Verona is well-known as the setting for Shakespeare’s famous story of ill-fated lovers, “Romeo and Juliet.” There’s some historic truth to the Bard’s tale, and of course the city has embraced (and, some might argue, embellished upon) those stories to further its reputation among travelers. Whatever brings you to Verona, whether it’s Shakespeare or something else entirely, there’s far more to this pretty northern city than “Romeo and Juliet.”
Among Verona’s many other charms is a gorgeous Roman arena in the historic center that serves as the setting for the city’s highly-regarded opera festival each summer. Verona is also a great base from which to explore the nearby Valpolicella wine region.
The Verona-Villafrance Airport (VRN) isn’t far from the city center, but it’s relatively small – if you’re coming from overseas you’ll likely have better luck finding cheaper fares on flights to Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE), which is roughly 75 miles away.
From within Italy, you can get to Verona easily by train. The train station is just outside the historic center, but city buses connect the two regularly.
As mentioned, Verona is synonymous with “Romeo and Juliet.” One of the city’s most popular attractions is Juliet’s House – nevermind that the balcony on the building was added in the 20th century to draw more tourists – and the Juliet statue that stands in the small courtyard beneath it. Personally, I like Verona’s many other charms better than that cramped courtyard. Seeing an opera in the Roman Arena is mind-blowing, even if you’re not a major opera fan.
Here’s an incomplete list of some of Verona’s most popular attractions:
Although lodging in the historic center typically costs a bit more than it does in the more modern parts of the city, I’d still recommend staying within the center if you can. It’s compact and easily explored on foot, so once you’re settled into your hotel you’ll be glad that you can walk to all the sights. Staying in the historic center can be problematic, however, if you’re driving – parking is quite limited. Check with your hotel about any parking arrangements they may have, or stay just outside the city center in a hotel (with better parking) that’s right on a bus line that will get you wherever you need to go.
Here are a few things to keep in mind about Verona accommodation: