Via Mazzini is Verona’s top shopping street. It’s lined with stores selling the latest fashions and chic cafes where you can sit and people watch over a creamy cappuccino. Leading from the central square Piazza Bra to the Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s balcony) it connects some of the city’s main sights.
The stylish street is named after Giuseppe Mazzini, a 19th-century politician and activist who was instrumental in bringing about the unification of Italy. A section of the street follows the original Roman road leading off from Verona Arena. It formed one of the city’s east-west streets, known as “decumanus” streets.
Keen shoppers will be in heaven here—Via Mazzini is home to all the top Italian and international brands and there’s enough to keep you browsing for hours. For visitors less inclined to window shop, the street itself is quite charming with classic Italian-style architecture painted in pastel colors and there are plenty of places to grab a bite. Walking tours taking in the city’s top sights often stroll down this major street.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Via Mazzini is wheelchair accessible.
- If you’re planning on taking part in a walking tour of the city make sure to wear comfortable shoes.
- The street is closed to traffic.
How to Get There
Via Mazzini links Piazza Bra to Piazza delle Erbe through the center of Verona and is easily accessible on foot. Additionally, hop-on-hop-off tour buses, as well as city buses and taxis, stop nearby, although the street itself is pedestrian only.
When to Get There
The shops and cafés on Via Mazzini are open every day except major holidays. Weekends are the busiest days, especially Sunday afternoons when many people come to browse the stores and take a leisurely stroll.
Explore Piazza delle Erbe
At the bottom of Via Mazzini is Verona’s market square, Piazza delle Erbe (Place of the Herbs). A market is still held here every morning except Sunday, with vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, flowers, and more. The square is also home to the Torre dei Lambert—worth the climb for a great view—and the Achille Forti Gallery of Modern Art.