For all those who come to Verona on holiday, for business or pleasure, some information on how to get there, move around the city and on the things to do and the dishes to taste. Tourist Information The main monuments of Verona are closed on Monday morning until 13.30. Access to monuments and many churches in Verona is subject to the payment of a ticket. With the Verona Card subscription, with a very convenient fee you can access all monuments, churches, museums of Verona for 24 or 48 hours. The cost of the Verona Card also includes the use of public transport. Tourist information office (IAT) in via degli Alpini, in front of the Arena di Verona.
10 Things to See in Verona
Of course Verona cannot be reduced to just 10 things to see. A thorough visit of the city, with its museums, churches, palaces, would take days, but if you have little time available here are the things that you really can not miss in the city, and that in a half day you can visit.
- Juliet's house. With the balcony, the statue, the rooms where you can imagine the first meeting between Juliet and Romeo.
- Arena. The amphitheater of the first century BC perfectly preserved. Built for gladiator fights, it is now used for opera and concerts.
- Arche Scaligere. The monumental Gothic mausoleums of the medieval lords of Verona.
- Piazza Erbe. At the exact center of the ancient city, originally the Roman forum is now a square full of ancient buildings and monuments, with a market and numerous bars where you can stop for an aperitif.
- Piazza Bra. The large square where the Arena is located, the town hall, and a long list of sixteenth-century palaces.
- Castelvecchio. The old manor house of the Scaligeri now houses an important museum restored and set up by the famous architect Carlo Scarpa.
- Ponte Pietra. The ancient Roman bridge of Verona. From the center of the bridge you can enjoy the spectacle of the Adige and the surrounding hills.
- Via Sottoriva. With its characteristic and ancient portico, it is one of the most evocative streets of the city.
- San Zeno. Church of the patron saint, jewel of Romanesque architecture. Don't miss the bronze portal and the altarpiece by Andrea Mantegna.
- Cathedral. A sumptuous complex that includes three churches, a Roman portico and archaeological excavations.
10 What to do in Verona
- Climb up to the Lamberti tower, the tallest building in the city, from where you can enjoy a splendid 360° view of the historic centre.
- Take the funicular of Castel San Pietro and enjoy the view of the hill of Verona with the river Adige and the Roman Theatre.
- Take the aperitif in Piazza Erbe. Although in recent years it has become a bit 'tourist, the weekend is still crowded with Veronese who meet for a drink and a chat with friends in the many bars lined up on one side of one of the most beautiful squares in Italy.
- Take a walk in via Mazzini, the pedestrian street paved with marble with the most elegant shops in the city.
- Take a picture with the statue of Juliet inside the house considered the residence of the Shakespearean heroine. They say it brings good luck in love.
- Leave a message on the wall of love, now a tradition for all lovers, young and old, visiting Juliet's house.
- See the opera (or a concert) in the Arena, the Roman amphitheatre more than two thousand years ago, still used today.
- Rafting on the Adige. For lovers of adventure, a way to admire the city from an unusual point of view. Visit a winery in one of the many wine-growing areas around Verona.
- Take a trip to Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. Just 30' from the centre of Verona, it's a wonderful destination for a weekend too.
10 Things to eat in Verona
Here is a list of the 10 most typical dishes of the culinary tradition of Verona. There are numerous restaurants, both in the city and in the province, for all budgets, where you can taste the specialties.
- Pastissada de Caval. The stew of horse meat. Served with polenta.
- Pearà. The true soul of Veronese cuisine, marrow-based sauce, breadcrumbs, broth and lots of pepper. Perfect accompaniment to mixed boiled meats.
- Risotto with tastasal. Risotto with fresh sausage paste, nutmeg, cinnamon, rosemary and many spices.
- Bigoli al musso. Thick spaghetti with donkey sauce.
- Horse fray. Dry and smoked meat reduced to thin fragments to eat alone, seasoned with oil and lemon, or to flavor many dishes.
- Gnocchi. A traditional dish. It is imperative to eat them on the last Friday of the carnival: Friday gnocolar.
- Tortellini di Valeggio. Linked to an ancient legend, the delicious tortellini with a thin sheet of pasta like a silk fabric.
- Radicchio di Verona. Unlike its cousin from Treviso, it has a round shape.
- Pandoro. The sweet that most represents Christmas was born in Verona more than a hundred years ago thanks to a "mistake" by Melegatti.
- Torta russa. Despite the name (Russian cake) is a real cake made of puff pastry, almonds, depending on the version also walnuts and hazelnuts, macaroons. To accompany the wines that make Verona one of the oenological capitals of Italy.
10 Wines to try in Verona
Verona is surrounded by numerous wine-producing areas, some of which are very famous. Many of the wineries are open and offer tours and tastings. For more information on guided tours of the winery >>
- Valpolicella. Light red wine, ideal as a table wine throughout the meal.
- Ripasso. Medium structured red wine, ideal for meat dishes and mature cheeses.
- Amarone. One of the most prestigious red wines in Italy, now famous throughout the world.
- Recioto. Sweet wine from dried grapes. Ideal as a dessert or to accompany mature or blue cheeses.
- Soave. One of the most famous and well-known white wines of Italy.
- Recioto di Soave. Passito, sweet and complex to accompany short pastry cakes.
- Bardolino. Light and fresh red, famous in the Chiareto version (rosé).
- Durello. Classic method sparkling wine, still little known but that is conquering the taste of many connoisseurs.
- Custoza. Fresh, light, fragrant white produced on the morainic hills around Lake Garda.
- Lugana. Tasteful and structured white produced on clayey soils south of Lake Garda.
How to get to Verona
Verona can be easily reached by taking the Serenissima A4 motorway, Milan-Venice, Verona Sud exit, or the Modena-Brennero A22 motorway, Verona Nord exit. Parking The nearest parking lots to the historic centre are: Parking Arena Parking Citadel Parking Centre (Monumental Cemetery)
The main railway station is Verona Porta Nuova, at the intersection of the Milan-Venice line with the Rome-Brenner line. There are frequent, direct and high-speed connections with the main stations of northern Italy, Florence and Rome. From the station you can reach the historic center on foot along Corso Porta Nuova (about 20'), by taxi or bus, direction Center, stops in Piazza Bra, Castelvecchio, Via Diaz.
The international airport Valerio di Catullo of Verona Villafranca is located about 10 km from the city center. Shuttle bus service to and from the airport every 20 minutes from 6.10 to 23.30. The Air Terminal is located in front of the Porta Nuova railway station.
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