Verona is one of the most famous tourist cities in Italy. The city of Romeo and Juliet itself attracts tourists. As well as numerous ski resorts located in transport accessibility. And, of course, the Italian lakes: Garda and Como.
Verona is two thousand years of history. Which frozen in charming old streets. An ancient Roman amphitheater, medieval churches. As well as numerous attractions and monuments. It is a city imbued with an atmosphere of romance. And a centuries-old past, with a magnificent historical center. Included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Along the Adige River, people have settled since prehistoric times. In 89 BC. e. Verona received the status of a Roman colony, so the period of its heyday began. In Roman times, Verona was an important center for the transport system in the north-east of the country, where four roads crossed. From the 5th to the 12th century, the city used as a fortress during numerous battles between the Goths, Franks, and Longobards. Since 1405, the city has become part of the Venetian Republic, under whose rule it stayed for almost 4 centuries.
In 1796, Verona taken by Napoleon. And in 1797 ceded to Austria. 1801 the city divided into two parts. on the right bank of the Adige – the French part, on the left – the Austrian part. In 1805, the entire city came under French rule. In 1815, Verona became Austrian again. The city became Italian only in 1866 during the capture of the Venice region during the Third Italian War of Independence. 1882, a terrible flood destroyed most of Verona. In order to protect the city, the banks of the Adige River extended and fortified in the following years.
In addition, a special tunnel built to let water from the river into Lake Garda in case of flooding. Today the city is an important geographic junction of roads and railways. The population of modern Verona is about 250 thousand people. In Italy, Verona is known mainly for the story of Romeo and Juliet. And for numerous concerts in the Roman amphitheater Arena di Verona.
Verona is an economically active, dynamic city that attracts a huge number of tourists. It is a big industrial center of the country. The city has enterprises of mechanical engineering and metallurgy, woodworking, and chemical industries. The light and food industries also developed.
Verona is an important transport hub for the country. The city crossed by several highways of national importance. There’s an international airport nearby, through which, among other things, goods delivered from Italy.
If you plan to see all the sights of Verona, it is better to immediately buy a tourist ticket, Verona Card. With it, you can save a lot, even if you spend just one day in Verona.
This bridge, one of the main attractions of Verona, built-in 1354 together with the Castelvecchio castle. If you look closely, you can see that the bridge is slightly tilted towards the left bank of the river. Which would allow a faster escape in the event of a military attack.
This ancient bridge built in the 1st century BC. over the natural ford of the river. It originally wooden, but later it rebuilt from red and white stone. Part of the bridge on the right bank of the river made in the Middle Ages, with some details added by Alberto Della Scala in 1298 (several towers, one of which has survived to this day. The two main arches of the bridge rebuilt in 1520 during the Venetian domination.
Arena of Verona
Address: Piazza Bra – tel. 045 8003204
- Monday from 13:30 to 19:30
- Tuesday to Sunday 8:30 am to 7:30 pm
- (The ticket office closes at 18.30). During performances, the arena closes at 16:30.
- EUR 6.00
- groups of 15 people and older people over 60 € 4.50
- children 8-14 years old accompanied by 1,00 €
- First Sunday of the month € 1.00 (Except months: June, July, August and September)
- Arena + Maffeiano Combo Ticket:
- Full € 7.00 – preferential € 5.00
Lamberti Tower – Torre dei Lamberti
Address: Via della Costa 1, tel. 045 9273027 – [email protected]
The tallest tower in Verona.
- In winter (from October 1 to May 31) – Monday to Sunday: 8.30 – 19.30
- Summer Time (June 1 to September 30) – Monday to Sunday: 8:30 am to 8:30 pm except Friday: 8:30 am to 11:00 pm
- Full – € 6.00
- concessionary – € 4.50
- children 8-14 years old accompanied by 1,00 €
- Free for guides, teachers, children under 7 accompanied by adults.
