Verona City Walk
A stroll through Verona’s old town is an ideal way to get over jet lag and immerse yourself in Italian culture. Set aside some time on your walk to stop in a café for a cappuccino and croissant to take in the city on a Saturday morning. The recommended walk is around 2.5 miles and takes around an hour without stops. We recommend setting aside around two hours for the walk, to not feel rushed.
The tour is also saved on Komoot – Verona City Walk.
From Hotel Milano (Vicolo Tre Marchetti, 11) turn left and walk toward the Verona Arena. Much of Verona’s long history can be found in old town, the center of which is Piazza Bra and the Roman Arena. Built in 1 BC, and one of the most important well-preserved Roman amphitheaters. Originally, the Arena could seat 30,000 spectators. An earthquake in 1117 destroyed most of the Arena’s outer ring. Today, only four arches from the original outer ring are still intact. Over time, served as the dumping ground for Verona’s garbage and quarry for stone to build other buildings. It was not until the Renaissance that repairs to the Arena began around the 15th century. Today, the amphitheater hosts regular concerts and events. Piazza Bra is also known by the name “Braida”, which comes from the Germanic term “breit,” which means wide.
From Piazza Bra, walk down Via Mazzini, Verona’s famous marble shopping street (one block west, parallel to Via Tre Marchetti – where the hotel is located). The Via Mazzini forms a direct connection between the Piazza Bra and the Piazza delle Erbe, around 500m long. Enjoy the window shopping (or shopping!) along via Mazzini.
When you reach the end, at the T-intersection with Via Cappello, turn right to visit Juliet’s courtyard and famous balcony (Via Cappello 23). The 6 Euro entry fee is worth the visit, if you are interested, to see the impressive timber frame of a traditional home in Verona, as well as artifacts from the story of Romeo and Juliet. Continuing down Via Cappello (left from Juliet’s house), take your next left onto Via Stella.
Follow Via Stella and continue straight onto Via Nizza to the Ponte Nuovo bridge, over the Adige River. Turn left and walk along the river that originates in the Dolomites, knowing the river’s waters flow from where you will soon be skiing. The walking path eventually leads you away from the river and past the Basilica di Santa Anastasia catholic church. Continue to walk parallel to the river until you reach Ponte Pietra – Pietra pedestrian Bridge.
Ponte Pietra & Castel San Pietro
If you have time, the walk up the stairs to the Castel San Pietro is well worth the view over Verona and helps with an orientation of the city. The Roman Theater below hosts many outdoor concerts in the summer.
Torre dei Lamberti & Piazza delle Erbe
From Ponte Pietra, walk back into Verona’s old town and towards Torre dei Lamberti, Lamberti Tower, the iconic tower overlooking the city. The tower opens at 10:00 am and is worth the € 8 entry fee to enter and take the lift, especially if you did not walk up to the Castel San Pietro.
From the Piazza delle Erbe, the easiest way to return to your hotel is a walk back down Via Mazzini. If you are interested in exploring Verona more, many of the other side streets will lead you back to the Piazza Bra (Verona Arena) and your hotel.
Several publications also recommend itineraries for spending time in Verona:
Your hotel is also an excellent resource for recommendations during your time in Verona.