Inspired by the romantic Romeo & Juliet pieces in our ‘star-crossed lovers’ collection, we turn a pre-Valentine’s spotlight on Verona – the red and white bricked city that is the setting for the most famous love story ever written.
If a slower pace is what you’re after, stay in one of Tripadvisor’s top rated hotels in Verona with a spa and emerge only to explore the authentic Italian cuisine.
Otherwise, the mandatory selfie spot in Verona is on Juliet’s Balcony at the Capulet House, where you can gaze over thousands of love messages etched into the walls.
Although cosy in size, the city has amazing different events throughout the year – on our bucket list is the summer Opera festival held in the huge amphitheatre. And the unsurprisingly popular VinItaly wine festival is in April!
The local speciality spirit is a glass of Grappa, best sipped in Piazza del Erbe admiring it’s painted exteriors - the centuries’ old frescoes.
Our recommendation is to find one of the little staircases and venture up the hill that overlooks the city. You can sit for hours watching the river and any heat waves rising off the pretty coloured buildings.
There are good value direct flights available with some budget airlines, and British Airways flies regularly from London Gatwick. If you have a longer trip to plan (lucky you!) with Venice only an hour away on the train, you can combine the two cities into one romantic roam around Northern Italy.
There’s something wonderfully understated about the city. It has evolved while retaining many of its Roman architectural sights and adopting Shakespeare’s story, to become the strong hearted city of today, beating with romance.
And if that’s not the kind of place to take your Valentine, we don’t know where is.
Juliet’s Balcony – Travel Junction on Flickr
Romeo + Juliet (Messages) - Umburto Fistarol on Flickr
Audience in Arena – Arena di Verona
Lock of Love - Linus Lai
Piazza delle Erbe - Bautisterius on Flickr