Whilst I was in Venice, I took one day out to visit Verona by train ( it was around two hours) and I am so glad I did as it was a major highlight of my time in Italy.
Just before I start I wanted to say: PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU VALIDATE YOUR TRAIN TICKET BY GETTING IT STAMPED AFTER YOU BROUGHT IT AS YOU WILL GET FINED!
The first place I visited was essential, the balcony of Romeo and Juliet. There is a statue that you are apparently meant to rub the chest in order to get good luck and this was something many tourists clearly believed in as the queues were very long and flustered in order to take a picture with this bronze statue. The balcony itself was beautiful and everything I imagined and as you would expect, very romantic.
Strolling around Verona city was my favorite part though as the cobbled streets and wide roads packed with people made me feel as if I was in a film set (Cheesy to say I know) The ice cream shops were on another level and never had I seen so many ice cream varieties, brownie and mango ice cream anyone?
There is also a large bridge in the very middle of the city which kind of overlooks a large river (As seen in the feature picture) which I loved climbing all over as it takes you to hidden parts of the city which haven’t been restored. About ten minutes walking you are back into the city where you can spend 8 euros on pick and mix sweets like I did after discovering they sold Jelly brains. I have not seen them in England ever since the weekly school tuck shop closed down long ago so you can imagine my excitement.
I would say Verona is a place you would probably only visit once but if you do it right then once is enough . . . personally I didn’t have expectations set for Verona and I am glad I didn’t because I really enjoyed just following the streets and seeing where they took me. I rate Verona much more than Venice in terms of city life but Venice is a lot more breath-taking to look at in terms of natural scenery and beauty.
- Worth checking out? Yes but not for long
- Affordable? Not really, as the train to Verona from Venice was pricey but maybe that is because I didn’t fly directly to Verona.
- Any downsides? Getting fined for not validating my ticket when I brought it certainly wasn’t enjoyable . . .