In the heart of the city is the picturesque Piazza del Erbe, a bustling square on the former site of the Roman Forum. The square's colourful market, 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, and it’s dramatically lit up at night when it hosts everything from live music and performance art to author readings and silent discos.
The small courtyard where you’ll find Casa di Giulietta and Juliet’s famous balcony is just a two-minute walk from the Piazza del Erbe. Pose here for a photo with the bronze statue of Juliet, or post a love letter.
A must-visit is the Roman Arena, which was created with rose-coloured marble in the 1st Century. Reverberating with the classical tones of Aida and Carmen, the Roman amphitheatre of the Verona Arena sits in the bustling Piazza Brà, and once the stage of the famed Roman games and battle ground of gladiators, today it’s 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, housed in a medieval castle once occupied by the Scala family and climb the 84 metre-high Lamberti Tower for splendid views over the city.
Where is Verona?
Verona is one of Italy’s smaller cities and lies in the Veneto region, just 75 miles north of Venice. The eastern bank of Lake Garda is just 30 minutes away and the two destinations work perfectly as a twin centre.
Getting around Verona
The compact city is easily walkable and exploring by bicycle is also a charming way to see the sights. There are designated taxi ranks throughout the city and a great network of buses with daily passes available to buy.
Food & drink
The food scene in Verona is exceptional. There are plenty of authentic food experiences to be had, whether you’re eating at a family-run osteria or in an atmospheric converted church. Expect candlelit wine cellars, informal trattorias and plenty of fine dining. Local specialities include risotto all’Amarone, bigoli and all different kinds of gnocchi. There are also refreshing fruit cups and gelato, charcuterie and cheese boards, and of course those famous Valpolicella reds and sparkling rosé Chiarettos. You’ll find Michelin-starred dining just steps away from the House of Juliet, pizzerias offering more than 50 flavours and traditional Veronese cuisine in the most romantic of settings.
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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.