Usually when I am traveling, I do some advance planning of what I am going to see in a city, but I didn’t do this for Verona. Verona was just going to be a place to sleep on the way to a winery and then on to Venice. My lack of planning was partly because I thought I would get in really late after visiting Cortona and driving. What I didn’t account for was the heat making sightseeing miserable in Cortona and the fact that the sun doesn’t go down early in Italy during the summer.
Fortunately for me, I arrived when the sun was still up, but not intense enough to make walking unbearable. What I discovered was a beautiful city with stunning architecture. I was really glad that I hadn’t done any research or seen any pictures. I got to see Verona with fresh eyes and perspective. I could have walked around all day looking at it. Verona struck me as being the architecture of Rome with the colors of Venice, although some buildings were clearly more in the style of Venice. Since I arrived so late, most of the sites were closed, so I will share with you my photos of the Verona Area, the Juliet balcony and some other architectural favorites.
Arriving late, I asked the hotel for a restaurant. I usually don’t do this, as they usually send you to a place they are getting a kickback. However, in this case, I didn’t care! The food was amazing. I had a delicate piece of sea bass in a citrus sauce and a side of grilled eggplant. So if you want to give it a shot, it is Ristorante Greppia. It is down a small alleyway off the main shopping street. Not only was the food good, but the service was also great. I opted to sit outside even in the heat as I like watching people. There was air conditioning inside and from the website the vaulted ceilings are really something wonderful. Now I can’t wait to go back and explore more of Verona!
Have you been to Verona? Do you have any recommendations?