Verona, is a city alongside rive Adige in the northern part of Italy, famous for its cultural heritage and numerous annual fairs. You all may know it cause it is the city where William Shakespeare’s most infamous play, Romeo and Juliet, takes place. All these, make Verona a really popular attraction for tourists But our team in Trip 101 tore apart the guides and found for you the 10 best non-touristy things to do in Verona, and mingle with the locals like a true Veronese. Follow our list and savor every single moment, in this epic journey for all your senses. Scroll below for the best non-touristy things to do in Verona, Italy.
1. Taste amazing local street food from a food truck
Where are you going to enjoy a traditional Italian and more specifically Calabrian cuisine than from a food truck serving delicious local recipes? Apeperoncino is all that and more. A famous food truck for the locals, using fresh ingredients and offering even vegetarian and vegan plates and paninis, Apeperoncino will offer you quality street food a la Calabrese!
Address: Via Don Calabria, 28 Pescantina
2. Join local book lovers at Libre
ATTENZIONE! Martedì 30 aprile Libre! sarà chiusa. Buon Primo Maggio!Posted by Libre Verona on Sunday, 28 April 2019
In the Veronetta region and just close to the Adige river you will find Libre, which is way more than an ordinary bookshop. Libre is a sort of a community, a cooperative of creative people with similar interests in books, culture, and fine arts. In Libre you may find books from local or international authors and if you’re lucky you may participate in one of the gatherings or the exhibitions and other activities taking place in the back room of the store. In the end, if you like it, you may even join the community and its cause and become a member to support the whole action.
Address: Basement of Acqua Morta 38, 37129 Verona
Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 10am - 1pm, 4pm - 8pm
3. Treasure hunt in Piazza San Zeno
Buongiorno e buona settimana a tutti..ieri in Piazza San Zeno.. Mercatino dell'Antiquariato ogni prima domenica del mese.. Foto di Stefania LacquanitiPosted by Verona on Monday, 4 May 2015
On every first Sunday of the month, in the Piazza San Zeno, in the heart of Verona, you may visit a very lively flea market. Most of the items sold are antiques and amongst them, you may find rare books, postcards or vinyl records and also big piles of second-hand clothes at great prices. Many sellers have objects that are valuable such as Murano glassware, valuable antiques in good condition or even dresses from famous houses, like Armani or Chanel. With a bit of persistence and a stroke of luck, you may find something great!
Piazza San Zeno Flea Market
Address: Piazza San Zeno, 37123 Verona VR, Ιταλία
4. Saturday night fever at Romeo's Club
Romeo’s is a cruising disco for the LGBT community that you can find open every Saturday. It is famous for its theme nights, with drag shows and various other exhibitions and welcomes its members and all the people that have the intention to have fun and dance. The club is an important meeting point for the local LGBT community and it’s considered among the best in northern Italy!
Address: Via Riccardo Felici, 10, 37135 Verona VR
Website: Romeo’s Club
Opening hours: Sat: 11.30pm - 4.00am
5. Amazing view of Verona from a quiet vantage point
Santuario della Madonna di LourdesPosted by Verona Veneto e dintorni in foto on Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Located on the highest hill next to Verona and with a stunning view of the city, you will find Santuario della Madonna di, Lourdes. This sanctuary is a conversion from a fortress, as it was previously used by the Austrian Empire. Now you will find nuns and pilgrims here, and you need to respect the atmosphere and the visiting hours. You can walk or take your car till the entrance of the fortress and have a walk to the blue-domed church. Try not to miss the sunset and the beautiful view of Verona from the terrace, and don’t forget your camera!
Santuario della Madonna di Lourdes
Address: Viale dei Colli, 27, 37128 Verona VR
Opening hours: 7:30am - 12pm, 3pm - 7pm (daily)
6. A technological travel through time in Museo della Radio
A museum about the evolution of the radio and the science of sound, in the heart of the city that will amaze both radio enthusiasts and all other guests. In the museum, you will find very rare and old radios from the very beginning of this device to the high-end devices of today. An even more exciting part is that the museum has the authorization to use the name of the father of the radio, Guglielmo Marconi!
Museo della Radio
Address: Via del Pontiere, 40, 37122 Verona VR
Website: Museo della Radio
7. Visit the ancient Church of Sante Teuteria e Tosca
Right in the middle of the city and next to the infamous Verona Arena you will find a church that was built during the first millennia, Church of the Saints Teuteria and Tosca. The legend talks about two virgins Teuteria and Tusca (or Tosca) that were entrapped in a cave in order to be protected and later they were buried in this church. The church has survived until today, and even though it has had various modifications along the years, you may clearly view the architectural elements from its first form. A true place of spiritual peace and a building with lots and lots of history.
Sante Teuteria e Tosca
Address: Piazzetta Santi Apostoli, 37121 Verona VR
8. The mystery of Arco della Costa
Right between the Domus Nova (house of judges) and the Palazzo della Ragione (the court) you may find the infamous Arco della Costa, which literally means the ‘whale rib arch’. In the Venetian period and afterward, this arch was used by the judges to pass from the one building to the other while avoiding the crowd. The legend says that in the arch there is a rib bone from a whale that was brought back to Verona by the crusaders. But there are other stories about mythical creatures that lived in the region or even a fake name given to draw attention to the street’s market and stores. No matter what the truth is, the arch is one of the most iconic monuments of the city. But are you willing to know more?
Arco della Costa
Address: Piazza Erbe, 20, 37121 Verona VR
The Amarone della Valpolicella from the Veneto region of Verona is one of the most famous wines of Italy. This area was famous for its wines since ancient times and even took its name from this long tradition. Valpolicella literary means “the valley of many cellars”. So what better than to take a trip to the local wineries and try different varieties of the Amarone and the other wines of the region. One could also gather information on how they are made, the varieties of the grapes used and all other interesting details. All you need is a car, to visit the winery and a bit of time.
Amarone Wine Tasting and Winery Visit with local expert
Duration: 2 hours
There is no way to visit Italy and not to have one (or probably more) slices of pizza. But how learning the technique and the secrets of a real Italian pizza? You could just try and take this three-hour pizza-making class. All you need is to present yourself to the chef of a local pizzeria and let him guide you through the whole process. In the end, after choosing the ingredients for your toppings and playing along with your friends, you will have the opportunity to taste your own authentic Italian pizza!
Italian Pizza Cooking Class Experience in Verona
The true face of Verona
Of course, a guide is a precious help when you visit a city for the first time, but what if you could evade the rules and the must-see landmarks and enjoy an opportunity to view the real image of the city? For Verona, we did it for you, and with our list, you can enjoy your stay like a true local.
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