Is Verona Italy worth seeing?

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Is Verona Italy worth seeing? Many people when they think to the most popular Italian cities such as Venice, Florence or Rome they don’t have any doubt. Verona is less known and someone wonder if it’s worth seeing. The answer is: Yes, it is!

Why is Verona Italy worth seeing?

There are many reasons to visit Verona. Verona is a historical city, a romantic city and it’s very enjoyable walking through the streets and squares.

From an historical point of view Verona has its amphitheater that makes this city unique and different from all the other Italian cities in the north. Furthermore, sometimes there are still concerts in the amphitheater. You can see the concert calendar at the following link: concerts Arena di Verona.html

So you can visit the Verona amphitheater as a monument or you can live the emotion to listen to a concert in the amphitheater. The audio in the amphitheater is special and of good quality and this gives more value to the artists.

Is Verona Italy worth seeing

Then you can be amazed when you observe the city from above. From Torre Lamberti infact you can have a beautiful view of the city. It’s easy to reach the top of the tower because if you don’t want to climb all the steps you can use the elevator.

Or you can go to Castel San Pietro square that is on the top of a hill and give a look to the entire city from this beautiful panoramic point. You can see the picture below.

Is Verona Italy worth seeing

What is the city of Verona known for?

Verona is an historical city and is the city of love but what makes it legendary is that Romeo and Juliet’s story is set in Verona. Do you want to pretend to be Romeo and Juliet? You can go on Juliet’s balcony and say:

Oh, Romeo, Romeo, why do you have to be Romeo?

ROMEO AND JULIET by: William Shakespeare

It may be so romantic! For sure something to tell about when you’ll be back home.

To know more read also the following article: What to see in Verona in one day.

3 Best Day Trips From Milan: plan your days!

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Best Day Trips From Milan – Milan is a very famous city and it’s the business center of Italy. It’s worthy of a visit. Anyway there are many other places close to Milan you can visit. In this post I’ll give you 3 ideas of the best day trips from Milan.

Naturally there are more day trips you can do. If you want more ideas you can go to the following page: Day trips from Milan

1 – Day Trips From Milan to Lake Maggiore Stresa

Stresa is a gorgeous town on lake Maggiore. It has beautiful gardens, luxory hotels and a beautiful view on the Borromean Islands. It’s very easy to reach Stresa from Milan by train. It takes about 1 hour by train and you can walk from the train station to the city center. You don’t need the car.

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You can complete your day in Stresa by chosing 3 of these tours:

  1. Stresa and the Borromean Islands (Isola Pescatori + Isola Bella + Isola Madre)
  2. Mottarone and Stresa – read the following article: Mottarone Stresa Lake Maggiore.
  3. Stresa and the Borromean Islands (Fisherman’s Island and Beautiful Island) + Eremo Santa Caterina

2 – Day Trips From Milan to the historic Verona

Verona is one of the most romantic cities. It’s the city of love. Verona is the town of Romeo and Juliet.

In Verona there is also a beautiful arena and magnificent castle to visit: Castelvecchio. And you can also go up Torre Lamberti and from the Tower see the panoramic view of Verona.

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To reach Verona from Milan by train it takes about 1 and 15 minutes.

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If you chose to dedicate only half a day to Verona you can also visit Sirmione Lake Garda.

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Sirmione is a very nice town on the Lake Garda. It has a nice city center and beautiful castle on the lake. It is nice in every season.

Watch the following video about a suggestive Sirmione in winter:

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3 – From Milan to Bergamo

Bergamo is very close to Milan and it take only 1 hour or less to arrive here by train.

Bergamo is a very historic city and its characteristic is that it’s divided in 2 parts. Below you find the business centre and then on the hill surrounding Bergamo is “Bergamo alta” with its old buildings and monuments. And from there you can have a panoramic view of the valley below.

In Bergamo you can have very good food!

Verona in one day – What to see in Verona in one day

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Verona in one day – You can easily reach Verona by train from Milan so it’s a good city for a day trip.

What is there to do in Verona?

Verona is one of the most romantic cities. Verona is the city of love. It’s the city of Romeo and Juliet. In Verona you can visit the places linked with their romantic story.

Verona is also much more. Verona is a historical city. In Verona you can find monuments of the roman times and of the middle ages.

In Verona you can also do good shopping and have good food.

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What can you do in Verona for a day?

You can do a lot in Verona in a day. Verona has a very nice city center and most of the monuments and points of interest are located in this area. You don’t even need the car or public transportation because you can visit Verona on foot.

However to get to the city center from the station and visit other attractions outside the city center you can get the Verona Card which allows you to get on any transportation and visit the most popular museums and all the following attractions of the city skipping the lines.

  • Verona amphitheater
  • Casa Giulietta
  • Tomba di Giulietta
  • Museo degli Affreschi G.B. Cavalcaselle (tomba di Giulietta)
  • Museo di Castelvecchio
  • Museo Archeologico al Teatro Romano
  • Galleria d’arte moderna
  • Museo di storia naturale

You can buy the Verona Card on-line at the following link: https://verona.midaticket.it/Event/8/Pass. The price is 20 euros for 24 hours.

