WHAT TO DO IN ONE DAY IN VERONA – ITINERARY
- 1 WHAT TO DO IN ONE DAY IN VERONA – ITINERARY
- 2 1 DAY IN VERONA ITINERARY
- 3 TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR VERONA ITINERARY
- 4 FINAL THOUGHTS OF THINGS TO DO IN VERONA
Are you planning your Verona itinerary and wondering about the best things to do in Verona in one day? Then this post is for you – find out what to do, where to go, and what to see if you have only one day in this beautiful city.
If the first and only thing that comes to mind when hearing about Verona is Shakespeare‘s “Romeo and Juliet,” you are like me. I didn’t know how lovely this city is, so I never really had it high on my bucket list.
But, guys, Verona is so pretty that I was overwhelmed, happy, and shocked. How could I have not known about the top attractions in Verona – apart from Juliet´s balcony?
I don’t know. However, if I had to name my five favorite cities/towns in Italy, Verona would be amongst them, and you will soon find out why to add the city to your itinerary and what to do.
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1 DAY IN VERONA ITINERARY
Okay, let’s start with the best tips for things to do – after that, you will find some quick and valuable travel tips for your trip.
Casa di Giulietta ( Juliet´s House)
Here we are, starting the day with William Shakespeare and the most famous love story: Romeo and Juliet. More notable than Juliet´s house is probably Juliet´s balcony.
Yes, you might be underwhelmed by the balcony, but you might be overwhelmed by the crowds, as this is probably the most crowded place in Verona.
If you get here very early in the morning, you might be able to escape the crowds. In one tiny space, people from all over the world mill around and rub against the bronze statue of Guilietta.
What might sound like fun to some is something in between a nightmare and a spectacle, so start here early or towards the evening when most crowds have gone home.
You can also write a letter to Juliet. If you put it in the mailbox, you will eventually receive an answer.
No worries, Juliet hasn’t come back to life (how scary would that be?), but one of the volunteers will answer your letter, even if it may take a few months. You can also leave a message on the wall.
You can also visit the house and stand on the balcony (tickets are about 5€, free with your Verona Card), where vital scenes of Shakespeare´s play took place. Apparently, it is not worth it unless you have a Verona Card and don’t have to pay extra. Just looking at it is free.
OPENING HOURS/TICKETS: Closed on Mondays, open from 9 am to 7 pm. Tickets are around 6€ and it is free with your Verona Carda.
Located next to the Piazza dei Signori and close to Juliet´s house, you find the Scaliger Tombs. These are gothic, funerary monuments dedicated to the influential Scaliger family, who ruled Verona in the 13th and 14th centuries.
The tombs are located in a court outside the church of Santa Maria Antica, enclosed by a wrought iron fence with a stairs motif. While you can have a glimpse of it from the street you can also visit the graves.
It is an exciting sight but will not take much of your time and so you can add it as a quick stop on your 1-day Verona itinerary.
OPENING HOURS/TICKETS: Closed on Mondays, open from 9 am to 6 pm with a break from 1 to 2 pm. Free with your Verona Card, without a Verona Card, tickets can be bought at the ticket counter.
Piazza dei Signori
A smaller but still charming piazza is the Piazza dei Signori. Follow the highest tower in the area (Lamberti Tower), and you are almost there.
Beautiful, historic buildings call the square home. In the middle sits the statue of Dante Alighieri, a prominent poet and philosopher who lived in Verona.
The statue itself is a popular photo motif, but the buildings and restaurants around make this place even more special.
Piazza delle Erbe
Just next to Piazza dei Signori is the Piazza delle Erbe and, personally, one of my top tips for things to do in 1 day in Verona. I judge cities, towns, and villages based on their (market) squares – and Verona had me with its charming, lively, busy, and fun squares. I can’t decide which square I love the most, but Piazza delle Erbe is one of my two favorites.
This diamond-shaped piazza lies in the city’s historic center’s heart with many beautiful buildings and statues, including the Fontana Madonna, the Torre dei Lamberti, and the Palazzo Maffei.
It is also a great starting point if you want to go shopping.
Tip: You have many different restaurants and cafes in Verona, and if you like people watching while dining, this square is probably a good choice for your lunch break. Prices here tend to be more expensive, so if you are on a budget, head to one side streets to enjoy some delicious pasta.
Torre dei Lamberti / Lamberti Tower
Standing on the Piazza delle Erbe, the Torre dei Lamberti is the tallest tower in Verona, standing at 84 meters high. The tower was erected in the 12th century and
It is not only great to visit, but the perfect meeting point (do you also choose the highest building in a city as your meeting place when traveling with others?).
It offers excellent views over Verona if you climb up the 368 steps. Decide for yourself if climbing so many stairs is worth it to see the whole city spread out before you. Okay, you could also use a lift, but seriously, the most fun was climbing these stairs.
Tip: Though the tower stands at Piazza delle Erbe, the entrance is around Piazza dei Signori.
OPENING HOURS/TICKETS: Open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 am-6:00 pm, tickets are around 8€ (discounts available) – free with your Verona Card.
The Adige River is the second largest river in Italy, flowing from South Tyrol to the Adriatic Sea. The Piazza delle Erbe is just a stone’s throw away from the river.I recommend walking the river for 15-20 minutes, and see the most exciting bridge in Verona, so head to the Castelvecchio Bridge.
