From Venice to Verona a day trip: on the trail of Romeo and JulietFrom 01-01-2019 to 31-12-2019
Romeo and Juliet, the great tragedy of love written by William Shakespeare finds its origins in this area. In fact, not far from the Arena, you can visit the houses of the star-crossed lovers.
Casa Capuleti, better known as Juliet’s house, is visited every day by tourists from all the world. From the courtyard, where the bronze statue of Juliet can be found, you can access the building and discover a reconstruction of a typical 14th-century interior.
Do not forget to look out of the famous balcony, where Juliet said her famous lines
O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love and I’ll no longer be a Capulet
A few meters away, you’ll find Romeo’s house near the Arche Scaligere. Unfortunately, the medieval building isn’t open to visits, but the Arche Scaligere, a monumental gothic funeral complex, was designed to contain the tombs of illustrious families of the past, in particular of the Scaligeri family.
What to eat in Verona in your day-trip from Venice
After a long walk, the best thing to do is enjoying a good aperitivo in Piazza delle Erbe.
In this square, the oldest in Verona, you can understand the strong connection between citizens and their city. In fact, the daily market takes place here, in the heart of the city center, near Verona’s most famous monuments. It became known during the times of the Scaligeri, and continued through the centuries until the present days.
Merchants locally known as pissarotti sell fruit and vegetables, but also souvenirs like local food and good wine.
There are several osterie scattered among the squares and alleys, and we suggest trying some traditional Veronese dishes. Start with a good risotto with amarone wine, then can continue with braised horse meat with polenta and complete the meal with a slice of Puina cake, made with ricotta cheese.
We also recommend sampling some local wines, known all over the world for their quality – some red Valpolicella to savor the main courses, and white Lugana to end in style.
From Venice to Verona a day trip: the magic of Castelvecchio
In the past, Verona was often a target of invasions and assaults due to its strategic position in the communication route between the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.
The first wooden palisades were replaced by a real defense wall, and Castelvecchio became the fort of the city.
If you are keen on medieval history, do not miss the civic museum inside the most famous military building of the Scaligeri family. To reach the fortress, you have to go through the magical Ponte degli Scaligeri – in this way you’ll cross the Adige river, a waterway that divides Verona in two parts. The civic museum hosts numerous sculptures and paintings from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century: a selection of the artistic heritage of the most famous masters from Verona.
Verona is a jewel you’ll no doubt fall in love with: we hope that all the suggestions we gave you in this article will help you enjoy the second most romantic city in Italy, after Venice of course!.