The 2000 year old Arena di Verona.

Best known for its Shakespeare associations, Verona attracts a multinational gaggle of tourists to its pretty piazzas and knot of lanes, most in search of Romeo, Juliet and all that. But beyond the heart-shaped kitsch and Renaissance romance, Verona is a bustling centre, its heart dominated by a mammoth, remarkably well-preserved 1st-century amphitheatre, the venue for the city's annual summer opera festival. Add to that countless churches, a couple of architecturally fascinating bridges over the Adige, regional wine and food from the Veneto hinterland and some impressive art, and Verona shapes up as one of northern Italy's most attractive cities. And all this just a short hop from the shores of stunning Lake Garda.

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Roman Arena

Roman Arena

Built of pink-tinged marble in the 1st century AD, Verona's Roman amphitheatre survived a 12th-century earthquake to become the city’s legendary open-air…

Staircase of reason in the courtyard of the Palazzo della Ragione leading to the Galleria d'Arte Moderna Achille Forti in Verona, Italy.

Galleria d'Arte Moderna Achille Forti

In the shadow of the Torre dei Lamberti, the Romanesque Palazzo della Ragione is home to Verona's jewel-box Gallery of Modern Art. Reached via the Gothic…

Giardino Giusti, Verona, Veneto, Italy

Giardino Giusti

Across the river from the historic centre, these sculpted gardens are considered a masterpiece of Renaissance landscaping, and are named after the noble…

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Museo di Castelvecchio

Bristling with fishtail battlements along the river Adige, Castelvecchio was built in the 1350s by Cangrande II. Severely damaged by Napoleon and WWII…

Verona skyline with a view of Torre dei Lamberti.

Torre dei Lamberti

One of Verona's most popular attractions, this 84m-high watchtower provides panoramic views of Verona and nearby mountains. Begun in the 12th century and…

Romanesque Basilica of St. Zeno (or San Zeno Maggiore and San Zenone) and bell tower (11th century), Verona (UNESCO World Heritage List, 2000), Veneto, Italy

Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

A masterpiece of Romanesque architecture, the striped brick-and-stone basilica was built in honour of the city’s patron saint. Enter through the flower…

Juliets Balcony, Verona, Veneto, Italy

Casa di Giulietta

Juliet's house is a spectacle, but not for the reasons you might imagine – entering the courtyard off Via Cappello, you are greeted by a young…

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Verona’s 12th-century duomo is a striking Romanesque creation, with bug-eyed statues of Charlemagne’s paladins Roland and Oliver, crafted by medieval…

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This is the “other Verona”, the right bank of the Adige, across from the historic centre. For us, it is the authentic part of the city, popular with the big student population for its cheap street food, pubs and late-night bars. Walk across any of the Adige bridges and the crowds disappear, though there is still plenty to see: the Roman theatre, overlooking the river, and adjoining archaeological museum explain how much ancient history is still waiting to be excavated; higher up, the 16th-century Giardino Giusti is one of Italy’s finest landscaped gardens. Veronetta is also called Little Jerusalem, as medieval pilgrims to the Holy Land were reminded of Jerusalem by the neighbourhood’s steep hills and cypress trees. Today, volunteers run free Hierusalem Tours on selected dates, when five churches normally closed to the public can be visited (next one 26 February).

Biblioteca Capitolare

Front detail of the Capitolare Library, Verona, Italy.

Like everyone in Verona, I visited this library on a school trip, didn’t understand anything and quickly forgot about it. But when I went back recently, I discovered a hidden jewel: the oldest library in Europe, dating to AD517, with a splendid collection of manuscripts and illustrated codici . For me, it is one of the most interesting cultural sights in the city. The library conjures up The Name of the Rose, with display cabinets of priceless books. And just next door is Verona’s immense Romanesque cathedral. Admission €5, weekend guided tours €10, Piazza Duomo,

Al Duca, Verona, Italy

I love taking visiting friends to Al Duca, a small rustic osteria crammed with noisy diners enjoying big portions of classic local dishes (two courses €20). Housed in what was supposedly the Montecchi family palazzo (the Montagues in Shakespeare), this could have become a tourist trap but the wonderful owner, Daniela Mazzucco, has never allowed that to happen. Visitors may get a shock when they read the menu, though, as Verona’s favourite meat is horse, especially pastisada , a rich stew on a bed of polenta. But there are plenty of vegetarian options, too: big salads and an unforgettable Amarone wine risotto. The clientele is a mix of Veronesi and tourists, with locals seeming to know everyone, be they carabinieri, builders or members of Verona’s football team. Via Arche Scaligere 2 ,

Osteria a la Carega

Osteria a la Carega, Verona, Italy

This was probably the first bar I sneaked into for a drink as a teenager and it is still my favourite. On a street close to the river, it has long been a meeting place for musicians, artists, winemakers and students. It is open till 2am, with a packed terrace in summer. There is an excellent choice of wines, especially from the neighbouring vineyards of Valpolicella and Soave, but also craft beers and cocktails, and the local bubbly, Durello, which makes a change from prosecco. A glass of house wine is €1.50 and there is music, usually jazz, every Thursday. It also rents bikes by the hour, and runs guided bike tours with lunch and wine (€32pp). Vicolo Cadrega 8,

Adige rafting

Rafting on the Adige river, Verona, Italy.

This is a unique experience, two hours of thrills for €25pp, from one end of the city to the other. Even locals are surprised to see their city from down below as they paddle under a dozen bridges, stop off at the Castelvecchio castle, and finish at the ruins of the 300-year-old Venetian customs house . In summer, when the river is fairly slow flowing, most people end up taking a dip. There is also a popular evening trip, Raft & Wine, including stop-offs with plates of prosciutto and mountain cheese, pasta or risotto and dessert, for €35pp.

Funicolare di Castel San Pietro

Verona’s archeology museum with the Castel San Pietro in the background, Verona, Italy.

This cable railway was abandoned in the 1970s but recently reopened. And at €2 for a return trip, it’s a great way to take in views over Verona and the surrounding hills. The funicular comes out by 14th-century Castel San Pietro (closed for restoration). Also at the top is Ristorante Re Teodorico , whose terrace is perfect for a sunset aperitivo , even if an Aperol spritz costs €5. The journey up takes a few minutes and it’s fun to walk back down the zigzag stairs that lead to the Roman-built Ponte Pietra . Via Santo Stefano,

Lovers Boutique

lovers boutique, Verona, Italy

This Aladidn’s cave of a boutique is down a quiet alleyway by the famous Pozzo dell’Amore, the medieval Well of Love, near packed Piazza delle Erbe. Young Veronesi love the party dresses and romantic outfits designed by young owner-stylist Matilde Daniele. She opened her showroom while still a philosophy student at university, encouraged by her mother, who runs a nearby clothing factory where the outfits are made. She only produces four or five copies of each design, so it is almost like haute couture but at off-the-peg prices. Vicolo San Marco in Foro 3, on Facebook

La Lanterna – vegetarian restaurant

Pasta dish on a bed of spinach at Ristorante La Lanterna, Verona, Italy

Given how meat-heavy Veronese cuisine is, you may not expect to see many vegetarian restaurants but over the past few years a number have opened up. La Lanterna is the pioneer of organic vegan cuisine and reinterprets Veneto dishes without meat or dairy (two courses about £25). Try bigoli (fat spaghetti) with a carbonara or ragù sauce, a classic grigliata mista , but of seitan, tofu and vegan sausage, or more exotic dishes using tempeh and nori. The wines are organic and there is even gluten-free craft beer. Two inventive chefs, both called Fabio, opened La Lanterna in 2013 when they became vegans and abandoned their jobs cooking with animal produce in a local pizzeria. Piazzetta Portichetti 6,

Teatro Filarmonico

Teatro Filarmonico, Verona, Italy

Many visitors imagine that Verona’s musical scene begins and ends with summer operas in our Roman amphitheatre, but the outdoor season runs from June to September and, for the rest of the year, the same orchestra and chorus offer opera and concerts in the intimate Teatro Filarmonico. Founded in 1761, it is a jewel of a theatre, staging unforgettable productions of Don Giovanni or Turandot, and ballets such as Swan Lake. Just behind it is an even more intimate venue, Teatro Ristori , recently restored to its former glory and presenting an eclectic programme from jazz to baroque, with Sunday brunch and wine concerts. Via dei Mutilati 1,

Soave day trip

Soave castle, Verona, Italy.

Verona is surrounded by vineyards, with Valpolicella on one side and Soave on the other. I make Valpolicella wines but for a day trip nothing beats the fortified medieval town that has given its name to Soave’s renowned white wines. The 13th-century Castello Scaligero di Soave has been magnificently restored and a tour of the 1898 Cantina di Soave, a cooperative of 2,000 viticoltori , is a must. For lunch, the cheap and cheerful Alla Rocca , known as La Bigoleria , serves bigoli with a huge choice of sauces for €8 a time. On the first Sunday of the month, a huge antiques market takes over Soave’s steep streets. The 131 bus from central Verona stopping right outside Soave’s walls.

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Verona Travel Guide

Verona is one of the most beautiful cities in northern Italy and a perfect tourist destination for any traveller, as it combines a great historic centre with beautiful architecture, a riverside setting, and it’s a great base for visits to Lake Garda and the surrounding countryside.

This travel guide will help you plan the perfect trip to Verona by showing you the best attractions , things to do and places to visit including a tourist map , photos and an itinerary with day trip suggestions.


Why visit VERONA

Verona is located in northern Italy, in the Veneto region and with the arrival of low-cost airlines at the local airport, it has become very popular in the last few years. It is a perfect destination for a city break and it can be combined with day trips to Lake Garda .

Verona is most famous for its association with Romeo and Juliet . Some of the best sights are the enormous Roman Arena , popular for its summer festival, Juliet’s house and the attractive old town centre with its medieval palazzi and churches . Verona is also a great place for food lovers.

Verona Arena


The best time to visit Verona is during the summer months , late spring or early autumn for the best weather, as it is warm and mostly sunny, although in the summer months there is always a chance of thunderstorms.

However, I will probably avoid the high season of July and August because everywhere tends to get very busy and accommodation is a lot more expensive and difficult to find. These months can also be unbearably hot.

April, May, early June, September or early October are probably the best months for sightseeing and day trips and you can enjoy the sights with comfortable temperatures, but without the large crowds.

If you want to enjoy the Verona Arena Opera Festival, you need to visit during the summer months (June to early September).

For a city break, Verona is a fine destination any time of the year, if you don’t mind the cold during the winter months.

View of Castel San Pietro, Verona


Two days will be sufficient to cover most of the major attractions at a relaxed pace and get a feel for the city. This would give you enough time to explore the historic centre and enjoy the local cuisine in Verona’s restaurants.

You will need to stay longer if you want to combine your stay with day trips to the wider Veneto region.

