Cultural highlights The Arena di Verona in the main Piazza Bra, Juliet’s house, The Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore, Ponte Scaligero, The Roman Theatre. Festivals The annual Opera Festival throughout the summer months is hosted in the famous Arena di Verona. It is essential to book early for specific operas in order to avoid disappointment. Carnevale is celebrated on Shrove Tuesday and is a magnificent display of floats and costumes. The wine festival ‘Vinitaly’ is hosted in Verona in April and is a must for wine connoisseurs. Gastronomy As with most cities in the Veneto, the food tends to be hearty and is more meat and game based. Horse meat is still popular and can be found on many menus. Otherwise, large spaghetti or ‘bigoli’ are often served with duck or liver based sauces. The tall ‘Pandoro’ cake is traditional here at Christmas, literally translated as ‘golden bread’. The Veneto is one of the largest DOC wine producing areas of Italy and numerous wines from Soave, Bardolino and Valpolicella can be sampled relatively inexpensively in all restaurants and bars.
It is easy to get about by bus or taxi in Verona. Alternatively, all the main sites are within a maximum half an hour’s walk of each other and the city centre is mainly pedestrianized. Should you wish to go further afield, then it is straightforward getting to Vicenza, Padua, Venice and even Milan by rail and services are regular and reliable. Alternatively, a hire car is always an option should you wish to explore Lake Garda, which is only about 20 miles away.
How you get there British Airways flies daily to Verona airport. There are also low cost options to Verona with Easyjet and Ryan Air flies to Brescia airport which is 24 miles away. We include private transfers in our holidays to Verona, but should you wish to hire car we are happy to arrange this for you from the airport.
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