Verona Encore: Insider Tips for Returning Visitors to Spice Up Their Itinerary

Here's what you need to know.

POSTED BY ANNA GRAHAM

Nestled in Northern Italy's Veneto region, Verona epitomizes the romantic charm and historical grandeur Italy is famed for. Its enchanting ambiance, tied eternally to Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," makes it a magnet for lovers of literature, history, and architecture alike.  

But beyond the Juliet balcony selfies and awe-inspiring ancient arenas lie hidden gems and insider experiences waiting to be uncovered by the returning visitor. If you're making your way back to this UNESCO World Heritage site, enhance your itinerary with these curated insider tips designed to reveal Verona's lesser-known facets and deepen your connection to this timeless city.

Embrace Verona's Vibrant Arts

 Certainly not to be overlooked on your return journey is the vibrancy of Verona's arts scene. A prime recommendation is to visit the Verona Opera during the summer months, hosted in the grandeur of the Arena di Verona. This open-air Roman amphitheater turns into a spectacular venue for opera, under the starlit sky, offering an unforgettable cultural experience. 

Beyond this iconic event, explore Verona's contemporary art scene. Galleria d’Arte Moderna Achille Forti, situated in the Palazzo della Ragione, showcases Italian art from the 19th and 20th centuries, offering a counterpoint to the ancient city's rich history.

Dive into the Local Culinary Scene

Verona doesn't just feast the eyes; it's a haven for gastronomy enthusiasts. While most first-timers indulge in picturesque outdoor dining in Piazza delle Erbe, repeat visitors should venture beyond to discover the local culinary scene. Ristorante Ponte Pietra, overlooking the Adige River, offers not just exquisite meals but a serene view of Roman Verona. For those seeking an authentic touch, a visit to an 'osteria' is a must. 

These small, often family-run establishments serve local fare in a cozy setting. Osteria Sottoriva, hidden under the arches of a historic building, serves simple yet delicious Veronese dishes, promising a dining experience steeped in local flavor and charm.

Discover Verona's Green Spaces

Verona's urban layout beautifully integrates green spaces, often overlooked by those enamored by its architectural and historical sites. Giardino Giusti is one such paradise, hailed as one of Italy’s most beautiful Renaissance gardens.