- For other places with the same name, see Verona (disambiguation).
Verona is a city (pop. ~250,000) in north-eastern Italy's Veneto region.
The city is famous as it is the place where William Shakespeare set his play Romeo and Juliet. Though situated an hour away from the more popular tourist destination, Venice, many people consider Verona a more relaxed, pleasant place to visit. In the year 2000 Verona has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its urban structure and architecture.
The true origin of Verona is some kind of mystery. It was probably founded by an early Italic or Celtic people and then conquered by the Romans. In 89 BC the city became a colonia and in 49 BC it became a municipium. The importance of Verona grew rapidly because of its position at the junction of four of the most important Roman roads of that time.
- Verona-Villafranca Airport (IATA: VRN) (ICAO: LIPX), named after the poet Valerius Catullus and thus also referred to as Verona 'Catullo' Airport , is the closest airport to Verona. It is located 12 km southwest of the city.
- A shuttle bus service (the "Catullo airport service" operated by ATV) connect Verona's main railway station, Verona Porta Nuova to Verona-Villafranca Airport. A single journey costs €6 and travel time is 15-20 minutes. The service runs from 6 am to 11 pm every day with a frequency of 15 minutes during daytime hours. Tickets can be bought from machines at the airport's bus stop, which is outside the Arrivals Terminal, or directly from the bus driver.
- Budget airlines fly from Brussels (Charleroi), Dublin, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Paris-Beauvais, Madrid, Alghero, Palermo, Trapani and Brindisi to Catullo Airport (IATA: VRN) of Verona.
- National carriers fly from Frankfurt, Munich, London-Gatwick, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Fiumicino ('Leonardo da Vinci') and Moscow.
Alternative airports to Verona-Villafranca are Venice 'Marco Polo' Airport or Treviso Sant'Angelo Airport.
- Although Verona Airport is located next to the junction of two motorways, the north-south A22 (Modena-Brennero and continues into Austria) and the east-west A4 (Milan-Venice), the access road to the Airport is located on Dossobuono's SS62 road, which can be accessed by leaving the A22 north of the A4-A22 Junction.
- Rental car companies have stations at Verona-Villafranca Airport.
- Verona Porta Nuova station is served by regional, high-speed and international services. Trenitalia train services operate to destinations within Italy, such as Milan (Milano Centrale), Venice (Venezia Mestre and Venezia S. Lucia), Turin (Torino Porta Nuova and Torion Porta Susa), Bologna (Bologna Centrale), Florence (Firenze S. Maria Novella), Rome (Roma Termini), Trieste (Trieste Centrale) and Bolzano (Bozen).
- International services by ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways), DB (Germany's Deutsche Bahn), SBB-CFF-FFS (Swiss Federal Railways) and Thello (Italy's and France's Trenitalia-SNCF night train) operate at Verona Porta Nuova to Vienna (Wien Miedling and Wien West), Munich (München Hbf and München Ost), Innsbruck (Innsbruck Hbf), Geneva (Geneve/Genf), Dijon and Paris (Paris Gare d'Est).
- Luxury tourist train, the Venice-Simplon Oriental Express, operates between Venice and London (London Victoria) via Verona Porta Nuova, Innsbruck and Paris Gare d'Est).
- 1 hour 22 mins from Milan (Milano Centrale) by EuroCity or high-speed Freccia trains, or 1 hour 50 mins by Trenitalia RV (Regionale Veloce).
- 1 hour 10 mins from Venice (Venezia Santa Lucia) by EuroCity or high-speed Freccia trains, or 1 hour 22 mins by Trenitalia RV (Regionale Veloce), also 2 hours 10 mins by Trenitalia R (Regionale).
- 49 mins from Bologna (Bologna Centrale) by high-speed Freccia or 1 hour 28 mins by Trenitalia RV (Regionale Veloce).
- 5 hours 20 mins from Munich (München Hbf) by EuroCity.
Trenitalia regional (R) trains also call at a smaller station, Verona Porta Vescovo, to the east of Verona Porta Nuova.
Upon arrival at Verona Porta Nuova station, it is 15 minute walk down a long boulevard to reach the centre of town, the Verona Arena (Arena di Verona). Just leave the railway station, walk through the bus station and past a triumphal arch and follow the boulevard Corso Porta Nuova till the end.
