Recently, I wrote about an excursion I took with other exchange students to Lake Como. Another trip I signed up for that was put on by the school was visiting Verona for a day. We honestly didn’t do all that much… instead we simply wandered the town and then returned to Milan. It sounds a little boring explained that way, but it was a blast!
Verona really is an enchanting city. The city has over 250,000 people and feels like a very friendly, small town. It’s one of the main tourist destinations in Italy because it has such a rich artistic history and an ancient amphitheater built by the Romans. The city was awarded a world-heritage site status because of it’s architectural design and urban structure.
Verona is picturesque little Italian city. Just like so many of the other cities in Italy, there’s Roman edifices and medieval architecture throughout the historical center of the city. Three of Shakespeare’s novels were set in this city and we found a tourist trap that was created in the likeness of Romeo and Juliet! We went to see the balcony, but didn’t pay to go up to the balcony ourselves.
The Piazza dei Signori houses Dante’s statue as well as a number of palaces. We found a wonderful restaurant there called Antico Caffe Verona. As this trip happened early in my stay in Italy, this was the best restaurant I had been to, up to that point in the trip!
In Dante’s Square, we found a jolly troupe of men allowing people to take turns trying their hand at penny-farthing. While eating lunch, we watched the crowd have fun taking turns on these massive bikes. Of course, I had to try it!