Verona serves as a convenient base for exploring the surrounding region, including day trips to Lake Garda, Mantua, and the nearby wine regions of Valpolicella and Soave.

River View of Castelvecchio, Verona


The best place to stay is in the historic old town of Verona with all the major sights within walking distance. However, accommodation in the old town can be very expensive, so a cheaper alternative is to stay closer to the Verona Train Station ( Stazione Porta Nuova ) or Borgo Milano area, a bit further away but still within 20-25min walking distance.

Best hotels in Verona

  • Hotel Aurora : Perfectly located in the heart of Verona with the breakfast terrace overlooking Piazza Erbe.
  • Hotel Milano & Spa : A trendy hotel next to the Verona Arena, with a jacuzzi on the roof and views of the Arena.
  • Due Tori Hotel : Featuring a large roof terrace with views of the historic centre, this great hotel is a more luxurious option in the heart of the old town.
  • Hotel Mastino : A 3-star hotel located within a 5-minute walk from the famous Verona Arena with good breakfast and affordable prices.
  • Boutique Hotel Scalzi : One of the cheaper options close to the heart of Verona, a 10min walk from the Arena and 15min from the train station
  • Hotel Piccolo : A 3-star hotel, 10min walk from the train station and 20min from the old town. Good value for money with a good breakfast. Also with free street parking.
  • Hotel Leopardi : Located on Borgo Milano but only 25min walk from central Verona, this 4-star hotel is great value for money with great breakfast and private parking.
  • Novo Hotel Rossi : Located close to the train station, it is a good option if you are planning to do day trips by train. It’s about 25min walk from the old town.

Click here to check and compare prices on accommodation for the whole city of Verona.

Piazza dei Signori, Verona


Entry requirements/visa.

No visas are required for visits up to 90 days for most nationalities.

EU citizens only need a photo ID to enter Italy. Citizens from the rest of Europe, the USA, Australia and Canada only need a passport . For full details check this website .

Opening hours

Shops : 9am –1pm & 3pm-7pm Monday to Saturday

Banks : 8.30am–1.30pm Monday to Friday

Restaurants : 12am–3pm & 7pm-11pm

Verona is generally a safe place and you shouldn’t encounter any issues during your stay. However, it’s worth being vigilant in crowded places and busy areas like city centres and train stations.

Travel Insurance

It’s always recommended to get travel insurance before you travel even if a destination like Italy shouldn’t pose any safety concerns. You never know what might happen; better to be fully covered in case of an accident or flight delays etc.

SafetyWing is a great choice for long-term travellers and digital nomads. Alternatively, you can use one of the price comparison websites for cheaper quotes.

Verona has a  moderately continental climate, with cold winters and hot summers.

January is the coldest month with an average temperature of 4°C and July is the warmest month (July) with an average temperature of 25°C.

Surprisingly the driest months are the winter months of January and February and the wettest are the summer months of June, July & August.

More information regarding the weather and average temperatures can be found here .

Travel Gear

For information on travel gear and what to pack click here .

Italian is the official language, which is one of the Romance languages that evolved from Latin . Most people speak some English.

Basic words:

  • Hello – Ciao
  • Goodbye – Ciao or Arriverdecci
  • Yes = Si
  • Thank you = Grazie
  • You’re welcome = Prego
  • Please = Per favore
  • Excuse me = Mi scusi
  • Good morning = Buongiorno
  • Good evening = Buona sera
  • Good night = Buona notte

The currency is the euro . Credit cards are widely accepted, but it’s worth having some cash with you as many small shops, bakeries and cafes won’t accept cards. It’s also worth carrying some coins for public transport and parking machines.

The best way to get local currency is through an ATM that can be found in most areas.

Italy is cheaper than most of Western Europe, but prices tend to be higher during July and August, especially for accommodation.


The power plugs and sockets in Italy are of type C & F (with two round pins) and less often type L . The voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz.

Internet/Mobile Phone

If you are not a resident of an EU country that offers free roaming in the EU, in order to avoid high roaming costs, you can buy a local SIM card .

The 4 major mobile providers are Vodafone, Tim, Windtre & Iliad .

You can buy a prepaid sim card in one of the local mobile stores in the city of any of the above providers. It is easy and affordable, but you will need to carry your passport as proof of ID.

Also, Verona airport and most hotels offer free wif i.

River View of Castel San Pietro, Verona


Verona airport ( Valerio Catullo Airport ) is connected to only a few European countries, like the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands & Spain. There are mainly low-cost airlines operating, like Ryanair, Volotea, Eurowings & Wizz Air, so flights can be quite affordable, even in the summer months.

Getting from/to the airport

The airport is located about 12km to the southwest of the city of Verona and it can be reached by car, taxi or bus in about 15 to 20min.

The Verona Airlink (Line 199) connects the airport with the main station of Verona (Porta Nuova Station). The daily bus service is scheduled every 20 minutes and the bus ride takes 15min. Ticket: €6.00. From there you can take any of the buses that connect to the city centre using the same ticket (valid for 75min).

There are also taxis available outside the Arrivals Terminal, but the cost is considerably more expensive about €30 euros.

Alternatively, you can also rent a car in one of the rental offices at the airport. The airport is the best place to book if you haven’t done it before you arrive. However, booking a car is not really recommended if you only stay in Verona, unless you are planning to do day trips to Lake Garda and the surrounding countryside.

Verona is well connected with a good road network , bus and trains to the rest of Italy. Bus and train travel in Italy is very affordable and a good option if you want to explore nearby towns.

Rome2Rio is a good website for checking prices & times on train and bus travel .

Piazza Bra, Verona


I would only recommend hiring a car if you would like to explore Lake Garda as part of your visit to Verona as you can make the most of your day and enjoy this beautiful lake at your own pace without having to rely on the public transport timetables. The best place to rent a car is the airport if you haven’t done so before you arrive.

Car rental c an be quite expensive in high season ( €50 per day ). Better to book in advance before your travel for the best deals. Also in high season, there might be low availability and the prices can be much higher if you leave it until you arrive. Check the link below to book and compare car rental prices.

Most of the historic centre is closed to traffic, with the exception of residents, authorized vehicles and cars travelling to hotels. There are various paid car parks in the city. In most places, there are parking ticket machines that you can pay with coins, a credit card or through an app.

For free parking, you can use the Porta Palio car park (15min walk to the centre) or Piazzale Guardini by the train station (25min walk).

There is a radio taxi service 24 hours a day and is available in  Piazza Bra  and at the  Verona Porta Nuova railway station . Other taxi ranks can be found in Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza San Zeno, the Borgo Trento hospital and the Borgo Roma hospital.

Trains are run by Trenitalia and connect Verona with the rest of Italy. You can buy tickets at train stations or through this website . Prices are relatively cheap.

For a day trip to Lake Garda, you can take the train to either Peschiera del Garda or Desenzano del Garda .

The public transport service is provided by  ATV , which manages all the urban (Verona and neighbourhoods) and extra-urban (province of Verona) lines. Tickets can be purchased at ticket machines located at various bus stops, newsagents and on the bus. There is also the Ticket Bus Verona App .

There is a bicycle rental service,  Verona Bike , with stalls located throughout the centre and beyond. 

Verona Card

For those who want to discover the entire city of Verona, there is a card, the Verona Card , which allows you to visit the main monuments and museums of the city, such as the Arena, the Museum of Castelvecchio, Juliet’s house, the Torre dei Lamberti and many others. In addition, the Verona Card allows you to travel on buses within the city. It can be purchased at the ticket offices of monuments and museums, at the IAT office in Piazza Bra, at newsagents and tobacconists’ shops in the city centre. The card is available in two versions:  24 hours at the price of 20 euros and  48 hours at the price of 25 euros.

Piazza delle Erbe, Verona


There are many good Italian restaurants in the heart of Verona. A nice area for a meal and a drink is Piazza Bra overlooking the Arena. For a more authentic and typical Veronese meal, there are several good restaurants in various locations in the old town.

When dining in Italy, it’s common to enjoy multiple courses. A traditional Italian meal often includes antipasti (appetizers), primi piatti (first courses, usually pasta or risotto), secondi piatti (main courses, often meat or fish) and dolci (desserts).

It’s worth noting that while tipping is appreciated, it’s not common in Italian culture, and service charges may already be included in the bill.

Best restaurants in Verona

  • Trattoria Pane e Vino : Typical Veronese restaurant in Via Giuseppe Garibaldi offering traditional dishes.
  • La Taverna di Via Stella : Old fashioned tavern with traditional Veronese food.
  • Tre Marchetti : Stylish restaurant with great dishes next to the Arena.
  • Ristorante Vittorio Emanuele : Fine dining in an elegant setting by Piazza Bra.
  • Hostaria Vecchia Fontanina : Authentic Veronese Cuisine.
  • Osteria il Ciottolo : Good restaurant near Castelvecchio with Veronese dishes.

You can check the location of these restaurants on this map .

Local Cuisine

  • Gnocchi : Potato dumplings made from potatoes, flour and eggs.
  • Risotto all’Amarone : Risotto made from “vialone nano” rice from Verona and Amarone wine
  • Pastisada de caval : A horse meat stew mixed with wine & vegetables
  • Risotto with Tastasal : Risotto made of minced pork
  • Pearà : A cooked sauce served with mixed boiled meat
  • Polenta : A typical Veronese meal made of maize flour.
  • Pandoro : A typical Christmas cake
  • Nadalin : A star-shaped baked Christmas cake
  • Wines from the area of ​​ Bardolino , Soave , Custoza , Valpolicella and the famous Amarone

