Verona, Italy is perhaps most known as the home of Romeo and Juliet and their tragic, yet romantic, love affair. Each year, thousands head to Verona to see Juliet’s balcony on a sort of love pilgrimage, only to overlook what else Verona has to offer.
While it’s a novel attraction, you certainly won’t find the romance of the city among the love notes stuck with chewed gum on the walls of Juliet’s house. No, you’re more likely to find it nestled in the warm people, antique architecture and welcoming taverns of this ancient City of Love.
Verona is increasingly popular and has its fair share of tourists, yet unlike the overwhelmed Venetians, the people are still very welcoming. A quick day trip from both Venice or Milan, it’s a breeze to pass the day visiting the arena, Juliet’s balcony and immersing yourself in Verona’s cafe culture with coffee or spritz at one of its many outdoor cafes.
Enjoy the city at the pace it demands and you’re sure to find the innate romanticism of Italy’s tiny City of Love.