Day 1 in Verona
Put on your most comfortable shoes and let’s start!
All the roads lead to Piazza Bra, or, better said, this is the place from where it is optimal to start your Veronese adventure with notes of passion and love. This is the central and the largest piazza in Verona, which comprises several notable buildings. First of all, the Verona Arena is situated here. This is the biggest amphitheater in the north of Italy, offering seats to 25 thousand persons. It was built for the fights with gladiators and it was raised 50 years before the famous Roman Colosseum. Nowadays, it is UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you got some tickets for a performance here, you are lucky. If you do not have tickets, just admire it!
The Gran Guardia is the second key element of the Piazza Bra. The Palazzo della Gran Guardia was the first building constructed on the southern edge of the Bra. It had the function to shelter the troops in poor weather. Today, the building is used as a venue for conferences, meetings, and exhibitions. If you got a little bit tired, relax in the central garden, close to the fountain, and analyze at the same time the statue of Victor Emanuel the 2nd.
The third main element of the Piazza Bra is the Palazzo Barbieri. It hosts Verona’s Town Hall.
Juliet’s House is worth to be visited, but you have to be prepared to face an intense current of tourists that also come to see this attraction. It is told that the house belonged to the Dal Cappello family, or “Cappelletti”. The building dates from the 13th century, but it was renovated in the previous century. Almost all the tourists who get there do the following 4 things: put their hand on the bust of the bronze statue of Juliet, stick a chewed gum to a wall and then write their name and that of their beloved one with a pen, write to each other love messages on another wall (I guess you could read messages in all the languages of the world there), and lock a padlock on a grate on which they wrote a love message.
Verona is a really vibrating trade center and that is why it is a popular destination among the tourists-amateurs of shopping. In the evening, walk on the main shopping artery of Verona – Via Mazzini, named in the honor of a national hero. The street sparkles thanks to numerous show-windows of boutiques. Also, there are several magnificent churches like Santa Maria della Scalla, that of San Nicolo, as well as some constructions which belonged to the Jewish Ghetto.
While wandering along the Via Mazzini, hop into the Gelateria “Grom” and buy some ice-cream of the highest quality. There is a huge variety of flavors, so you could opt for several at once and form your unique combination.