View of Verona from Castel San Pietro


BEST sights & things to do

  • Verona Arena: This Roman amphitheatre is one of the world’s largest. It is located in Piazza Bra and is one of the most famous sights in Verona. It is open to the public for visits, but it is definitely worth attending an opera if you visit in the summer. The opera festival runs from mid-June to the beginning of September. Entry ticket: €10.
  • Castelvecchio : This is the best preserved medieval castle of Verona. It is now a museum of fine medieval art, early Renaissance paintings, jewellery, armour and weaponry ( Museum of Castelvecchio ). Entry ticket: €6.
  • Ponte Scaligero : Also known as Ponte di Castelvecchio is a beautiful medieval bridge connecting Castelvecchio with the north bank of the river. It is a popular place for a walk and to admire the views of the river and the castle from the opposite side.
  • Castel San Pietro : A hilltop fortress that offers panoramic views over the whole city and the river from its terrace. It is free and it only takes about 10min to walk there by stairs or you can take the funicular (€2).
  • Torre dei Lamberti : T orre dei Lamberti is located in Piazza dei Signori , part of Palazzo della Ragione. It is an impressive tower that provides great views over the city. It is usually very busy with long queues during high season. You can skip this and enjoy the even more impressive view over Verona from the Castel San Pietro. Entry ticket: €6.
  • Piazza Erbe : This is the main square of the old town , and it is still used as a marketplace since medieval times, with stalls selling everything from herbs to fruits and food. There is a fountain in the centre and a column with a lion on the northern side in front of Palazzo Maffei and another column on the southern side.
  • Piazza dei Signori : A medieval square with the statue of Dante in the centre linked to Piazza Erbe by the Arch of the Rib (Arco della Costa). It is surrounded by the Palazzo di Cansignorio , Palazzo della Ragione, Palazzo del Podestà and Loggia del Consiglio.
  • Duomo: Verona’s impressive cathedral has a magnificent Romanesque portal and the interior has some beautiful frescoes . The cathedral complex also includes a cloister with the ruins of earlier churches: a baptistery and St. Elena . Entry ticket: €4.
  • Juliet’s House : Casa di Giulietta is a restored 13th-century inn, but it is said that Juliet lived there and Romeo climbed this house’s balcony. The courtyard is free to visit and see the balcony, but it is usually so busy and overcrowded with tourists that it cannot be appreciated. There is a statue of Giulietta outside and it is considered good luck to touch her breasts . You can also visit the house museum but there is not much to see inside. It’s worth booking your ticket online if you want to visit the house, as it allows you to skip the line. Entry ticket: €6. You can also visit Casa di Romeo and Tomba di Giuletta .
  • Ponte Pietra : Historic restored Roman arch bridge that provides nice views towards the old town and the Castle San Pietro.
  • Piazza Bra: One of the main squares of Verona surrounded by the Arena, Palazzi and a great place for a walk, drink or a meal.
  • San Zeno Maggiore : The basilica of San Zeno is located further away from the old town and therefore less visited, however it is one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches . It has an impressive facade with bronze door panels and a nave ceiling.
  • Basilica of Santa Anastasia : Santa Anastasia is a beautiful Italian gothic church with some impressive 15th-century frescoes.
  • San Fermo Maggiore : The Church of San Fermo is located on the banks of the Adige, near Ponte Navi. It is an example of Italian gothic style and consists of a lower and an upper church with some impressive frescoes .
  • Teatro Romano & Museo Archaeologico : This Roman theatre is located on the east side of the river close to Ponte Pietra . The theatre is connected with a lift to the archaeological museum with exhibits of mosaics, pottery and glass.
  • Giardino Giusti : This is an attractive Renaissance garden located to the east of the old town with some beautiful hedges and statues. Entry ticket: €10.
  • Tombs of the Scaligeri : Scaligeri was the most powerful family that ruled Verona for over 100 years. Their tombs are located by the Church of Santa Maria Antica.
  • Via Giuseppe Mazzini : A pedestrian street with designed shops.
  • San Lorenzo : An attractive but lesser-known church of Verona.
  • San Giorgio in Braida : A lovely domed Renaissance church by the river bank. It’s a nice setting that provides good views towards the castle and Verona’s skyline.

Juliet's House, Verona


Verona serves as an excellent base for exploring the surrounding region. There are many great day trips you can take from Verona. Here are some of the best options:

  • Desenzano del Garda : Desenzano del Garda is a charming town located on the southwestern shore of Lake Garda with a beautiful lakeside setting, an interesting old town, a medieval castle and some nice piazzas.
  • Sirmione : This popular lakeside town is located on a narrow peninsula jutting into Lake Garda. Sirmione is famous for its thermal baths, historical ruins (like the Grotte di Catullo), and the Scaliger Castle. You can also explore the picturesque streets and enjoy lakeside dining.
  • Peschiera del Garda : Peschiera del Garda is a picturesque town located at the southernmost tip of Lake Garda with a charming historical centre and scenic waterfront,
  • Mantua (Mantova) : This charming city is known for its well-preserved Renaissance architecture and the interesting historic centre. You can visit Palazzo Ducale, Palazzo Te, and some beautiful piazzas.
  • Vicenza : Vicenza is famous for its architecture, particularly the works of the renowned architect Andrea Palladio. You can visit the Palladian villas and the historic centre with its elegant buildings.


Valpolicella vineyards and wine tasting.

Discover Valpolicella Vineyards and Wine Tasting Experience is a 2.5 trip to visit a traditional family-run winery in Valpolicella and includes a tour of the vineyards and estate, 17th-century cellar, and scenic terrace and a taste of Valpolicella, Ripasso, and Amarone wines. Price: €60.

Verona Highlights Walking Tour

Verona Highlights Walking Tour in Small-group is a small group walking tour that lasts for 2h to explore the streets of Verona’s historic centre with a knowledgeable local guide. Price: €39.

Verona Food Tour

Verona Food Tour – Do Eat Better Experience is a small group tour that lasts 3.5h to get a taste of Verona’s culinary culture on a food and walking tour led by a guide. Price: €79.

Sirmione and Lake Garda Tour

Semi-private Sirmione and Lake Garda Tour is a half-day trip (4h) to Lake Garda that includes transport to Sirmione, where you’ll hop on a boat to cruise around its peninsula and take in views of the castle from the water and then a stroll through the medieval old town with a guide. Price: €89

Verona Cooking Class es

  • Gelato Making Class: A 2h activity to learn how to make fruit sorbets and handmade ice cream. Price: €55.
  • Risotto and Fresh Pasta Making Class : A 3.5h activity to learn how to make risotto, hand-made fresh pasta and tiramisu. Price: €95.

For more information and for bookings visit Cookly .

Major Festivals & Events

  • The Arena Opera Festival is the most popular event in the city during the summer months (June to September).
  • The Carnival of Verona is  one of the oldest in Italy . In fact, it dates back to 1531. The great parade of masks and floats takes place on the last Friday of Carnival called Venerdì Gnocolar. It usually takes place in February. 

More information about excursions & tours in Verona can be found here .


You can click on the map below for the location of the best sights and places to visit in Verona .

Verona Tourist Map


It is worth staying in Verona for 3 to 4 days if you want to explore it and combine it with day trips to the surrounding region. The following itinerary includes things to do for 3 days . Overnight stay in Verona.

Visit the historic centre of Verona.

  • Start your tour of the old town by visiting Castevechio and Arco dei Gavi .
  • Optional visit at the Museum of Castelvecchio .
  • Cross Ponte Scaligero to the north bank of the river to enjoy the views towards the medieval bridge .
  • Walk along Corso Cavour through Porta Borsari up to Piazza delle Erbe .
  • Climb Torre dei Lamberti to enjoy the views of the city.
  • Continue to Piazza dei Signori and pass the Scaligeri Tombs .
  • Visit Basilica di Santa Anastasia .
  • Walk by the river bank up to Ponte Pietra enjoying the views towards Castel san Pietro .
  • Cross the Ponte Pietra and walk up to the Caste san Pietro to enjoy panoramic views over the city.
  • Optional visit to the Roman Theatre and Archeological Museum .
  • Walk along the river up to Parrocchia di San Giorgio in Braida taking in the views.
  • Return back to the old town and visit the Duomo .
  • Have a look at Juliet’s House and the famous balcony.
  • Take Via Giuseppe Mazzini up to Piazza Bra .
  • Have a cafe at Piazza Bra and enjoy the views of the Arena .
  • Optional visit inside the Arena .

Day Trip to Lake Garda

  • Take the train to Peschiera del Garda
  • Take a boat tour around the lake.
  • Explore the charming towns, such as Sirmione, Bardolino or Lazise .
  • Take a boat to Desenzano del Garda .
  • Return to Verona by train from Desenzano del Garda .

Day trip to Mantua (Mantova)

  • Take the rain from Porta Nuova train station to Mantua for a visit to this historic town.

Ponte Pietra, Verona


You can check the best photographs from Verona here .

Here is a list of the best viewpoint locations in Verona where you enjoy great views .

  • Piazzale Castel San Pietro
  • Torre dei Lamberti
  • Piazzetta Bra Molinari
  • Plinio Codognato Public Garden
  • Giardini Pietro Gazzola
  • Santuario della Madonna di Lourdes

You can check these viewpoints’ locations and the best photo spots on the island on the following map .

View of Verona from Torre dei Lamberti


Check the following video slideshow to get further inspiration to visit Verona 🙂


Some websites for more information about Verona :

  • Tourism Verona : The official tourist website of Verona.

Some good travel guides to buy before your visit Verona :

  • Lonely Planet The Italian Lakes (Travel Guide) : A great guide about the Italian Lakes that includes information about Verona.
  • The Rough Guide to Italian Lakes : Another good guide for the Italian Lakes that includes information about Verona.


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With its wealth of Roman sites and streets of pink-hued medieval buildings, the irresistible city of Verona has more in the way of historic attractions than any other place in the Veneto except Venice itself. Unlike Venice, though, it's not a city overwhelmed by the tourist industry, important though that is to the local economy. Verona is the largest city of the mainland Veneto, and its economic success is largely due to its position at the crossing of the major routes from Germany and Austria to central Italy and from the west to Venice and Trieste.

Brief history of Verona

Set within the low amphitheatre that the wide River Adige has carved out of the hills, Verona conveys a sense of ease that you don't find in the region's other cities. As you walk past the great Roman arena, or along the embankments or over the bridges that span the broad curves of the Adige, you'll be struck by the spaciousness of the city. With cars and buses barred from many of the squares and narrow medieval lanes of the historic centre, this is a city that invites dawdling.

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Verona’s initial development as a Roman settlement came about from its geographical position straddling the main lines of communication. A period of decline after the disintegration of the Roman Empire was followed by revival under the Ostrogoths, who in turn were succeeded by the Franks. By the twelfth century Verona had become a city-state, and in the following century it approached the zenith of its independent existence with the rise of the Scaligers. The ruthless Scaligers were at the same time energetic patrons of the arts, and many of Verona’s finest buildings date from their rule.

With the fall of their dynasty a time of upheaval ensued, Gian Galeazzo Visconti of Milan emerging in control of the city. Absorption into the Venetian Empire came in 1405, and Verona was governed from Venice until the arrival of Napoleon. Verona’s history thereafter shadowed that of Venice.

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The Ultimate Travel Guide to Verona

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The fair city of Verona in the Veneto region in the north of Italy is often overshadowed by the region’s capital, Venice. But visitors who give Verona a chance will find a similar but less touristic and compact alternative to Rome.

Verona also extends across a river, the River Adige, in which several beautiful bridges like Ponte Pietra are built on. The city boasts its own majestic Roman amphitheatre, the Verona Arena, as well as lots of charming piazzas and fountains, achingly beautiful churches and many historic landmarks that date back to Verona’s inception around 30 AD.

Shakespeare helped put Verona on the map when he located his world-famous play Romeo and Juliet in this pretty Italian city in the late 1600s. One of Verona’s most-visited attractions is Juliet’s House where romantics flock to leave notes and take photos with her statue and check out the museum.