Castelvecchio Bridge / Scaliger Bridge
Walking along the river, you will see this interesting bridge. The Castelvecchio Bridge, also known as the Scaliger Bridge, is a fortified bridge built in the 14th century and was the longest one of its kind at that time.The wall of the bridge is so high in some parts that you can’t look over it. Luckily, there are stairs that you can climb to enjoy an elevated viewpoint. On warm days, you might be lucky enough to find some musicians playing lovely music on the bridge.
From there, head to the Verona Arena. It is just a ten-minute walk (passing Piazza Pasque Veronesi, among others), and you will see the following main Verona attractions.
I am all about market squares, and Verona has two main market squares. Two charming market squares! And one of them is the lively and lovely Piazza Bra.
I was already in love when I arrived at Piazza Bra in the afternoon, but if I had needed another reason to love the city, then this would have had me entirely convinced.
In mid-September, it was busy and full of people, but in a fun and lovely way. Seeing all the pretty Italians strolling their city while we were sitting on a bench with a view of the arena, the colorful houses, and the Emmanuel Statue (Statue a Vittorio Emanuele II) made me wonder if I should live here for a year or so.
If I were to move to Italy, then Verona would be it. While I still struggle with their political choices, which is actually why I don’t see myself living there, I sometimes still daydream of coming to Verona for a few weeks.
Tip: While Verona can be wonderfully explored on foot, you could jump onto one of the small sightseeing trains that start here and do a quick tour to end the day.
I think these Verona activities will keep you busy for a day – these Verona sights were my favorites, but I can’t claim that I saw them all. If you have more time, then plan to visit some more top places in Verona.
Arena di Verona / Verona Arena
The arena looks like the little sibling of the Colosseum in Rome but is actually a few decades older. Though you wouldn’t guess it, it‘s 2,000 years old. It is the third biggest amphitheater in Italy and looks a bit like the world-famous Colosseum in Rome.
Like the Colosseum, it was also a venue used for gladiator and animal fights. Nowadays, it is used for operas and theater plays, and it is open to visitors.
Despite its brutal and violent past, it is now a must-see place in Verona. Early in the morning, the lines aren’t that long, so I suggest you start here (or buy skip the line tickets). In the afternoon, it gets busy, though (that is why I had to skip seeing the inside).
Opening Hours change, depending on the season and whether an opera is going on, but usually, it is open from Monday to Sunday from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm (Mondays it opens later)
Prices are around 10€ (free with your Verona Card or if you have a Trentino Guest Card).
San Leonardo Fortress
The best view (besides the Lamberti Tower) is from San Leonardo Fortress. If you have energy left, get to the fortress, which sits on a hill and offers impressive views of the city.
From Piazza Bra, it will take about a 40-55 minute walk (partly uphill), and there you can enjoy the views after a busy day in Verona. This is probably the best way to end your day!
TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR VERONA ITINERARY
Before talking about your Verona itinerary, here is some info for your first trip to Verona.
Why Visit Verona
Verona is a medieval town/city, and besides its colorful and pretty buildings spread throughout the city, it is also well known for its archaeological sites. Okay, I admit that I had not known about them before my visit. There are also museums, lively piazzas, and the pretty Aldige River – with several interesting bridges.
I genuinely believe it should be on any Italy itinerary, and while one day is probably not enough, it will at least allow you to get a good glimpse of the city (and it will make you hungry for a second trip).
Thus, it should be on any Italy and especially Northern Italy itinerary.
How to Get to Verona for a Day
- Verona has an airport – Verona Villafranca Airport (also known as Valerio Catullo Airport), just 10 km outside the city center. The cheapest (and still a convenient way) to get to the town center is via bus (one-way costs around $7).
- We (my parents and me) came from Lake Garda and drove by car and parked quite far. We wanted to avoid driving in the city center (Italian cities have narrow streets and people drive a bit…let´s say reckless). However, there are places to park, but you might have issues finding (free) parking spots, so especially during peak season, free parking will be almost impossible.
- If you come from other places in Italy, then come by train. Public transportation in Italy is quite good – often very budget-friendly and easy to use (and even punctual most of the time). It takes about 15 minutes to walk from the train station to the city center (but there are also buses going to and from the city center to the train station).
Tip: Verona Card for One Day
I did not have the Verona Card, which I regretted because it can help you save a lot of money and time (allowing you to skip lines).
I paid around 8€ for the Lamberti Tower alone. The Verona Card costs only 20€ for 24 hours (and 22€ for 48 hours).
You get access to most of the tourist attractions in Verona and can use the public buses. Click here for the exact prices.
How to Save Money in One Day in Verona
Bring a reusable water bottle – there are a few water fountains in the city where you can refill your water with fresh drinking water.
Wear comfortable shoes so you can visit all the pretty places and walk to most places.
As mentioned above, the Verona Card might help you save money, too.
1 Day in Verona How to Get Around
Verona is a very compact city – you can visit all of the mentioned places by walking.
While you can see all the places in 1 day in Verona, I wish I had more time to visit a few more places. There are sightseeing buses, and Italy tends to have an excellent public transportation system in general.
With the Verona Card, you can even use public transportation for free.
Where to Stay in Verona For One Day
We, unfortunately, did only a day trip, but if I could change back the hands of time, I would stay at least one night in Verona. I highly suggest picking a hotel directly in the city center, and I would choose this hotel for my next Verona trip.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF THINGS TO DO IN VERONA
I am sure I will head back to this beautiful city and explore it in a more leisurely way. Verona has just a great vibe, and it deserves more time.
But one day in Verona is better than nothing. So, hopefully, you enjoy the place as much as I did, and this Verona itinerary helps you find the most beautiful places to visit and the best things to do in one day.