- First Sunday of the month € 1.00 (Except months: June, July, August and September)
For more information: www.agec.it
Address: Via Santa Maria Antica, 4
- Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
- closed on mondays
- full € 2.00
- Discount € 1:00
Juliet’s House (Casa di Giulietta)
Address: Via Cappello, 23 – tel. +39 045 8034303
- Tuesday-Sunday: 8.30 – 19.30 (last entry: 18.45)
- Monday: 13.30 – 19.30 (last entry: 18.45)
- Full € 4.50
- small groups, seniors (over 60) and students € 3.00
- children 8-14 years old accompanied by 1,00 €
- First Sunday of the month € 1.00 (Except months: June, July, August and September)
Combo ticket: Juliet’s grave + Juliet’s house:
- Full € 7.00 – Reduced € 5.00
Juliet’s Tomb (Tomba di Giulietta)
Address: Via Pontiere 35 – tel. 045 8000361 Working
hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 8.30 – 19.30
Monday: 13:30 – 19:30
Ticket office closes at 18:45.
Tickets: Full € 4.50
small groups, seniors (over 60) and students € 3.00
children aged 8-14 accompanied by € 1.00
First Sunday of the month € 1.00 (Except months: June, July, August and September)
Combined ticket: Juliet’s Tomb + Juliet’s House:
Full € 7.00 – Reduced € 5.00
Portoni della bra
This gate consists of a pentagonal tower from the Visconti period and impressive Romanesque arches, over which a clock hangs.
The gate is located next to the Piazza Bra.
You can get a closer look at the gate from the upper floor of the Lapidario Maffeiano Museum, where the entrance is located to the left of the gate.
Address: Piazza Bra.
The palazzo houses the city hall. The building was built in the first half of the 19th century according to the design of the engineer Barbieri. Here was the headquarters of the Austrian Civil Guard. You can only see the palace from the outside, entry is prohibited.
Every street in the old city center eventually leads to this square. Previously, there was a Roman forum. Now there is a lively and picturesque market (daily except Sun). In the center of the square, there is a fountain with a statue of the Madonna of Verona. There are several palazzo on the square, among which: Case Mazzanti, decorated with numerous frescoes, Lamberti tower, on the left – Case del Ghetto and Domus Mercatorum.
This fountain is one of the symbols of the city. It was created in 1368 by Cansignorio from marble from the ancient Roman forum and thermal baths. The fountain was erected to commemorate the construction of the aqueduct that brings water to Verona from the River Aveza.
The Grand Palace is located in the northwest of Piazza Erbe, to the right of the Gradello Tower. The name of the architect of the palace is unknown, presumably a Roman. The lush baroque building is divided into three floors. On the top one can see statues of 6 deities: Hercules, Jupiter, Venus, Mercury, Apollo and Minerva. Almost all of the sculptures are made from local stone.
The most significant medieval building in Verona, this castle was built on the banks of the Adige in 1354 by Sangrende II della Scala in order to protect Verona and also to have an emergency exit to the north, where his Austrian relatives lived. Now the castle houses a museum.
- Opening hours: daily 8:30 – 19:30, Mon – from 13:30.
- Tickets: full – € 6.00, students 14 – 30 years old – € 4.50, children 8 – 13 years old – € 1.00.
- First Sunday of the month € 1.00 with Verona Card. (Except months: June, July, August, and September).
Piazza dei signori
Piazza dei Signori, also known as Piazza Dante, as this writer stands right in the center of the square. Several palaces overlook this square at once: Palazzo della Ragione and Cortile Mercato Vecchio, Palazzo del Capitano and Palazzo del Governo, Loggia del Consiglio and Domus Nova.
Passing Palazzo del Capitano you can visit the Arche Scaligere, the monumental tomb of the Lords of Verona, which is located near the church of Santa Maria Antica.
This gate is one of the oldest reminders of the Roman era. There are inscriptions on them dating back to 49 AD. to commemorate the creation of a new Roman city. During archaeological excavations, the foundations of observation towers left over from the walls and the original stones of a Roman road were found nearby.
