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Discover this romantic city's culture and history
Famously the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, as well as one of the world’s finest opera venues, this vibrant UNESCO-listed riverside city will forever be associated with romance, drama and music.
Best time to visit Verona
Visit in late spring and early autumn to experience mild and pleasant temperatures and fewer tourists. Summer is the most popular time to visit but it can be very hot and busy. The world-renowned Arena Opera Festival is held from June to August so this is the ideal to visit if you long to experience the drama and spectacle of some of the world's finest operas. The winter months can be foggy and frosty but the beautifully lit-up piazzas, Christmas markets and cosy cafés create a romantic setting.
Verona holiday highlights
The enchanting city of Verona lies in the Veneto region, 75 miles north of Venice, neighbouring the spectacular Dolomite Mountains and Lake Garda. Best known as the setting of Shakespeare’s classic love story, Romeo and Juliet, ‘fair’ Verona is one of Italy’s smaller cities and makes for a lovely few days of sightseeing.
In the heart of the city you'll find the picturesque Piazza del Erbe, a bustling square that sits on the former site of the Roman Forum and is surrounded by historic buildings. The square's colourful market, colourful frescoed buildings, soaring 12th-Century tower, and ornate fountain topped with a Roman statue dubbed the 'Virgin of Verona' make this scenic spot a great place for people-watching. Buzzing cafés, restaurants and bars line the square which is dramatically lit up at night and hosts all sorts of activities, from live music and performance art to author readings and even silent discos.
Climb the 84 metre-high Lamberti Tower, built in 1172 for splendid views over the city, and listen out for the four bells signalling fires, work times, hours of the day and to invoke the city’s councils. The small courtyard where you’ll find Casa di Giulietta and Juliet’s famous balcony is just a two minute walk away from the Piazza del Erbe. It is, unsurprisingly, busy with visitors keen to gaze up at the most famous of balconies, pose for a photo with the bronze statue of Juliet, or post a love letter. If you stay at Il Sogno Di Giulietta then you get to enjoy exclusive evening access to the courtyard and balcony which are closed to the geneal public.
A must-visit is the Roman Arena which is less than ten minute's stroll from the square. Created with rose-coloured marble in the 1st Century and reverberating with the classical tones of Aida and Carmen, the Roman amphitheatre of the Verona Arena sits in the bustling Piazza Brà. Once the stage of the famed Roman games and the battle ground of the gladiators, today it is the setting for some of the world’s most dramatic operatic performances. Every year, you can experience the Arena Opera Festival that runs from June through to August.
On the opposite side of the River Adige, Verona’s Roman Theatre was carved into the hillside to make great use of its stunning surrounds below and beyond. Discover a fine collection of art, medieval weapons and jewellery at the Castelvecchio Museum which is housed in a medieval castle that was once occupied by the Scala family. Then wander along the relaxed Carega block, close to the Duomo, to sample traditional Veronese cuisine and fine wines.
Verona is easily explored in a couple of days, so if you’re spending longer here it opens up the opportunity to venture out into the surrounding area of rolling hills and vineyards.