Valentine’s Day in Verona
Updated: Jun 20
We stopped in Verona on Valentine’s Day on our way to the Venice Carnival. The city is one of the world’s top choices for celebrating the day. We stayed at the Crown Plaza Verona, which is located just a few minutes from the center of the city. The hotel is modern and our room was very nice.
After checking-in, we drove to the old town founded in the 1st century B.C. Verona is a UNESCO World Heritage site. We first visited the Arena, the city's iconic Roman amphitheater. Built to host gladiator fights, the Arena has become the largest open-air opera house in the world since 1913. Because of the catacombs that lie underneath the Arena, Veronese people called it the labyrinth of the devil. It is interesting to note that the Arena is older than the Colosseum in Rome. Afterwards we walked through the old town to Juliet’s House (of Romeo and Juliet), which is only a few minutes away. It is a tower house from between late 13th and early 14th century. On a stone in the wall there is a coat of arms that tradition considers being the coat of arms of the Cappelletti or Capuleti, Juliet's family. In the English version of the story, it became "Capulets".
It was very busy at the house, as it was the afternoon of Valentine’s Day. We were lucky to be able to find tickets to visit the museum and to stand on the balcony. We were very tickled to be able to do that on that special day and we have a photo to prove it!
After the visit we spent some time wandering the streets as the weather was very nice for the season. We then drove back to the hotel passing through bridges along the Adige River, the second-longest river in Italy, after the Po. We had reservations that evening at La Trattoria I Masenini located in the historical center of Verona. The restaurant serves delicious contemporary Italian food. We had a perfect dinner on a perfect day.
We left the next morning for Venice. We promised ourselves to come back to Verona to further discover the beautiful town, to watch an opera in the Arena and to spend a few days in Lake Garda nearby.