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Famed as the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Verona is often called ‘the pink city’ because of the abundant use of the local pink marble. The historic centre is distinctly medieval, whilst also preserving much from Roman times such as the incredible Arena amphitheatre, still used today for the opera performances that take place throughout the summer. The elegant streets offer a plentiful choice of fine shops, cafés and restaurants for you to enjoy.
Stay in Verona on either a ‘stand-alone’ short break with flights, transfers and accommodation, or you can add Verona to another city stay or to a hotel in the Lake Garda area.
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Places To See In Verona
Join our informative guide for an introduction to this beautiful and fascinating city.
If it's your first time to Verona then why not join our knowledgeable guides for a 2 hour walking tour of the beautiful historic centre to visit the Roman Arena, where the operas are held, and all the Shakespearean sites.
Take a stroll in this lovely city and learn about the local wines at the same time; white Soave, red Valpolicella and renowned Amarone. Moreover, this tour is about the osterie, or wine taverns and on this tour you visit them to taste the wine and meet the locals.
Verona is renowned as the City of Romeo & Juliet but visitors always ask how much truth there is in the story. This tour makes its way through myth and history. Visit Juliet's house and Juliet's tomb where the deaths of the lovers allegedly took place.
Food & Drink
Verona has a rich culinary tradition born of the fact that the wealthy lords of the city would prepare exquisite banquets for their guests. But all Veronese, rich and poor alike have a passion for their food and have learnt the art of creating tasty dishes from simple ingredients.
There are many robust dishes such as pasta e fasoi, a thick bowl of pasta and beans, o risi e bisi, boiled rice and peas. Not far from Verona is the village of Valeggio where they traditionally make tortellini, little parcels of fine pasta usually filled with meat.
The most famous dessert of the area is pandoro which is considered to be the traditional Italian Christmas cake, but there are many other delicious sweets too.
The wines of this area hardly need an introduction and you'll find many places in Verona where you can taste famous names such as Valpolicella, Soave and Bardolino.
Festivals & Events
Apart from the famous opera season that draws music lovers from all over the world, there are other festivals in Verona such as Verona in Love, staged every year to celebrate Valentine’s Day with chocolate and wine tastings and participating restaurants creating special menus to showcase local cuisine.
In September they hold the International Festival of Street Games, called Tocatì (meaning ‘your turn’ in the local dialect), when the pedestrianised historic centre of Verona is turned over to the enjoyment of traditional games such as chess, spinning tops, table football and slingshot. Just follow the signs to find the games and join in!