There we were! About to explore the things to do in Verona, Italy.
Having explored all the little secrets of Lyon in France, it was time to change the country and drive up to Verona, Italy.
Now, many things will pop up if you look up Google for Verona.
Especially those that are related to one of the most beautiful stories of Romeo and Juliet.
Verona Hotels: Surprised by super room
We arrived at Verona late at night, around 22:00. We had already driven approximately 8 hours from Lyon (yes, it’s that far), and we were exhausted.
Following the instructions of the hotel owner, we went to park the car in one of the close to forbidden areas parking (you can’t get into the old city and park your car).
Parking there was also very, very cheap.
We parked and walked for 5 minutes with our luggage and arrived in front of our hotel named “Locanda Ippopotamo” only to found out a restaurant.
So, where in the heavens was our hotel?
We started thinking dreadfully that it was some room at the back of the restaurant smelling oil, garlic, and pizza.
But…, it had such excellent reviews!
The GPS said we were there! The rooms seemed terrific and huge, and the price was great!
So, after spending a few minutes staring at the restaurant, I walked in and asked for our room/booking.
One of the waitresses said, “Of course, sir, just a minute,” and went away. Now… imagine that I started looking for ways to leave the place and write the worst review on booking.com.
Then a very smiling and pleasant woman approached and introduced herself as Nadia.
She went through a corridor that connected the hotel and the restaurant and revealed the real way to reach the hotel part of the building.
The hotel entrance (same name as the hotel) was from the back road.
We took an elevator, and when the room door opened, we saw a huge room amazingly decorated with fresh flowers, a huge TV, a huge bed, a quadruple bathroom, and a kitchen.
So… there were our excellent comments room from booking.com, or better, more like an apartment.
Great relief! Trust me. Check the 2nd photo. This is half of the bath only.
We went out for a quick reckon and stretched our legs before resting.
The cold was severe, but the feeling was festive and “warm.”
Many people were taking a walk at the Piazza dei Signori, and thousands did the same the following day. I mean… thousands!
The Things to Do in Verona, Italy
Ah… the great pain of forgiven love and stubborn minds. But is Verona only about that? Not. It’s many things and has many different levels of things to explore.
Verona, at day time
In our room, amenities were included: A bunch of fruits, four bottles of water, tea, coffee, etc., and breakfast.
We ate a lovely breakfast and went outside to keep us energized for the day ahead. So here is Verona square and the Verona Arena (like a small Colosseum).
Verona is also known as Little Rome, you know.
Piazza Brà is Verona’s central square, just 50 meters from the Verona Arena.
Verona City Entrance
Here is the entrance to the Old central city.
The Arena of Verona
Verona Romeo and Juliet balcony
And, yes, we went to Juliet’s house to see this. Thousands of love notes on the left and right walls entering the yard.
Of course, there was the famous balcony and the statue with the two-color breasts.
Why two colors?
The one has faded out since all those people… were caressing it.
Why do they do that, we asked. For good fortune in love, they said.
Architecture of Verona
The old city seems small at first sight, but it is much more.
There were different things to see and enjoy in every corner/square.
See these photos from different locations, hills, and the same old city of Verona.
Seeing a different place as you change location inside these ancient walls is like visiting another site.
After 5 hours of walking inside Verona, it was time to say goodbye.
We had to return to our car and take the vehicle to one of my favorite cities: Firenze (Florence), where we managed to take a short trip to Piza.
Another magnificent place was waiting for us.
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