Verona is a place of beauty, art and culture, a place where one can go to behold masterpieces of long gone renaissance craftsmen, and definitely a place of gastronomical delight. It is the home of momentous sites in history as well as fiction, and for those familiar with neither the beauty of the city tells a story in itself. Called by some as the city of love, Verona is a place you are likely to fall in love with just as you are likely to fall in love within it.
1.L'Osteria del Bugiardo
© L’Osteria del Bugiardo
Italy is known for being one of the top wine regions of the world. It’s no surprise then that you can enjoy some of the best local wines with a true italian touch in L’Osteria del Bugiardo. The wine here is sourced from a family-owned 10-acre vineyard that is dedicated to producing Valpolicella, a distinct veronese wine. This local tavern is decorated in a traditional fashion and gives an air of the rich history of Verona. The romantic atmosphere, fine wine paired with sumptuous provincial food is enough to warm your heart as well as your stomach. Foodies and wine connoisseurs will both find something special to enjoy in this treasured establishment.
Corso Porta BOrsari 17/1, 37131 Verona VR, Italy, Phone: +39-045-591-869
The Roman Arena of Verona is one of the most significant and well-preserved amphitheatres in history. Built in the first century, it’s relevance and beauty is still evident as it still serves as a stage for momentous events in the city. In the summer, it houses the yearly Arena Opera festival wherein famous singers, conductors, and orchestras gather to provide a truly sensational experience for those in attendance. This is a majestic sight to behold apart from its musical significance, those interested in Ancient Roman architecture will be delighted to see the structure intact and restored with skill attributable to the old masters.
Piazza Bra 1, 37121 Verona VR, Italy, Phone: +39-045-800-5151
3.Basilica di San Zeno
Immortalized in literature for being the place of marriage to the fictional characters Romeo and Juliet, the Basilica di San Zeno has equal significance to its literary counterpart. Accompanied by a monastery to its left and a bell tower to its right, the Basilica is the centerpiece in an architectural triptych. It’s warm facade colored naturally by the porous Tufa stone that composes it gives the structure a sense of approachability. It somehow manages to exude a sense of grandeur without the apparent extravagance of other basilicas. Despite being built in approximately in the 12th century it has been maintained over time as its graceful arches decorate the high ceilings still give a sense of the holy.
Piazza San Zeno 2, 37123 Verona VR, Italy, Phone: +39-045-800-6120
4.Caffe Monte Baldo
© Caffe Monte Baldo
Wine is big in Italy, and Verona is no different. Caffe Monte Baldo is a simple yet elegant place to enjoy a glass of famous italian wine in a relaxed setting. Having won the Wine Spectator award for Excellence in 2018, this establishment is not only known for serving a wide variety of wine but also service with a warmth that makes you feel at home. It has excellent canapes and other aperitifs, and their appetizers and main courses are equally delicious. As most of their food is made from scratch in the kitchen itself, it is their personal goal and joy to accommodate those with dietary restrictions. Rest assured all their meals are made with fine and fresh ingredients as they strive to deliver an overwhelmingly positive food experience to every diner.
Via Rosa 12, 37121 Verona VR, Italy, Phone: +39-045-803-0579
5.Galleria d'arte moderna Achille Forti
Established in honor of famed botanist and art collector Achille Forti, this museum aims to promote and preserve Italy’s artistic and architectural heritage. Though the collection on display is more limited than most conventional museums it’s inventory is only growing in number and already exhibits a variety of works considered to be the gems of the last two centuries. Getting to this museum is to experience art itself as it is housed in the Palazzo della Ragione, a former town hall that is a monument to the city’s style and elegance. The gallery is accessible through one of the iconic features of the Palazzo, the Scala della Ragione (the Stairs of Reason), a grand staircase that skirts one of the corners of the plaza.