Romeo’s House and Juliet’s Tomb are also popular places to see in Verona, and along with the many boutique hotels and quiet green spaces, Verona has defined itself as an idyllic city for a couple’s break.

Whether you have just one day in Verona or more, this guide to Verona will ensure you have the most romantic and enjoyable trip possible. 

This ultimate guide to Verona Italy will show you all the most beautiful places in Verona, what to expect when visiting, where to stay in Verona and things to do in Verona which will help you in planning a Verona trip.

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How to get to Verona

The Verona Villafranca Airport is sometimes referred to as the Valerio Catullo Airport . But they are the same and use only one airport code: VRN.

Verona Airport connects to destinations all over Europe via airlines such as EasyJet and Flybe, but if you are travelling from outside Europe, you might find it more cost-effective or convenient to fly into bigger international airports like Venice or Milan Airport as Verona is only one hour by train from either city.

You won’t need to use a car during your trip to Verona as the city is so compact, so the best way to travel overland to Verona is via public transport.

Italy has an extensive InterCity rail network that connects all of the major cities in the country, including Verona, using fast and comfortable train services. For example, Rome Termini to Verona Porta Nuova on an InterCity train takes merely three hours.

VERONA, ITALY - Verona airport interior. Verona Villafranca Airport or simply Villafranca Airport, is an airport located around 5.0 km southwest of Verona, Italy

What to expect in Verona

Verona is an Italian city so the main language is Italian, but the language barrier for English-speakers will be minor as most young people and service workers who interact with tourists often are likely to speak good English. 

Italy is in the Schengen area and their currency is the euro . There are plenty of ATMs in Italy if you need to withdraw cash, but cards are widely accepted in restaurants and main attractions. Tipping is welcome in Italy and if a service charge is not already added to the bill, a 10-15% tip is more than adequate.

It may also be worth acquiring a Verona Card at a tourist office as they are exceptionally good value at €20 for 24 hours in Verona and €25 for 48 hours. The city pass includes all the major tourist attractions such as Juliet’s House, the Verona Arena, several churches and the Lamberti tower. 

How to get around Verona

Verona is a really walkable, compact city and all the main sites are packed into the city centre inside the River Adige so you can easily walk from place to place. However, if you would prefer or need to use private or public transport in Verona, you have several options.

The bus network within Verona is very good, and particularly useful if your accommodation is out of the city centre. It’s run by ATV Verona and you can purchase daily passes and even purchase tickets online. Meter taxis are also available in designated ranks all over the city, such as Piazza Bra and Verona Porta Nuova Station. 

Verona is surprisingly bike-friendly and if you only have one day in Verona, you will be able to see more travelling via bike than walking. Verona Bike is the local bike share programme and docking stations include Piazza Bra, Castelvecchio and many others. 

Italy, Verona - Street rental of bikes to move around the city.

The best time to visit Verona

Like most other Mediterranean countries, Verona has a very warm climate which means hot summers and fairly mild winters. The best time of year to visit Verona for great weather is from May-September where temperatures are pleasant at around 25 degrees Celsius.

The Verona Arena’s opera performances are scheduled in the evenings from June-August, so the summer months are the best time to visit for entertainment too. The accommodation prices in Verona will no doubt reflect their popularity.

If you want to visit Verona in mild weather without a lot of crowds, then the shoulder seasons April-May and September-October in spring and autumn are the best months to visit Verona.

Temperatures are still around 20 degrees Celsius and are less rainy than the summer months. Verona gets in the Christmas spirit like the rest of Europe and hosts its own Christmas market if you are planning an alternative yuletide break.

Verona, Italy. Cityscape image of Verona, Italy during sunset.

Things to do in Verona

Juliet’s house.

One of Verona’s most popular landmarks , Juliet’s House attracts around a million visitors per year into the courtyard. The house dates back to the 1300s and is supposed to be where the Capulets lived, the family which inspired the Shakespearean play.

Despite the cynics saying the play is fictional and that the famous balcony wasn’t even added to the house until the 1930s, there’s no denying people love the story.

The courtyard is free to enter but visit as early as possible before it becomes overcrowded. There is a statue of Juliet and the legend says that touching her right breast will bring you luck in love.

Many have also taken to leaving their chewing gum on the walls of the courtyard along with love notes. The museum inside the house is filled with memorabilia from several Romeo and Juliet film adaptations and where you have the opportunity to step out onto the balcony itself.

The museum is also where you can leave a ‘letter to Juliet’ and ask for love advice from the volunteers. Don’t forget to leave your return address and they will write back!

VERONA, ITALY - The house with Juliet's balcony - Verona. Lots of tourists

Verona Arena

Verona Arena in Piazza Bra is one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheatres in Italy after Rome’s Colosseum.

It’s open to visitors during the day so you can explore the venue at your leisure and in the summer evenings, it hosts a programme of operas in its 20,000-seat venue.

Verona Arena aerial panoramic view. Arena is a Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Bra square in Verona, Italy

Castel San Pietro

One of the best viewpoints across the whole city of Verona is (almost) completely free! Across the pretty Ponte Pietra bridge is Castel San Pietro , a medieval fortress that sits on top of Verona’s highest hill and is shrouded by tall trees.

You cannot enter the castle itself, but the viewpoint on the large terrace is very accessible. To avoid the strenuous steps to the top, hop on the very cheap funicular and enjoy panoramic vistas over Verona.

San Pietro is an ancient castle in Verona, Veneto region in Italy

Piazza Delle Erbe

The main piazza in Verona is Piazza Delle Erbe in the very centre of the city. Every day, markets selling food, gifts and clothes targeted at visitors are open in this square as well as many cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a cappuccino and people-watch.

It’s also where the Madonna Verona Fountain is situated as well as Torre Dei Lamberti, Verona’s tallest medieval tower and another option for fantastic viewpoints over Verona.

Torre dei Lamberti aerial panoramic view. Torre Lamberti is tower in Piazza delle Erbe square in Verona, Veneto region in Italy.

Castelvecchio Museum and Bridge

The Castelvecchio Museum is housed in a former palace which has been fully restored and has a diverse exhibition of paintings, sculptures and ancient weapons.

The castle was constructed by the Scaliger family who ruled Verona in the Middle Ages and left a big impression on the entire city.

The Castelvecchio Bridge, which is right next to the museum, is also an impressive structure, first built around 1350 with Verona’s signature turreted design. 

Castelvecchio or Old Castle and Scaligero bridge aerial panoramic view in Verona, Veneto region in Italy

Chiesa di Santa Anastasia

There are many beautiful churches in Verona including the Verona Cathedral and the San Fermo Maggiore Church.

If you only have time to visit just one, the Chiesa di Santa Anastasia is one of the most strikingly beautiful and ornate churches in the city though it isn’t the main Cathedral. It’s free to enter but you can pay a small amount for a very detailed audio guide.

Verona, Italy, Europe - A view of the Chiesa di Santa Anastasia church

Giardino Giusti

Just across the River Adige to the west of the city centre is Giardino Giusti which are large public gardens offering the perfect place to relax and rest your feet after hours sightseeing around Verona.

The gardens are beautifully arranged with fountains, classic statues and even views across parts of the city. 

Giusti garden in Verona Italy. Architecture and landmark of Verona. Postcard of Verona.

Scaliger Tombs

The Scaliger family were the most influential family to have ever lived in Verona and it’s well worth checking out their extravagant and ornate raised tombs that are on display in a free public monument, surrounded by statues of the family members on horseback not far from Piazza Delle Erbe.

The communal nature of the tombs gives you some idea of the stature of the family and their power and authority in 14th century Verona.

VERONA, ITALY - Tomb of Cangrande della Scala, Scaliger tombs, a group of five funerary monuments celebrating the Scaliger family in Verona, Italy

What to eat in Verona

Cheese, wine, pasta, fish… Italy is renowned as having one of the most universally loved cuisines. But every region in Italy offers its own unique culinary style. In Veneto, the region Verona is situated in, pasta isn’t the staple food.

Rice and polenta-based dishes like risotto are much more authentic to the region. Pasta is, of course, still loved throughout the region and a local pasta dish like Bigoli in salsa (pasta with salted fish) would be a classic Veneto pasta dish .

Italy’s sparkling wine prosecco is actually originally from the Veneto region, as is Aperol Spritz and Bellini cocktails which are popular Aperitivo drinks. Aperitivo is similar to ‘happy hour’ in other countries but includes pre-dinner snacks like tapas.

In Veneto, ‘Cicchetti’, which means small meat or fish balls, is often served with Aperitivo. Octopus, salted cod and tiramisu are also authentic Veneto cuisine.

But don’t forget about gelato! Gelateria Romana is hands down one of the best gelaterias in the city. Since 1947, this gelateria has been serving some of the best gelatos in Verona.

It’s near the train station so a little out of the city centre but so worth it, especially their own crema flavour. Gelateria Ponte Pietra is a worthy runner-up well-located in the city centre.

travel to Italy - plate with tagliatelle asparagus and ham in restaurant in Verona city in spring

Where to stay in Verona

Budget – Verona is generally a cheaper city for accommodation than some of the bigger Italian cities (Rome, Milan, Venice, etc.) but it doesn’t have that many hostels. Luckily, The Hostello just east of the city centre is the only hostel option you need.

It’s an independent hostel with fun, colourful decor with free breakfast and clean, ensuite rooms. They also have a really cosy courtyard with lots of soft furnishings so you can easily meet people while in Verona.

Mid-range – If you’re visiting Verona as a family or simply want more space and the option to make your own meals, then check out Oriana Suites Verona which is very centrally located near the Verona Arena. The apartments all have a contemporary, clean and minimalistic style with a generously sized living area, kitchen and some apartments even offer balconies.

Alternatively, Hotel Milano & Spa is also in the same area and is a great value boutique hotel with rooftop hot tubs and little luxe touches.

Luxury – Staying in a romantic, 5-star hotel in Verona isn’t as expensive as you’d think. Il Sogno Di Giulietta Hotel is situated in Juliet’s House courtyard and has the dreamiest medieval/fantasy style suites that will make you believe you’re living in Romeo and Juliet’s world and the 5-star rooms often cost less than €100 per night.

If you want to live even more extravagantly in Verona, the Palazzo Monga Boutique Guesthouse has similarly luxurious soft furnishings and decor that feels like the inside of a palace, with the high ceilings and space to do cartwheels should you want to! 

Verona Italy - Entrance to Hotel Gabbio D'oro located on a Borsari pedestrian street

Tours to do in Verona

Hop on hop off tour.

If you’re short on time, a hop on hop off bus tour is a fantastic way to see all the main sites and attractions in Verona. These tours drive you all around the city and you’re able to alight and jump back on the bus as many times in as many different places on the route as you want over one 24-hour period.

The tour has two routes which intersect in Piazza Bra and both routes are included on one ticket. There are 16 stops in total and several buses are on the route, so you’ll never have to wait long for the next one.