The Arena: Verona amphitheater

The arena is the roman amphitheater situated in the city center and it’s one of the simbols of Verona. Once inside you’ll feel as in the roman times. You can go through a tunnel and see how the gladiators went in the battle area.

To have a nice view you can go up to the top of the high steps. You can see either the battle field and the square on the other side.

Verona in one day: Juliet’s House

As you enter into the courtyard you can see for free Juliet’s house and its balcony and the Statue of Juliet.

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You can enter with your ticket or Verona Card and visit the inside: her bedroom, her belongings and other rooms. From one of the room you can step outside on her balcony and pretend to call your Romeo.

From Juliet’s House you can get to Piazza delle Erbe where you find a local market and a view of Torre Lamberti and its square.

Verona in one day: Torre Lamberti

From Piazza delle Erbe you can enter into Torre Lamberti. It’s the highest tower in Verona where you either take the elevator or use the steps and reach the top in order to take a look at the whole beautiful city.

Romeo’s house Osteria del Duca

In Verona there still is Romeo’s house which isn’t a museum or a place to visit. Anyway in a part of the house there is now a very good restaurant. So you can have good food and in the meantime enjoy his house.

Castelvecchio

Castelvecchio is the castle of Verona. It’s very big to visit and it has a museum. You can visit both inside and outside on the top of the castle and from the top you can see the river Adige and as you walk around the walls you can see the whole city.

What should you not miss in Verona?

You should’t miss the Arena, Juliet’s House, Piazza delle Erbe, Torre Lamberti and Castelvecchio even if you visit Verona in one day.

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Venice 3 day itinerary – Amazing Things to do in Venice

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Venice 3 day itinerary – If you are organizing your tour around Italy you may wonder: How many days should you spend in Venice Italy? For my experience you should spend in Venice 3 days. In this way you can visit Venice, Murano, Burano and the palaces. In this post you can find your best “Venice 3 day itinerary”.

Venice 3 day itinerary

Day 1 in Venice

You can use your first day in Venice to explore the city and the main areas. You can take the boat “vaporetto” and go along the Grand Canal. You’ll see all the beautiful old palaces and gondolas.

In this way you’ll easily arrive to Piazza San Marco and to the Rialto Bridge. I reccomend you to walk through the city and get lost in it. You’ll find out many beautiful corners you would not see otherwise.

For more details read the article What should I do on my first day in Venice.

Day 1 in Venice

You can use your second day in Venice to visit Murano and Burano. Murano and Burano are islands you can reach by boat. You can always use the boat “vaporetto” you used in your first day in Venice.

You can dedicate the morning to Burano and the afternoon to Murano for example. In Murano you can see glass makers at work and do your shopping.

For more details read the article 2 Days in Venice.

Day 3 in Venice

Having seen the main parts of Venice outside you can use your last day to see the inside. You should visit Palazzo Ducale in San Marco Square and you can visit other museums.

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What is the best time of year to travel to Venice Italy?

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The best time of the year to travel to Venice is December and January. This is what the Venetians told us the last time we went because of being less crowded.

What type of climate does Venice Italy have?

Venice is cold in winter and very hot in summer. Infact in summer the temperature is about 80,6 °F but the heat you feel is much more because of the humidity.

What is the worst period to visit Venice Italy?

Venice is very busy all the year, anyway the busiest period is between March and June and then September and October.

The summer time is probably the worst period to visit Venice because of the very hot weather.

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The best time of the year to visit Venice is when the city is not too busy. Venice infact is busy any time of the year but some periods it’s bearable.

It’s good to go for example in January. In this period the city is enjoyable for both residents and vistors. There is less stress for you while visiting and for the Venetians that are kinder with the tourists.

You can see here a few pictures of Venice in January.

If you go to Murano for example glass makers will be happier to show you how the glass is made. When shops are too crowded they can’t care well for all customers.

In December and January Venice is cold but if you wear a coat or a jacket you’ll be fine.

Mottarone Stresa Lake Maggiore

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Stresa is a very gorgeous town but it’s what there is around that makes it more special.

That’s why you should go on the top of the montain called Mottarone. It’s very easy to get here because you can come by car or cableway.

If you don’t have the car and you arrive in Stresa by train you can walk and arrive to Stresa Carciano. It takes only 10 minutes from the train station.

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From this place you can also have a beautiful view of 2 of the Borromean Islands: the Beautiful Island and Fisherman’s Island.

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The cost of the cableway is 20 Euro roundtrip (in August 2019).

Why is Mottarone worthy of your visit

There are more reasons why you should visit Mottarone: a beautiful view, good food, a lot of fun and nature.

Mottarone Stresa: a beautiful view

Mottarone is unique! From the top of Mottarone you can have an amazing view of 7 lakes:

  1. Lake Maggiore
  2. Lake Orta
  3. Lake Mergozzo
  4. Lake Varese
  5. Lake Monate
  6. Lake Camabbio
  7. Lake Biandronno
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And then you can see the Alps all around you.

