City breaks: Verona, Italy
“In fair Verona” there are so many wonderful options for a city break! We are sharing some of our top choices over the next few weeks on smaller city destinations. These are stops that are easily added to a longer itinerary. Or, they are wonderful stops that can stand alone as a shorter holiday.
Verona is one of Italy’s most enchanting city. In several days, Verona can be easily visited. The surrounding area is as interesting as the city itself. Easily connected by rail to so many other special Italian spots, it is the perfect city break on an Italian holiday. Adding on Venice, or a few days in Milan – a winter trip through the dolomites or even a short flight to other Mediterranean destinations – the possibilities are endless!
A bit about Verona
This pretty city is located in the region of Veneto in northern Italy. A UNESCO world heritage site, it is also the home of Romeo and Juliet. You can visit Juliet’s balcony, and leave a love note of your own. To add, it is known for its history, culture, music and architecture.
Getting to Verona couldn’t be easier on a northern Italian holiday. Trains are plentiful as it is located halfway through between Milan and Venice. Verona also has an international airport that is used frequently by travelers heading to the nearby Dolomites (another UNESCO site).
It’s a city that is incredibly easy to walk – and you’ll want to! So many sites in Verona are seen and experienced just by walking through them and absorbing the culture and atmosphere.
Sites around the city
Piazza della Erbe was once the town’s focal point, the forum, during the time of the Roman Empire. Now, its considered one of Italy’s most beautiful piazze. It is a great spot for a drink, lunch and people watching.
Another important attraction of Verona is its arena, located at Piazza Bra. Dating back to the 1st Century, this arena is one of a few that’s still functional. It is also the best-preserved Roman amphitheater in the world. In the summer, there are frequent operas and concerts. In the off season or a day when there is no show, you can enter and admire the spectacular surroundings.
Torre dei Lamberti towers in, literally, at 83 meters high. It’s a lovely spot to look over this spectacular city.
Tailor made Verona tours
Verona private day tour
The city tour begins at the ancient city gates: Porta Nuova and Porta San Zeno. The second stop is Castelvecchio, a medieval castle with its bridge over the Adige River. Then, on to Castel San Pietro where you will have a spectacular panoramic view of the city. Stop by the famous Romeo and Juliet’s Balcony. Then, just a few steps away from this place you will be able to see the city center in lovely Piazza Delle Erbe. The last stop will be Piazza Brà where you will visit the Arena, a Roman amphitheater, which is internationally famous for the large-scale opera performances given there.
Exclusive Valpolicella wine experience
Sick of standard wine tours, sick of busy routes? Love, instead, strong personality in both people and wines? Our private full day Valpolicella wine tour is the perfect solution.
Today you will experience the most secret and wild wine valleys: unexplored, peaceful sites, where green is THE color and others don’t go. Here, wine makers are happy to produce excellence, not quantity. Their cellars are always unique and somehow unexpected: they can be family sized, super technological or strongly focused on sustainable agriculture, but in any case, they strive to be the very best. Today you will taste some top quality wines, learn the hard work and philosophy of these vintners, see their beautiful lands – this blend will make your day unforgettable.
Private Walking and Boating Tour of Lake Como
Your local expert guide will meet you at your Verona hotel and bring you to the lake. Here, you will meet up with a private boat and captain. You will cruise up the lake viewing charming villages and spectacular villas with wonderful history and commentary along the way. Eventually, you will come to the beautiful Bellagio where you will enjoy a walk through the village and visit the historical part of the town. Alternatively, you can have an optional tour of the garden of Villa Melzi. Afterward, you will have the option of returning to your hotel, or you can go on to lovely Varenna for lunch and take the local ferry back on your own.
Gourmet picnic and wine tour in the vineyards of Valpolicella
Enjoy Valpolicella with an exclusive experience, a tailor-made gourmet “picnic in the vineyards”. First we will visit a wine cellar and the “barricaia” with the winemaker. Then, we will take a walk through the vineyards and stop in the perfect spot for our light lunch on the grass. Our country-style meal includes local Lessinia cheeses and salami, homemade vegetable and eggs quiches, delicious desserts and wine tasting.
City breaks, always tailor made
A few days in Venice? Or even a short flight to Croatia? The choice is yours and we would be happy to design your trip as you wish. Verona is a great city break to add to so many other destinations!
We hope that these itinerary ideas provided some travel inspiration for your upcoming fall and winter. As always, its our mission and promise to make your Mediterranean travel dreams come true!
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