A Day-Long Walking Tour of Verona, Italy
“The City of Romance”, with its charming streets, history and elegance, left me wanting more…
Castel San Pietro
Once you’ve made it to the Ponte Pietra bridge you will want to walk for six more minutes to get to Castel San Pietro. It is here where Verona was founded. On top of this green hill, crowned by cypresses, is where the remains of the first settlements, which date back to the 7th century B.C., can be found.
At the top of this hill stands the Austrian Fortress created in the 19th century. To head to the top and view the Fortress face to face, you can take the stairway near the Roman Theater. However, you can only see the castle from the outside; it is unfortunately not open to visitors.
Looking down, I took in the incredible view and experienced the feeling of having Verona right beneath my feet. The roads, walls, historic buildings and towers… It’s one place you must make time for.
So, you can’t go anywhere in Italy without trying gelato, right? Plus, after all that walking, and the extra 15 minutes you’ll need to get here, you will want to have something to cool you off. But not all gelato is created equal – believe me! Pretto is absolutely mouth-watering. I found this particular gelato store while in Piazza delle Erbe and I have to say that of all the gelato shops I’ve tried, this by far is my favourite.
Their gelato is smooth and beautifully crafted. The Pretto website states that they make their gelato without preservatives, colourings or artificial flavours. From a chic looking shop, gourmet gelato, to great customer service this is one gelateria you can’t miss. I had the Stracciatella gelato and all I can say is wow. Yes, some say it’s similar to our chocolate chip ice-cream, but I am here to tell you — it’s not even close.
The chocolate pieces included in this gelato are phenomenal: small, yet chunky in the smoothest way. It melts right in your mouth and looks delicious too. As the day slowly came to a close, the Pretto Gelato Arte Italiana shop was the perfect cherry on top to a great few hours in Verona.