Ciao! I’ve just spent an amazing 48 hours in Verona and wanted to write a post before I head to Traverse and have a whole new wave of blogging ideas come at me! I’ve spent 48 hours in Verona and wow, this place is stunning. Every building was beautifully romantic and I now want to live in Italy so I can have my own apartment and balcony. This post works as a “What I did in 48 hours in Verona” as well as a 48 hour mini travel guide to Verona. I’ve got a few tips that I’ve picked up too so hopefully it is helpful for someone planning to come to Verona soon.
I think 48 hours is a good amount of time to see the main parts of a city but of course, if you’re going for something specific and you have a particular interest in something, that time goes so quickly and you’re going to wish you had more. I found that 48 hours in Verona was perfect though and it also allowed me to get out of the city.
This might be slightly cheating as it’s not technically Verona but this is what I would do if I was to spend 48 hours in Verona, for reasons I’ll go into later on in the post.
As soon as I arrived and checked into my hostel I decided to get the bus straight back to the station where I had just arrived and got on a train to Desenzano del Garda. It took around 30 minutes once I was actually on the train, and when I got there it was already around 3pm. I knew I wouldn’t have much time there but I’ve always wanted to visit Lake Garda so this was my chance.
Densenzano del Garda train station was a 15 minute walk away from the lake but I just followed everyone else coming out the station and it was pretty easy. It was pretty much one main road and you just kept heading downhill. When I got to the bottom of the hill I was in a pretty little plaza, surrounded by restaurants and boats. I took a walk and just went one way for 30 minutes before coming back to the centre and walking the other way for another 30 minutes. There are lots of shops and cafes so you can stop for a drink or some food, all along the edge of the lake, you have stunning views out across the water and you also have the option to rent a boat if you want to go out yourself.
The plaza I went to in Densenzano is called Palazzo Todeschini and from there I walked around the back streets, had a look in some italian shops and just generally walked around. There was a lot to see and the buildings are so pretty themselves that it is very easy to walk for a few hours without getting bored. After a few hours I walked back up the hill to the train station and caught the next train back to Verona.
Tip: Be careful when getting on the train as there are two types of tickets for Italian trains. There is one that is a little more fancy, with aircon and assigned seats and these tickets cost more. If you go with the standard €4.85 ticket which I think most people go with, it’s a different brand of trains almost and there isn’t any air con or assigned seats so watch out for that.
Once I got back to Verona I was starting to think about dinner. Having never been to Verona I had a quick google to try and find some recommended places but I found it really difficult to find any reviews from the last year or two. I ended up meeting Ellie from The Wandering Quinn and we went for pizza in the Piazza dei Signori where we found a really reasonable restaurant right in the centre of the plaza. After food we went and met some more travel bloggers and had a really nice glass of wine before calling it a day.
It doesn’t take a genius to tell you that a walking tour is a really good way to spend time if you want to get a good overview of the town but also don’t want to waste time getting lost. There was a free walking tour that runs from Monday – Saturday at 10:30am near the McDonalds. I’ve linked to their website here as it is completely free and a great way to see all the sights of Verona. There is a lot of information which is really useful but if you’ve been before, it covers a lot of the general tourist hotspots so you might not get the most out of it. It can also last up to three hours long.
If you did want to walk around yourself, I would say to start early before it gets too hot and busy, especially in the Piazza Bra where the Arena is as so many people seem to flock there.
I’m by no means a tour guide, but below I have listed a few of the areas of interest that you shouldn’t miss. They’re grouped so you can see what is nearby, but this whole walk wouldn’t take more then an hour. From Castel San Pietro to the Castelvecchio Bridge it’s a half hour walk and that is pretty much one end to the other of the city centre. If you add in all the stops below it will take a little longer but not more then a few hours.
That is most of what I saw in the city centre. Of course, if you’re going into the Arena and walking round the museum at Castelvecchio you can make this last a few hours. Stopping off for breakfast, lunch and dinner and you’ve got yourself a leisurely day in Verona for your second day. Like I said before, I am by no means a tour guide, I’m sure if you go on the free walking tour, you’d stop at a lot more places and get a whole lot of information but for a flying visit, I wouldn’t want to miss the above.
I would also say you do not want to miss out on Gelato! I went to two different places for Gelato and I loved them both. Searching for restaurants / cafes / bars where people have reviewed them was really difficult for Verona as it seemed like all the reviews were years old. If anyone wants to pay me to stay in Verona for a few weeks and write an ultimate foodie guide, I am in! The two gelato places that I could recommend are Gelateria Ballini which is where I had a beautiful late night scoop or Amorino which is where I spent €8 on the most extravagant fruit sorbet type gelato that was both fruity and creamy but I loved it and it was shaped like a flower.
I was surprised by how cheaply you could eat! On my second day I had lunch for €5 and also dinner for €5 which I was really pleased with. The lunch was at a stand up pizza bar where you got a reasonably sized pizza for €5 and was called Sapore Pizza Stand Up. For dinner I wanted something cheap but also really wanted some pasta so went to a place called Bigoi (Pasta to go on Google maps). The pasta comes in a little pot to takeaway. I took my pasta and walked round the corner to the Arena and listened to some music whilst sitting in the Piazza. I also had free breakfast at my hostel that day so was happy I wasn’t spending a lot because I thought I would be!
How easy the buses and public transport are to use! I used Google maps and just hopped on the bus, gave the driver €2 and then I had a ticket for 90 minutes. It worked out great if I was going from my hostel and then somewhere else as you can take as many journeys as you wish in those 90 minutes. My hostel was a little outside the centre, only by a twenty minute walk but it was nice to get a bus back when I felt like I’d walked too much. I also found the airport shuttle bus really easy to use as well as the train to Lake Garda.
The size of it! You can actually see a lot in 48 hours. There were definitely some places I kept accidentally coming back to and I loved that! It’s nice to feel a tiny bit of familiarity in a new place and this also makes it the perfect city break. The flight from the UK is only around two hours so it would make a great weekend destination! If you were going for any longer I would say to split the time between Lake Garda and Verona so you could explore more of Lake Garda.
My 48 hour guide is probably the most timely post I’ve produced as I’m currently still in Verona. I arrived yesterday and am leaving tomorrow but I can’t wait to revisit some of the beautiful places tomorrow morning before I get on the train to Trento. I’m heading to Trento for Traverse19 which is a travel event where the focus is on bloggers and creators and I cannot wait. It’s my first travel blogging event and I’m so excited to meet a lot of people who I’ve been following for a long time! If you’re reading this and you’re heading to Trento for Traverse19, let me know and I’d love to say hi.
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