Welcome to Verona

By the River Adige on the Veneto Plain and neighbouring the spectacular Dolomites and scenic Lake Garda, Verona is a prosperous, relatively small and easy to walk around city boasting ancient history, inspirational music, fantastic wines, delightful cobbled streets and some of Northern Italy’s finest piazzas and monuments.

When to visit

For milder weather and fewer visitors, the best time to visit is during late spring and early autumn. However Verona comes to life from June to August with its festivals, alfresco cafés, and shows at the Arena di Verona, so if you don’t mind the heat or the crowds, then summer is a good time to visit.

Colourful Street and Lamberti Tower, Verona

Colourful Street and Lamberti Tower, Verona

Experience Verona

We’re delighted to highlight a few holiday experiences to enhance your visit to Verona. Simply confirm at the time of booking or prior to travelling.
For further details and prices of private excursions and small group escorted tours, to visit some or all of these places of interest, please ask our Personalised Travel Team about pre-bookable experiences and excursions on 0800 008 7288.

We highly recommend…

Be whisked above the rooftops

At 83 metres tall Torre dei Lamberti tower dominates Verona’s skyline
and offers gorgeous panoramic views from its bell tower. And it’s
not all stairs, a lift will take you most of the way.

Lake Garda (full day)

Visit the many resorts that are situated along the coast of Lake Garda and take the cable car up to Monte Baldo from where you can enjoy breathtaking views. Visit Sirmione, known as the Pearl of the Lake and famous for its thermal waters.

 

From £230 per person

Treviso and tiramisu (half day)

Discover Lake Como in Italy’s beautiful Lake District, just a short distance from Milan. Visit the fashionable lakeside town of Como, spending time shopping and dining, then take a two-hour panoramic cruise to the enchanting village of Bellagio.

From £77 per person

Venice (full day)

Walk through the characteristic paths, Rialto Bridge of Sighs, and Piazza San Marco to capture the true essence of this mysterious city. The great square of the Basilica is perhaps the most famous image of Venice.

From £222 per person

Medieval Mantova and Sigurtà Gardens (full day)

Discover the charming city of Mantova and the award-winning Sigurtà Garden Park. Tour medieval and Renaissance architecture, and then go back to nature, meandering through a maze and exploring numerous water gardens.

 

From £127 per person

The story of Romeo and Juliet (2 hours)

An epic story of star-crossed lovers, follow an expert guide through the historic heart of Verona. Tour the Roman landmarks and medieval squares, and hear the legends behind the iconic landmarks.

From £57 per person

Bergamo, Lake Iseo and Franciacorta (full day)

Expertly guided, visit the charming historic city of Bergamo, majestic Lake Iseo, and Italy’s best sparkling wine region Franciacorta. A journey through Renaissance architecture, local wines and magnificent views.

From £95 per person

Out and about

Verona, famed for its spectacular outdoor opera and the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, is an enticing city boasting a wonderful blend of culture and gastronomy. The world-famous and remarkably well-preserved Roman Arena amphitheatre dominates the city’s main square, Piazza Bra, and is the stage of the world-renowned and spectacular Verona opera performances held from late June to early September each year. The 2021 season will see works including Aida, La Traviata, Nabucco and Turandot. Verona’s fine squares also include Piazza dei Signori edged by elegant palazzi, and bustling Piazza delle Erbe, where the grand 17th century Palazzo Maffei houses an eclectic collection of paintings, sculptures and applied arts.

There’s fine shopping on Via Mazzini, fabulous city views from Castel San Pietro’s magnificent parkland and fantastic artworks in numerous galleries including the Gallery of Modern Art in Palazzo della Ragione. Across the river, the Roman theatre ruins provide open air staging for an annual Shakespeare Festival and concerts, ballets and jazz performances in summer. One of the city’s most precious treasures, the Giardino Giusti garden is a masterpiece of Renaissance landscaping.

The culinary tradition of Verona makes full use of locally grown ingredients from the bounty of the Veneto Plain. Try classic Veronese cuisine at the charming 1920’s style Café Carducci and settle in for an evening of wine tasting in the wonderful wine cellar at Bottega del Vino; Amarone is said to be one of the region’s finest wines.

Good to know

The Verona Card City Pass, valid for either 24 or 48 hours allows for free unlimited travel on public transport and free or discounted, admission to the city’s main museums, churches and monuments, with skip-the-queue entry to the Roman Arena.

Luxury hotels in Verona

Relais Fra Lorenzo

Verona

  • Stunning Views
  • Saltwater Pool
  • Boutique Hotel

Due Torri Hotel

Verona

  • Romantic Hotel
  • Central Location
  • Member of The Leading Hotels of the World

Il Sogno di Giulietta

Verona

  • Boutique Hotel
  • Romantic Location
  • Views over Juliet’s Balcony

Verona musts

Opera at Arena di Verona

In addition to a year-round programme of opera, ballet and music in Teatro Filarmonico, Arena di Verona open-air extravaganzas usually include well-renowned operas such as Aida, La Traviata and Tosca. Tickets from www.arena.it or via our travel consultants.

Casa di Giulietta

Dating from 12th century and purportedly housing Juliet’s balcony, this house is one of Verona’s favoured attractions with its promises of everlasting love and good fortune.

Duomo di Verona

Enjoying a fascinating insight into Verona’s history; art lovers will delight in the interior with its breathtaking frescoes, a Titian painting, and valuable religious sculptures.

Basilica di San Zeno

This is a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture and a crypt which is believed to have been the place of the marriage of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Castelvecchio

Worthy of note is the 14th century Castelvecchio castle that has been beautifully converted into the Museo d’Arte and contains a collection of fine works of art.

Torre dei Lamberti

Visitors are rewarded with unmissable views from the panoramic terrace of this 12th-century watchtower; ride the lift up or climb the full 368 steps.

Twin centre

Ask our travel consultant about combining a stay in Verona with a visit to our other featured Italian cities.
See our dedicated Italy brochure for further details.