Getting Lake Garda and Verona in all in one weekend might sound exhausting- that’s because it is. MB and I had decided two days in Sirmione, on the shore of Garda, and one in Verona, was enough. While I LOVED my time in Sirmione, I could have done with another day in Verona. Its become one of my favorite European cities- and certainly the most romantic, in my opinion.
I think that’s saying a lot, since it poured down rain the whole time we were there.
Verona is a beautiful old town with crumbling buildings, narrow streets and lots of history. There’s plenty of good food and wine, too.
We were only in Verona for 24 hours, but I loved every minute. We arrived a bit after noon, having taken the bus from Sirmione, on Lake Garda, to the city center. It took about an hour and a half.
We walked through the old town to our hotel, Due Torri. We threw down our bags and hit the town to see all the sights.
We braved the crowded streets to see the Piazza delle Erbe…
…and of course fought the throngs to get in to the Casa di Gulietta. We didn’t think it was worth the cost (€10) to go in, but we did take tons of photos of the outside!
After seeing Juliet’s house, and getting a little good luck by touching her breast (bizarre, but here’s to hoping!), we headed further afield to see some beautiful churches.
Having lived in Europe a while, I don’t get too excited over churches anymore. But Verona has some seriously amazing ones. Sant’Anastasia was my favorite. It was so gorgeous I got a little choked up!!!
I didn’t want to take too many photos, it felt irreverent, but it was a highlight of the trip.
After the churches, we wandered to the Ponte Pietra, which has amazing views of the Roman theatre and the city.
We sat at a beautiful pub along the river and talked as it got dark. Then we went to dinner, woke up and left Verona. I’ll definitely be back- I didn’t have enough time to fully take in all the sights. Arrivederci, Verona!