Verona is a beautiful city in the Northern region of Italy. In the old part of the city near the colosseum you will find gorgeous wide marble streets, mostly foot traffic, high end shopping, impressive ancient architecture, restaurants galore, and dozens of ‘osterias’ which serve glasses of wine or apertivos (a sweet/bitter alcoholic drink) standing outside while you socialize and eat simple tapa style meals of little bites of bread topped with meats, cheeses and vegetable spreads.
*A little note if you choose to sit to eat anywhere you will be charged a cover fee per person of about 2 Euro.
City Population: 252,626
Famous for: Year round opera at the Colosseum and Romeo & Juliet (*yes, this was a true story that ended up in the hands of Shakespeare). The actual balcony is lovely but extremely busy with tourists.
Where we stayed (and highly recommend if it’s available): Rosella Apartment on VRBO
Restaurants we recommend:
- Tres Risotto – delicious hand made gnocchi & ravioli recommended by the landlord of the apartment. The primi piattis were excellent. Our only complaint was the house red wine which was quite ‘frizzante’.
Address: Ristorante Tre Risotti Di Camuffo Nicolo’, Via Luigia Poloni, 15, 37122 Verona VR
Phone: 045 594408
- Locandina Cappello -Address: Via Cappello, 16, 37121 Verona VR
Phone:045 803 5218
- Retro Gusto – just a step downstairs at our apartment.Address: Via Francesco Berni, 5, 37122 Verona VR
Phone:045 800 2167
Loving the pasta table decoration!
4. La Costa in Bra – Looking out at the Colleseum there are many restaurants you can choose from to eat and people watch (a highly enjoyable combination).
After our enjoyable experience with snaps in Denmark – we though we should try grappa (a traditional Italian liquor). If you are curious, just think of whiskey. Not our favorite.
And of course we had to taste the cappuccinos at Cafe Verona. Delicious! Coffee shops in Italy are very functional with business people standing at the bar drinking their shot of espresso casually on their way to work.
Apple and raisin strudel (from a German inspired Italian bakery):Chocolate cookies made with an almond paste base –
… and of course our new favorite…gelato.