Cortile Mercato Vecchio 6, 37121 Verona VR, Italy, Phone: +39-045-800-1903
© Pasticceria Barini
Popular among tourists and locals, this little pastry shop is a must for all tourists with a sweet tooth. The Pasticceria Barini has spent 50 years refining their techniques and perfecting their method to provide the tastiest pastries in Verona. They’re cakes are so tasty you’ll be tempted to finish a whole cake all by yourself, and the best part is you can! They offer freshly baked, personal sized cakes so that you can enjoy all the varieties that they have without having to share it with 5 other people. As a complement to their sweets, they also sell freshly roasted and freshly ground coffee. Be sure to drop by and get a few brews and mini cakes for take out!
Corso Porta Nuova 8, 37122 Verona VR, Italy, Phone: +39-045-803-0449
7.Antica Bottega del Vino
© Antica Bottega del Vino
The Antica Bottega del Vino is true to its name as it is one of the oldest restaurants in Verona. It was historically a place for artists and intellectuals to meet and discuss their crafts and passions, now it is a venue for the great and simple alike to enjoy wine, food, and the Bottega’s unique atmosphere. The restaurant itself puts wine forth as the protagonist of the establishment as it boasts one of the best wine lists in Europe, it has won several awards for its selection. Even the food that is served, delectable as it may be, is best enjoyed alongside one of their fine wines. As for the ambiance, it is elegant and cozy, perfect for intimate meetings with friends or loved ones, as well as the occasional performance of poetry.
Via Scudo di Francia 3, 37121 Verona VR, Italy, Phone: +39-045-800-4525
Built in the twelfth century and dedicated to the Virgin Mary under the title “Santa Maria Matricolare”, the Cathedral of Verona is a sight not to be missed. It’s humble facade only hints at its extravagant interior by the detailed sculptures that embellish it. Having undergone multiple restorations over time, the cathedral stands as a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic styles with a Renaissance themed interior. From without it’s design shows a distinct Veronese touch with its striped pattern, and from within it is decorated by radiant Veronese Red marble. These maroon pillars serve to frame the breath-taking paintings, sculptures, mosaics, and altars that comprise the cathedral.
Piazza Duomo 21, 37121 Verona VR, Italy, Phone: +39-045-800-8813
9.Piazza delle Erbe
Considered by many to be the heart of the community, the Piazza delle Erbe is a place to meet, eat, and indulge in the many shops around the square. During the time of the Roman Empire, this space once served as the town forum, today it still houses the city’s administration. It still features important civil buildings such as the Chamber of Commerce, the Casa dei Giudici or “Judges Hall”, and St. Mark’s Lion which is considered the symbol of Venice. Perhaps the most notable feature of the Piazza is the statue and fountain at the heart of the square, the Madonna Verona. Literally translating to “My Lady Verona” this beautiful statue of a crowned woman atop a fountain is surrounded by vibrant frescoes, it stands a symbol for Verona itself.
Piazza Erbe, 37131 Verona VR, Italy
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© Osteria Carroarmato
Warm and welcoming, the Osteria Carroarmato sets itself apart from the usual lavishly decorated sites. This family owned restaurant provides top notch food prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients at an affordable price. Being family owned, the establishment has a family atmosphere, and it’s friendly staff easily makes you feel right at home. The menu also provides many options for vegetarians ensuring that everyone will find something to enjoy here. Affordable and familial doesn’t mean they compromise taste or presentation, all the dishes are still done true to the italian standard of excellent flavor with a dash of veronese elegance. Drop in for lunch here and you’ll almost certainly want to come back for dinner.
Vicolo Gatto 2/A, 37121 Verona VR, Italy, Phone: +39-045-803-0175
11.Museo di Castelvecchio
The Castelvecchio museum is unique in its form and houses a diversity of relics and artworks of old. The museum itself is located within a medieval castle, but its interior has been renovated by the architect Carlo Scarpa from 1959 to 1973. This gives the museum a modern touch and makes the displays feel more natural and integral to the structure itself as the walls and various fixtures within were designed to hold specific relics and works of art. The Museo di Castelvecchio is home to a collection ranging from sculptures to ceramics, paintings and ancient weapons, and even ancient bells.