You can get off whenever you want to explore landmarks like the Verona Arena, Teatro Romano or Basilica San Zeno and while on the bus you can listen to the informative commentary via headphones while you’re being driven around. 

Verona, Italy - Unknown and unidentifiable participants entering a Red Güleryüz panorama double decker sightings tourist bus in the city of Verona.

Food and Wine Tasting Walking Tour

Food is without a doubt the best way to properly immerse yourself in Italian culture, and what better way than with a local guide who can show you around all the top landmarks in Verona as well as the best food and wine ?

In an intimate group, you can taste local and fresh pastries, espresso, salami, cheese, tortellini pasta (which you will help make) and sample a few different wines.

For over three hours you will be really looked after on this tour and don’t forget to quiz your guide on the best restaurants in Verona, so you’ll know where to eat during the rest of your trip!

A girl holds in her hand a traditional Italian dessert tiramisu against the background of a street in Verona in Italy.

As mentioned earlier, cycling is one of the best ways to get around Verona because it’s such a bike-friendly city . So why not make the most of that and get some exercise while sightseeing?

Numbers are limited so you won’t be held back by exploring in a big group and you’ll be able to explore far beyond what other visitors will see.

Check out all the usual attractions on the tour like Juliet’s House and Castelvecchio but discover lots of hidden piazzas and green spaces throughout Verona that only the locals know about. 

Verona, Italy - byciclists on a street in a center of Verona , Italy

Day trips from Verona

Sirmione on lake garda.

Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy, has pristine crystal-clear waters and also just happens to be less than 90-minutes’ drive from Verona.

You’ll be treated to a drive through the Italian countryside with gorgeous views and spend the afternoon in Sirmione, one of the liveliest towns on the lake.

Witness the epic vistas from the top of Sirmione’s castle across Lake Garda, explore olive groves and relax on Jamaica beach on the banks of the lake.

Taking a day trip to Sirmione on Lake Garda is an absolute must from Verona because the towns are so close by.

Sirmione, Lombardy, Italy Panorama of Scaligero Castle or Castle of Sirmione surrounded by water canals of the Garda lake. People walking by the streets of the famous Old Town


Explore the best of both worlds by combining your city break to Verona with a day trip into the nearby Dolomite mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On this tour, you’ll be able to see several different viewpoints from different mountains in the range including Moena, the Val di Fiemme valley, Sass Pordoi, Cavalese, Ortisei and Canazei.

You will also get a local guide/driver who will be able to inform you about the geological phenomena of the region and you’ll also have time to explore by yourself.

Panoramic view of Moena, the fairy of the dolomites in Trentino Alto- Adige, Italy

There really is nowhere like Venice and it’s somewhere you must visit at least once in your life, and it’s only 90 minutes’ drive from Verona with this jam-packed day trip.

Explore the sinking city with an included boat trip along the Giudecca Canal and a walking tour with your driver and guide, plus plenty of free time to explore the cathedral, churches and St Mark’s Square as you wish. 

Venice, Italy - People visit the embankment at the Piazza San Marco in Venice. This place is a top tourist attraction of Venice. Concept of traveling and vacation in summer Venice.

Recommended tours in Verona

  • Verona Highlights Walking Tour
  • Verona Food and Wine Walking Tour
  • Risotto and Pasta Cooking Class
  • Full-day Lake Garda Tour
  • Fascinating Verona: in the Footprints of Romeo and Juliet
  • Dolomites Day Tour
  • Pagus Wine Tours® – Lake Garda, lunch and Amarone full day wine tour
  • Gelato Making Class
  • Wine and food tasting tour near the vineyards
  • Arena skip-the-line Guided Tour
  • Verona Card City Pass

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2. Stroll Through Verona's Historic Center

Verona's historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a testament to the city's rich history. Begin your exploration at Piazza delle Erbe , the city's bustling market square. Here, you'll find colorful stalls selling fresh produce, flowers, and local crafts. Take a moment to admire the Torre dei Lamberti, a towering medieval clock tower that offers panoramic views of the city.

From Piazza delle Erbe , follow the winding streets to Juliet's House, known locally as Casa di Giulietta . The romantic legend of Romeo and Juliet is deeply intertwined with Verona, and this house, with its iconic balcony, is a popular attraction. Don't forget to rub the right breast of Juliet's bronze statue for good luck in love!

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3. Indulge in Veronese Cuisine

Veronese cuisine is a delightful blend of northern Italian flavors, and you can't leave the city without trying some local dishes . Start with a classic plate of risotto all'Amarone , made with the famous Amarone wine produced in the region. Pair it with local cheeses and cold cuts for a delectable meal.

For dessert, don't miss out on trying the legendary Pandoro , a sweet, star-shaped bread that is a Veronese Christmas tradition . Enjoy it with a glass of Prosecco or a shot of Grappa to complete your culinary experience.

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4. Visit the Stunning Castelvecchio

Verona's Castelvecchio , a medieval fortress, is a must-visit for history and architecture enthusiasts. The castle, built in the 14th century, now houses the Castelvecchio Museum, which boasts an impressive collection of art, sculptures, and artifacts from different eras.

As you explore the museum, you'll also have the opportunity to cross the Ponte Scaligero , a fortified bridge that spans the Adige River. The bridge's architectural beauty and panoramic views of the city make it a fantastic spot for photographs.

5. Explore Verona's Vineyards

The Veneto region, where Verona is located, is renowned for its vineyards and wine production. A visit to Verona wouldn't be complete without exploring the surrounding countryside and tasting some of the finest wines Italy has to offer.

Book a wine tour and visit local wineries to sample Amarone , Valpolicella , and Soave wines. You'll not only get to savor these exquisite wines but also gain insight into the winemaking process from the experts. The picturesque vineyards and rolling hills provide a stunning backdrop for your wine-tasting adventure.

6. Discover the Hidden Gems

While Verona's major attractions are well-known, the city also hides a wealth of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Take a leisurely stroll along the Adige River and explore the quiet neighborhoods away from the tourist crowds. You'll stumble upon charming piazzas, quaint cafes, and boutique shops.

One such hidden gem is the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore , a Romanesque church with a beautiful façade and stunning interior frescoes. Its serene ambiance offers a peaceful escape from the bustling city center.

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7. Enjoy a Night at the Opera

If you're a fan of opera, why limit yourself to just one performance at the Arena di Verona? While securing Verona opera tickets for the Arena is a priority, you can also enjoy opera in a more intimate setting at Teatro Filarmonico . This historic theater hosts a variety of opera and classical music performances throughout the year. Check the schedule and treat yourself to another memorable night of music and culture.

Plan Your Trip to Verona Today

Verona's enchanting atmosphere, rich history, and cultural offerings make it an ideal destination for travelers seeking a unique Italian experience. From the magic of the opera at the Arena di Verona to the culinary delights of Veronese cuisine, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this captivating city.

So, start planning your trip to Verona and immerse yourself in the beauty and charm of this Italian gem. With a little preparation and an open heart, you'll create lasting memories that will stay with you long after you've left the city.

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Discover this attractive city break destination, famous for opera in its Roman arena, but with lots more to offer too

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Verona, in the Veneto region of north-east Italy, is one of Italy’s loveliest towns, famous for its summer opera season . This has been a thriving and successful town for most of its history, and today smart shops and cafes fill the attractive medieval lanes of the historic centre. Verona is a popular day-trip from Lake Garda, and an appealing destination for weekend breaks or longer stays. There’s a lot to see here, from Roman ruins to the so-called ‘Juliet’s balcony’, and the town is also well-connected for exploring the surrounding area, including destinations like Lake Garda, Vicenza, Padua and Venice.

Verona was an important Roman town and is rich in archaeological sites, the grandest of which is the Roman Arena , where operas are now performed in the summer. It’s easy to spend a long time simply exploring the narrow streets lined with handsome palazzi that make up the historic centre. The town’s museums and churches contain fine works of art, while the ruined Roman theatre over the river has excellent views from the terraces where the ancients watched plays.

If you’re planning a longer stay, or want to see more of Italy, Verona is usefully located for travel to Venice or to lovely Lake Garda . There is a lot to see in this part of Italy, and it is easy to travel around by public transport. Combining Verona with another local destination (perhaps the lake) would make a great and varied two-centre holiday.

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Things to see

Verona’s historic centre ( centro storico ) lies within the town walls in a tight curve of the Adige river. Entering town past the Porta Nuova gateway near the railway station, you head along wide car-filled Corso Porta Nuova before passing through the attractive fourteenth-century arches of the Portoni della Brà and entering the historic part of town. Immediately inside the town wall is Piazza Brà, a large open space dominated by the imposing Roman Arena . Verona’s tourist information office is nearby, set in the old town wall to the right. Via Mazzini, an elegant pedestrian street paved with shiny Verona marble, heads straight through the heart of town to Piazza Erbe, Verona’s most attractive square. It’s a good idea to have a map or guidebook at this point, and to dive into the pretty historic lanes uncovering Verona’s charms. > More about Verona tourist attractions and sightseeing

The Romeo and Juliet trail

Shakespeare is extremely unlikely ever to have set foot in Verona. However, his source for the plot of Romeo and Juliet was derived at several removes from an Italian story set in the town, featuring two feuding families with names similar to those of historical Veronese dynasties. So there is a connection, but whether you wish to feel that the real town of Verona has any direct link to Shakespeare’s work is up to you. It doesn’t stop the town from marketing Romeo and Juliet postcards, mugs, tea-towels, sliding pens and more. There is a busy Shakespearian tourist trail, and (mind-bogglingly) you can post a letter to fictional dead character Juliet at ‘Juliet’s tomb’, or email her at ‘Juliet’s balcony’. The city organises various ‘romantic’ initiatives, including events around Valentine’s Day.

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Travel to Verona

Verona is very easy to reach from other parts of Italy and Europe. It’s on a major railway line – with trains travelling as far as Paris – and the town has an international airport very close by, and several other airports within a couple of hours travel . > Read about Verona Airport and transport links to and within the town

Eating and drinking

Verona’s two main hubs for sitting down with a drink or a light meal are Piazza Brà and Piazza Erbe. Of the two, Piazza Erbe has a much nicer atmosphere and you’ll find lots of locals at the appealing but somewhat pricey bars lining the square. Piazza Brà is more of a thoroughfare where you’ll pay a lot for a rather touristy experience. However, if you’re in a hurry or on a budget you’ll find two useful eating places here – speedy self-service restaurant Brek and the Italian fast food chain Spizzico.

For cheaper or more atmospheric meals, try wandering through the small lanes of the centro storico . Small restaurants and bars are scattered secretively through the centre – try spotting them at lunchtime when busy crowds of locals will indicate the best food. A wine bar will often serve a few cheap pasta dishes as well as a range of usually economical wines.


