Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene – William Shakespeare.
Let’s rewind the clock to the sunny cobbles of fair Verona, a small city in the north of Italy. This small city – in comparison to other Italian cities – holds an incredible amount of history that goes beyond Rome and everything we think we have learned about this stunning country. It was my first trip to Italy, and I already want to return. There is so much to do and see in what can be a short amount of time, if used correctly (not sipping copious amounts of delicious Italian wine), and with the times that we’re living in, there is also a huge amount of beautiful locations to take multiple photographs of, whether it’s for social media, or your personal holiday album. I’ve listed some of my favourites, which are also the main points of attraction which I visited during my three day trip there. Honestly, put Verona on your bucket list. You will not regret it.
CASA DI GUILIETTA
The absolute first place I had to visit was Casa Di Guilietta. You can’t go to Verona and not want to stand in the garden, looking up to her balcony, surrounded by people from across the globe writing notes and love hearts in the hopes of having a love that lasts forever. My inner romantic definitely stepped out of her shell each time I stepped through the archway and saw the sheer amount of post-its, scribbles, hearts and love locks. Not only are the garden walls covered in incredible pieces of people’s history (very picture-esque for a different kind of image), the view from the balcony itself is lovely. You can view the tops of local apartments, oversee everything that is going on in the courtyard below and see the overcasting blue skies that stretch far and wide.
ARENA DI VERONA
Located in the biggest square in the city, Piazza Bra, the Arena di Verona is the original amphitheatre created in Italian history. It is said that this one is the skeleton of the grand Coliseum in Rome, which is pretty impressive. There is so much history in the walls which were created thousands of years ago; I can’t remember half of it, but if you love European history and architecture, this is something you should definitely put on that travel bucket list of yours. As for the photogenic aspect, it’s gorgeous. The views looking out to the buildings around the amphitheatre are incredible, and it’s high enough to see the rest of this stunning city in the distance. It brings something a little different to your photo album: below the stone walls isn’t exactly picture-esque, but it captures an important chunk of Italian history.
For breath-taking views of the entire city, Teatro Romano is the place to be. It is a monument of history in itself, complete with headstones of people from when it was first used as a theatre for the people of Verona, all the way until it was partly demolished in the seventeenth century by the French. There is a gorgeous church at the top of the hill which overlooks the river and the city beyond it. The huge steps are a complete workout which are also the original outdoor seating for all the spectators. Gorgeous stone archways line a part of the theatre which give a beautiful spectator view of the city.
CASA DI ROMEO
It took a little while for us to figure out exactly where this place was. It is still fully functioning accommodation, and so nobody can go inside. Nevertheless, the walls are just the same as the walls along Casa di Guilietta (in a minor capacity) – full of hearts and the young promise of love. The Italian brickwork is gorgeous in colour and style – you really feel as though you’re living a European love story.
Gorgeous interiors cascade the entire building and you cannot take your eyes off them. Not only is the décor mesmerising, the artwork throughout the ages are incredible. Even if you’re not a religious person, you’ll be engrossed in pieces of work which reflect the history of the church through the ages. Every corner of the church is as intricate as it is beautiful. You will capture the most exquisite images in this church, which feels more like a cathedral with its grandeur size.
ANY SIDE STREET
If I am completely honest, every single corner and alley is a photo opportunity. The simple courtyards between flats and apartments are idyllic. The standard street has pretty doors, gorgeous brickwork and even copper pipes. And so, every inch of Verona is as gorgeous as the next.
Just like every European city, Verona has spectacular sights which are beautiful with, and without, you in the shot.
Have you visited Verona? Are these the most photogenic spots?
Love, Faye xo