Corso Castelvecchio 2, 37121 Verona VR, Italy, Phone: +39-045-806-2611
The Giardino Giusti is a dreamy estate that conveys the luxury experienced by the gentry of the 16th century. Built and still currently owned by the Giusti family, the garden areas are well-preserved in the style of the Renaissance landscaping and are considered a masterpiece even by modern standards. It’s paved walkways outline the grassy fields and intricately designed boxwoods to communicate a sense of nobility, while the rows of soaring cypresses are quick to humble as well as awe visitors. The layout of the garden itself is meant to generate intrigue as it features caves, mazes, sculptures, and vantage points that were common features to gardens at the time.
Via Giardino Giusti 2, 37121 Verona VR, Italy, Phone: +39-045-803-4029
Known by the locals as the Casa di Guilietta, Juliet’s house has been dubbed by Verona to be the official home of the fictional Shakespearean character. Although Juliet was not a real person, she is seen internationally as a symbol of love and romance. It’s for this reason that every year thousands of tourists flock to her so called abode. If you’re feeling superstitious, you can try your luck at love by rubbing her statue, or leaving a love note among the many others stuck to one of the walls outside her house. Tourists can venture inside and see how someone might have lived in Juliet’s time, and from her room you can make it out to the balcony for a great photo on the balcony where the famous Juliet was wooed. And if you feel so moved, there are even computers inside should you desire to reach out to an old flame or confess your love to someone you long for.
Via Cappello 23, 37121 Verona VR, Italy, Phone: +39-045-803-4303
14.San Giorgio in Braida
Built on the banks of the Adige River, the church of San Giorgio in Braida is an exquisite structure featuring impressive stonework, art, and architecture. From without, it’s facade is notable for its white marble edifice and mix of ionic and corinthian pillars. Two alcoves have been carved out to accommodate the statues of St. George and St. Lawrence Giustiniani, both in fine detail, and the rest of the building is comprised in brick. From within, most notable is the dome which is a beauty of engineering as well as architecture. There are many beautiful paintings inside the church, especially worth mentioning is the Baptism of Christ by the famed artist Tintoretto, he was known for his speedy work and bold brush strokes. This painting is located above the main door.
Piazzetta S. Giorgio, 37129 Verona VR, Italy
Malacarne is a place for the eclectic, eccentric, and fun. Situated in a former butcher’s store, it’s now decorated with a broad variety of lamps, road signs, maps, and other odds and ends. It may seem to be unscrupulously decorated but upon closer inspection this bar has a personality of its own and it’s cool vibe can easily grow on you. This bar often hosts cultural events ranging from movie screenings to book openings and sells a wide array of beer and wine at a decidedly honest price. The crowd is usually lively and outgoing, making it ideal for young extroverted travellers looking for a familiar scene to spend a carefree evening. Overall, it’s a great place to make friends and have a few beers.
Via S. Vitale 14, 37121 Verona VR, Italy, Phone: +39-045-251-8379
© Il Gelso
If you are not careful you might easily miss this unassuming store. Il Gelso is not a grand structure adorned with frescoes and statues, it’s simply a small store on the side of the street with some books by the window and on the display. But within this quaint store is the essence of the renaissance itself. Il Gelso is a specialty shop that trades in parchment, books, paper, and nearly everything that has to do with stationery. Many of their items are made just for this store and hence can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Both notetakers and bookworms will find themselves in a dream when they step into this seemingly magical place. Il Gelso puts the art in artisan stationery.
