Postcards from Verona
The next day after we got to Milan, we made our way to Milano central station and took the first train to Verona. I remember feeling a little nostalgic as the train stopped close to lake Garda, remembering that trip to Italy I did with my grandma almost 10 years ago.
We arrived at Porta Nova station and decide to walk towards the city center, we quickly arrived at Verona’s Arena but decided to keep walking through the pastel buildings.
I vividly remember my grandmother getting into a heated argument with a waiter about the difference between an americano coffee and her choice of coffee (a ristretto, in a ristretto cup, with hot water on the side) [lesson learned…you don’t mess with grandma haha] Well, we found that same café, 10 years later, still standing.
Quick guide to Verona
What to see:
Verona is well-known to the Shakespeare fans, since Romeo and Juliet was based in this city, and the Italians made sure to make the most of it, so you can find Romeo’s and Juliet’s houses (balcony included) where lover go to profess their love…and touch Juliet’s left boob for good luck and their graves.
Of course, the Roman Arena is quite stunning, and if you stay there for a night I would try to get some opera ticket during the summer months. Or have an aperitivo at the Piazza delle Erbe and walk through the market.
What to eat/drink:
We found hundreds of little panino places whilst walking through the city, but when we asked some locals what we should eat they told us that we should definitely try the risotto al Tastasal, which is a sausage-based risotto with lots of pepper. And if you have a sweet tooth, you can go for a Pandoro, or some ‘baci di Giulietta’ (Juliet’s Kisses) cookies.
It has become tradition to leave ‘love notes’ and letters asking for love advice in the front of Juliet’s house, but it was quite common for people to ‘stick’ their notes with chewing gum. I saw it 10 years ago, there was a least a good 20 cm depth of gum around the arcade. That damaged the structure of the house so much that it was all removed and now you could get a 500 euros fine if you do it, so keep you gum in your mouth kids!
What we missed:
We didn’t actually go inside the Arena since we had to head back to the train station, so we settled with having an Italian aperitivo looking towards the arena.
A friend also recommended having a drink at a trattoria called Il Bugiardo, but was unfortunately closed at the time.
Let me know if you ever went to Verona, or if you are planning to and what is your favorite thing there. Happy travels!