Bus services in Verona are operated by ATV . The website has English version and up-to-date timetable and ticket information. As of 2014, a single 'urban' ticket (valid for 90 minutes on as many bus connections within Verona's central area) from ATV's ticket office or any newsagent stores at Verona Porta Nuova station. Buying directly from the bus driver. You can also buy a bus ticket from one of several parking ticket machines scattered around town.
Buses 11, 12 or 13 runs (among others) frequently rush between Verona Porta Nuova and the Verona Arena (bus stop: Piazza Bra). Journey time is 10 minutes. Busses 21, 22, 23, 24 and 61 travel from Porta Nuova to Castelvecchio and Porta Borsari.
Verona has a city bike hire scheme. It has a registration cost of €30 annually, €5 weekly or €2 daily, and is free for 30 minutes, then costs 50c, then 75c for each successive 30 minutes up to one hour, after which the rate goes up. Registration can be done online at https://www.bikeverona.it/
Verona has a scooter hire scheme. Many hiring operators offer their scooter just booking it via their app. You see many scooters everywhere, scanning the qr code you find the instruction for renting it.
Juliet's House and Balcony
Verona was taken over by the Roman Empire in the First Century BC and many Roman-era ruins have been preserved, notably the Arena (which is in the same style as Rome's Colosseum). Most of the historical sights, however, date from the past 800 years. If you are keen on art history, Verona offers a golden opportunity to see the transition of Western European art from late-Medieval to early-Renaissance styles, with its rich offering of 12-Century churches and art museums.
After the Roman Empire came the Republic of Venice from 853 AD until Napoleon Bonaparte conquered the republic. After the Fall of Napoleon in 1815, the Austrian Empire took over the city until 1866.
Verona's military importance under the Austrians has also left city fortifications and an notable castle. Look out for architectural details related to the Scaligeri (or della Scala) family, who ruled the city from the 12th to 14th Century: their family emblem is a ladder, which appears in many places around Verona (scala is Italian for 'ladder').
- Arena, . An enormous, spectacular Roman amphitheatre, crumbling on the outside but still functioning today. It was erected in the 1st Century AD in an elliptical shape and is the world's third-largest amphitheatre to survive from antiquity. Much of the outer ring was damaged during the earthquake of 1117 but the inner part is still intact. If you can, plan your trip during the Opera season and see a performance in the Arena. Ouside the opera season you can visit it during the day.
- Basilica of St Zeno. Located slightly outside the centre. A 10-15 minute walk from the Castellvecchio, but well worth the walk, as it is possibly the richest in devotional artwork and historical preservation in Verona. The church is dedicated to Verona's patron saint, Zeno, a 4th-century North African and a keen fisherman who was ordained Bishop of Verona in 363. Zeno's tomb lies in an atmospheric shrine in the church undercroft, and he is also commemorated with a grinning medieval statue of Zeno in full episcopal robes, dangling a golden fish on the end of a fishing rod. The entrance to the church is graced with a ornate Romanesque façade by Nicolò; like the cathedral, this church was erected after the earthquake of 1117. The church itself was a centre of European pilgrimage for centuries; pilgrims were greeted by huge 10-metre frescoes of St Peter, patron saint of pilgrims. Visitors across the centuries have left their mark - pilgrims happily inscribed graffiti in the frescoes, and signatures dating from 1390 survive to this day. There is also graffiti left by the invading Austrians in 1865.
- Castell San Pietro (St Peter's Castle), (across the Ponte Pietra (Peter Bridge)). Climb the steps up the hill above the Roman Amphitheatre to the Castell San Pietro. This former Austrian barracks dates back to the Austrian occupation of the left bank, and while the building is not open to the public, the views from the hill over Verona are spectacular. Go up in the early evening and enjoy a romantic sunset for free!
- Castelvecchio. A 14th-century, red brick, fortified castle on the banks of the river Aldige. The main castle buildings house the city art museum which is packed with a rich collection of medieval sculpture and Renaissance paintings. As well as the museum, the extensive castle ramparts are great for exploring - ideal for families with children who enjoy running around castle fortifications. The Castelvecchio has an adjoining bridge over the river which is open all the time - walk over the bridge for some fantastic views of the castle on the river.