- Address : C.so Castelvecchio, 2 – tel. 045 8062611
- Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday 8:30 am to 7:30 pm (last entry 6.45 pm)
Monday: 1:30 pm to 7:30 pm Tickets: Full: € 6.00 small groups, seniors (over 60) and students: 4, 50 € children 8-14 years old (only accompanied): 1.00 €
- First Sunday of the month € 1.00 (except : June, July, August, and September)
Castelvecchio Museum + Maffeiano Museum Combined Ticket: Full: € 7.00 Reduced: € 5.00
Centro Internazionale di Fotografia Scavi Scaligeri
- Address : Cortile del Tribunale (Piazza Viviani) – tel. 045 8007490
- Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00 – 19.00
(last entry 18.30), closed on Mondays
open only during exhibitions.
- Tickets: Full: € 5.00
seniors (over 60) and students: € 3.00
children 8-14 years ( accompanied only ): € 1.00
Excursions in Verona
Excursion by carriage in Verona
- Walk € 25.00 (about 20 minutes)
- City center tour € 40.00 (35 minutes)
- City Center Grand Tour € 60.00 (50 minutes)
- Romeo and Juliet € 90.00 (80 minutes, with stops at the grave and near Juliet’s house).
- Cost for 1 – 5 people, hourly cost € 70.00. Reservation – € 30.00.
Bus tour of Verona
Sightseeing buses run through the center of Verona with 7 stops that are free to get off and on.
- Audio guide in 7 languages, including English.
- Departure: Piazza Bra
- Frequency: once per hour
- Ticket for 24 hours – 20 € (for both routes)
There are 2 excursion routes in Verona:
7 stops, double-decker open bus:
- Corso porta nuova
- Porta Nuova Railway Station
- Piazza Pozza – Basilica of San Zeno
- Castelvecchio Museum and Castle
- Via Diaz – Porta Borsari
- Roman theater
- Porta Leoni.
- From June 1 to September 30 – 9 – 19 (last departure).
- From October 1 to October 31 – 10 am – 6 pm (last departure).
- Piazza Bra
- Via Pallone – Juliet’s tomb
- Via Giardini Giusti
- S. Stefano – Roman Theater
- Castel S. Peter – Panorama
- The cathedral
- Piazza Erbe – Juliet’s House
- Porta leoni
The full day ticket is valid for both routes.
Tickets for the Verona sightseeing bus:
- Adults: 20 €
- children aged 5 to 15: 10 €
- Family of 2 adults + 2 children: 50 €
Ristorante Il Desco
This place is known throughout Italy and has two Michelin stars. It is worth trying homemade maltagliati pasta with tomatoes and eggplant, goose foie gras and St. Petra with porcini mushrooms, artichokes and thyme in lemon sauce.
- Address: Via Dietro San Sebastiano, 7
- Tel +39 045 595 358
Antica Bottega Del Vino
This is a traditional historic osteria where you can sample Veronese cuisine. Risotto all’amarone (typical local red wine) is a must-try. Here you can not only eat but also taste local wines, as the wine list offers a wide selection of wines from the region and Italy. During opera season, this place is very popular with singers.
Located right in front of the Castelvecchio castle, this restaurant is decorated with period furniture and huge mirrors. Someone considers this place kitsch, while others love it for its special charm. Here you can taste fried and boiled meat with various sauces. It is worth trying pearà, made with bread, peppers, courgettes, green sauce and horseradish.
The building of the restaurant built in 1831.
Trattoria Il Pompiere
One of the oldest trattorias in Verona, where you can taste traditional food. Salted pork and cheeses are especially recommended.
A great place to sample local cuisine, or just have a glass of wine and salami. Popular with locals, picturesque and welcoming. Located near the cathedral.
- Address: Via Duomo, 7A
- Tel +39 045 800 4505
Pizzeria da salvatore
Here you will find the best pizza in Verona: small and crunchy like the locals love. Inside you can see photos of celebrities who have visited this pizzeria hung on the walls.
- Address: Piazza S. Tommaso, 6
- Tel +39 045 803 0366
Pizzeria al redentore
A cozy pizzeria located in an old church, near the Roman theater, serving delicious pizza. Prices start at € 3.50.
Traditional dishes of Verona
Bigoli – regional homemade spaghetti. Served with sardines. Traditionally, duck eggs and buckwheat flour are used to make these pasta. Now it is more often made from whole grain flour.
