We stayed at Verona Village Camping https://www.campingverona.com/en/summer-camping.php and at 32 euros per night, this was one of the most expensive campsites we have stayed at. Its a new campsite so all the facilities are immaculate, they even have a dog bath and the bus stop into Verona is just opposite the entrance. There is also a car wash across the road from the campsite so it gave us the opportunity to give Billy Burstner a bath.
The bus took about 15 minutes and we got off at the castle. The castle is compact in size with very little decoration. It also is now home to Castelvecchio Museum.
We walked along the river and entered the historic city via the Porta Borsari, which is an archway at the end of Corso Porta Borsari. This is the façade of a 3rd-century gate in the original Roman city walls. The inscription is dated 245 AD and gives the city name as Colonia Verona Augusta.
A few minutes walk and we were stood in Pizza della Erbe. The square’s most ancient monument is the fountain (built in 1368 by Cansignorio della Scala), surmounted by a statue called Madonna Verona, which is however a Roman sculpture dating to 380 AD. The square has many magnificent buildings and of course a selection of cafes where you can sit and watch the world go by.
Piazza dei Signori is just off the Piazza della Erbe and we had timed it just right to visit our first Italian christmas market and also our first one of the year. Each year Verona hosts a Nuremberg Christmas Market, the German styled market had traditional huts which were all elegantly illuminated and decorated selling typical food, handicrafts, Christmas tree decorations, cribs and serving specialities such as mulled wine, Stollen and Lebkuchen cakes, bratwurst and more.
Verona is where two of William Shakespeare’s plays are set: Romeo and Juliet and The Two Gentleman of Verona. However, it is unknown if Shakespeare ever visited Verona or even Italy, but his plays have lured many visitors.
We visited Juliets balcolny and for 6 euros I (Karen) headed up to rein act the famous scene. Along with all the other tourists!
Verona is a very beautiful city and it is no wonder that it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its urban structure and architecture.
Verona is famous for its Roman amphitheatre, the arena can be found in the city’s largest piazza, the Piazza Bra. The arena was completed around 30 AD and it is the third largest in Italy. In the summer the arena is still used for operas and concerts.
We spent two whole days wandering around Verona and both of us agreed it is one of our favourite Italian cities. We would definitely recommend a visit if you can.