- Castle Scaligeri.
- Giardino Giusti. One of Italy's most important renaissance/mannerist gardens, with grottoes, fire-breathing masks carved into the hillside etc.
- Juliet's House (Casa di Giulietta), Via Cappello (just off the Piazza delle Erbe). Supposedly the location of the famous balcony love scene from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The house is a major destination for tourist pilgrimage, as the tiny courtyard is normally packed with lovestruck teenagers photographing each other on the famous balcony. In fact, the house has no connection with Shakespeare's fictional characters - although the house is old, the balcony was added in 1936 and declared to be "Juliet's house" to attract tourists. You can visit the house itself - it contains a sparse collection of Renaissance frescoes rescued from other demolished palaces, and the bed from Zeffirelli's 1968 movie, but not a lot more.
The balcony overlooks a tiny courtyard containing a statue of Juliet. There is an unbelievable amount of graffiti and general scrawling on the walls, floor, seats, anything that will hold ink - there is a tradition of writing love messages to Juliet, and visitors leave notes, trinkets and bits of chewing gum fashioned into love hearts. Juliet's house is a popular romantic shrine, but its popularity belies its value; compared to some of the treasures around Verona, Juliet's house has very little to offer. So, if Juliet lived here, what about Romeo? A couple of streets away the house at 4, Via Arche Scaligere has been designated as his home. It is private, so other than a sign on the wall there is nothing much to see.
- Juliet's Tomb. at the Capuchin Church, which also houses the Antonian Fresco Museum.
- Lamberti's Tower (Torre dei Lamberti). Completed in 1463, this is the tallest of Verona's towers. The unmistakable clock tower looms over the Piazza delle Erbe, and you enter via the palace courtyard. Although there are 238 steps to the top, there is a lift! Views from the top are breathtaking.
- Other churches. Sant' Anastasia, San Lorenzo Maggiore and San Fermo Maggiore
- Piazza delle Erbe. Home of the Forum in Roman times this is still a focal point of the city. Contains the 'Britney Verona' fountain, 14th century 'Gardello Tower', and a market that, while picturesque, seems to have become another tourist cliché during its recent refurbishment.
- Porta Borsari. The remains of a Roman gate, dates to at least the 2nd Century AD, but is almost certainly older.
- Roman amphitheatre (Teatro Romano). Across the river on the hill, in the north-east of the city.
- Roman Theatre. Where theatre performances still take place. It is also the seat of the Archaeological Museum.
- San Giorgetta. A tiny chapel immediately next to San'Anastasia. Easily overlooked, this church s richly decorated with early Renaissance frescoes depicting the walled garden of the Virgin Mary.
- Verona Cathedral (Duomo di Verona). was built to replace an 8th-century church which was destroyed in the earthquake of 1117. Consecrated in 1187, the church features an ornate marble Romanesque façade by the Veronese architect Nicolò; its pillars are supported by two griffins. Stone reliefs around the door include Biblical scenes. The smaller side door is also worth a look - medieval carvings include Jonah being swallowed by a whale. Inside, the nave has many Gothic alterations, and oil paintings around the side chapels include an Assumption by Tiziano. The Romanesque baptistery adjoining the chapel of Sant'Elena is preserved, with its exquisite marble font and collection of medieval paintings.
There's a sightseeing pass called Verona City Card, that allows free entry to major attractions and gives you a food and wine tasting.
- Bike Tour, Stradone Porta Palio 29, 37122 Verona, ([email protected]), . Everyday at 9:30. Tour with the bike through Verona.
- Christmas market. Visit the Christmas markets during your winter holidays
- Filarmonic Theatre (Teatro Filarmonico), Via Roma, 3, 37122 Verona, . Go to listen classical music at Filarmonic Theatre, one of the most ancient of Italy.
- Lamberti tower, Via della Costa, 2, 37121 Verona, ☎ +39 045 927 3027, . Climb to the top of this tower (There is a lift for the persons with disability).
- Panorama. Climb the narrow staircase and enjoy the sweeping panorama over the rooftops of Verona from the Castel San Pietro.
