What to buy in Verona
A guide for shopping lovers
What to buy in Verona: among boutiques and local shops, a list of shopping tips to fully experience the artisan heritage of this city!
Verona is known for being a city of art, with multiple museums, theaters, concerts and for the Opera. However, this city also offers various opportunities for shopping lovers.
Famous for the production of shoes, leather and clothing, Verona is an ideal destination for travelers who like to get lost in artisan boutiques and local shops.
The main shopping streets are located in the historic center and are all close and connected: Via Mazzini, Via Pellicciai, Via Cappello, Via Roma, Corso Porta Borsari, Corso Sant’Anastasia and Piazza delle Erbe.
Among these streets, you can find clothing boutiques, eyewear, shoes, but also bookstores and grocery stores. Below we list our favorite stores.
Clothing stores in Verona
In Verona, there are many fashion shops, especially in the famous Via Mazzini, the road that connects Piazza Bra to Piazza delle Erbe. Many brands are present: from Armani to Gucci, from Coco Chanel to Dolce and Gabbana, but there are also smaller and traditional boutiques. In short, there are different options aimed at satisfying different tastes and needs.
If you are looking for an exclusive Made in Italy shop, A23 will not disappoint you. All clothing items were carefully researched, making sure that the materials and craftsmen were able to replicate the true Italian craftsmanship. You can find two stores in the historic center, one in Via Stella 12 and the other in Vicolo Balena 8.
If, on the other hand, you are looking for a shop with avant-garde style, especially in accessories, bags and shoes, you cannot miss 519, one of the most original boutiques in the city. Here you will find a mix of international and national brands, including Rick Owens, Maison Margiela, Yohji Yamamoto and Ann Demeulemeester. You can find it in Corte Sgarzerie 6B.
Another unmissable shop is the Hidden Forest Market, born in Verona by Joy a Korean designer, but which now also has stores in Bologna, Bergamo, Parma and Milan. Refined and original fabrics, minimal and timeless style, make the clothes in this shop so sought after. Not to mention the presence of jewelry and skincare products. Go and have a look at Via Pescheria Vecchia, 2.
If, on the other hand, you want to do a more “traditional” shopping, take a trip to the market in Piazza delle Erbe, which has now become an institution. Present every day in this beautiful square, here you can find stalls selling every kind of product, from fruit to souvenirs.
Shoe shops in Verona
It is known that buying a new pair of shoes is good for the mood, so why not taking advantage of your trip to Verona to make a good purchase?
Frau is one of the most important Veronese footwear companies, which boasts a long family history. Founded in 1952 as a small laboratory in Turin, this company later moved to Verona and continued to grow, opening two factories and over 1300 points of sale all over Europe. The strength of this shoe factory is the creation of artisan products all made in Italy. All raw materials come from Italy and the production phases take place within the company. You can find a Frau Store in Via Roma 26.
Another shop that will certainly not disappoint you is DADA. Here, you can find footwear for all tastes and all seasons as well as accessories and clothing. From boots to moccasins, from sandals to shoes with heels. You will find the shop in Via Marconi 2, a side street of Via Roma, a few steps from the Arena and Castelvecchio.
If you are still not satisfied, you can go to Il Laccio, whose shoes are famous for their design, quality and style. You can find four outlets in the city center, one at via Roma, one at Via Nizza, one at Via S. Salvatore Corte Regia and one at via Pellicciai
Libraries in Verona
If you are looking for a good book to read during your vacation, or simply like to get lost in a bookshop, in Verona you have various choices.
One of the oldest bookstores in the historic center is located in Via Cappello, a few meters from Juliet’s house. It’s called Il Minotauro, and inside it also houses a small bar where you can sip a coffee while reading a good book. This library will amaze you because it looks like it stopped over time: among the high shelves full of books you can find CDs, old prints and second-hand DVDs. Besides, cultural events are often organized here, including photographic exhibitions, literature reviews and poetry meetings, to keep an eye on!
If, on the other hand, you are fond of antique prints, vintage books and old maps, a must-see for your visit to Verona must be the Perini Antiquarian Bookshop. Here you can get lost in a magical world, the owners will help you find what you are looking for. You will find the bookshop in Via Sciesa 11.
Finally, you cannot miss the Page 12 library, in Corte Sgarzerie 6A. This delightful, welcoming and well-stocked library is a point of reference for the Veronese culture: presentations and reviews of novels are often organized here.
The small semi-hidden square overlooked by the library deserves special mention for its historical relevance. In this place, there is a loggia, whose history is linked to the processing of wool, which in the Middle Ages was one of the main activities of Verona. Furthermore, during the Roman age, the Capitolium, or the city temple, stood here. In the archaeological area down under you can still see the remains of the cryptoporticus of the temple and a part of the road, in addition to the remains dating back to the medieval era.
Food and wine in Verona
Last, but not least, Verona is famous for its food and wine which attracts tourists from all over the world.
So if you want to find a tasty souvenir, stop by one of the city’s gourmet shops. We recommend the Gastronomy of Via Stella, which has excellent quality products including cheeses and typical salami. The staff is very friendly and will help you make the right choice. The local specialties are truffles, salmon, mushrooms, olives and peppers, but there is no shortage of cheese selection, meat, first courses, desserts and wines. Here you can also enjoy a good aperitif.
Tip: ask to try the Amarone cheese!
Another place not to be missed is La Botteghetta, in Via Leoncino 31. This typical family-run Veronese gastronomy offers cold cuts, cheeses, focaccia, breadsticks and much more. Not far away, past Piazza Bra, you can find Signorvino, a wine shop where, in addition to buying, you can taste the best Italian wines, accompanying them with local dishes. Guests of Hotel Veronesi La Torre have a discounted price on the purchase of wines in this restaurant.
If you want to deepen the topic of Veronese gastronomy and what to eat in Verona we have a more detailed article that is right for you here.