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Discover this vibrant city's culture and history
Vibrant riverside Verona is a city of music and romance, with so many sights to be discovered. The second biggest city in the Veneto region, it sits on the flat landscape of the Veneto plain, dramatically neighbouring the spectacular Dolomite Mountains and Lake Garda.
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The enchanting city of Verona lies in the Veneto region, 75 miles north of Venice. The majority of international and domestic flights operate into and out of Verona’s Villafranca Airport, which is situated seven miles southwest of the city of Verona.
Using public transport in Verona isn’t always necessary as everything is accessible by foot, due to the central part of the city being relatively compact. Venturing out to the lake or further into the province of Verona will require transportation, and hiring a car is a popular choice for easy access. Other methods of getting around include buses from Verona bus station which is located in front of the main train station, Porta Nuova.
Observe the Roman sights that rival those in Venice and make time for the city’s Roman Arena – Italy’s third largest Amphitheatre created with rose coloured marble in the 1st-Century. Visit during opera season (June-August) for a chance to enjoy some of the world’s greatest opera singers.
Located 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. Be sure to visit Castle Scaligeri; the home of the noble Scala family in which Shakespeare based his play. This enchanting castle boasts a 31 metre-high pentagonal tower with views over the lake and Monte Baldo mountains.
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. Wander along the relaxed Carega block, close to the Duomo, to experience traditional Veronese cuisine, and a grand selection of fine wines.