Verona is one of Italy’s most popular cities, boasting ancient roman architecture, the divine Lake Garda and some of the world’s most prestigious Opera. Those literature-savvy of us will recognize that it is also the home of literature’s most famed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Check out our beginner’s guide below to see the many reasons as to why we also fell in love with Verona:
The most Instagram-worthy spot in Italy
First on the itinerary was a day trip to Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. Only a 15-minute train ride from Verona, Lago di Garda radiates panache and is a must-see for any avid traveler. From Verona, there are two choices to stop off at the famous lake: Peschiera del Garda and Sirmione. We decided on Peschiera del Garda as this part of the lake is known for its alluring beaches and unparalleled views of the Alps. In other words: a prime spot for an Instagram upload.
The cerulean lake was breathtaking; the mountain views, pristine waters and sunshine encapsulated true Italian beauty. We were determined to rent deck chairs and a pedalo to make full use of the scenery – but unfortunately, we had no cash! Thankfully, I was able to use my Caxton multi-currency card to withdraw euros, without any hidden fees or extra cost. A near miss!
Eating out in Verona
Italy is famed for its extensive range of delicious and carb-fueled foods. We conducted lots of prior research to ensure that our culinary endeavors would be as exquisite as they could be. We were recommended the quintessentially Italian restaurant, The Osteria. The restaurant itself is set out like a classic Venetian tavern, making the experience feel very authentic. We, however, ate outside (considering it was 32c and the Aperol was flowing, it would have been rude not to). With all the ingredients being sourced locally and cooked by traditionally trained chefs, it wasn’t a surprise that our meal was heavenly.
Where’s the best place to view opera in Italy?
We returned to Verona in the evening to enjoy the Opera. Area Di Verona is one of the last standing coliseums that still shows live performances. Being a fan of Dumas, naturally I wanted to see La Travitia. For anyone who is not familiar with these stories or can’t speak Italian, do not threat, they have English subtitles on the screens.
You can buy tickets online in advance for the performance, but if you are less organized (like my travel companion) you can buy them at the door. Thankfully they accepted contactless payments (ticket: €25) which allowed my friend to use his Caxton Red card to easily purchase his ticket, saving us the trouble of searching for a place to buy euros in a last-minute panic.
Travel money in Italy
The currency used in Italy is the the Euro, which is a preloadable currency on Caxton's multi-currency card. Travel experts recommend bringing a small amount of local currency for hailing taxis, tipping for service or in the odd-few cash-only places. However, the rest of your holiday kitty should be put onto a prepaid card for stress-free travel.
Italy in a nutshell…
If it is endless bowls of pasta, undisturbed swims in Lake Garda, or a sharp injection of Italian culture at the Opera is what you’re after, Verona should be at the top of your next holiday spot.