Via Giovanni Zambelli 4/b, 37121 Verona VR, Italy, Phone: +39-045-591-285
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© Gelateria Savoia
An oasis in the summer or a refuge late at night, the Gelateria Savoia is a perfect place to enjoy authentic italian Gelato. It is well loved by the locals and is likely to attract travellers with its long lines, but the wait is worth it to be sure! With a wider variety of flavors and vegetarian friendly options, this ice cream parlor has been serving the thick sweet cold treat since 1939. Its atmosphere reflects its tenure as it feels as if it is a part of old Verona itself. It’s a great treat for the family as ice cream is enjoyable for all ages!
Via Roma 1/B, 37121 Verona VR, Italy, Phone: +39-045-800-2211
18.Restaurant Il Desco
© Restaurant Il Desco
The Restaurant Il Desco is a well recognized and long established restaurant having been open for more than 30 years. Its interior is classic and timeless with its wooden panelling and hardwood floors complemented by the modern-styled tables. While it’s interior has remained the same for many years, its cuisine has recently been revived by the arrival of a new young chef worthy of the Michelin star attributed to the restaurant. Between conventional veronese style and cuisine and modern form and innovation, the Restaurant Il Desco is the best of both worlds.
Via Dietro S. Sebastiano 5/7, 37121 Verona VR, Italy, Phone: +39-045-595358
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© Casa Perbellini
Owned by and named after multiple award winning chef, Giancarlo Perbellini; this restaurant allows its patrons to be a spectator as the kitchen is brought into the dining area in which the chef takes centerstage. Compared to the Hibachi style of cooking, this experience is much more personal as the preparation is not meant to entertain you so much as it is meant to cultivate an appreciation for the preparation required in producing a world class meal. Likened to dining at a chef’s home, the dining area may only seat up to 24 people but this only adds to the intimacy of the event. The Casa Perbellini offers a truly unique experience.
Piazza San Zeno 16, 37121 Verona VR, Italy, Phone: +39-045-878-0860
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20.Osteria la Fontanina
© Osteria la Fontanina
One of the more opulent restaurants in Verona, the Osteria la Fontanina is an intimate and truly charming place. It’s interior decorated with polished and preserved antiques all softly lit by chandelier and candelabras, it is undoubtedly an atmosphere for royalty and romance. Having been awarded one Michelin star, its cuisine is as rich as its decoration. The restaurant is also situated at a vantage point, allowing you to enjoy a panoramic view of Verona as you enjoy your meal and company. If Verona is known for Romeo and Juliet’s chapel and homes, this would be their unofficial restaurant of choice.
Portichetti Fontanelle 3, 37100 Verona VR, Italy, Phone: +39-045-913305
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21.Pizzeria al taglio da Zio Lele
© Pizzeria al taglio da Zio Lele
Simple but far from plain, this pizzeria holds up the standard that italian pizza is known for. Made from raw, organic, and locally sourced ingredients, the simplicity of flavors work in concert to prove that good food doesn’t have to be overly complicated. It doesn’t have to be pricey either as the Pizzeria al tagio da Zio Lele sells their delicious disks at a very reasonable price. With over 50 flavors to choose from, vegan and vegetarians will have no problem finding something tasty on the menu. There are many pizzerias in Verona, but this has unanimously been said to be the best.
Via Giosue Garducci 13, 37129 Verona VR, Italy, Phone: +39-351-874-4330
© Ristorante Oselata
Converted from a verdant portico in a lovely veronese villa, the Ristorante Oselata has a natural elegance through and through. It’s floor to ceiling windows allow natural light to flood into the space, complemented by aristocratic furnishings. The menu offers dishes that can be found nowhere else. They are established venetian dishes with an original twist and flare by the renowned chef Giuseppe D’Aquino, whose efforts have earned a Michelin star for the establishment. The atmosphere, flavors, and presentation work in concert to make diners feel as though they are guests to nobility in this avante garde restaurant.
