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A Day-Long Walking Tour of Verona, Italy

“The City of Romance”, with its charming streets, history and elegance, left me wanting more…

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Arriving in Verona, Italy after only a one-hour train ride from Milan, I was pretty stoked. Verona had always been on my top 10 list of cities to visit. How could it not be? After all, I do have something of an obsession with Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

A Day-Long Walking Tour of Verona, Italy

The buildings of Verona have preserved the historic feeling of the city, while the stores balance it out with a sense of modernity. Italy has always been known for being a shopping mecca, but Verona took it to a whole new level for me. The city’s charming streets, history and elegance left me wanting more.

A Day-Long Walking Tour of Verona, Italy

Due to Shakespeare’s “star-crossed lovers,” the city of Verona has become quite popular. Rick Steves, an American author and television personality who focuses on European travel, said it best: Verona is “the city of romance.” It is Italy’s fourth-most-visited city — and understandably so. Read on for a few of the must-see places I experienced in this incredible destination. Each is a 5 to 15 minute walk from the next, and you can see them all in one (very full) day.

Anfiteatro Arena (Roman Amphitheater)

This impressive Roman amphitheater sits in the heart of Piazza Bra and should be everyone’s first stop. It was built in the first half of the 1st century A.D., which is the period marking the end of Augustus’s empire and the start of Claudius’s.

A Day-Long Walking Tour of Verona, Italy

Walking through the archway and into this incredibly large amphitheater, I was in awe. Not because it was the 3rd largest amphitheater in Italy after Rome’s Colosseum and amphitheater of Capua, or because it produced flawless acoustics because of its elliptical shape. No, it was because of all the marble. The entire amphitheater was built with squared blocks of marble!

We climbed our way through the rows of seats to the top in order to see the famously beautiful view, but once we turned back around we all wondered the same thing: how the heck were we going to get back down without slipping?? Yes, the marble blocks are wonderful and gorgeous — but also dangerous. Especially when you’re me and have a tendency to trip over your own feet. So, I decided to go down block by block by sliding down with my butt, as did a few others.

If you can, book a visit when there’s a performance taking place. The arena hosts many concerts, however, it is the Arena di Verona Festival (Verona Arena Festival) that you should be looking forward too. It is a summer festival of opera, which started in 1936. Opera and ballet performances run from June to September every year. Here is a list of performances and dates taking place during the festival this year:

A Day-Long Walking Tour of Verona, Italy

June 19th to September 5th: Nabucco is a four-act title much appreciated by Verona’s audience. It is based on the biblical stories from the Book of Jeremiah, the Book of Daniel and the 1836 play by Auguste Anicet-Bourgeois. The performance is conducted by Riccardo Frizza and Julian Kovatchev.

June 10th – September 6th: Aida is a four act title based on a scenario which is credited to French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette. Presented by four different conductors: Andrea Battistoni, Julian Kovatchev, Omer Meir Wellber and Daniel Oren.

June 26th – August 14th: Tosca is a three act title about love and loss. It tells the story of the love between Floria Tosca, famous opera singer, and Mario Cavaradossi, a painter and political activist. Conducted by Julian Kovatchev.

July 4th – August 12th: Don Giovanni is a two act title, which is based on the legends of Don Juan, a “fictional libertine.” Conducted by Stefano Montanari.

August 1st – September 4th: Il Barbiere di Siviglia: is a two act title is based on Pierre Beaumarchais’s French comedy Le Barbier de Seville. Conducted by Giacomo Sagripanti.

August 8th – September 3rd: Romeo et Juliette: A five act title based on William Shakespeare’s, star-crossed lovers: The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Conducted by Daniel Oren.

More performance and ticket information.

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Anna graduated York University with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Professional Writing, specializing in Journalism. She started off writing book reviews for her own website, and from there branched out to writing for numerous publications. She hopes that her work will inspire and interest readers, allowing them to question, write and express their thoughts and opinions (starting with in the comments!)

Reader Discussion: 102 Comments

  1. Queen Juds

    Where did you take the second picture? Beautiful!!!

  2. Sandra Brown

    This is such a wonderful article! Haven’t been to Verona in years. I definitely would love to go explore it again and I’ll take this with me when I do 🙂

  3. Hannah Meyers

    I’ve never been to Europe and I’ve always wanted to go.Verona just made its way to my bucketlist. 😛

  4. Christine Muchoe

    Wow, it’s on my list of cities to see also! Thanks for sharing, it looks amazing!

  5. Courtney Watson

    This is such an informative article. A lot of people would like to travel in Italy but confused and are really lost on must-see and must-visit places. Verona is one of the awesome cities in Italy. So colorful but very romantic 🙂

  6. Those pictures are magical and the way you described the place – it makes me want to go there and hop on a plane now 😀 Now, if only I can take someone with me….

  7. Ansley Barrington

    What a great article! I’ve been to Verona before but this article makes we want to go back. There are some spots that I missed which I want to see and taste (great looking gelato). The amphitheatre is definitely as slippery as you mentioned, hopefully my next visit will allow for enough time for a performance.

  8. I have friends who have a pied a terre there, and I’ve been meaning to go… this article really makes me wish I’d gone sooner! Booking ticket now!

  9. Great lineup at the Amphitheater! Aida, Tosca and (of course) Romeo/Juliet are all fantastic. I’ve seen them at The Met, but now I’m wondering how seeing them in Verona would compare!

  10. This city looks so romantic! I’m going to drag the guy I’m seeing there and go see some Opera, followed by ice cream and coffee at the places you recommended. Sounds like the sort of place to fall in love at — and with!

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