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7 Tips for Living in Verona

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Verona or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Verona or thinking about moving there.

Verona, a city of romance and history, is a popular destination for expats and digital nomads. With its stunning architecture, vibrant culture, and delicious cuisine, it's no wonder why so many people choose to call this city home. However, living in a foreign country can be a daunting experience, especially if you're not familiar with the local customs and traditions. Here are seven key tips to help you navigate life in Verona, Italy.

1. Learn the Language

While many Italians speak English, especially in tourist areas, it's always a good idea to learn the local language. Not only will this make your daily life easier, but it will also help you connect with the locals and immerse yourself in the culture. Start with basic phrases and gradually build up your vocabulary. There are plenty of language schools in Verona, such as Lingua IT and InClasse, where you can take Italian classes.

2. Explore the Neighborhoods

Verona is divided into several distinct neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm. The city center, known as Città Antica, is home to many of Verona's most famous landmarks, including the Verona Arena and Juliet's House. Borgo Trento and Borgo Venezia are residential areas with a local feel, while San Zeno is known for its lively market and beautiful basilica. Spend some time exploring each neighborhood to find the one that suits your lifestyle and preferences.

3. Embrace the Local Cuisine

Italian cuisine is world-renowned, and Verona has its own unique culinary traditions. Don't miss out on trying local specialties like risotto all'Amarone, pasta e fagioli, and pastissada de caval. There are many excellent restaurants in Verona where you can sample these dishes, such as Osteria Giulietta e Romeo, Ristorante Il Desco, and Trattoria Al Pompiere.

4. Get to Know the Public Transportation System

Verona has an efficient public transportation system, consisting of buses and trains. The city is also very walkable, and many of the main attractions are within walking distance of each other. However, for longer journeys or trips outside the city, you'll need to familiarize yourself with the public transportation system. The Verona Card offers unlimited bus travel and free or discounted entry to many attractions, making it a good investment for newcomers.

5. Enjoy the Local Culture

Verona is a city rich in culture and history. Take the time to visit the city's many museums, such as the Museo di Castelvecchio and the Museo Lapidario Maffeiano. Attend a performance at the Verona Arena, a Roman amphitheater that hosts operas and concerts. Participate in local festivals and events, like the Verona in Love festival in February or the Festa dell'Uva in September. By immersing yourself in the local culture, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for your new home.

6. Make Connections

Building a social network can greatly enhance your experience living in Verona. Join local clubs or groups that align with your interests. Attend social events and gatherings. Don't be afraid to strike up conversations with locals - Italians are generally friendly and welcoming. Making connections will not only help you feel more at home, but also provide you with a support system and a wealth of local knowledge.

7. Respect the Local Customs and Traditions

Italians are proud of their culture and traditions, and showing respect for these is crucial when living in Italy. This includes everything from observing the Italian custom of "la passeggiata" (a leisurely evening stroll) to understanding the country's dining etiquette. For example, Italians typically eat dinner late, around 8 or 9 pm, and meals are often a leisurely affair, meant to be savored and enjoyed. By respecting the local customs and traditions, you'll not only avoid offending anyone, but also enrich your own experience of living in Verona.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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