Localita Cordevigo, 37010 Cavaion Veronese VR, Italy, Phone: +39-045-723-5287
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23.Pescheria I Masenini
© Pescheria I Masenini
The Pescheria I Masenini, meaning “fish market”, is situated appropriately near the Adige river. It’s goal is simple: to provide to people and visitors of Verona with a tasteful and traditional seafood cuisine in a welcoming and warm atmosphere. And it does succeed in this goal with flying colors, thanks to it’s two star Michelin chef Elia Rizzo. It is a counterpoint to the Trattoria I Masenini, a restaurant that those who favor meat would be familiar with. The fresh fare of the Perchaeria I Masesnini paired with veronese wine is a must for seafood lovers that long for an italian experience.
Piazzetta Pescheria 9, 37121 Verona VR, Italy, Phone: +39-045-929-8015
24.Taverna di Via Stella
Established by two old friends, the Taverna di Via Stella feels like visiting a place you once new. It is a personal experience as the ambience instantly makes you feel at home. Part deli, part restaurant, part hangout, this tavern is a good place to experience italian hospitality. Even their cuisine is approachable and easily recognizable, featuring simple dishes of polenta, cod, cold cuts, and the like. But its easiness does not compromise its excellence in taste or quality, these dishes that are a staple in the italian home rise to the highest of standards in the Taverna di Via Stella.
Via Stella 5/C, 37121 Verona VR, Italy, Phone: +39-045-800-8008
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25.Locanda 4 Cuochi
© Locanda 4 Cuochi
The Locanda 4 Couchi may very well be the most ideal place for families with kids who are in search for a delectable meal. The four chefs of the restaurant interpret traditional meals through a modern lens, reviving and innovating dishes for present day palates. It’s delightfully austere interior draws attention to the open kitchen, which brings a lively atmosphere to those enjoying a meal. Each table has plenty of pencils and paper for adults and children alike to leave their mark or express themselves while waiting for their orders. The Locanda 4 Cuochi boasts in its simplicity and approachability, as well as its distinct menu which changes annually. This makes dining here a familiar yet ever changing experience for those who keep coming back.
Via Alberto Mario 12, 37131 Verona VR, Italy, Phone: +39-045-803-0311
25 Best Things to Do in Verona, Italy
- L'Osteria del Bugiardo, Photo: L’Osteria del Bugiardo
- Arena, Photo: Fabian/stock.adobe.com
- Basilica di San Zeno, Photo: Roza_Sean/stock.adobe.com
- Caffe Monte Baldo, Photo: Caffe Monte Baldo
- Galleria d'arte moderna Achille Forti, Photo: Nick/stock.adobe.com
- Pasticceria Barini, Photo: Pasticceria Barini
- Antica Bottega del Vino, Photo: Antica Bottega del Vino
- Duomo, Photo: vvoe/stock.adobe.com
- Piazza delle Erbe, Photo: xbrchx/stock.adobe.com
- Osteria Carroarmato, Photo: Osteria Carroarmato
- Museo di Castelvecchio, Photo: sasimoto/stock.adobe.com
- Giardino Giusti, Photo: ekaterina_belova/stock.adobe.com
- Juliet’s House, Photo: sasimoto/stock.adobe.com
- San Giorgio in Braida, Photo: e_polischuk/stock.adobe.com
- Malacarne, Photo: kichigin19/stock.adobe.com
- Il Gelso, Photo: Il Gelso
- Gelateria Savoia, Photo: Gelateria Savoia
- Restaurant Il Desco, Photo: Restaurant Il Desco
- Casa Perbellini, Photo: Casa Perbellini
- Osteria la Fontanina, Photo: Osteria la Fontanina
- Pizzeria al taglio da Zio Lele, Photo: Pizzeria al taglio da Zio Lele
- Ristorante Oselata, Photo: Ristorante Oselata
- Pescheria I Masenini, Photo: Pescheria I Masenini
- Taverna di Via Stella, Photo: radub85/stock.adobe.com
- Locanda 4 Cuochi, Photo: Locanda 4 Cuochi
- Cover Photo: Yasonya/stock.adobe.com