A Walk Around Verona, Italy in 17 Perfect Instagrams

Veronas Ponte Pietra
Verona's Ponte Pietra | pedrocaetano/Flickr
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Verona is a gorgeous Northern Italian city in the Veneto region. Known for being the world capital of opera and the setting for Shakespeare’s timeless Romeo and Juliet, it’s also an ancient city which was an important center of the Roman Empire. The city is a dynamic mix of all these different strands of history. There’s a great deal to discover for lovers of Roman history, for Shakespeare fans, for art history nerds, foodies and wine aficionados alike. Check out our little tour of the city’s most delightful sites.

The city’s intimate, winding streets have a distinctive Northern Italian charm. Wandering through the city, you’ll find many picture-perfect views like this.


Away from the busy center, the city can seem like a quiet and peaceful town.

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One of the main tourist attractions in the city is Juliet’s house, where you can visit a small museum dedicated to the classic love story and climb onto that timeless (fictional) balcony.


Scribblings and notes of love left over the years by visitors cover the walls in the courtyard of the house.


The Piazza delle Erbe is the main square of the city, and it’s a bustling place during the day full of stalls selling fruits and vegetables, with cafés, shops and restaurants lining the sides.

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The River Adige winds through the center of the city.

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The Ponte Pietra over the Adige dates back to Roman times. Finished in 100 BCE, it was intended to provide the city with access to the theater on the eastern side of the river.


The Arena is another Roman structure, an open-air amphitheater that once sat up to 30,000 people in its height. It’s one of the best-preserved of its kind in the world.

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The Arena is still a fully functional theater today, with performances of all kinds ranging from Italian opera to One Direction concerts.

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The traditional food culture of Verona has deep roots, and the many little market stands around the city are a reflection of that history.


Coffee culture is important all around Italy, and Verona is no exception. A classic breakfast in the city might look something like this: a strong shot of espresso, and some freshly baked pastries.

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A plate of cured meats and cheese is the perfect accompaniment to a glass of wine in the evening, at aperitivo hour.


The region around Verona produces some of the best wines in Italy, including the luxurious Amarone, made with raisins instead of grapes.

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Verona is full of great restaurants and eateries for lovers of good old-fashioned Italian cooking.

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The classic drink all around the Veneto for aperitivo is the Spritz: a shot of liquor like Aperol or Campari with prosecco and club soda. The combination is refreshing and surprisingly strong.

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Risotto is one of the classic foods that’s particular to Verona. It’s usually eaten as a first course, and local specialties include risotto all’Amarone and risotto al radicchio.


Looking over the river from the battlements of a medieval fortress, you’ll see Verona as a contemporary city steeped in history.

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Looking over the river from the battlements of a medieval fortress, you’ll see Verona as a contemporary city steeped in history.

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