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and welcome to my first travel diary of our trip to beautiful Lake Garda in Italy. We choose one day to get up early and drive to Verona (about 30 minutes away from Peschiera were we stayed and about 2 Euros of toll) to spend a half day there and do some sightseeing. Verona is known to be the city of Shakespeare´s Romeo and Guiliet and therefore one of the most romantic cities in the world.
So what to do?
First of al we needed to find a parking spot. If you want to park close to the city I would recommend two car parks (Citadella and Parcheggio Saba Arena). It is super easy. After you got out it is just a few hundred metres until you are walking into the city through the Il Portoni della Bra – a huge arch beautifully made.
Now you are quite near the next sight, the Arena di Verona. A huge arena build 30 after Christ and used until today (not for slave fights anymore but for opera). It looks really similar to the famous Colloseum in Rome but in comparison it isn´t as big. You can visit it and have a look at all the cell blocks and underground rooms as well as the area for the fights and the steps to sit on and watch. The ticket is about 10 Euro but you can stay in there as long as you want.
We didn´t visit the Arena di Verona this time as it was super hot and we already went in there two years ago and I have already seen it three times. Instead we sat down and had coffee in one of the many coffee´s around the piazza. But if you are on a budget have a look at the prices first as we payed 6 Euro per coffee. It is the view that costs so much.
On the left side of the Arena di Verona you can see the Luis Vuitton store and that is the start of the cities biggest shopping street which leads into another beautiful piazza full of restaurants and market stalls.
But before we headed there be went down another road and headed to see the Basilica San Zeno, a huge church we never visited before. It was beautiful from the inside and outside and such a reverent place. I really would like to know what happended in this places hundreds and hundreds of years ago and which people visited beside the historic facts as there is always more to this kind of places than what you can read in books or the internet. The entrace fee is 6 Euro per person. You walk about 20 minutes along the river Etsch which was really pleasant with the hot weather.
After that we walked back through the shopping street and took a right at the end. This will lead you to an entrance with an arch where you can find the Guilietta balcony and house. You can go indside and upstairs and outside the balcony and take a picture but the line will be long. It has always been long every time we visited. Another thing you can do there is to perpetuate yourself on the walls. There are thousands of stickers, post its, pflasters or chewing gums with people´s names and the date of their visit on them although it is not the real house of her.
A quick stroll through all the shops we don´t have in Germany and we went back to the car to ride to the hotel since it was super super hot and we really were tired from all the walking and sightseeing. In my opinion it is really worth it to visit Verona if you are near cause it is a dreamy Italian city with lots to offer.
I have worn this beautiful striped linen blend midi dress from SheIn (runs big so I would size down a one size, I got a size small and it is still oversized). I has an oversized fit and was airy and comfortable enough but still pretty and summery to tackle a new city and all that it brings (I have linked some similar options as well).
As always thanks for stopping by. Take care. See you.