Gnocchi – small oblong pieces of boiled dough, dumplings. It is a traditional type of Italian pasta since Roman times. Gnocchi were introduced into the diet of the army during the expansion of the Roman region deep into the European region. Potato gnocchi are popular in the Veneto region. Variant gnocchi di pane – made from bread, like German knödel. There is an option with finely chopped spinach, which makes the gnocchi turn green.
Risotto is a special rice cooked with fried onions and white wine. It turns out something like a thick rice porridge with a characteristic taste. Various options are made, including with the addition of mushrooms.
Tagliatelle ( tagliatelle ) with seasonal vegetables – pasta in the form of a wide strip.
Oven-baked pork with mashed potatoes
Salted cod a la Vicenza
PASTISSADA DE CAVAL – Horse meat stew . Horse meat has been eaten here since ancient times, when, after the collapse of the Roman Empire, barbarian tribes from Europe came to these lands, who quite often ate horse meat. Usually served with polenta.
Polenta is a thick porridge made from finely chopped corn.
LESSO con la PEARA – boiled meat with pepper sauce.
Desserts of Verona:
BACI DI GIULIETTA (Juliet’s kiss) – small cakes with chocolate filling. They come from plain and chocolate dough.
RUFIOI – fried sweets, usually prepared during the carnival. Sprinkle with icing sugar before serving.
SBRISOLONE – shortbread cookies with almonds. Before eating, it is dipped in grappa. They are made in the form of cookies themselves or baked in the form of small muffins.
Tiramisu is a traditional Italian cake widely known all over the world. It is made from special biscuit cookies, which are soaked with coffee, with sweet moscarpone cheese, everything is sprinkled with cocoa on top. Served in the form of pieces of cake, and as a dessert in a glass or glass.
Millefeuille is a puff pastry with custard layers.
Semifreddo is a semi – frozen dessert, usually an ice cream cake. Similar in texture to frozen mousse. Usually made in half with ice cream and whipped cream. Served with fruits or with sweet sauce, garnished with chocolate pieces and nuts.
Transport in Verona
public transport in Verona is represented only by buses that run both within the city and its suburbs, and throughout the region – in the provinces of Mantova, Vicenza and Rovigo. The city buses are called Urbani, and the suburban and intercity buses are called Extraurbani. Both are operated by ATV (Azienda Trasporti Verona, www.atv.verona.it ), where you can find routes, timetables and prices.
City buses in Verona
Tourists can benefit from buses with numbers 11, 12 and 13, which connect the central railway station Stazione Porta Nuova with the central concert and sports ground Arena di Verona.
City bus tickets
Tickets can be purchased in advance at special ticket offices, the tourist office and tobacco kiosks (Tabaccheria).
A single trip within the city of Verona costs 1.3 euros. Such a ticket can be purchased at the box office and must be validated upon boarding. With such a ticket, you can make transfers: for boarding buses, it is valid for 60 minutes, the whole trip must be completed within 90 minutes.
In vending machines installed inside city buses, you can buy a single ticket for 1.5 euros. The machine does not give change. Such a ticket is valid for one trip only, one way, it is not allowed to make transfers with it.
Carnet is a set of 10 tickets. Cost: 11.7 euros. Carnet can be used by multiple people. One ticket is valid for landings within 60 minutes after composting. All 10 tickets must be presented to the controller at a time. For each new trip of one person, one ticket must be validated. Carnet can be purchased at transport ticket offices.
A day ticket costs 4 euros. It is allowed to use it until midnight of the day on which it was first punched. Moreover, with each new trip, it is necessary to compost it again. The ticket can be purchased at the box office.
In the vicinity of Verona, tourists are most interested in Lake Garda. During the summer season, the number of regular buses in this direction is large. Most popular routes:
- Verona – Aeroporto – Peschiera – Lazise – Garda: buses no. 162, 163, 164, 183, 205.
- Peschiera – Lazise – Garda – Malcesine – Riva del Garda: buses no. 183 and 184. To get to the various villages on the lakeside, you need to change to the following buses:
- Garda – Costermano – Albisano – S. Zeno di Montagna – Prada: bus 170;
- Garda – Bardolino – Costermano – Caprino – Ferrara di Monte Baldo: bus number 176;
- Costermano – Garda – Lazise – Colà – Sandrà – Pastrengo: buses 177 and 178.
