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