verona :: giardini giusti & basilica di san zeno maggiore

The Italian chronicles of this year is sadly coming to a close, but it’s ending with a bang – featuring two of the most beautiful landmarks of Verona.

As with all good stories though, we have to begin with food… and what else but pizza? On this day, we went to Du De Cope, which was possibly my favourite pizzeria out of all the ones we tried. The burrata pizza was simply divine, and the white pizza equally as good – and most importantly, the base was spot on. It seemed very much like a locals’ favourite, which is always a good sign!

With full and happy bellies, we set off to our first stop of the day – the iconic Giardini Giusti. It’s an incredible garden designed in the 16th century, and visited by the likes of Mozart and Goethe… if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for us! It was surprisingly quiet for being such a highlight of the city, and we had plenty of peace and quiet to walk around, take a silly number of photos, and inevitably, get bitten to death by mosquitos. Worth every red bump.

…except of course, we couldn’t say no to another dessert of gelato, especially from Zeno Gelato e Cioccolato, a place that specialises in their chocolate flavours. I chose the fig and milk chocolate, which were both perfect. One of the more fancier gelaterias around town, and definitely worth a visit.

Another of Verona’s famous hotspots is the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore. In the fictional story of Romeo and Juliet, this basilica was where they were married, but it’s only part of why it’s so famous – the magnificent architecture and the beautiful cloister are unmissable, and the golden light that comes flooding in is truly magical. Although they are strict about covering your shoulders inside the basilica, they do allow photography which is great – because how can you resist? I’m not a religious person, but there is a sense of spirituality and calm that surrounds you in such a place.

Verona, you are a true gem and hopefully we’ll be back.

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