A walk in Verona

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Besides Vicenza, which is my hometown, Verona occupies an important place in my heart.

Easy to reach by train and with plenty of parking spaces if you get there by car, Verona offers an historic center that can be visited on foot in a short time, staying in the typical density of the city built between ancient walls and in the romance of Romeo and Giulietta’s tragedy.
The atmosphere is very young and lively, always full of events during the year including the important Opera Season at the Arena di Verona and a lot of contemporary music concerts.

About ten years ago, in Verona I received my marriage proposal: on a hot and humid summer evening we had dinner in Piazza Bra, overlooking the majestic Arena, in the restaurant which was owned by the famous Verona businessman Giovanni Rana, called "Tre Corone". 
Now unfortunately it is closed and replaced with an equally elegant place called "Vittorio Emanuele".

At the table next ours, that evening there was the real Mr. Rana with many friends and I still remember the positive and familiar impression he gave me.


«There is no world without Verona walls, 
But purgatory, torture, hell itself. 
Hence banished is banish’d from the world,
And world’s exile is death»

William Shakespeare, Romeo e Giulietta.


So, I want to take you on a walk to discover the most famous and well-known points of the city, walking on the cobbled alleys admiring the palaces and the towers, with some "good taste" stops because It’s so important to discover every place through its kitchen.
A small itinerary that will take about 3 or 4 hours of your time: it will give you a first impression of the city and its beauties, in a relaxed time, maybe choosing some monument to know better with a guided tour or which area to choose for dinner.


What to eat?

Surely the boiled meat called “bollito” with the “pearà”, a thick and strong sauce with peppery flavor.

A good plate of “tortellini” from Valeggio sul Mincio: a village outside Verona famous for this product, also called "knot of love". The beauty of this village and its tortellini deserves a separate story, but do not forget to taste them if they are on the menu.

What to bring home with you?

A bottle of Amarone, to be savored as a meditation wine but also as an ingredient for a special and delicious risotto. I recommend the “Masi” winery.

Besides, during Christmas time a great artisanal Pandoro or even better the Nadalin or Offella, other two soft and buttery cakes.
Piazza Bra
Our starting point, Piazza dell'Arena, the foyer of the great opera performances.
If you arrive by train, choose the Verona Porta Nuova station.
If you arrive by car, take the Corso di Porta Nuova and park in Cittadella or Arena parking lot.
The restaurants overlooking Piazza Bra are rather touristy: explore the small streets, I'll recommend you a couple of names.
Verona Arena
You can visit it by buying tickets on-site or by taking the Verona Card which, for a few euros more, allows you to enter the main monuments of the city.
Buy a ticket for a Lirica event: it's an unforgettable experience.
Mazzini Street
It connects Piazza Bra with Piazza delle Erbe. It is the shopping street of Verona, with a lot of great shops. Taking the side street Vicolo Samaritana, at number 3, you will find the Ristorante Greppia which I highly recommend in the cold season to taste the boiled meat with the traditional pearà sauce.
Giulietta's House
The popular belief identifies the Capulets narrated by Shakespeare in the Del Cappelo family, a noble family which for a long time owned the house where Romeo and Juliet did their promise of eternal love: you can enter, visit and overlook the famous balcony. Opening hours and other useful informations, here.
And for the most romantic, here is a lovely advice: renew your marriage vows or get married right there. All information here.
Piazza delle Erbe
The square is framed by historic buildings: a special mention to the Mazzanti houses from the 16th century and the lateral part of the Palazzo della Ragione, in the middle of which the Costa arc is supported (so called for the presence, starting from the half of '700, of a whale’s rib hanging from the vault which they say will fall when a person pure of heart passes under). From here you will enter the Piazza dei Signori.

Stop at the Caffè Mazzanti.
Castelvecchio
You can enter by buying the ticket on-site or using the Verona Card, it used to be a noble residence and a defensive presence against attacks.



Piazza Bra
Here we are at the starting point. Did you enjoy the walk?
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