Suburban bus tickets
Tickets for different destinations cost differently. But for those who are going to travel a lot in the region, passes that are valid on both the Urbani city buses and the Extraurbani suburban buses may come in handy:
- 1-travel pass for one day – 13 euros;
- 2-travel pass for three days – 27 euros;
- 3-travel pass for seven days – 49 euros.
You can buy them at the Tourist Office of Verona, at the airport, and at the box office in the cities of Peschiera, Lazise, Bardolino, Garda and Malcesine.
Bus from Verona to airport
The shuttle bus from Verona city center to Velerio Catullo airport departs from the central train station – Verona Porta Nuova. The earliest departure is at 5:15 am, then at 6:10 am and then every 20 minutes. The last bus is at 11:10 pm.
The cost of the trip is 5 euros. The ticket can be purchased at the tourist offices in Verona and at the airport, at the train station tobacco shops and from the driver.
In addition, bus no. 164 runs through the region from Lake Garda to Catullo Airport, which also runs through Verona.
Bicycles in and around Verona
Verona has a city bike rental network. They cost € 2 per day, € 5 per week or € 30 per year. If the trips are no more than 30 minutes, then no additional payment will be charged. Longer use costs little money. You need to register on the website www.bikeverona.it .
The Verona Card offers free admission to some of the most popular museums, monuments, and churches, as well as the use of public transport. Discounts are also offered for a number of attractions. A card for 24 hours costs 15 euros, for 72 hours – 20 euros.
Shopping in Verona
Shopping in the city
Verona has streets almost completely filled with shops. In some places they are diluted with restaurants, which is also convenient, as shopping often wants to relax with lunch or coffee. There are two such streets:
- Via Mazzini,
- Corso Porta Borsari.
The first begins at the Arena di Verona – a famous city landmark, an ancient amphitheater. And it ends at the crossroads with Via Cappello, the street where Juliet’s House is located, another interesting landmark of Verona. It should not be surprising that Via Mazzini is constantly crowded. After all, not only shopaholics go there, but also tourists moving from one attraction to another. But this street is just made for shopping! There are a lot of boutiques with clothes, shoes, accessories of Italian brands.
Shopping in Verona will be successful at Corso Porta Borsari. It runs parallel to Via Mazzini. There are also many clothing and footwear stores, souvenir shops, and cafes where you can take a break from shopping.
What can you buy profitably in Verona? Products from Italian designers:
- leather shoes and bags,
- fur coats made of natural fur (as well as faux fur, because many brands refuse natural fur for ethical reasons),
- clothes and fabrics,
- jewelry and bijouterie.
Outlets near Verona
There are no outlets close to the city. And that can be frustrating for seasoned shopaholics. After all, it is in the outlets that you can buy cheap clothes, shoes and other goods. But there is a way out!
The nearest outlet to Verona is located on the road to Milan. And if you want to combine an excursion to another city, then you can stop by Franciacorta Outlet Village. There are more than one and a half hundred shops here. You can buy not only clothes and shoes, but also a lot of other products from Italian brands. Moreover, most of the goods will be much cheaper than in the city. This outlet has entertainment for children, so you can take small tourists with you, they will not be bored. And of course, here you can dine, there are pizzerias and cafes.
Where to stay in Verona
Before renting a house in Verona, foreigners should understand the structure and infrastructure of the city. The central regions are Chita Antica , San Zeno , Cittadella and Veronetta . Due to their location in the historic center, they are quite budget-friendly. Here tourists will be able to rent a house for no less than 80 €. Therefore, we recommend staying in these places for a short period if you want to cover as many attractions as possible within the accommodation.
Not far from the central districts, there is another good tourist option – Borgo Trento. Tourists practically do not stay here, there are also few hotels. But you can rent an apartment with a good view of the city. The area is especially suitable for families and families with children. Many attractions can be reached on foot from here, although Borgo Trento is not included in the list of areas in the historic center.
Best time to visit Verona
the best time to visit Verona is April-June and September. The temperature at this time of the year is about + 20-22 ° C.
