Immortalised by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Verona is steeped in romantic projection, with swooning tourists flocking to the so-called ‘Casa di Giulietta’. But there’s much more to this charming city than its story of star-crossed lovers and much-photographed balcony. Its extraordinary Roman, medieval, and Renaissance architecture include the Verona Arena, which gives the Colosseum a serious run for its money, and the immaculate Giardini Giusti.
Whether you opt for the sunny terrace in summer or the opulent, candle-lit interior in colder climes, it doesn’t get much more atmospheric than Ristorante La Fontanina. Dating back 200 years, this evocative inn is a stone’s throw from the Roman Theatre, with whimsical walls bedecked in paintings, mirrors, fine fabrics, and well-stocked wine racks.
Just down the street from the Piazza delle Erbe, Caffe Turbino has been serving a rich array of coffee, pastries, and gelato since 1969. For many Verona locals, this is the best caffeine fix in town. There’s only a few seats outside, but it’s more fun to knock back your espresso at the bar.
Visit the beautiful Giardini Giusti, considered one of the finest Renaissance gardens in Europe. Planted in 1580, its immaculate landscaping includes a maze, gargoyles, fountains, grottoes, and fabulous views over Verona.
With just three elegant rooms centred around a charming courtyard, B&B Casa e Natura Breviglieri is an oasis of ecological calm, set just across the river from the centro storico hub. Every product here is organic — from the bed linen and toiletries to the delicious breakfast — and bicycles are available to pedal your way around town.
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Head to Piazza del Erbe, the heart of Verona life since Roman times. Busy with market stalls by day and aperitivo action by evening, the square’s seamless run of remarkable medieval and Renaissance buildings make it one of the most beautiful in all of Italy.