1 DAY IN VERONA – ITINERARY
- 1 1 DAY IN VERONA – ITINERARY
- 2 THINGS TO DO IN ONE DAY IN VERONA
- 3 TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR VERONA ITINERARY
- 4 FINAL THOUGHTS ON BEST VERONA ACTIVITIES
Are you planning your 1-day 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 1 day in beautiful Verona.
I am honest – the only thing I knew about Verona was that it was the setting of the world-famous love story “Romeo and Juliet”. I didn’t know how lovely this city is, so I never really had it high on my bucket list.
But… 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 Italy itinerary and what to do in one day in Verona.
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TIP: For Verona, you might want to consider getting a Verona Card. I did not have any and paid for certain activities + for public transportation. In the end, it was more expensive. So, a Verona Card might save you money. More on that later, but you can check out prices here.
THINGS TO DO IN ONE DAY IN VERONA
Okay, let’s start with the best tips for things to do in Verona- 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 Giulietta.
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, where vital scenes of Shakespeare´s play took place.
- OPENING HOURS/TICKETS: Closed on Mondays, open from 9 am to 7 pm.
- Tickets for visiting the inside of the house/balcony are around 6€ and it is free with your Verona Card. I am not sure, it is worth it unless you have a Verona Card and don’t have to pay extra. Just looking at the balcony – from the background – is free.
- Depending on the crowds and whether you visit the house or not, it probably takes around 20-60 minutes.
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 interesting sight that 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
Piazza dei Signori is a smaller but still charming square in Italy. is the 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.
- Visiting the square is free and open 24/7.
Piazza delle Erbe
Just next to Piazza dei Signori is the Piazza delle Erbe, which is one of my top tips for places to visit 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.
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: There are 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 of the 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, which was erected in the 12th century. 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.
- Open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 am-6:00 pm. Tickets are around 8€ (discounts available). Free with your Verona Card.
- TIP: Though the tower stands at Piazza delle Erbe, the entrance is on Piazza dei Signori.
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 charming 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 (Statua a Vittorio Emanuele II) made me wonder if I should live here for a year or so.
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.
Arena di Verona / Verona Arena
At Piazza Bra, you will find this stunning gem: The Arena di Verona. The arena looks like the little sibling of the Colosseum in Rome, but it 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.
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. 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
Now, let´s talk about some important travel tips for your trip to pretty Verona.
Why Visit Verona
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).
I do not want to repeat myself by talking about the sights and their charm – so, I hope, the above suggestions convinced you already.
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 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
- Bring a reusable water bottle – there are a few water fountains in the city where you can refill your bottle 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 walk around the old town comfortably.
- There are sightseeing buses, and Northern Italy tends to have a good public transportation system in general.
- With the Verona Card, you can even use public transportation for free.
Where to Stay in Verona
We, unfortunately, did only a day trip, but if I could turn 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 ON BEST VERONA ACTIVITIES
I am sure I will head back to this stunning 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.