In general, do not be lazy, look at the weather forecast for the trip to get ready and take warm clothes in case of unforeseen cold weather. The climate is changing all over the planet, including Italy.
Verona in summer
In July-August in Italy it is very hot, + 30-35 ° C, and there is no sea near Verona. There will be many tourists at this time.
Verona in autumn
Autumn in Verona is not predictable, as in all of Italy. In September, it is guaranteed to be lucky with the weather, and then who knows? See forecast.
Verona in spring
Spring is the best time to visit Italy, especially between late April and early June. Everything is in bloom, the heat is still crazy, but there are always enough tourists in Verona.
Verona in winter
If you plan to arrive on Christmas Day (December 25), remember that Italians have a rest on this day, all shops and museums are closed. And January 1 is also a day of rest.
But there will be a lot of tourists even despite the cold weather around 0 ° C.
But you can wander around the Verona Christmas market, buy souvenirs that are sold only for Christmas.
How many days does it cost to spend in Verona?
Depending on how rich your tourist program will be, you can spend from 1 to 3 days in Verona. The town is really small, in 1 day you can walk around almost all its attractions (without going to museums). If you like visiting museums and churches, then lay a couple of days.
Where to go from Verona?
In close proximity to Verona are: Lake Garda, Trento, Vicenza, Brescia, Mantova Chud further away are: Milan, Lake Como, Lake Iseo, Venice, Bologna, Padua, Modena, Parma, Bolzano.
As in any tourist city in Italy, in Verona you need to beware of pickpockets. These guys do not sleep, especially the tourists are easy prey. They can be seen a mile away.
I recommend that you put your wallets, cash, plastic cards into the inner pockets of your jackets. Do not carry your phone in the back pocket of your jeans.
It is better to hang a lady’s bag over your shoulder, throw it over your chest and hold it with your hand. Especially when on public transport or near the road. There are craftsmen who ride motorcycles and snatch the bag from their hands on the go. Don’t yawn.
And do not go late in the evening or at night alone or with a friend unaccompanied by men. And it is better for men not to walk alone. With the arrival of emigrants, the criminal situation in Italy worsened greatly.
Don’t tempt fate.
Christmas in the Catholic world is celebrated on December 25-26. This is a very beautiful holiday, for which they begin to prepare in advance, plan the menu, prepare gifts.
Unlike white Christian Christmas, Italian Christmas is red. On this day, it is customary to give poinsettia potted flowers. Its name translates as the Christmas star.
And there is also a tradition that on the night of December 25, it is imperative to wear red underwear, including men. It is considered. that it will bring good luck next year.
Christmas in Italy is a family holiday. It begins on December 24 with evening mass. And on December 25, for lunch, the whole family gathers at the table, including close and distant relatives. Already on December 26, they go to visit each other, give gifts.
Italians do not drink much, and on Christmas Day it is customary to drink exactly as much as they usually drink at dinner, a glass or two. No one goes over with alcohol or throws old furniture out of windows, as you can still read on the Internet. This tradition existed only in the south of Italy a couple of centuries ago.
And on January 6, Italy celebrates Befana. Both adults and children love this holiday. He has religious roots.
Befana is a fairy tale character. This is a kind fairy, very clean, who once refused to accompany the Magi who were looking for the way to the newly born baby Jesus just because she needed to do the cleaning.
When she caught herself and wanted to catch up with them, it was too late. The Magi are gone. She began to look for houses where the newly born babies were and left gifts there in the hope that sooner or later the offering would go to the baby Jesus. But alas … So this lady is still looking for, poor Befana.
Therefore, on the night of January 5-6, every Italian hangs a stocking from the headboard of his bed and hopes that Befana will bring him sweets, oranges or nuts as a gift. But she only gives gifts to those who have behaved well all year. And everyone goes to bed with excitement, not knowing whether they will receive a gift tomorrow or coal.
Of course, now the role of coal is played by lump sugar, painted in gray, which is specially made for this day and sold in stores. Therefore, the main joke on January 6 is to give your friends sugar cubes that imitate coal.
Everyone is having fun until they drop, both adults and children. And the female population on this day dresses up in witch’s clothes, the obligatory attributes of which are a black hat with a high crown and a broom.