Happy Halloween! This year, I’m trading in trick-or-treating and Halloween parties for an unforgettable European adventure in the picturesque city of Verona, Italy. Known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and connection to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Verona offers a unique and exciting way to celebrate Halloween.
My school friends and I arrived by train, taking a quick and easy 20-minute ride from Milan’s Centrale Station. The station offers plenty of options for shopping and dining while waiting for our train. As soon as we arrived, we couldn’t wait to explore the city center, drawn to the bustling energy of Piazza delle Erbe square. Here we found an abundance of restaurants, a mini market, and the perfect spot for people-watching. The city was alive with tourists and locals alike, and we even noticed the friendly presence of many dogs roaming the streets.
The downside to arriving in Verona on a beautiful, busy Saturday afternoon was the crowds. The streets were packed with people, making it feel like a busy concert. It was hard to avoid the throngs of tourists and locals, which created a lively energy in the city but also made it difficult to navigate and explore at our own pace. The narrow streets and alleys were filled with people, the sounds of chatter, laughter and vendors shouting filled the air, adding to the lively atmosphere but also making it hard to hear each other. It was clear that we weren’t the only ones drawn to the charming city on such a lovely day, but it can be overwhelming trying to navigate through the crowds.
We made our way to see the famous balcony of Romeo and Juliet, following the signs and winding streets of Verona. As we entered through a small, picturesque alleyway, we found ourselves in a bustling courtyard filled with tourists. The entrance to the balcony was surrounded by vendors selling souvenirs and visitors eager to catch a glimpse of the iconic spot.
As we made our way through the crowd, we couldn’t help but notice the various couples holding hands and taking romantic photos together. It was clear that this was a popular spot for romantic getaways, and it was easy to see why. The balcony is situated in a charming and intimate setting, making it the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a loved one.
As we walked through the courtyard, we also noticed that many of the surrounding buildings were actually Airbnb rentals. It was a clever way to make the most of the location’s popularity, allowing visitors to experience the romance of Verona up close and personal. It was clear that this was a popular spot for romantic getaways, and it was easy to see why. This romantic and intimate atmosphere is perfect for anyone looking to add some romance to their next trip, whether it be a couples’ vacation or a solo trip.
As the sun began to set, the temperature dropped and it got really cold. We decided to stop by a small café to warm up and grab a snack. I ordered a hot chocolate milk with a side of cookies, served in a small cup. To my delight, the chocolate milk was rich and thick, made with real chocolate. The cocoa aroma was inviting and I was excited to try it. It was very satisfying and indulgent as I took my first sip. The chocolate was intense and decadent, and it was clear that it was made with quality ingredients. I found myself drinking it slowly, savoring every sip.
As we finished our drinks, we realized that our day in Verona had come to an end. The cold weather and the warm chocolate milk made for a perfect end to our trip. The city was charming and the people were friendly, and the rich chocolate milk was the cherry on top. It was the perfect way to end our day and leave us with a warm heart and satisfied taste buds. It was a reminder that sometimes the simple things in life can be the most satisfying.