Located between Milan and Venice lays Verona , known as the City of Love and whilst its not the grand scale of Venice, there is plenty to keep you busy on weekend break.
The airport only has 12 gates, so its quick and easy to get through security, and the aerobus goes straight from outside the airport terminal, into the town centre for 6 euros single in less than 20 minutes.
Verona’s most famous residents and biggest cash cow for the city are Shakespeare’s star crossed fictional lovers Romeo and Juliet, thousands flock in the courtyard of Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s House) to catch a glimpse of the tiny balcony which Romeo and Juliet, at night were said to passionately declare their love for each or if your unlucky in love you can drop off a letter to Juliet’s postbox made famous by the Hollywood film ‘Letters from Juliet’ really does exist and is located within the courtyard.
The heart of Verona centres around Piazza Bra, the largest piazza in Verona, Italy, The piazza is lined with numerous cafés and restaurants, along with the Verona Arena, one of 3 roman amphitheatres in italy, and in the summer it holds lavish opera performances , its 6 euros to peak inside and quadruple when there’s a performance on, one tip if sitting in the cheap seats attending the opera be sure to bring a cushion, the stone seats can be a tad uncomfortable.
Verona is a great place for an afternoon stroll, start by heading up to the Castro San Pietro which is a church on the top of 283 steps to catch a glimpse of the view, theres the impressive bridge Pte Pietra then theres Piazza Erbe Verona’s people watching mecca, and when you’ve had enough of watching the immaculate Italians sipping their expresso’s head off up the Lamberti Tower just off the piazza. The good news is it has a lift the bad news the lift stops at step 243, ant its 368 steps to the top but the views are worth the climb.
Whenever I travel in Italy , I usually try and plump for a local B&B, you won’t go wrong with the excellent Corte Delle Pigne (www.cortedellepigne.it) a small authentic b&b with only 4 rooms ,the beds are comfortable with good crisp linens, hot showers, and a yummy filling Italian style continental breakfast, a great stay.