- Town center lookout. Take a short walk to Castel San Pietro for a great lookout on the town center.
- Verona edition of whaiwhai, . If you'd rather find your way through the city on your own instead of being guided consider about whaiwhai. Series of guidebooks turn visits to Verona into intriguing treasure hunts.
- Verona golden mile, (look bellow section Buy). Shop till you drop on Verona's golden mile.
- Verona Highlights Walking Tour, Stradone Porta Palio 29, 37122 Verona, ☎ +39 045 221 8575 ([email protected]), . Everyday at 10:00. Pleasant walking tour through the enchanting streets of Verona
- Verona opera, ☎ +39 045 800 5151, . See an opera in the Arena during the Verona opera season.
- View from S. Maria di Lourdes Sanctuary (Santuario della Nostra Signora di Lourdes), Viale dei Colli, 27, 37128 Verona, . Take the Bus for a breathtaking view from S. Maria di Lourdes Sanctuary, placed on the edge of Verona's highest hill.
- Christmas market, Piazza dei Signori, . It takes place in Verona centre every Christmastime from Nov 15th to 26th Dec
- Vinitaly, . The largest wine and spirits exhibition in the world. It takes place in Verona Fiere every April.
- Antica Salumeria Albertini, Corso Sant'Anastasia, 41, 37121 Verona, ☎ +39 045 803 1074. Featuring old style furniture, this delicatessen food shop has a wide range of local and Italian salami, cheeses, canned and dry foods. It's located just 5 minutes away from Piazza delle Erbe.
- Confetteria Filarmonica, Via Roma 7b, 37121 Verona, ☎ +39 045 594 775, . Excellent family-run wine, sweet and local delicatessen shop located in between Castelvecchio and Arena. It features a vast range of chocolates, pandoro, mandorlato (almond sweet with eggs).
- Corso Porta Borsari. It is another elegant shopping street in Verona. There are very nice shops, like Lo Scrittorio, an old fashioned shop selling papery and elegant pens and pencils.
- Corso Santa Anastasia. This street is the centre of antiques shops' zone. Narrow streets where you can find authentic masterpieces.
- Piazzetta Monte, . The picturesque square is hidden behind the most renowned Piazza Erbe was the location of an ancient charity pawnbroker. There are located some of the nicest small craft shops the oldest jewelry store in Verona since 1928. The square was built upon the rests of the Roman Capitolium. Some remains are still visible in the nearby basements of Corte Sgarzerie.
- Via Mazzini. It is Verona's golden mile of shopping, taking you between Piazza Bra and Piazza delle Erbe. Most of the major Italian labels are represented and even if you can't afford them it's great to wander and window shop.
- Horse-meat (cavallo), a local specialty. Pastissada de caval, is a dish of braised horse meat, as is Picula de Caval.
- Rice dishes feature widely on restaurant menus. Try Risotto all'Amarone, one of the most delicious dishes of Verona culinary tradition made with three of the top products of Verona territory: the Amarone wine, the Vialone Nano's rice varietal of Verona, the Monte Veronese cheese.
- Al Carro Armato, Vicolo Gatto, 2a, 37121 Verona, ☎ +39 045 803 0175, . Tuesday closed. This is a charming atmosphere and good value restaurant and wine bar in the 'ancient canteen' style with the shared tables and paper place mats. Food is authentically Veronian, but unpretentious. There is an enormous, equally good value wine list, which can however rise to meet all budgets.
- Al Duomo, Via Duomo, 7, 37121 Verona, ☎ +39 045 800 4505, . Osteria Trattoria. Excellent family-run home cooking restaurant, just next to the Cathedral ((as its name suggests). It's popular with the local Veronese (a good sign) and with a menu full of traditional local speciallities. You'll find this is a good place to blend in with the local scene, and has welcoming staff who will help you with unfamiliar items on the menu. On Wednesdays, Al' Duomo plays host to a local mandolin ensemble, so if you're on a traditional music tour, put this on your list. As it's a popular place, booking is advised. Menus are not overpriced.
