There are so many self-proclaimed cities of love – Paris, Venice, and even Hoi An in Vietnam have been some of the most romantic destinations I have had the pleasure of visiting. But to visit the birthplace of Romeo and Juliet is something most of us would have to have on our bucket lists. With just one day in Verona, I arrived with a spring in my step and heart beating faster than ever – for today I would see where the world’s most renowned love story was created.
I arrived in Verona by train from Venice – just a short 90-minute journey. Once there, I was eagerly pushing my way through the crowds in the train station to board a bus bound for the city itself. My directions to my hotel were to jump off the bus at the sixth stop, take a sharp left down Via Leoni, and another left up a side alleyway to my accommodation for the evening at the B&B Juliet House – ideally located just 50 metres from the Juliet House itself.
The city was alive with a buzzing energy in the early afternoon. The sun was creating an effortless warmth, and I couldn’t help but to smile with only the biggest cheesy grin as I approached the Juliet House. There were of course many other tourists sharing in my delight, and it was necessary to push my way through to the front of the crowds to get a glimpse at the letters to Juliet on the wall beside the love locks – ahhh, bliss!
Afterwards I stopped at a nearby café to make a vital purchase – a large fruit cup filled with fresh strawberries, melted chocolate, and whipped cream. It was worth the 4 euros, believe me.
With just the one day to explore Verona before heading to Florence the following day, I strolled the streets with a spring in my step and voided the use of a map to simply ‘get lost’, with no intent to ‘find myself’ of course 😉
Verona was a surprisingly small city that can easily be visited in one day, however I would have loved to spend more time here. I would recommend you set aside two nights to explore Verona, but if time is scarce one day in Verona is plenty of time to see all the necessary sites and get gloriously lost in the side streets.