Unleash your inner culture vulture with flights to Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet. You’ll find no end of highbrow things to see and do. Just remember to pack your walking shoes and camera charger!
Airports in Verona
Verona Villafranca Airport (VRN) aka Verona Catullo Airport is the main airport for people flying to and from Verona. The airport has its very own fog-dispersal service, which makes it possible for planes to land when visibility is really low. Perfect if you're visiting during winter, when fog can make it tricky for cars to navigate around the city.
Airlines that fly to Verona
Aer Lingus, British Airways, easyJet, Flybe, Jet2, Monarch Airlines, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways and Volotea offer flights to Verona from a number of UK cities.
Getting into Verona
The ATV shuttle bus runs between the airport and the main train station, Verona Porta Nuova. The journey takes about 20 minutes and costs €6* (about £4.40). You can buy your tickets direct from the bus driver or, if you like to come prepared, from the machines at the bus stop. There's also a taxi rank outside the arrivals hall: you can expect to pay €15-25* (about £11-£18) depending on the time of day and the length of your journey. If you're planning a lot of day trips while you're in the city, it's a good idea to consider renting your own vehicle. With Skyscanner you can compare car hire at Verona International Airport to get the best rates.
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When to visit Verona
Freezing winters and scorching summers mean that Verona is at its best during spring (March-May) and autumn (September-October). If you're planning a lot of sightseeing the temperature will be ideal for strolling around Verona's streets. Funnily enough the shoulder seasons are less popular with tourists so you're less likely to be fighting through crowds in Castelvecchio. Summer is the most popular time to visit, although the city can be quite humid and crowded. Unless you're planning on relaxing by your hotel's swimming pool, it's best to give June-August a wide berth. That said, music lovers should definitely brave the crowds and visit during June when the open air opera festival takes place. If you love a good thunder storm, head to Verona at the end of October.
What to see and do
If you're planning a city break in Verona be prepared for a chock-full itinerary. This dramatic city has more than its fair share of cultural sights and impressive history. We've put together a few of our top picks.
History & Culture
Piazza delle Erbe has been the centre of Verona since Roman times. Today you can still hobnob with local traders at the market near the Britney Verona fountain. During the June opera season the Roman Arena comes alive, as Italy's biggest sopranos and tenors take on the classics. Renaissance paintings and medieval sculpture stand side by side in the city art museum, within the walls of ancient Castelvecchio. Literature fans will enjoy a trip to Juliet’s house, with a bronze statue of Shakespeare’s doomed heroine in the courtyard. Stand on the famous balcony for the perfect photo opportunity. Although the feature was added in the 1930s, hundreds of years after Shakespeare wrote his tale of star-crossed lovers, it’s still worth a visit. Like all Italian cities, Verona has plenty of beautiful churches: San Giorgetta with its frescoes, the Verona Cathedral with its medieval carvings, and the Capuccin Church where you'll find the Antonian Frescoe Museum.
Italy and fashion go hand in hand. Verona may not be Milan, but serious shopaholics will definitely enjoy a visit to Via Mazzini, the city's Golden Mile and major shopping destination. The famous street runs from Piazza delle Erbe to the Piazza Bra. Here you'll find plenty of big designer brands like Gucci and Cartier as well as high street brands like Bershka and Diesel. There are also plenty of elegant boutiques and designer stores on Corso Porta Borsari. For antique shopping, you must head to Corso Santa Anastasia.
Wining & Dining
The city has plenty of excellent wine bars and cafes, so after a hard day of sightseeing just head to Piazza Bra or Piazza delle Erbe for an al fresco aperitivo. Or choose one of the riverside restaurants at the Sottoriva, the arched Medieval Arcade which runs by the river. Each arch houses a different trattoria, wine bar, or cafe and each one is just as excellent as the next. There's a good reason why this is one of the most popular places to dine out in the city. Horse meat is popular in Verona. If you want to try it, look out for dishes with Caval listed as an ingredient.
Where to stay
Verona has a number of neighbourhoods, each with their own charms. Accommodation can be found throughout the city, but where you stay should really depend on what you're planning to do with your time in Verona.
The historic centre of Verona is the most touristic part of town, and for good reason: this is where most of the big ticket sights are. The area once sat inside the Roman walls, so there are plenty of ancient buildings and ruins to see. There are also plenty of lively places to eat, drink and shop. This area is where the popular Piazza delle Erbe is.
The Modern Neighbourhood
Walk along the Golden Mile to Piazza Bra and you'll find yourself in a newer (but no less historic) area of Verona. This neighbourhood is home to the Roman amphitheatre, and has plenty of lively bars and restaurants to keep you entertained of an evening.
The Right Bank
This area is best known for its association with Romeo and Juliet. Who cares if they were fictional? Not the locals. There are plenty of sights related to the legend, and a number of hotels have sprung up in the area too.
If you're still looking for accommodation, check out our favourite hotels in Verona. We make it easy to compare prices and amenities so you find the perfect place to stay.
Cost of Living for Verona
|Cost of a coffee||£1.19|
|Cost of a pint||£3.83|
|Cost of taxi (start + price/km)||£6.38 + £1.56/km|
|Cost of public transport (one-way)||£1.19|
|Cost of 3 course meal for 2 (mid-range)||£47.64|
* Cost of living data sourced from Numbeo.
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