- Locanda 4 Cuochi, Via Alberto Mario 12, 37121 Verona, ☎ +39 045 803 0311 ([email protected]), . Italian Restaurant
- Nastro Azzurro, Vicolo Listone, 4, 37121 Verona, ☎ +39 045 800 4457 ([email protected], fax: +39 045 596 527), . Restaurant
- Saporè Downtown, Via Amanti, 6/8, 37121 Verona, ☎ +39 045 803 2221 ([email protected]), . Pizza Restaurant
- Vecio Macello, Via Macello, 8, 37121 Verona, ☎ +39 349 873 7909 ([email protected]), . Open everyday 12:00 – 14:30 and 19:00 – 22:30. Seafood Restaurant
Avoid the hordes of tourists in Piazza Bra and head to Piazza delle Erbe. At least slightly more genuine, this Piazza has a number of good bars where you can sit and enjoy a coffee or appetizer in the sun. Great for your coffee in the morning and your drinks into the evening.
Rossa di Verona is a local beer with an unique taste served only in the city of Verona and close surroundings. It can not be found in supermarkets, but many restaurants in Verona sell it. A must-try for beer lovers!
- Borsari, Corso Porta Borsari, 15 D, 37121 Verona, ☎ +39 347 771 1940. Caffè Tubino is a small roaster that serves the best coffee in town. Many Veronese buy freshly ground coffee here. The Viennese cappuccino (with whipped cream) is a must.
- Campus, Via Venti Settembre, 18, 37129 Verona, ☎ +39 349 428 7094, . Pub
- Osteria A La Carega, Via Cadrega, 8, 37121 Verona, ☎ +39 045 806 9248, . Restaurant. Experience the traditional wine taste
- Pasticceria Cordioli, Via Cappello, 37, 37121 Verona, ☎ +39 045 800 3055 ([email protected]), . Old fashion pastry Shop and Bar since 1910 with the artisanal cakes, sweet treats, coffee and tea.
- Savoia Verona, Via Roma, 1/B, 37121 Verona. Ice cream
- Valpolicella tasting, ☎ +39 349 006 7155 ([email protected]), . Tour
Verona is frequented annually by millions of tourists, so you'll be able to choose among a lot of different accommodation options, all a lot cheaper than nearby Venice. However it is essential to have booked hotel accommodation on days when the annual arena opera performances fdsa are taking place. Turn up on spec or late and it is possible to find every bed in the city taken.
In the city you'll find famous luxurious hotels, such as Due Torri or Accademia. In the nearby province there are a lot of enchanting small B&B and holiday farms.
There are three youth hostels in Verona, all of which are within walking distance of the town centre and a short bus ride from the main train station (Porta Nuova). A tourist map, available from the station's tourist information centre, will point you to their locations. The northeastern most hostel of the trio, near Piazza Isolo (regular buses from Porta Nuova) has a stunning converted Renaissance complex complete with porticoes, verandas and a huge forested garden.
- Camping Castel San Pietro (Campeggio Castel San Pietro), Via Castel S. Pietro, 2, 37129 Verona, ☎ +39 045 592 037 ([email protected]), . There is a campsite with spectacular views over the city and about 15 minutes walk from the centre. Peaceful, low budget, luxuriant vegetation. Also cabins and tents-for-rent offered.
- Il Ghiro B&B, Via Negrelli 21, 37138 Verona (Verona Centre), ☎ +39 329 495 9620 ([email protected]), . A few minutes walking from Railway station and from the Arena, just 15 minutes driving from the highway exits Verona Nord or Verona Sud, with free parking; all touristic attractions in a walking distance. Two colored and cozy double rooms. English and German spoken.
- Sommavalle Verona, Via Sommavalle 9a, 37128 Verona, ☎ +39 346 140 4242 ([email protected], fax: +39 045 835 0502), . Farm located in the Torricelle suburb north of Verona, 4Km from the historical center; it occupies a sunny and panoramic area on the southern side of a hill about 300m above sea level. It can be easily reached by car or with the urban bus service. Reaching the train station (Verona Porta Nuova) will take about 20 minutes by car. Beautiful rooms.