For a charming and authentic feel, join local workers in the cosy little Antica Osteria Al Duomo (Via Duomo, 7; closed Sundays), where you can eat good local dishes and enjoy cheap local wine. Another spot for an atmospheric meal is Piazza Erbe, the attractive market square. Along one side of the piazza is a row of cafe-bar-restaurants where you can sit at outside tables and enjoy a light meal or drinks. These establishments aren’t very cheap, but their tables occupy prime positions; it’s a lovely spot to sit on a sunny day and watch Verona go by.

For a cheap and filling meal, a good option is the Ristorante-Pizzeria San Matteo Church (Vicolo del Guasto, close to Porta Borsari), which, as its name indicates, is actually located in a former church. There are memorial tablets on the wall, a crypt displayed through glass floor panels, and dinner tables where the high altar would have stood. Locals come here in their lunch hour for a quick self-service meal, but there is also waiter service with a long and varied pizza menu as well as seafood alternatives.

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Other good Verona restaurants include the Ristorante Sant’Eufemia (Via Emilei 21), close to the church of the same name. There’s a misleadingly off-putting multilingual menu outside but inside the restaurant is like the ground floor of a 19th-century mansion – you sit on fine old chairs – with a serious and secretive air, attentive service and good meals (including house wine) at a modest cost. Ristorante Tabià (Via Zambelli 14; closed Mondays), is a cheerful restaurant serving pizzas in a large, rustic-style interior. Osteria la Vecchia Fontanina (Piazzetta Chiavica, near Piazza Erbe) is is a welcoming and atmospheric place to eat in a central location.

Verona accommodation

Verona has some good central hotels, but it’s not a cheap place to stay and it is worth booking in advance. My Verona hotel selection includes an excellent, reliable four-star, some budget options and one or two really special, romantic places to stay. > See a selection of the best places to stay in Verona

  • Verona: an intro
  • Hotels & B&Bs
  • Airports & travel
  • Tourist sights
  • Opera at the Arena

Useful external links

Verona Card

Verona Airport

Verona Arena

Veneto destinations

  • Veneto region
  • Abano Terme
  • Bassano del Grappa
  • Brenta Canal
  • Castelfranco Veneto
  • Concordia Sagittaria
  • Cortina d’Ampezzo
  • Lido di Jesolo
  • Montegrotto Terme
  • Portogruaro
  • Sottomarina
  • Venetian Lagoon
  • Veneto art & architecture itinerary
  • Veneto villas – Vicenza: La Rotonda & Villa Valmarana ai Nani
  • Veneto villas – Villa Pisani & Villa Foscarini Rossi, Strà
  • Venice Airport
  • Treviso Airport

Travel Guide for Verona, Italy

See the arena and other attractions like Juliette's Balcony

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TripSavvy / Christopher Larson

Verona is a popular tourist destination in the Veneto Region of Italy, on the Milano-Venice train line, 70 miles west of Venice . There is a small airport just outside of Verona. (Locate Verona on a map of the Veneto .) Lake Garda is nearby. Other nearby towns worth a visit are Cremona , Brescia , and Vincenza. 

What to See

  • Arena di Verona : A 2000-year-old Roman Arena and it's still going strong. The opera stage is the largest in the world. In the summer months, the arena hosts opera and other performances. Make sure you get tickets early. A good source of tickets and a performance calendar is found on Select Italy's Arena de Verona (book tickets direct with Select Italy).
  • 2 Bridges (ponti): Visit the Ponte Scaligero for a beautiful view, and the Ponte Pietra, a Roman-era bridge over the Adige river.
  • Juliet's House (Casa de Giulietta) : Ok, we're not even sure that Shakespeare ever visited and the characters come from a story by Luigi da Porto of Vicenza but hey, you can rub the right breast of Juliet's statue for luck and take a picture of the balcony like everybody else, eh?
  • Piazza dei Signori : A central square including a statue of Dante because he resided in Verona for a while.
  • Piazza Delle Erbe : It used to be the Roman Forum but now it's a wonderful open-air market surrounded by historic buildings with frescoes and peppered with sculptures. Go here for a cheap meal. And if you desire to see Verona from above, head up the Lamberti tower to get 84 meters above Verona.
  • Castelvecchio (the Old Castle): Beautiful Views and an interesting art collection inside.

Where to Stay

For those who prefer traditional hotel lodging, The four-star Hotel Accademia occupies a prime location between the Piazza Bra (where the Arena is located) and Piazza Delle Erbe, the cities marketplace, along with the Via Mazzini, the central shopping boulevard. If you are coming to Verona via rail, the three-star Hotel Verona gets excellent reviews.

Remember that lodging may be a little difficult during prime performances at the arena, so book ahead if you know the dates of your travel to Verona. For families, groups of friends, or for those who'd enjoy taking part in the life of the Veronese, a vacation rental house or apartment might be a better choice, especially if you're planning a stay of a week or more.

HomeAway lists some very interesting properties, including some in Juliet's Courtyard and one inside a 15th-century castle tower. Over 60 budget hotels and hostels are listed at HostelWorld.

What to Eat

Eating in this part of Italy can often involve polenta, horse and donkey meat, Pasta e Fasoi : pasta and beans, and stockfish (a dried, salted fish like salt cod). 

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Verona Travel Guide: Top Things to Do & Travel Tips

Oh, Verona – the city of love! And by that we don’t mean the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet that takes place in Verona and is present all across the city. Verona in Italy is simply a city that you fall in love with at first sight.

In Verona you can look forward to wonderfully beautiful buildings, to lovely viewpoints and perfect Italian flair . So if you are searching for another destination for an Italian city trip, then we can whole-heartedly recommend Verona.

In this travel guide, we take you to the most beautiful sights, things to do and our favourite places in Verona. As always, we also provide you with our personal travel tips for your trip to Verona.

1. Verona (Italy): Overview of initial Travel Tips & FAQs

2. verona travel guide: best sights & things to do, 3. the most beautiful views of verona, 4. eating & drinking in verona: culinary travel guide, 5. our hotel tip for verona, 6. map: overview of all the sights in verona.

Verona Tipps

Where is Verona and how do I get there?

Verona is located inland in northern Italy , more precisely in the Veneto region. There are many well-known travel destinations in the area around Verona such as Lake Garda (approx. 45 minutes by car to Sirmione) or Venice (approx. 1.5 hours by car).

Verona has an airport – so theoretically you could fly. We recommend taking the train instead, especially if you are travelling from the south of Germany or from Austria.

And last but not least, traveling by car is also possible. Note that parking fees will be added here. Depending on the hotel or garage, you need to allow for around 30 euros per night. You definitely don’t need your car in Verona (quite the contrary). We would consider taking the car if you are planning to take day trips or a road trip through several regions of Italy .

What should I expect in Verona?

  • Perfect Italian flair: Verona is Dolce Vita at its best! Look forward to espresso & gelato, pizza & pasta and of course a dreamy, beautiful atmosphere in Verona’s old town.
  • Impressive architecture: Roman relics, Middle Ages & Renaissance – in Verona you will find a remarkable selection of impressive buildings, including of course the Verona Arena. But the rest of the Verona’s cityscape is simply beautiful to look at. It’s no wonder that the old town has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since the year 2000.
  • Great viewpoints: Verona is the city of impressive panorama views. Or to put it another way: Anyone who enjoys viewing a city from a birds-eye-view can get excited. Verona has some really great viewpoints – of course, we will let you know more about this within this travel guide.

How many days should I plan for Verona?

With 250,000 inhabitants, Verona is a comparatively compact city . What does that mean for you? You can explore all the sights in the city centre on foot without a problem and most are located just a stone’s throw away from one another.

Theoretically, you could therefore visit all of Verona’s highlights in one day . For example, many people “only” take a day trip from Lake Garda to Verona.

We mean it when we say “theoretically”, because we would definitely recommend spending a few days in Verona. The small city is really beautiful – especially in the morning and evening hours when the day tourists are gone.

We ourselves stayed two nights in Verona and found this amount of time to be ideal. We had enough time to calmly visit the main attractions and also take a leisurely stroll through the city. If you would like to have an even more relaxing time, it’s better to stay three to four nights .

Tip: Save with the Verona Card

If you are thinking about seeing a lot of the sights in Verona, then perhaps purchasing a Verona Card would be worthwhile for you.

The card is available in two versions: Either for 24 hours (20 euros) or for 48 hours (25 euros, each valid from the first use. With the card you get free entry into almost all the main attractions including the Arena, the Torre dei Lamberti or the Castelvecchio. At the Arena the card is twice as worthwhile because it gives you preferential admission and often you can skip the long waiting line at the ticket counter. 

You can purchase the Verona Card at every participating attraction. Alternatively, you can buy it at the tourist information office in Piazza Brà. (You can also pick up the card there if you purchase it online in advance.)

You can book the card in advance here through GetYourGuide: Verona Card

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Verona Arena & Piazza Brà

We are starting our travel guide directly with the landmark and architectural highlight of the city, which simply cannot be missed, namely the Verona Arena. The monumental amphitheatre is reminiscent of a Roman colosseum and is simply impressive to look at.

What is the best way to visit the Verona Arena? Well, ideally when a concert or an opera is playing. In summer the famous Verona Opera Festival takes place in the midst of this historical backdrop.

Verona is definitely at its fullest during this time, but don’t be too sad if you miss the opera festival: You can visit the Arena year-round and take a peek inside.

The Arena is located directly in the Verona’s main square, the Piazza Brà . Sure, all eyes are on the Arena, still there are even more historical buildings to be found here including the Palazzo della Gran Guardia or the Palazzo Barbieri.

Our tip #1: Depending on the time of year and time of day, a really long queue can build up in front of the Arena. With the Verona Card you get preferential entry. In case you are thinking about visiting several sights in Verona, the Verona Card can definitely pay off.

Our tip #2: If you would like to photograph the Verona Arena without crowds of people, you should visit in the morning. Also good to know: the atmosphere in the morning light is simply wonderful.

Info for a visit to the Verona Arena

Price for a visit: 12 euros (free with the Verona Card) Info: Verona Arena (only available in Italian)   Tickets & opera festival info: Arena Opera Festival

Verona Arena

Torre dei Lamberti

The striking Torre dei Lamberti reaches 84 metres into the sky and clearly towers over all the other surrounding buildings. You possibly already know what we would like to say with that: The view from up top is simply fantastic and absolutely worth seeing!

If you’re feeling sporty, you can take the stairs like we did. There are 368 steps to climb. Alternatively, you can also reach the viewpoint in quite a relaxed manner with the elevator . (Note: You need to go up the last two floors on foot.)

Once you reach the top, a fantastic panorama view in all directions is waiting for you. We found the view towards Piazza delle Erbe, in particular, to be very spectacular. Good to know: The net, which is probably there to keep away the pigeons, makes it quite easy to take photos through. But taking nice portraits is a little more challenging.

