If you’re using my How to Spend 2 Weeks in Italy and planned your 2 Days in Milan, you’re now wrapping up your Italy travel planning with finding out how to see my fair Verona on a budget in 2 days solo that include scenic views, a nod to Shakespeare, roman ruins, an amazing wine festival, and an optional day trip to Padua and opportunity to soak in a little more Italy.
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Verona on a Budget (or Not)
Yes, Verona can be seen on a budget as a solo traveler. To help provide more Verona budgeting options, peruse my Guide to Budget European Accommodations for additional accommodation-planning.
Let me state here that when I say “budget”, I mean your daily travel expenses could total €100 or less. It’s up to you on where you wish to budget (accommodations, excursions, etc.), and how far in advance you book. Some attractions can be seen without a tour, which will save you money, of course.
The following Verona travel guide and itinerary can work for anyone, budget or not. The key factors that can push you out of the “budget” range is your choice in Verona accommodations and the types of attraction tours you choose. Some attractions can be seen without a tour, which will save you money, of course.
Ok, now let’s get you to Verona.
Verona Solo Travel Essentials
Prices in this post reflective at time of writing.
Why Go to Verona?
The City of Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was founded in the 1st century B.C. It is a lovely little city with a medieval old town built along the Adige River.
Verona is famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, where you can see a balcony at “Juliet’s House”, however, it’s a bit of a tourist trap. Thankfully, it’s free.
The Verona Arena, a large, 1st century Roman amphitheater, is in the historic city center that holds concerts and large-scale opera performances. When in Verona, try not only the wine, but the grappa made from wine stems, skins and seeds.
Getting Around Verona
Verona is Walkable
The Verona historical center can really be done on foot, but if you’re staying within my recommended area (see map below), you can or take a shuttle or bus to/from the Verona railway station.
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Where to Stay in Verona
Verona is very walkable. If you stay on the Southern end of the Verona Arena, you could walk 15-20 minutes from the train station. If you stay further than that, I suggest a quick bus ride. Buses are outside of the train station and are inexpensive.
For optimum ease of walking and seeing the sights, I recommend staying within the city center circle on the map:
Verona has many hotel, hostel and other accommodation types across all budget types within the Verona city center map.
Going in the off season, or booking well in advance, will get you the best Verona prices.
Consider booking at a property that either is eco-friendly or sustainably rated, or at least employs these methods into their business.
For price, amenities (including no pre-payment and free-cancellation), and customer reviews and ratings, my Verona budget hotel recommendation for over 50 single travel is B&B Al Teatro. It is in a fabulous location (walking distance to the train station and city center) and includes breakfast that could possibly be booked at €65/night, depending on time of year and how far in advance you book.
Many accommodations may not let you check in until 3-4pm, but if available, have them store your luggage until your room is ready so you can get out and enjoy Verona.
Verona Budget Tip
There are Verona hostels that could start from around €25/night, depending on what amenities and location you want. Note, these are usually a bed in a dorm room. Private rooms in hostels can cost the same, if not more, than a budget hotel.
With the same conditions above, plus employing eco-friendly and/or sustainable operations, here are my Verona hotel recommendations for over 50 single travel (i.e., where I would stay), “budget” and higher:
Note: if you have more than 2 days in Verona, or this is not your first time to Verona, consider staying at Musella Winery & Relais a 15 minute drive or 25 minute bike ride from town. They meet all of the above conditions, you get access to free bikes and canoes, and you can still get a room at a decent price. I’m putting this place on my list for when I go back.
What I love about Verona is that it is very laid back and easy to see. And beautiful. Verona is a place to wander, eat and drink.
Here is what to see in Verona. These can be done if you only have a 1 day in Verona itinerary, but it’s more enjoyable if you have two days.
- Torre dei Lamberti (Lamberti Tower) – climb the 84-meter watchtower for panoramic views of Verona
- Piazza delle Erbe (Market Square)
- Piazza dei Signori
- Galleria d’Arte Moderna Achille Forti
- Ponte Pietra
- Casa di Giulietta (Juliette’s House)
- Arena di Verona (Roman Arena)
- Giardino Giusti
- Basilica di Sant’Anastasia
- Palazzo della Ragione
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Verona Events Calendar
If it helps in planning what you would like to see, here is a list of annual events held in Verona.
Note: if you are in Verona in mid-April and enjoy wine, I highly recommend attending the annual Vinitaly event for great music and wine tasting events.
I planned my last visit to Verona around this event and was not disappointed in the wine selections. Tickets can be bought when you are there, but I do suggest you plan your Verona accommodations well in advance as places book quickly during this event.
- Outdoor cafes abound in Verona. Find one with your favorite view and enjoy those Aperol spritzes.
- Here’s a fantastic list of Verona cheap eats.
- Want some more suggestions? Check out this informative breakdown on eating and drinking locations in Verona.
Padua Day Trip
I can understand if you are enjoying Verona and want to just sleep in and be lazy on your second day, wander around sightseeing and sit in a café sipping Aperol spritzes. I know I have. If you wish to see more of Italy, however, why not catch a train to Padua for the afternoon?
Padua is one of the oldest, established cities in Italy and is a 42-minute train ride East of Verona. Padua holds the famous Giotto frescos in the Cappella degli Scrovegni (Scrovegni Chapel).
From there, wander to the Padua Cathedral andBasilica di Sant’Antonio, followed by Piazza dei Signori for some shopping and lunch.
At the end of the day, it’s just a quick train ride back to Verona in time for drinks and dinner.
Things to Do in Verona on a Budget in 2 Days
Depending on how much you want to see (and spend) is completely up to you. Verona has plenty of options, as I have outlined above.
That said, here is my recommended Verona itinerary that shows what a single traveler over 50 can see and do in 2 days, possibly at €100 or less, if you book well in advance, and choose the right tour or entry tickets for the top Verona attractions to meet your tastes and budget.
Verona Day 1
- Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s balcony) – I don’t recommend paying to go inside but that is up to you
- Piazza delle Erbe (Market Square) – great for shopping and having lunch
- Torre dei Lamberti– climb this 84m-high watchtower for panoramic views
- Galleria d’Arte Moderna Achille Forti (included with Torre dei Lamberti)
- Piazza dei Signori – Verona’s beautiful open-air salon
- Ponte Pietra
Verona Day 2
- Verona Arena – from the Roman Empire, see a live event or just take a tour
- Basilica di San Zeno (aka San Zeno Maggiore) – Romanesque church
- Grappa tasting
- Want a FREE guided tour of Verona?
Alternatively, if you wish to spend your last day outside of Verona:
Day Trip to Padua – Day 2
- Verona train to Padua
- Cappella degli Scrovegni – tickets need to booked 24 hours in advance
- Piazza dei Signori – shopping, people watching and lunch
- Padua Cathedral
- Basilica di Sant’Antonio
- Train to Verona
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