Verona is my favourite Italian city, it has it all – beautiful architecture, some great historic sites and the friendliest of people. The city is easily navigable by foot which makes it a great place for a break if you’re travelling with children. Here’s our top ten things to do in Verona with kids – a mix of culture and fun (and check out our Rainy day activities labelled below too):
Top 10 things to do in Verona with kids: Lamberti Tower (Torre dei Lamberti)
The Lamberti Tower is a great place to start a visit to Verona. You can climb the winding stairs, or if you’re feeling brave then take the rickety old lift and the views from the top are breathtaking. Verona’s landscape of terracotta roof tiles is legendary and you can’t get a better perspective than from the top of this 12th century tower. The Palazzo della Ragione below the tower is also a lovely little market to pick up some snacks and cheap souvenirs. Here’s an inside view of the tower which is tricky to spot but when you do kids will love the fact that it looks like an eye!
Rainy day activity.
Top 10 things to do in Verona with kids: The Romeo and Juliet Balcony
It may have no actual basis in real life but Verona is the heart of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet and there are little nods to the story all across the city. The main sight of pilgrimage for literary fans though has to be the balcony where you can pay a little extra to stand on it and look down over the crowds below. There’s also a museum with props from various Romeo and Juliet films and children will enjoy sending their own letters to Juliet on computers inside.
Rainy day activity.
Top 10 things to do in Verona with kids: Caneva World
Take a trip out of town to cool off at Caneva Waterpark. A short drive away from Verona, on the shores of Lake Garda is Caneva World which actually consists of four theme parks including a Medieval world, water park, movieland studios and rock star restaurant. The water park in particular is great with attractions for all ages from small children right through to teenagers and adults, there’s plenty of fun to be had.
Top 10 things to do in Verona with kids: Pause for gelato
If there’s one thing you want when you’re travelling to Italy it’s gelato and Verona has some fantastic ice cream shops that feel almost like they’re on every street corner. Unlike Venice or Florence the prices in Verona are much more reasonable meaning it’s possible to stop for at least a gelato a day!
Top 10 things to do in Verona with kids: Franciacorta Outlet Village
Ok, I realise a shopping outlet village doesn’t sound like the best thing for kids but stick with me for this one, they have an amazing kids playground. About an hours west of Verona, close to Lake Iseo there is a big outlet mall with lots of brands and a fab, large, free playground where little ones can stretch their legs and enjoy.
Top 10 things to do in Verona with kids: The Arena
One of my favourite places in Verona is the Arena in Piazza Bra which appears suddenly like a sleeping giant as you wind your way through the beautiful Veronese streets. This Roman amphitheatre is older than the Colosseum in Rome and much smaller. It’s a great place to take kids who can run through the hallways underneath and imagine the gladiators who would have waited here for their moment of glory. It’s atmospheric and perfect for fuelling young imaginations.
Top 10 things to do in Verona with kids: Stop for Romeo & Juliet biscuits
Verona is packed full of sweet treats and there are bakeries all over the city full of delicious looking pastries. When you’re in Verona though there’s one you must try, ‘Romeo’s Sighs and Juliet’s Kisses’. These sweet biscotti are found in all the local bakeries and can be bought pre-packed by the bag or have the baker weigh out as many as you choose. They are crumbly and biscuity and really tasty.
Rainy day activity.
Top 10 things to do in Verona with kids: Gardaland
Gardaland is a huge resort located about half an hour from Verona and a great day trip for all the family. It’s packed full of activities that will appeal to all age groups from looping, speeding roller coasters to water rides. It’s a really fun theme park and named as one of the top parks in the world so well worth a visit if you’re in the area with time to spare.
Top 10 things to do in Verona with kids: Walk the streets
Verona is one of those places which is really best seen by foot, it’s accessible and easy to walk around and with ice cream shops and bakeries on every street corner there are plenty of sweet distractions. Walking along by the Adige River is particularly lovely, especially on a hot day and children will love to walk over the historic Ponte Pietra and try to spot the Roman writing etched into it. There are historical sites every where and it is just one of those cities which is lovely to wander through and really take in.
Top 10 things to do in Verona with kids: Parco Natura Viva
Another park just outside of Verona, about 30 minutes drive, is Parco Natura Viva, a breeding centre for endangered species. Visitors can drive around the large safari park or get up close to some of the animals in the petting zoo. This is a great, full day trip out.
Read our trip report of our spring trip to Verona here.
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