Our tip: If possible, we recommend you visit at sunset. We secured a ticket for this timeslot in advance via email.

Info for visiting Torre dei Lamberti

Price: 6 euros (free with the Verona Card) Opening times and more info: Torre dei Lamberti (official website)

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Squares to visit in Verona

Verona’s old town is a small work of art. (We remind you: It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.) You don’t need to search too hard to find the most beautiful corners and squares. We would like to briefly show you the most well-known, or in our opinion the most beautiful, squares.

  • Piazza Brà: We already briefly mentioned Verona’s main square up above. It is hard to miss because the monumental Verona Arena is located here. It is very touristy at Piazza Brà. If you would like to photograph beautiful buildings without crowds, then we recommend stopping by in the morning.
  • Piazza delle Erbe: You will find yourself in the most central square in the street labyrinth of Verona’s old town here. The Piazza delle Erbe is one of the oldest squares in Verona and was the forum during the Roman times. A market is held here during the day from Monday until Saturday. In the evening tourists and locals meet for an aperitivo. You can marvel at the square from a birds-eye-perspective from Torre dei Lamberti
  • Piazza dei Signori: Right around the corner from Piazza delle Erbe is the enchanting Piazza dei Signori. It is usually a little less busy here, but the square is definitely not any less beautiful. It is lined with imposing structures dating back to the Scaliger era, including the Palazzo del Governo. The Loggia di Fra Giocondo also catches the eye, a remnant of the Renaissance. Our tip: Be sure to go through the archway at the northernmost end of the square and marvel at the Scaliger tombs. Wow!

Piazza Bra Verona

Casa di Giulietta & Casa di Romeo

If you are in Verona, Romeo and Juliet is difficult to miss. The tragic love story from William Shakespeare plays out in Verona. And there is – oh wonder – of course a place that, according to legend, served as the inspiration. Or more precisely, two places.

One of these is Juliet’s house, called Casa di Giulietta in Italian. It once belonged to the wealthy Veronese family, the Dal Cappello family. The resemblance of the names (Cappello – Capulet) probably led to the idea that, as according to legend, it is Juliet’s house.

You will probably easily spot Casa di Giulietta by the long queue that forms in front of the house. The inner courtyard is tiny and therefore usually quite overcrowded, so you have to wait to enter. 

It is free to take a look inside the courtyard. There is only an entrance fee for the small museum in the interior of Casa di Giulietta, which also includes access to the balcony .

And then there is the comparatively less well-known and also much less spectacular Casa di Romeo . This house cannot be visited. But of course, as someone with the name Romeo, it’s necessary to take a photo in front of it.

Info for visiting Casa di Giulietta

Entrance: Free for outside, for museum (incl. balcony) 6 euros (free with the Verona Card) Opening times and more info: Casa di Giulietta (only available in Italian) Ticket: Must be booked in advance here .

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Giardino Giusti

If you need a break from Verona’s old town, you should take a detour to the idyllic Giardino Giusti. Italian garden art from the Renaissance awaits you here within a wonderfully situated historical garden.

From the entrance of the Palazzo Giusti, you continue to walk up higher. We find the spot at the pavilion to be very nice. From here you can enjoy a really fantastic view back towards the city.

Then the path goes past the tower even further up to the city wall, which dates back to the 14 th century. The panorama view over Verona is particularly beautiful at sunset.

Info for visiting Giardino Giusti

Price: 12 euros (9 euros with the Verona Card) Opening times and more info: Giardino Giusti (official website)

Giardino Giusti

Castelvecchio & Ponte Scaligero

Caught a bad weather front? How about a museum visit? In this case we can recommend a visit to Castelveccios. Today an art museum is housed inside this medieval castle complex.

You could of course also marvel at Castelvecchio or its inner courtyard simply from the outside. To also view the premise from the inside you need to visit the art museum, Museo di Castelvecchio. Here you can look forward to a journey through Veronese paintings from the Gothic period to the 17 th century.

In general, the exhibits are probably more interesting for art lovers. But we found the tour through Castelveccio quite exciting.

At the end of your museum visit you should definitely also take a stroll across Castelveccio’s Ponte Scaligero. This medieval bridge is one of the most beautiful and striking in Verona.

The Arco dei Gavi is also worth taking a detour for, which sits enthroned in the northeast of Castelveccio directly on the riverbank. The benches in front of it are ideal for a short break from sightseeing.

Overview of info for visiting the Museo di Castelvecchio

Price: 9 euros (free with the Verona Card), the inner courtyard is free Opening times and more info: Museo di Castelvecchio (only available in Italian)

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Churches in Verona

Of course, Verona also has some impressive sacred buildings . None of which are quite so spectacular as the Siena Cathedral. However, for the final attractions we would like to introduce you to the two most famous churches in Verona.

Verona Cathedral Complex (= Cattedrale di Santa Maria Matricolare)

The Verona Cathedral comprises of several buildings and therefore is commonly referred to as the “Cathedral Complex”. This complex includes the actual cathedral, the canons’ church of Sant’ Elena, the baptistery of San Giovanni in Fonte, the canons’ cloister and the chapter library.

The church, the actual cathedral, with its façade of Roman and Gothic components is quite the eye-catcher and well worth seeing just from the outside. Of course, you can also take a look inside the cathedral.

Price: 4 euros (free with the Verona Card), or alternatively a combo-ticket (8 euros) for the 4 of Verona’s main churches

Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

Unlike the cathedral, this rather remarkable church is located a little outside the main tourist area and therefore away from the hustle and bustle. You can walk to it from Piazza Brà in around 15 minutes.

The Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore is considered one of the most beautiful Roman churches in all of Italy. Its interior is very noble and not as elaborate as many other churches. The adjoining cloister is also quite a highlight.

Conclusion: If you have a little more time, you definitely should not skip this detour. At the end of your visit, you can also take a stroll through the San Zeno district and enjoy a gelato here.

Price: 4 euros (free with the Verona Card), or alternatively a combo-ticket (8 euros) for all four of Verona’s main churches

Dom von Verona

Tours in Verona

Would you like to get to know Verona beyond the classic sights? Then one of these tours or courses could be something for you. Here you will find unique experiences in Verona.

Castel San Pietro

A classic view in Verona – particularly at sunset! From the walls of the historic castle complex, Castel San Pietro, Verona’s old town lies at your feet. The panorama is simply fantastic.

To get to Castel San Pietro, you first walk over the beautiful Ponte Pietra . Then you can either take the relaxed option of using the cable car or make the hike up by foot. Don’t worry: It takes a lot shorter than you think. In 10 minutes, you’ve already reached the top. 

It is also worthwhile to take a bit of a walk around – you always get varied perspectives back towards the city from different spots. Hot tip: Take a cool drink in your backpack up with you and enjoy it up top as a sundowner – wonderful!

Castel San Pietro

Torre dei Lamberti

You definitely get the best birds-eye-view close to the town centre from Torre dei Lamberti. This striking tower rises up from Verona’s town centre 84 metres into the sky.

We reveal more info for visiting this highly recommendable viewpoint further up in this travel guide in the chapter with the most beautiful sights in Verona.

Verona View

Rooftop Bar at Hotel Milano

Last but not least: You can enjoy an impressive view of the historical wing of the Verona Arena (called “ala”) from the roof of our hotel, Hotel Milano . There you can find a rooftop bar, which is also open to non-hotel guests.

The prices are of course a reflection of the location and rather high, but you can still treat yourself to an Aperitivo. It is located on the fifth floor – so not so high, but high enough to have a dreamy view over Verona’s rooftop landscape in all directions.

Our tips: Be sure to come at sunset. When the sinking sun colours Verona in an orange light, the Aperol Spritz just tastes better. If you are here during the height of summer, we definitely recommend making a reservation – the number of spots available is quite limited.

Rooftop Bar Hotel Milano

Of course, we wouldn’t miss including a few culinary tips for Verona in our travel guide. First up, we’ll let you in on a few important and helpful tips for your trip.

  • Espresso is traditionally drunk at the counter in Italy. It is cheaper there and usually just costs 1 to 1.5 euros max. By the way: If you order a “caffè” you will get an espresso. 
  • Do it like the locals and enjoy an Aperitivo ! In Italy they eat very late in the evening. People meet each other in the city bars beforehand for an Aperitivo. A free snack is usually served with the drink.
  • If you take a seat at a table and are served there, a so-called “coperto” will be charged, which should be understood as a kind of service surcharge. You usually get some bread. (And it almost always tastes worse than you are used to in Austria and Germany – just to warn you.) The coperto-charge varies and is usually around 1.50 to 3 euros per person.   
  • Tipping is rather uncommon in Italy compared to Austria or Germany. Often (but not always) you pay at the counter or at the cash desk near the exit on your way out, and not at the table.
  • Generally, we recommend in Verona – particularly in the main season and especially in the evening – that you make a reservation.

Café & restaurant recommendations

La Lanterna: Vegan & organic – if that sounds like your tastes, you pay this restaurant a visit. It is located a little outside of the inner-city but is the perfect place to be for anyone who is plant-based. Fantastic value for money!

Elk Bakery: Here you will find one of the hippest cafés in Verona. Whether breakfast, an afternoon coffee, or an evening meal – this youthful, stylish eatery is well-frequented at all times of day. You can reach it after a short stroll over the Ponte della Vittoria from Verona’s old town in under 10 minutes.

Ziga: This very nice, vegetarian bistro is located right next to the Elk Bakery. Here they have breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals such as burgers and pasta.

Osteria Caffè Monte Baldo: This authentic Osteria is located in a small alley in the midst of the old town. A lot of locals meet here for an Aperitivo. On the menu you can find traditional Veronese risotto (prepared with the red wine Amarone della Valpolicella). Something cool: They even have vegan meals!

Focacceria La Figaccia: The best focaccia to get you through is found in this tiny store close to Castelvecchios. The only downer: the vegetarian options are quite limited.

Ice cream tips: What would a trip to Verona be without gelato? There is incredible ice cream on practically every corner in Verona. Some noteworthy ones are L’arte Del Gelato or Gelateria La Romana.

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Long researched and finally found: The perfect city hotel for our trip to Verona. In Hotel Milano you stay very central (1 minute away from the Arena) and still peaceful. Huge recommendation!

The rooms are very comfortable and modern and – most importantly for us – the hotel beds are really comfortable. We would definitely recommend not booking the smallest room category, because it would be quite cosy. In any case, there is no lack of amenities – from huge TVs to a free minibar, everything is there.

One highlight is the rooftop bar on the rooftop terrace on the 5th floor. Here we enjoyed our daily Aperitivo with a view of the Arena. Wow! If you wish, you can also make yourself comfortable in the hot tub, although it is integrated into the bar area, so there is not so much privacy.

