Verona

For other places with the same name, see Verona (disambiguation).
The Arena, Verona

Verona is an historic city with a population of about a quarter of a million in north-eastern Italy's Veneto region. It's most famous as the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Understand

Though close to the more popular tourist destination of Venice, many people consider Verona a more relaxed and pleasant place to visit. There are many tourists, but the number of tourists per square metre is lower.

Get in

By plane

Airlines also fly to Venice's Marco Polo and budget airlines to Treviso's Al Angeli

By car

By train

You can reach Verona Porta Nuova station by train from Milan (1 hour and 22 minutes by EuroCity train (EC)[€18,00], 1h50 by RegionaleVeloce (RV)[€9.05]), from Venice (1h10 by EuroCity (EC)[€19,00], 1h22 by RegionaleVeloce (RV)[€6,25], 2h10 by Regionale (R)[€6,25]), from Bologna (49min by TAV [€22], 1h28 by RegionaleVeloce (RV)[€7,55]), or from Munich (5h30 by EuroCity). Be aware that local trains (Regionali) also stop at a minor station, Verona Porta Vescovo.

Get around

The Cartolari-Nichesola Chapel in the Duomo, featuring the Assumption by Titian

City bus schedules are difficult to obtain on-line and also currently not available on maps.google.com. The 11, 12 or 13 bus will get you from the train station (Stazione Porta Nuova) to the Arena (Piazza Bra). You can obtain bus schedules sending SMS to a number printed on bus stop. Some of them have an indication of the time left for next bus to arrive. You can pay the fare using euro directly on the bus, but only for one ticket, while you can easily buy tickets at a lower fare nearly everywhere there is a cigarette or lotto shop. ATV shops are in the railway station and in Piazza Renato Simoni, near the railway station.

See

Verona was a Roman city, and many Roman ruins have been preserved, notably the Arena. Most of the historical sights to see today date from the past 800 years. If you are keen on art history, Verona offers a golden opportunity to see the transition of Western European art from late medieval to early renaissance styles, with its rich offering of 12-Century churches and art museums. Verona's military importance has also left city fortifications and an excellent castle. Look out for architectural details related to the Scaligeri (or della Scala) family, who ruled the city from the 12th-14th Century - their family emblem is a ladder, and appears in many places around the city (scala is Italian for 'ladder').

Juliet's House and Balcony

So, if Juliet lived here, what about Romeo? A couple of streets away the house at 4, Via Arche Scaligere has been designated as his home. It is private, so other than a sign on the wall there is nothing much to see.

San Zeno Maggiore

Do

Interior of the Romanesque Santa Maria Antica, built in 1185

Buy

Portoni della Bra'

Eat

Scaliger Tombs (Arche scaligere): Tomb of Cansignorio in the foreground, the Santa Maria Antica church and the tomb of Cangrande I della Scala, and on the right, the tomb of Mastino II

Drink

Palazzo Maffei and Piazza delle Erbe

Avoid the hordes of tourists in Piazza Bra and head to Piazza delle Erbe. At least slightly more genuine, this Piazza has a number of good bars where you can sit and enjoy a coffee or aperitivo in the sun. Great for your coffee in the morning and your drinks into the evening.

Sleep

Scala della Ragione, Palazzo del Comune (completed in 1447)

Verona is frequented annually by millions of tourists, so you'll be able to choose among a lot of different accommodation options, all a lot cheaper than nearby Venice. However it is essential to have booked hotel accommodation on days when the annual arena opera performances are taking place. Turn up on spec or late and it is possible to find every bed in the city taken.

In the city you'll find famous luxurious hotels, such as Due Torri or Accademia. In the nearby province there are a lot of enchanting small B&B and holiday farms.

There are three youth hostels in Verona, all of which are within walking distance of the town centre and a short bus ride from the main train station (Porta Nuova). A tourist map, available from the station's tourist information centre, will point you to their locations. The northeasternmost hostel of the trio, near Piazza Isolo (regular buses from Porta Nuova has a stunning converted Renaissance complex complete with porticoes, verandas and a huge forested garden, dorm beds for only €15 per person, with a passable breakfast included.

Also consider several small bed and breakfasts in the immediate province, after all a car rental for €30/day and a substantial saving on the nightly fee is an acceptable turnaround. Especially if you need the car to visit the surroundings.

There is also a campsite:

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Go next

The surrounding area around Verona offers access to some of Italy's most spectacular scenery - to the north you have rolling hills with vineyards and small towns, to the west the Lake Garda (Lago di Garda).

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