With three days in Verona, you’ll have time to visit the main tourist attractions and also do some exploring outside the city limits. Take advantage of hop-on hop-off tours and multi-day attraction passes to make the most out of your time in the home of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Here are some ways to spend three days in Verona.
Day 1: The Essential Sights
Start your day in Verona with a morning walking tour that includes many of the top sights, such as Piazza Brà, Verona Arena, and Juliet’s House (Casa di Giulietta). You’ll be able to get the lay of the land while figuring out where you’d like to focus your energy during the rest of your trip.
In the afternoon, choose a hop-on hop-off bus tour, a bike tour, or a segway tour, and visit highlights like the Scaliger Tombs, Castelvecchio Museum, and Castel San Pietro, which offers exceptional views. (Alternatively, pick up a Verona Card, which gives unlimited access to the city’s public transit system as well as admission to top sights.) Then spend the evening taking a sunset stroll along the Adige River and across the Ponte Pietra, and head to lively Piazza delle Erbe for aperitivo. Relax and enjoy dinner in the square, or head back to the Verona Arena for an opera performance.
Day 2: Day Trip to Wine Country
Take a break from Verona’s tourist-filled streets, and spend a day exploring the region’s quiet countryside and smaller villages. The vineyards of the Valpolicella wine region, which produce some of the finest red wines in Italy, are located just outside the city. Take a wine-focused tour to sample local wines like amarone paired with regional food specialities, or explore the region by bike or Vespa.
Alternatively, you can spend the day visiting Italy’s largest lake, Lake Garda, or take a day trip to the Dolomites, a gorgeous range of jagged peaks just north of Verona. To make the most out of your day, choose a tour that combines several destinations into one trip.
Day 3: Eat Your Way Around Verona
Spend your last morning in Verona checking off any major sights you’ve missed, such as the Porta Borsari, then visit some of the city’s lesser-known attractions, like Palazzo Giardino Giusti and the Museum of Frescos at Juliet’s Tomb. Alternatively, you can spend the morning browsing in the shops on Via Mazzini or visiting one of Verona’s arts and cultural museums, such as the Archaeological Museum at the Roman Theatre.
Once you’ve hit the sights, dedicate the afternoon to sampling Verona’s delicious cuisine. Browse the markets at Piazza delle Erbe, or join a guided culinary tour and sample the city’s best pizza, pasta, pastries, and cheeses. End the day with a cooking class to learn how to make Italian specialities like gelato or pizza from scratch, or ask your culinary tour guide for suggestions for good local restaurants and toast your last evening like a local.