Something really great: If you arrive by car, you can drive directly to the hotel. Your car will then be parked by the staff in the hotel parking garage – perfect service! We recommend reserve a parking spot before you arrive (price point: approx. 30 euros per night)

We only found that the breakfast could be improved a little – although the very friendly staff make up for it a lot. But okay, breakfast in Italy simply cannot be compared to that of Austria or Germany. Next time we would probably skip it and have breakfast out somewhere.

Our conclusion: A really great hotel, which couldn’t be more centrally located. The service could be a touch more personal, but it is incredible efficient, and the staff are very friendly. We would stay here again anytime.

You can book the hotel here: Hotel Milano

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Thanks for a nicely written travel blog, helpful tips and beautiful photos. You help calm down the excited me 2 weeks before my first trip to Italy. Especially to Verona finally 🥰 Reading your blog does feel like I’m travelling myself 🚂🚂

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Very appropriate trip for a guy named Romeo! Thanks for the detailed tips, especially about Hotel Milano and its rooftop bar. Heading there in a few days and I’ll certainly check it out.

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The historic Italian city of Verona is somewhat synonymous with Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, and having read the play multiple times, I’ve certainly envisaged my own Verona.

So when I had the opportunity to finally visit Verona recently, I was very excited. Naturally, visiting the setting for one of the world’s most famous plays is top of the list, but there are plenty of other things to do in Verona too. In fact, this pretty, peaceful and compact city is one of my favourite places in Italy. It’s easy to explore on foot, the traffic is minimal and there is a real sense of a great Italian lifestyle here.

This travel guide will cover all of the best things to do in Verona, as well as how to get there, where to stay and where to eat!

Best things to do in Verona

Verona Travel Guide: Essential Information

How to get to verona.

Verona is located on the River Adige in the northern Italian region of Veneto. It’s in the shadow of its more famous neighbour, Venice but offers an excellent but under rated Italian getaway.

The city has its own airport, called Valerio Catullo, which is served by a good number of European Airlines. If you’re coming from the US, or further afield, you could also fly into Venice and take a 1 hour train, or Milan Linate where a train takes 1 hour 30 minutes, costing around €15.

From the airport in Verona, it’s a swift 20 minute taxi to the city centre or a 15 minute airport bus to the Verona Porta Nuova train station. This costs €6 each way. You can also arrange a private transfer in advance here .

A beautiful piazza in Verona

How to get around Verona?

One of the best things about Verona is its compact size, and which makes it best navigated on foot. Most of the streets are too narrow to accommodate larger buses too.

If your feet are tired, then you can also easily rent bikes throughout Verona or join a guided bike tour with a local.

How to get around Verona

Where to stay in Verona?

There are countless charming B&Bs and guesthouses in Verona. Many of these are located near to the main areas of Via Mazzini, Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza Bra.

Budget stays: Relais all’Aquila (£70 per night) is a great hotel near Piazza della Erbe offering comfortable rooms for a good value price.

Mid-range hotels: Hotel Milano & Spa (£180 per night) is a great spot for an excellent location, with a stunning rooftop balcony and jacuzzi offering views across the city.

Luxury hotels: Consider the beautiful Due Torri Hotel , which has doubles from £346 per night. This is the perfect blend of old and new, with a delightful central courtyard.

The charming facades of the buildings in Verona

Best things to do in Verona

Verona became a Roman city in the 1st century, and despite many of its most famous buildings dating back 2000 years, they are remarkably well-preserved. The main attractions in Verona are focused around some of the brilliant historical and cultural gems in the city.

Admire Juliet’s Balcony

So of course, no Verona travel guide could not include visiting some of iconic scenes of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. Juliet’s balcony is located at the famous Casa di Giulietta, which can be found on Via Cappello. You can’t miss it as it’s a tourist magnet, and is clearly signposted.

Casa di Giulietta in Verona

There’s a small tunnel leading to the house’s courtyard, and the tourist crowds can make it hard to walk around this area. The small tunnel is covered in chewing gum and handwritten notes, particularly couples marking their love in this romantic location.

The entrance to Casa di Giulietta in Verona

You can view the balcony from the courtyard, or pay to enter the Casa di Giulietta for just €6, or free with a Verona city card. You can explore the house and stand on the balcony itself, but apparently the house inside is a little underwhelming.

The balcony at Casa di Giulietta in Verona

Stop by Casa di Romeo

This is now a privately owned home, but you can see the outside of Romeo’s home on Via Arche Scaligere. This smaller 13th century house has a tower and is built around a set of internal courtyards.

Explore the magnificent Arena di Verona

I was blown away by the amphitheatre in Verona, located in Piazza Bra. It dates back to 30AD, but it is actually better preserved than the Colosseum in Rome!

The Arena di Verona is renowned as the 8th largest amphitheatre from the Roman world and has 50 levels of seating. Today, performances such as opera and rock concerts often take place here in front of audiences as big as 22,000 people!

A ticket to explore costs just €10 and you can freely wander through the amphitheatre. Book your skip-the-line ticket here.

You can also arrange tickets for the Verona Opera Festival here.

The Arena di Verona

Climb the impressive Torre dei Lamberti

Located in the Piazza delle Erbe, this is the tallest tower in Verona at 84m high and well worth the climb to the top. You can either ascend the stairs or take the elevator. It was originally built in the 12th century and boasts incredible views across the city.

Buy your skip-the-line entry tickets here . (€7 per person)

The Torre dei Lamberti

Enjoy lunch in Piazza Bra

Normally, I wouldn’t recommend eating directly across such an iconic sightseeing attraction, but in Verona I do. There are some excellent restaurants lining Piazza Bra, all offering delightful views across the square to the Arena di Verona. Whether you stop for lunch, dinner or an aperitif, it’s a fabulous people-watching spot.

I actually needed to work one afternoon, and found excellent WiFi and delicious food at Liston12 restaurant .

One of the city’s best wine bars, Vini Zampiera alla Mandola, is steps from the Piazza Bra. Here you can sample world-class wines, served with delicious bar snacks such as arancini and cured hams.

Lunch in Piazza Bra, Verona

Take in the views from the Castel San Pietro

A great way to gain perspective of this pretty city is to climb to the top of the Castel, or take the funicular (€2 return) to the viewpoint. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the river, the church spires and the terracotta rooftops from above. It’s also a beautiful spot for sunset.

If you opt for the steps, then make sure to stop at Re Teodorico for a drink on the way up. Even better if you’re visiting for sunset, where you can enjoy an ice cold Aperol Spritz as the sun goes down.

Stroll across the Ponte Pietra

Not only is this the oldest bridge in Verona, but it’s also the prettiest. It dates back to Roman times but was sadly destroyed by the bombings of WW2. The bridge has been lovingly re-built and offers tranquil views over the River Adige and the nearby Castel San Pietro.

Views across Verona from the Ponte Pietra

Enjoy gelato in Piazza delle Erbe

This central market square is smaller than Piazza Bra, but is home to a lively daily market and was once the Roman Forum. On the edges of the piazza is the Torre dei Lamberti and some of the city’s most important buildings. I found excellent gelato at Gelateria Impero and enjoyed sitting in the dappling sunlight in this square.

Delicious gelato in Verona

Browse the stores along Centro Storico

Running from Piazza Bra is the main shopping street, Via Mazzini is a lengthy, pedestrianised street. From here, make sure to visit all the tiny streets stretching off the Via Mazzini. These are the original laneways creating the historical heart of Verona. You can spend hours wandering along these tiny streets, stopping for coffee or to peruse some of the charming stores.

The quaint stores in the Centro Storico, Verona

Take a day trip to Lake Garda

The Italian lakes are a special destination, and where Milan is near Lake Como, Verona is near Lake Garda. Whether you hire a car or head north on the train from the central station, you can be at Lake Garda within 40 minutes. Here you’ll find azure waters, stone castles, lemon groves and gorgeous pink sunsets over the water. The pastel coloured homes are charming, and the cafes are often draped in bougainvillea.

Book a small group tour from Verona to Lake Garda here.

Visit Venice as a day trip

One of the most popular tourist spots in the world, there’s plenty to see and do in Venice for an excellent day trip from Verona. You can get to Venice in 1 hour by train.

Why not also jump aboard the local ferry and visit the stunning islands of Murano and Burano too?

Day trip to Venice from Verona

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So there’s my guide covering all the best things to do in Verona, including where to stay, where to eat and what to see.

I hope this is useful, but please feel free to drop me a line if you would like any further information. Whether you’re visiting the city for a weekend break, or going to Verona as a day trip from Venice, there is plenty on offer. If you are short on time, I recommend a  walking tour taking in the best of the city.

Piazza Bra in Verona

Don’t forget to also check out my Italy guides too, which are below:

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With a population of 219.103, Verona is the largest city in Veneto, Italy by the number of inhabitants. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. Verona deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

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Looking for warm weather? Then head to Verona in July, when the average temperature is 73.4 °F, and the highest can go up to 82.4 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 30.2 °F, with an average temperature of 35.6 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in July, when precipitation is around 3.5″. In contrast, January is usually the driest month of the year in Verona, with an average rainfall of 1.2″.


How to Get to Verona

When flying to Verona, you’ll arrive at Verona Airport (VRN), which is located 8 km from the city center. The shortest flight to Verona from the United States departs from New York and takes around 13h 30m.

Trenitalia is the most popular train carrier serving Verona, followed by ÖBB. The train journey from Verona to Milan takes 1h 10m and costs around $22 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Rome, expect to pay about $37 for a 3h 18m trip. Located 0.2 km from the city center, Verona Porta Nuova is the busiest station in Verona. Another popular train station is Verona Porta Vescovo, located 2.8 km from the center.

Another option to get to Verona is to pick up a car rental from Milan, which is about 140 km from Verona. You’ll find branches of SURPRICE CAR RENTAL and NOLEGGIARE , among others, in Milan.

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Verona, including FlixBus, BlaBlaBus and GoOpti. From Venice, the bus ride to Verona takes 137 km and will cost you around $13. From Milan, the ticket costs about $4 for a journey of 185 km. The most popular bus station is Verona Str di Ca' Brusa', located 5 km from downtown Verona. Verona Piazza Viviani is also a commonly used station, and is 1.8 km from the city center.

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From 5-star hotels such as the NH Collection Palazzo Verona to great affordable options like the Novo Hotel Rossi , Verona offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $116 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $276 and up for a 5-star experience. There are also lots of vacation rental options in Verona, with prices from $54 to $956 per night. Citta Antica is the neighborhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, vacation rentals in Verona are about 5% cheaper than a hotel room in the city.

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Renting a car in Verona costs $46 per day, on average, or $92 if you want to rent if for 2 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 21% more expensive than at Verona.

Expect to pay $7.76 per gallon in Verona (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $93.12 and $124.16. Compact (Toyota Auris or similar) is the most popular car type to rent in Verona, while also 84% cheaper than other types, on average.

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