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Mottarone Stresa: good food

In this area there are many restaurants and you can have very good italian fresh food.

They are abundant and filling. Prevalently they have dishes of meat and main courses typically from the mountains.

Mottarone Stresa: a lot of fun

On the top of this montain there is Alpyland. Alpyland is a rollercoaster and you can have a lot of fun and an amazing view in the meantime. For more information read the article: Alpyland Mottarone rollercoaster

Mottarone Stresa: nature

If you’d like to walk there are many footpaths in this area. Furthermore you may meet special residents of this montain: donkeys.

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Alpyland – When you are in Stresa you can relax on Lake Maggiore, visit the Borromean Islands and much more.

However if you want to add something special to your holiday you should go on the top of the montain called Mottarone. Here there is a beautiful view on seven lakes and you can go on Alpyland.

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Alpyland is a Rollercoaster where you can regulate your speed, enjoy the ride and at the same time you can see an amazing view of Lake Maggiore.

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Here you can see the prices of the tickets according to the rides and riders:

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You can ride alone or with someone. Each rider pays for his ride even if he goes with someone else.

This ride is much better when it’s sunny because with good weather you can have a clear view of the lake.

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2 Days in Venice: best things to do in Venice in 2 days

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2 Days in Venice: things to do in Venice in 2 days – If you stay 2 days in Venice in your first day you can visit the city and you can spend your second day in Burano and Murano.

2 Days in Venice: Day 1

In your first day you can visit the Venice and the 2 most important areas:

  1. San Marco Square
  2. Rialto Bridge

To know more about what to do in Venice in your first day read the following post: What should I do on my first day in Venice?

2 Days in Venice: Day 2

After going around Venice in your first day, your second day should be dedicated to visit Burano and Murano. Do you rememer I suggested you to buy the boat “Vaporetto” ticket for the number of days you stay in Venice?

That’s the time you can fully use your boat ticket. The ride for murano is included in your ticket. We personally took the boat for Burano form the following stop: F.te Nove.

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Boat for Murano

You should walk to get to your stop because you can discover Venice and see different things you didn’t plan to visit. For example we saw the ambulances on the water when they usually are on the road!

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Or a very nice square…

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Burano island Venice

You have now arrived in Burano. Burano is famous for lace. Here you can find many shops where they sell lace handmade.

Burano is beautifull. In Burano all the houses have different colors. The reasons why the houses are so colorful it’s to be searched in its origins. Burano is in fact an island of fishermen who they could easely find their houses in the fog thanks to these colors.

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In Burano go to see the bell tower. It’s slanting. Another tower of Pisa?

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Murano

Murano is very famous for glass making art. The best thing to do in Murano is to go in a shop, ask to show you how the make glass and the go shopping!

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One day in Venice. 1 Amazing and unforgettable city!

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One day in Venice – What should I do on my first day in Venice? Venice is on the water so the best way to visit Venice is by boat. Visiting Venice by boat gives you three advantages:

  1. a better view of the City
  2. you move faster
  3. you don’t get too tired and you can visit more.

One day in Venice

The first thing you should do in Venice is buy the ticket for the boat “vaporetto”. You can find a ticket office in front of the train station. Do you remember I told you the best way to arrive in Venice is by train?

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You can see the ticket office in the picture. Take your daily ticket for the number of days you are in Venice and go to your hotel or start your tour. In Venice there are many Vaporetto stops you can take to enjoy a good tour.

In your first day in Venice you should go:

  • San Marco Square
  • Rialto Bridge

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What to do: Go around the square and visit the basilica.
What not to do:

  • don’t take a coffe in a bar because it’s expensive.
  • Ducal Palace: the palace is beautiful but a lot of time is needed to visit the palace. It’s better if you do it another day.
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Ponte di Rialto

What to do:

  • Take pictures: you can’t go back home without a Rialto Bridge picture.
  • Buy what you need: on one side of the Rialto Bridge there is a supermarket. It’s a good shop to buy water or what you need.
  • Have your dinner. In this area you can find good restaurants with a good price.
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Finish your day with a night tour on your boat “vaporetto”.

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Best way to arrive in Venice

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The best way to arrive in the center of Venice is by train. You can easily arrive to Mestre train station by car or train and then go directly to Venice.

If you arrive by car you can find in the area of the station more than one car park, as you see in the map. They are cheap because last December we parked the car for two days and we spent 32 euro.

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Mestre car parking map

As you have noticed in the areas there is an Hertz rental car agency in case you need to return your car. You can’t use your car in Venice!

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Hertz rental car agency – Mestre Venice

After parking or returning your car you can walk to Mestre train station. When you enter you see the ticket machines. Choose the time of your train and then take your ticket.

It takes only 13 minutes to arrive in Venice.

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Mestre Venice by train

Venice: it’s amazing! As soon as you exit from the station you really are in Venice and you can see its magical atmosphere.

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