Verona, Italy, is a beautiful city in northern Italy, that is rich with historic value. It is a great place for architecture and art history majors to study abroad, and of course if you want to learn to speak Italian, this is a great place for you too. The city has a population of around 715,000 people and is a main tourist attraction in Italy. Also, if you are a Shakespeare fan, you know that Romeo and Juliet was set in this city and you can still go see Juliet’s balcony.
So what else can you do while in Verona to really get the most out of your study abroad experience in this city? Here are EDUinReview’s tips for how to study abroad in Verona, Italy.
1. Go back in time at the Museo di Castelvecchio. This ancient castle was built in the 14 century. if you visit this castle, you will get a better understanding for what Verona was like before and during the Renaissance, when the city enjoyed it’s heyday as a cultural hub. There is also a museum in the castle which features many original works of art which are absolutely wonderful. You can also enjoy fantastic views of the city from the castle. I’d plan to be here for at least half the day; it really is a great place to spend a day.
2. See an opera at the Arena di Verona. This Roman amphitheater was built in the first century AD and has been kept in fantastic condition. It is best to come here during the summer and listen to a concert performance by an Italian opera. Even if you are not a fan of the opera, seeing one in this venue is sure to impress you. If you absolutely hate the opera and there is no way you would consider going to an opera performance, come here during the day, sit in the seats, and imagine what it would have been like to attend a performance or gladiator event here almost 2,000 years ago.
3. Buy some fresh fruits and veggies at the Piazza dell Erbe. This public square is home to many historic buildings, sculptures, and an open-air market where you can buy fresh fruits, veggies, and more. It is also a great place to do some people-watching, as there is almost always something going on here. During the Christmas season, there is a Christmas market where you can buy gifts for friends and family back home. During the evening, go to Bar Barbarini for happy hour and free appetizers.
4. Get back to nature in the Parco dell Cascate di Molina. This beautiful park is a great place to spend a day if you want to escape from the city and get back to nature. With many walking trails, waterfalls, swings, and a cable car, there is plenty to do here. Bring your walking shoes; some of the trails are pretty steep. I like to take a picnic lunch out here with friends and sit near a waterfall.
5. Enjoy delicious pasta at Trattoria Caprini. This restaurant makes some of the best pasta I have ever tasted! The pasta is very thin but doesn’t turn to mush when it is cooked. I recommend asking for a light sauce on your pasta – such as olive oil and balsamic vinegar – so that you can really taste the subtle flavor variations in the pasta. This is a very traditional and very delicious place to go for a nice dinner out with friends. Add a bottle of Italian wine to your dinner and your taste buds are sure to be happy by the end of the night.
Have you studied abroad in Verona, Italy? Do you have any tips for other students who are planning on studying there? Share them with us in the comments section below.
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