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10 Top Things to Do in Verona with Kids: A Family-Friendly Guide

10 Top Things to Do in Verona with Kids: A Family-Friendly Guide

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Last Updated on February 9, 2024 by Celeste.

Verona, famously known as the romantic setting for Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” is not just for star-crossed lovers. It’s also a fantastic destination for families with kids. Nestled in the heart of the Veneto region in northern Italy, Verona offers a delightful mix of history, culture, and fun-filled activities that will captivate both parents and children alike.

Top Things to Do in Verona with Kids

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I visited Verona when I was a child but this summer, I had the chance to go there again as a parent. If you’re planning a family trip to this charming city, here are the top things to do with kids in Verona.

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1. Explore Juliet’s House (Casa di Giulietta)

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Start your Verona adventure with a visit to Juliet’s House, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Kids will be fascinated by the legend of Romeo and Juliet as they explore the courtyard, balcony, and interiors of this 13th-century house.

To enter the courtyard of Juliet’s house, you do not pay an entrée fee. In the summer, you will have to wait in line to enter. Inside the courtyard, you can look up and see the famous balcony from below. That is what we did. You can also choose to book a private tour inside Juliet’s house.

Don’t forget to rub Juliet’s bronze statue for good luck in love! You can also opt for a handmade love souvenir in the street of the house.

2. Marvel at the Arena di Verona

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Step back in time at the Arena di Verona, an ancient Roman amphitheater that hosts spectacular performances and events. Kids will be amazed by the grandeur of this well-preserved structure, which offers guided tours and occasional children’s workshops.

You can opt to visit the arena on your own or with a tour guide and skip-the-line ticket. It is recommended to buy a skip-the-line ticket for the arena because the lines are long.

It is also worth to check out this Verona City Card with Arena Priority Entrance. With this 24- or 48-hour Verona Card, you can free entrance to city monuments and the ATV transport system.

3. Take a Family Bike Tour

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Bikes are everywhere in the city and it is great to discover Verona’s hidden gems on a family-friendly bike tour. Cycle through the city’s charming streets, and picturesque squares, and along the scenic River Adige. Several tour companies offer guided bike tours suitable for families with children or teens.

For families with teens, I recommend this small group tour Classic and the Unknown: Original Verona Bike Tour.

4. Visit the Scaliger Tombs (Arche Scaligere)

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Delve into Verona’s medieval history with a visit to the Scaliger Tombs, a group of Gothic funerary monuments. Kids will be intrigued by the intricate stone carvings and fascinating stories behind these ancient tombs, which belong to the powerful Scaliger family.

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If you want to visit more monuments in Verona, you may also like this Highlights of Verona Small-Group Walking Tour. This tour is suitable for children and families and it takes you on an unforgettable walk around the historic heart of Verona. Discover the UNESCO-listed monuments, such as the Arena, Juliet’s Balcony and House (Casa di Giulietta), the famous Piazza Erbe and Torre dei Lamberti as well as little medieval buildings and iconic squares.

5. Picnic in Giardino Giusti

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city at Giardino Giusti, a stunning Renaissance garden located near the historic center. Take a pizza to go or pack a picnic and let the kids run free amidst the lush greenery, beautiful fountains, and winding pathways.

6. Get Creative at the Children’s Museum (Museo di Castelvecchio per i Bambini)

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Spark your child’s imagination at the Verona Children’s Museum located within the Castelvecchio complex. With interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and educational workshops, this museum offers a fun and engaging learning experience for young visitors.

7. Enjoy Torta Russa di Verona at Piazza delle Erbe

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Treat the family to delicious Torta Russa di Verona at Piazza delle Erbe, Verona’s vibrant market square. Let the kids take their pick from a variety of mouthwatering sweets while soaking in the lively atmosphere of this bustling piazza.

8. Take a Day Trip to Gardaland

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For a thrilling day out, venture to Gardaland, Italy’s largest amusement park located just a short drive from Verona. With rides, shows, and attractions suitable for all ages, Gardaland guarantees an unforgettable family adventure. Get your Open Date Gardaland Tickets and get full access to all rides and themed areas.

9. Learn About Science at the Museo di Storia Naturale

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Feed your child’s curiosity at the Museo di Storia Naturale, Verona’s natural history museum. From dinosaur fossils to interactive exhibits on wildlife and ecology, this museum offers a fascinating journey through the wonders of the natural world.

10. Attend a Family-Friendly Opera Performance

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Introduce your kids to the world of opera with a family-friendly performance at the Teatro Filarmonico or the Roman Theater. With specially curated shows and engaging storytelling, these venues provide a memorable introduction to the enchanting art form. I visited Aida as a child and it has made an everlasting memory!

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Tip: If your kids are too young to walk a lot, I recommend booking tickets for the hop-on-hop-off bus. Explore Verona and hop off and on whenever you like on a route that takes you to the city’s main attractions and landmarks.

Verona truly has something for everyone, including families with kids. From exploring ancient landmarks to indulging in gelato and enjoying outdoor adventures, the city offers endless opportunities for fun and discovery. So pack your bags, gather the family, and get ready for an unforgettable Italian adventure in Verona!

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