- Ca' del Ferro, Via Cà del Ferro, 15, 37132 San Martino Buon Albergo, ☎ +39 334 801 6280 ([email protected]), . Farm B&B is located 15Km from the heart of Verona, this bed and breakfast (country house) is ideal to relax and enjoy home made jams, cakes and muffins for breakfast! Rooms are very cosy and spacious and the owner is very helpful and friendly. You need to have a car though to reach it and move around, but it's conveniently located if you want to travel around Veneto or if you are thinking of staying in Verona for one or two weeks.
- CTC Hotel Verona, Via Monte Pastello, 28, 37057 San Giovanni Lupatoto, ☎ +39 045 875 4111 ([email protected], fax: +39 045 8754120), . Hotel
- Delo Relais, Via del Torresin, 37141 Verona, ☎ +39 045 485 8380 ([email protected], fax: +39 045 485 8395), . Farm. It is a charming farmhouse a few kilometers away from Verona city center in the Veneto hills. The property features 4 standard rooms, 2 junior suites and 2 suites. Open all year.
- Gardenia, Via Unità d'Italia, 350, 37132 Verona, ☎ +39 045 972 122 ([email protected], fax: +39 045 892 0157), . High quality service Hotel
- Grand Hotel Des Arts, Corso Porta Nuova, 105, 37122 Verona, ☎ +39 045 595 600 ([email protected], fax: +39 045 596 385), . An elegant aristocratic building decorated with paintings and sculptures of some of best Italian artist of the 20th century, for this luxury four star hotel of Verona. From the Grand Hotel one can easily reach by walk the famous Arena and the other monuments of the historic centre of Verona.
- Italia, Via Goffredo Mameli, 58/66, 37126 Verona, ☎ +39 045 918 088 (fax: +39 045 834 8028), . Hotel. Thanks to its large meeting room, restaurant and comfortable position close to the Central Train Station and the city centre of Verona, this excellent and economic three star hotel is one of the best accommodations for both business travelers and holiday makers coming to Verona, the romantic city of Romeo and Juliet.
- Mambrotta (Agriturismo Verona Mambrotta), Via Case Nove, 3, 37036 Mambrotta, ☎ +39 329 232 2572 ([email protected], fax: +39 045 882 0029), . Farm B&B Mambrotta, located 14 Km from the center of Verona. The Bed and Breakfast is situated only 2 minutes from autostrada A4 VERONA EST exit, in a quiet and wonderful environment of Venetian plain, in Mambrotta village. It's only 20 minutes by car to Opera of Arena of Verona and to Soave town, it's only 18 minutes by car to Verona fair show and exhibitions.
- Montemezzi, Via Verona, 92, 37068 Vigasio, ☎ +39 045 736 3566 (fax: +39 045 736 4888), . Hotel
- Postumia, Via Cavour, 71, 37062 Dossobuono, ☎ +39 045 860 0671, . Hotel
- Siena, Via Guglielmo Marconi, 41, 37121 Verona, ☎ +39 045 800 3074 (fax: +39 045 800 2182), . Hotel
- Veronesi La Torre Airport Hotel, Via Monte Baldo, 22, 37062 Dossobuono, ☎ +39 045 860 4811, . Located next to Verona’s Airport (Valerio Catullo). Veronesi La Torre is a former monastery renovated to hotel. Features 78 hotel rooms.
- Gardaland Resort Hotel, Via Palu’ 1, Castelnuovo del Garda 37014, Verona, Italy, ☎ +39 045 640 4000 ([email protected], fax: +39 045 640 4444), . Resort Hotel is located on the shores of Lake Garda.
The surrounding area around Verona offers access to some of Italy's most spectacular scenery - to the north you have rolling hills with vineyards and small towns, to the west the Lake Garda (Lago di Garda).
- Drive to the nearby valley Valpolicella, famous for its renowned Amarone, Recioto and valpolicella wines as well as for its ancient villas.
- Lake Garda can be easily reached from Verona for a day trip. Buses run by APTV (the regional bus company) leave from Porta Nuova - catch a 62-64 bus in the morning from the railway station or from Corso Porta Nuova (the boulevard just south of Piazza Bra). It takes about 2-3 hours, depending on lakeside traffic (which can be heavy), to reach pretty towns of Malcesine or Nago-Torbole. Tickets can be bought from the tobacco shop down the road or on the bus. (Lake Garda is in Zone C). Get a timetable (orario) .