Whistles Neighbourhood: Verona
If you’re looking to escape somewhere with rich history, picturesque settings and delicious dining options, Verona is for you. Here is our tried and tested edit of what to see and where to eat in the city where Romeo & Juliet was set.
This house was owned by the Cappello family until 1905 and thanks to the similarity of their surname to Capulet, as well the idyllic balcony overlooking the courtyard, it is now known as 'Casa di Giulietta,’ or ‘Juliet’s House’. The surrounding walls are covered in graffiti scribbles and love notes left by tourists, who take it in turns to have their photos taken on the balcony. Although based on fiction, it is rumoured that if you declare your love here it will bring you both good luck.
Via Cappello, 23, 37121 Verona VR, Italy
Arena di Verona
Whether you choose to attend a show during the Summer Festival of Opera or wander past to admire the architecture, add Arena di Verona to your list of things to see. It is one of the most grand opera houses in the world, with an amazing open air structure and space to to seat 15,000 people.
Because no trip to Italy is complete without indulging in ice cream, take a break from sightseeing at Gelato Amorino. With a skill for making cones in rose shapes using macaroons, they are are renowned for their Instagram worthy creations and wide selection of flavours.
Corso Sant'Anastasia, 1, 37121 Verona VR, Italy
For a relaxing day outside of the city, catch a train to Peschiera and enjoy scenic views of Lake Garda. Stroll along the harbour, hire a sun lounger for the day and go swimming in the natural water. If you get hungry, there’s an array of casual restaurants nearby to choose from.
Peschiera del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy
For dinner with a view, book a table at Re Teodorico. Situated by the San Pietro Castle with a garden terrace over the city, it comes with an Italian menu that boasts authentic dishes with a modern twist. Choose from mouth-watering pizzas, fresh fish and meat, followed by an irresistible selection of desserts. After dinner, enjoy local wines and cocktails at the bar attached to the restaurant.
Osteria La Fontanina
Between the Roman Theater and Ponte Pietra, you’ll find one of Verona’s oldest restaurants. With traditional interiors and a front terrace to sit out on, it is a perfect choice whatever the season. They have been serving locals and tourists for over 200 years and offer a unique selection of Italian dishes, with the option to enjoy an impressive tasting menu with wine pairings.
Tucked away in what looks like a ceramics shop is one of the oldest coffee houses in Verona. With quirky interiors and charismatic gifts on offer, it has been serving locals and tourists since 1969.
Corso Porta Borsari, 15d, 37121 Verona VR, Italy
Ponte Pietra, Adige River
The Ponte Pietra is a bridge sits over the river Adige and was built in 100 BC, making it the oldest bridge in Verona. Cross it during the evening for irresistible views of the city aglow or on sunny afternoons between sights. Other historical landmarks to add to your must-see list include the Castelvecchio Museum, Piazza del Erbe and Castel San Pietro, all which are within walking distance of one another.
37121 Verona, VR, Italy