Small, picturesque and romantic, but full of charm and an extraordinary period atmosphere. Verona is a very attractive and desirable destination in Northern Italy , the good news about which is that despite its magnificent royal appearance, it is not reserved for the rich only. On the other hand, there is no doubt that the cultural atmosphere of the city, as well as the meeting with the sweet locals and the gourmet food make you want to line up the lively squares in an evening dress and a suit. Verona is an important pillar in Italian history and above all – it is beautiful and addictive in a way that is hard to explain in words.
Despite the impressive display of attractions in the city and outside, the main star of the city is the small, Shakespearean balcony of ” Romeo and Juliet ” (Verona is the city where the story takes place). Of course, the ultimate location next to Lake Garda and a number of key towns that should not be missed make it a place that should not be missed during your visit to Northern Italy . Our recommendation: take between a day and three, explore the city day and night, meet its restaurants, concerts and shops, soak up the special charm and you will get a city with a unique character that beckons to both couples and families looking for something interesting.
Surprisingly, three-star and five-star hotels in the city feel almost at the same level. The difference is usually in the size of the room and its design. The cost between the hotels varies as the proximity to the old city and its main touristic parts is higher, but even on the outskirts of the city you can earn quiet and comfortable hotels at attractive prices and polite service and also enjoy a decent amount of guest houses and basic two-star hotels that provide cheap but courteous and good accommodation.
Verona’s public transport system is quite good and you won’t have any trouble getting from the hotel to the city center using it, if you are staying at a hotel further away. Those of you who rent a car will have to ask in advance for the address of the nearby parking lots and check whether it is worthwhile to go on a city trip at all, or if it is better to leave the car in the hotel parking lot and travel by bus (and usually this is the preferred thing).
The price range for hotels in the city of Verona ranges from 500-200 NIS per couple per night in the off-season and between 1,000-700 NIS per couple per night during the peak of the season. Although even then there will be hotels that will be happy to host you at much cheaper prices.
Northern Italy is known for its steamy, rustic, authentic food and includes impressive pastas for a first course (and satisfying sometimes to the point of giving up on the rest of the meal), a main course involving risotto, lasagna or any other impressive piece of meat, and of course tiramisu and a variety of sweets for dessert. The meal is always accompanied by good wine and in this context Verona has an advantage: it is surrounded by the wine vineyards of the Valpolicella Valley, one of the best wine regions in the country, which includes over 600 fine wineries.
Beyond the restaurants in Verona , the city offers a variety of cooking, baking and pasta preparation workshops that take place almost everywhere: in restaurants, cooking schools and even in the homes of local Italians who purchase the raw materials that make up the meal from the market. If you catch a local’s workshop outside of Verona itself, it will probably also contain an organic vegetable garden and herbs that are picked at that moment and taste wonderful.
If you live in an apartment in the city, know that one of the great pleasures is to go to the neighborhood market near you and buy groceries for self-cooking. Beyond the pleasure of cooking as a couple, you will quickly discover that the ingredients are unusually tasty.
And one more thing that is important to know about Verona in the gastronomic context: it excels in pastas and ravioli, but does not specialize in pizzas and they remain in the accepted and popular taste, especially in the tourist restaurants that also serve, among other things, mini western fast food. Therefore, get out of the crowd, invade the alleys, get lost and find the most obscure and small restaurant with a paper menu in Italian. This will be the best place you will eat.
Verona is wonderful for trips and wanderings throughout the hours of the day and night and includes several picturesque and breathtaking areas, including attractions that are worth getting to know . The tourist area is easy to navigate by foot, but it is important to remember that due to the width of the main streets and the preservation of some of the sidewalks from the medieval period, you have to initiate breaks from time to time at the cafes or next to one of the buildings and statues in order to continue. Another option for the lazy is to catch one of the tourist horse-drawn carriages and it will take you to see all the sights of the city plus bonus explanations in basic English from the driver.
Secret tip: In most kiosks and museums you can purchase a Verona Card that provides free entry to selected attractions. The ticket costs €15 for 24 hours or €20 for 72 hours. It is also very important to know that on Mondays most sites are closed (also in the vicinity).
A central square that includes a busy market and ancient buildings from the Roman period. From here you can also reach the Palazzo della Reggiona which includes many art exhibitions. A walk in the nearby alleys (follow the flow of tourists) will lead you to Juliet’s house and balcony from the Shakespeare play. If you want to take part in the next sticky tourist ritual, bring a stationery and write some declaration of love on the wall of the house. If there is still room left.
A central and important square around which are clustered a number of historical buildings such as the impressive city hall from the Renaissance period and the arch that connects it to the court palace and the adjacent governor’s palace. Another palace – Palazio Degli Scaligeri used to be the home of the rulers of the city and is particularly impressive and beautiful. A short walk from it down the street will lead you to the Lamberti tower which reaches 84 meters and it is very worthwhile to go up to its end to have a view of the whole city.
The spacious Bera Square will bring you together with the central site of Verona, which is the Arena di Verona : an ancient and impressive Roman amphitheater built in the first century AD and miraculously preserved to this day. It is the third largest amphitheater in Italy, containing 30,000 seats and acoustics that vibrate and reverberate. Even if you are not a fan of operas, this is your chance to watch an Italian opera and be impressed by the amount of people, the powerful stage, the exciting setting and participate in a one-time cultural event.
