September is the perfect time to go travelling in my opinion. Italy is great at this time of the year as the weather is still warm and generally there are less crowds.
I spent 3 nights in beautiful Verona solo. I was mainly working remotely, however I was able to explore the city in the mornings, during my lunch break and in the evenings.
There are cheap one way flights from London and getting from Verona Airport to the city centre is easy – get the 199 bus to Verona Main Station for €6 and you will be there in around 15-20 minutes. From there, it’s another 10 or so minute walk to the Arena. I stayed at an airbnb in the middle of Piazza delle Erbe which was super easy to walk around the city.
For lunch, I needed wifi to take some work calls so I headed to Emanuele Cafe. The staff were super nice and accommodating and the carbonara I had was delicious!
In the evening, I headed to Antica Bottega del Vini for a glass of wine.
For dinner, I headed to Hostaria Vecchia Fontanina. I had the prawn bigoli with some white wine. The bigoli is a Verona specialty pasta.
When in Italy, you can’t say no to gelato and Grom is a reliable gelato spot to go to!
The next morning, I woke up early and walked around town. There’s something really nice about being the only one roaming the quaint Italian streets and being able to admire the architecture in peace.
For lunch, I went to Trattoria Caprese who do a 3 course lunch for only €12. I had the fish paccheri, the fish with salad and tiramisu which were all delicious and were big portions so it was great value for money!
In the evening, I went to a little pasta shop called La Bottega della Gina for their handmade tortellini. I had the mixed one which is worthwhile to get if you want to try many of the flavours.
I went to another wine bar and had an aperol spritz for only €4. Love how cheap alcohol is in Europe (especially coming straight from NYC!)
The best gelato was at Gelateria La Romana which is a bit outside of the arena area.
I ended up booking last minute tickets to Romeo and Juliet at the Teatro Nuovo which started at 9pm. It was a travelling performance which was great as it was interactive. It was in Italian but with English narrators and went for an hour and 40 mins. It was fitting to see the show in Verona and it was really special seeing Juliet’s balcony and Romeo’s house and roaming through the streets of Verona at night.
The next day, I headed back to Caprese for lunch. I had the seafood risotto, fried mixed fish and a chocolate cake.
A great place for cocktails is Archivio.
The next day, I headed to La Taverna di Via Stella. I got the gnocchi with horse meat and the polenta with gorgonzola. The polenta was massive and a meal in itself. I always tend to over order when travelling solo!
In the afternoon, I left Verona and caught a bus to the Dolomites! It is around 4 hours to get to Cortina D’Ampezzo.
Verona is such a lovely town and I definitely would like to come back to do the surrounding areas like Lake Garda.