Italy is one of my favourite place to be during summer in Europe. Last week we left Munich to drive to the land of pizza & pasta. Our first destination: Verona.
Stop on the way: Eibsee
On our way to Verona we stopped at the Eibsee in Germany. This lake is absolutely beautiful and I would love to go back there for a full day or even a weekend trip. As you will be able to see from Alex’s drone shots, the Eibsee looks amazing from above, even a little bit like the Maldives :-P. We went for a refreshing swim in the cool water and had a little snack by the Biergarten, before continuing our drive to Verona.
Where we stayed in Verona
When we arrived in Verona we went straight to our accommodation to shower and freshen up before dinner. To be honest, finding a cheap place to stay during the popular summer months isn’t easy anywhere in Italy. We started off looking on AirBnB, but most places were simply overpriced. I ended up finding a small apartment called Filippini Apartments where we booked a quadruple room and only payed 33€ per person per night. Even though the apartment was relatively small, it was very clean and modern and only 7 minutes by foot from the Arena di Verona. The staff at the reception was super friendly and helpful, which was also a big plus.
Where/what we ate in Verona (Vegan)
Since Julia and I were travelling with Alex and one of his friends, who both aren’t vegan, we didn’t end up trying out a lot of vegan places in Verona. We did however have lunch at one vegan restaurant, called Ristorante Flora, where they had an extensive and very delicious buffet- highly recommended! Eating vegan in Italy actually isn’t too hard. Most of the time pizza and pasta are vegan, so if you get spaghetti with tomato sauce or a veggie pizza without cheese, you are good to go. My personal favourite thing to get are baked potatoes (they taste soo good in Italy!) together with grilled vegetable.
What we did in Verona
To be fair, we only stayed in Verona for two nights, so we didn’t get to see everything the city had to offer.
On our first night we had dinner at one of the restaurants by the Arena di Verona. I thought those restaurants would be a typical “tourist trap” but the one we ate at (I don’t remember the name unfortunately) was actually very good. Eating Italian food whilst overlooking the arena during the golden sunset hour: an unforgettable moment.
In my opinion the best way to see a city is by actually walking through it. Verona is the perfect example: you have to walk through the cute little streets with their iconic balconies to really soak up the vibe of the city.
If you want to go shopping, Verona is perfect. Along the Via Mazzini you will find many shops, including many exclusive brands such as Gucci and co., as well as more affordable options such as Zara or Bershka.
Verona is actually only a half an hour drive away from the Garda Lake. So on our first day there when the 39 degrees celsius made it impossible to stay in the city, we actually drove to Badolino at the lake for an afternoon swim.
My absolute highlight of our stay in Verona was watching the sunset from the Castel San Pietro, which lies on a hill overlooking the city. You can hike up there, or if you are a little lazy (like we were) you can take the Funicolare up.
Verona is such a beautiful city, so if you find yourself in Italy, you must definitely pay it a visit, walk through the romantic streets and eat gelato whilst looking at the arena at night.