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What (NOT) To Do In Verona

I have this awesome friend called Laura, who doesn’t onlyΒ loves travelling as much as I do, but she is also an awesome photographer. You can check her Instagram account here, she just came back from an amazing road trip around Canada so be ready to fall in love with all the shots she took there!photo_2016-08-16_22-08-16
Laura lives in Verona (yes, the city of Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare) from more than a year now due to her studies, of course in this period of time she has managed to discover all the best things to do in the city and each time I visit her we just have the best time. Because of this, we have thought of putting our skills together and write down this post about the best things to do in Verona. The post is structured in a funny way which we hope people going there will find useful: we have taken many “classic touristic things to do”and actually shared with you another option which is way better doing or to consider beside the main attractions of the city.

Here you go:

1 | Do not drink Aperitivo in Piazza delle Erbe ( Herbs Square), it’s such a popular thing to do but so expensive! Instead, go to Saint Anastasia area to places such as ” Archivio,”, “Le Piere” or “La Balena”, these are not touristic places at all and you can breath a real Italian atmosphere πŸ˜‰

[Don’t know what Aperitivo is? Click here to bridge this gap! πŸ˜‰ ]

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Archivio Bar from the outside

 

2 | Do not just pass by Castelvecchio Bridge, which is beautiful,Β but cross also Ponte Pietra (Stone Bridge), you’ll have to walk a bit more but the view from there is stunning!

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3 | Do not visit only the Arena but also the Roman Theater.
4 | Do not enter the house of Juliet (I think it’s not worth the money) but rather take a picture of the balcony and touch her statue boob! I know it sounds dirty but there is a legend that says that touching Juliet right boob brings luck so why wasting the opportunity too have a little more fortune in our life? πŸ˜€

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5 | Do not waste time and money buying love gadgets but rather write a handwritten love letter (which could be a romantic letter about a love problem you have or love desire or whatever afflicts you in that moment) and bring it to the “Club of Juliet” [Address: Corso Sant’Anastasia 29].
6 | Do not have an “obvious” pic-nic at the Aresenale, but rather have it on the walking way under Castelvecchio bridge. Not only it will be less crowded but also you’ll have the stunning view of the river Adige right in front/besides you.

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Stairs to reach the walking path under the Castelvecchio Bridge

 

7 | While, if you prefer eating at the restaurant do not go to the ones near the Arena, they are really touristic and quite expensive…opt for one of the plenty restaurants in the Sottoriva area, places will be less big but food is definitely more tasty! πŸ˜‰
8 | When walking by the river Adige, do not just follow the walking path parallel to it but pass also through some of the streets near it, the beautiful architecture and general look of the buildings are worth a longer walk!

9 | Do not just walk around flat streets, leave your laziness at home and take some of the hilly ones, you will have the opportunity to realise that Verona is not just beautiful for it’s historical centre but also for…well, this will be revealed in another post!

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The beautiful Ponte Pietra

So yes, there will be another post about Verona soon because Laura’s not usual touristic eyes have taken shots of the city most beautiful edges and hidden corners and we will share with you how to notice them too so… stay tuned for the next post! πŸ˜‰

In the meanwhile I want to thank again Laura for these great tips and gorgeous pictures, if you’d like to see more of her works, follow her on Instagram and you won’t be dissapointed πŸ˜‰

P.S.
If you’re coming to Italy for any reason you might be interested to read the 6 things you should know before coming here and also this other 6 things! πŸ˜‰

What about you, have you ever been to Verona? Which were your favourite things you did there?Β 

 

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30 Comments

  • Reply Olaf

    very great picture

    19/08/2016 at 3:04
  • Reply Debbie

    Oh Lisa, I love this! Congrats to the both of you. Beautiful blog, great suggestions and stunning photos. So many blessings your way. <3
    Loving,
    Debbie

    19/08/2016 at 6:21
  • Reply Nano @ #TravelWithNanoB

    What a great post – real insights, tips and tricks only local can share πŸ™‚ xoxo, nano | http://www.travelwithnanob.com

    19/08/2016 at 8:34
  • Reply sileas

    Oh it’s been too long since I’ve been to Verona! Next time I visit I’ll check out the places mentioned here πŸ™‚

    19/08/2016 at 9:56
  • Reply Gin

    Very nice way of presenting things ! It’s a nice change, I like it πŸ™‚

    19/08/2016 at 14:46
  • Reply Silvia Demick

    Thanks for the tips, this post is very useful – I’ll save all your suggestions so that I’ll avoid the tourists trap when I go to Verona!
    Beautiful photos, too πŸ™‚

    19/08/2016 at 14:57
  • Reply Kana

    Love this post! Super useful tips for Verona! If you’re interested in sharing this post with some other great travel bloggers, you should join our linkup! πŸ™‚ Lovely to have found your blog! xo

    19/08/2016 at 23:36
  • Reply Allison

    Love this! I really want to make it to Verona one day! I’ve been to Italy, but we just ran out of time πŸ™

    20/08/2016 at 3:03
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Thanks Allison! πŸ™‚ Oh too bad but you can keep it for next time you’ll go to Italy! Verona is really worth a visit! πŸ™‚

      20/08/2016 at 8:02
  • Reply Lori Greer

    I loved the tips for enjoying Verona in a more authentic way. Thank you!

    20/08/2016 at 14:38
  • Reply Isabel

    One of my favourite cities! I want to live in Italy πŸ™‚

    21/08/2016 at 0:15
  • Reply Olivia

    I just found your blog and I absolutely love it! I hope my blog can be as enchanting as yours is someday. πŸ™‚

    22/08/2016 at 3:26
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Thank you so much Olivia, I’m so glad to read this!❀️ I just stopped by your blog too and I love your writing style! Keep going XX

      22/08/2016 at 8:29
  • Reply Tay

    I really enjoyed how you wrote this post! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    22/08/2016 at 19:53
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  • Reply Federica

    Very useful article, I am going to visit Verona soon and I was searching for something this useful πŸ˜‹

    07/09/2016 at 21:10
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Grazie Federica! I’m happy to hear it’s useful! Thank you for stopping by and for the follow πŸ™‚

      07/09/2016 at 21:13
  • Reply Arielle

    Thank you for the suggestions! It’s always better to know which tourist traps are worth it, and which to avoid.

    11/09/2016 at 10:37
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