Things to do in Verona – Italy

things to do in verona

World famous as the home of William Shakespeare’s star crossed lovers ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and steeped in ancient history, Verona is one of Italy’s most vibrant and underrated cities.
From strolling around the stunning city to feasting on fabulous Northern Italian cuisine and soaking up a romantic sunset from one of the city’s best secret spots, we found the best things to do in Verona.
Whip up an Italian feast with this filo pastry pizza recipe with tomato and pesto. 

What to See

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Palazzo Victoria

Situated right in the heart of Verona, this luxurious palazzo mixes modern design with medieval touches – think 14th century frescoes alongside trendy white leather sofas. With stylish rooms, Jacuzzis in the bathrooms and a Michelin star chef whipping up contemporary Italian delights, Palazzo Victoria is the perfect base for any trip and is one of the best hotels in Verona.


For those on more of a budget, this inviting bed and breakfast is the perfect crash pad. Located just around the corner from the Arena and the Veronese shopping district, the rooms are spacious with exposed beams and traditional fireplaces.

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12 Apostoli

Rumoured to be the most expensive meal in Verona, this traditional restaurant is one of the city’s oldest establishments and the décor alone is worth a visit, with colourful friezes covering every inch of the walls. But it’s the authentic Italian cuisine that’s the real star of the show – we loved the Tagliata di Tonno (tuna steak with mint pesto)!

San Matteo

Located in a converted church just off Corso Porta Borsair, this fuss free Italian is where hungry locals come for a hearty lunch at an awesome price point – €11 for one course and a drink. The food is delicious with plenty of options, including gnocchi (a Veronese speciality), wood-oven pizza and huge Mediterranean salads.

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Caffe Ai Lamberti

While Verona is not known for its crazy nightlife, there are a few traditional bars worth visiting. By night, sip al fresco with the locals at this chilled hole in the wall bar whilst you soak up the atmosphere of the picturesque Piazza dell Erbe square.

Terrazza Bar Al Ponte

With views of the Adige River and the Ponte Pietra, this small but elegant wine bar is a charming place to spend the evening. Sit on the terrace and watch the sun go down over the beautiful city, with a chilled glass of their fabulous house white wine.

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Piazzale Castel San Pietro

While getting to the top of San Pietro is a bit of trek, there is no doubt that the incredible views of the city from this spot are totally worth it. From this vantage point you can see the whole of Verona, with the Adige River, bridges and distant church spires all in view. Whether you walk or drive, we cannot recommend visiting this hidden gem enough as its definitely one of the best things to do in Verona.

Basilica San Zeno Baggiore

This minor basilica is the most visited church in Verona and gets its fame both from its impressive architecture and the rumour that its crypt was the site of the ill-fated marriage of Romeo and Juliet. The church’s façade is incredible – don’t miss the section depicting scenes of ancient Veronese history – while the massive doors, made up of bronze panels sculpted during the 9th and 11th centuries, are one of the city’s most prized artistic treasures.

Photo: Provincia di Verona Turismo – T. Weimar.

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The Arena

Built in 30 AD, the Arena is the third largest Roman amphitheatre and the largest open-air opera venue in the world. By day admire the incredible architecture and by night take in one of the lavish opera productions.

House of Juliet

While unashamedly a complete tourist trap, it would be wrong not to visit Juliet’s famous balcony. Write the names of you and your ‘lover’ on the wooden boards by the entrance, stick initialled gum on the walls and check out the statue of Juliet. We have it on good authority that women should rub the right arm of the statue for the ultimate love tonic.

Photo: Provincia di Verona Turismo – T. Weimar.

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Cécile Boutique

This quirky boutique is a vintage lover’s dream, with fabulous clothes and accessories from a range of Italian and international designers.

Hidden Forest Market

Hidden away on a picturesque cobbled street, this trendy concept store is a little hipper than your usual Veronese  fare, with their own-brand range of cool contemporary clothing, kitschy accessories and hipster homeware.

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Caffe Coloniale

Grab an awesome espresso at this colonial style coffee shop that’s part of the Casa Coloniale Hotel. They have a range of different Arabica blends and an incredible Nutella Tiramisu!

Gelate Ponte Pietra

Get in line for a serving of this epic ice cream that comes in a range of mouth-watering flavours, including candied orange with cinnamon and a delicious pistachio.

British Airways flights from £149 from gatwick one way to Verona. Click here to book flights

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