A famous and beautiful fortress from the 14th century, located on the bank of the river Aldige and includes several interesting art museums, including an exhibition of weapons and jewelry, a wing for works of artists from the Middle Ages, and more.
Verona’s prestigious designer boulevard, which includes plenty of famous brand stores. The boulevard has a sidewalk that includes large marble tiles and those of you who look into it carefully will discover fossil remains. The boulevard is next to the arena.
The water park located on the shores of Lake Garda is an adventure not to be missed especially for families and children. The place includes a great abundance of water activities, huge slides and exciting facilities.
It is a pleasure to come to the small and pastoral town and visit the oil museum and the local wine shops. It is worth climbing to the old citadel on the spot – Malcesina and from there continue up by cable car to the summit of Mount Baldo, which rises to a height of 2,218 meters and includes a small cafe in front of an impressive view.
העיירה הסמוכה תספק לכם יום טיול יפה ורגוע במקום קטנטן ואותנטי, עם מדרכות שעשויות מריצוף אבנים חלקות מתקופת ימי הביניים – זכר לבנייה המסורתית שהתחשבה בכרכרות המתגלגלות. כאן נמצאים מספר בתי קפה מעולים, חנויות טובות ומבנים מרשימים להצטלם איתם. מומלץ להגיע בנעליים עם סוליה עבה כי לאורך זמן ההליכה על המדרכות הופכת ללא נוחה. כמו כן הימנעו מהגעה ביום שני משום שכל בתי העסק בעיירה סגורים ללא יוצאי דופן.
סירמיונה היא מקום מרגש למדי להגיע אליו. העיירה הציורית לחופי אגם גארדה היא אחד המקומות הקסומים והמפתיעים באיטליה כולה, מציעה גנים מטופחים וחרכים מעוגלים להתיישב בהם ולהביט על האגם, מפגש עם כנסיית המקום ושאון הפעמונים של צהרי היום, מסעדות אלגנטיות וגם ג’ילאטו משובח. קיימות במקום מספר חנויות בוטיק מקוריות ויוקרתיות. לעיירה ישנו חוף רחצה קטן (המים קפואים אבל מדהימים ביום קיץ חם ולח).
A film and amusement park from the world of cinema, located south of the tiny town of Laize, which lies on the edge of Garda. The place offers colorful and exciting experiences for adults and children such as 3D movies, simulation games, extreme amusement park facilities and also a roller coaster that slides straight into the water of the lake.
A very large part of the city’s vacationers prefer to rent a car in order to leave Verona and also travel in the immediate area, or continue to other destinations in northern Italy such as Venice , Florence , Pisa, Turin , the Dolomites and Tuscan towns . Verona, like every other city in Italy, prohibits entry by car into the central and ancient areas of the city by marking the place as TZL. These complexes are photographed and those who break the law will be fined dearly, so it is recommended to avoid unpleasantness.
You should find out if there is a parking lot for your hotel (almost always there will be, but with an extra charge and at relatively expensive rates) and if there is not – find out what the parking lot next to it is. The city includes a large and good number of public parking lots, mainly in the tourist center, and some of them are in the main squares and near leading attractions such as the Arena parking lot and the underground Piazza Citadella parking lot. These parking lots are also quite expensive. Please note that payment is made at the machines and the parking ticket must be kept.
The airport of Verona (Aeroporto di Verona – Valerio Catullo Villafranca) is about half an hour’s drive from the city center and is considered quite busy throughout the year. Unfortunately, no direct flights from Israel land here, but you can land in the cities of Milan or Florence , from which you can reach Verona by train or a rented car (the second option is much more convenient). It is important to remember that direct flights only go as far as Milan, so from there you will have to fly on a connection to Nurona itself or to one of the other cities.
To reduce the price of the ticket, it is advisable to fly at a low cost with a stop and even two stopovers, which further reduce the price (the cost of a single plane ticket in the months of May-August is about 500 dollars, but a flight with two connections will cost 300 dollars at most). Another option is to make a connection in Rome and from there continue to Verona. The arrival time from Israel via Rome is about six and a half hours. As the waiting times at the stopover destination increase, the prices will continue to decrease.
The most preferred company for flights to this destination is Alitalia, which includes flights on affordable low-cost routes and a very high frequency of daily flights between Israel and Milan or Rome and from them to other destinations in the country.
Verona is a city that inspires and enchants its visitors. It is diverse and vibrant, kind and very patient with tourists and includes cultural wealth and beauty inside the city as well as outside it. Most of the traffic here is focused on the summer months (July-August), although it should be remembered that these months are accompanied by quite a lot of congestion and queues (it is recommended to give up entering the arena as long as it is not a performance) and heavy heat.
That is why it is recommended to come here mainly in May-June, or in October (September is possible but still very hot) and benefit from the city at a more pleasant and convenient time for trips and wanderings.
There is definitely something to do in Verona with the children as well and quite a few attractions await them there. You can find them on the website.
The selection of hotels in Verona is large and you will find places of all types and for all budgets. It’s worth taking a look at the Verona hotels page on the website and find the right place for you.
Of course, it depends on how much time you chose to devote to the entire trip, but it is definitely worth combining a visit to other places in the vicinity. You can find recommendations for trips to Northern Italy in the guides section of the website.
There is a wide range of hotels in Verona, at different levels of quality and price. You can find the best of them on the website, including a comprehensive review in Hebrew, and book a place in advance even from Israel.