If you have never visited the city and after visiting Venice you have one day left, a day trip to Verona is an absolute must.
Verona can be reached very easily by train from Venice Mestre railway station, which is only 5 minutes away from the Hotel Aaron on foot. Trains run approximately every thirty minutes both there and back throughout the day. Most trains are FRECCIA BIANCA (WHITE ARROW) trains and take just under an hour to reach Verona; a ticket costs €23. There are also about 8 regional trains every day that take just under 2 hours; they provide significant savings on costs, with a ticket costing €7.50.
When you arrive at Verona Porta Nuova railway station (Verona’s central station) you can ask for a map of the city as well as other information from the Tourist Information Office located inside the station. From the station you can set out directly on foot; Piazza Brà in the centre of Verona, is about 15 minutes away.
Verona is famous all over the world for its Roman Arena and for being the city of Romeo and Juliet. In addition to these two attractions, Verona is also a very beautiful city. with a lovely medieval town centre, romantic districts on the banks of the River Adige and many sites of cultural interest; not for nothing is it the fourth most popular city in Italy for sightseeing after Rome, Venice and Florence!
The city’s major attraction is the Arena of Verona dating from the 1st century BC (admission is €6). In terms of size the Arena is the third largest Roman amphitheatre and perhaps the best preserved. From May to September the Arena hosts numerous concerts and the famous opera season.
The square in front of the Arena is Piazza Brà, one of the city’s largest and most beautiful squares and the starting point of via Mazzini, the shopping street that will lead you to the historic town centre where you will be able to see: Piazza delle Erbe; Piazza dei Signori; the Torre dei Lamberti and Juliet’s famous House nearby (admission is €6) .
In Juliet’s house you will be able to admire the famous balcony from Shakespeare’s play, the statue of Juliet and the house-museum with numerous finds which bear witness to times in which Romeo and Juliet lived.
Other must-see attractions in Verona are: the Roman amphitheatre (admission is €4.50); the Scaligero Bridge; Juliet’s Tomb; the Cathedral and the Basilica of St Zeno.
Those interested in visiting a number of different venues can purchase a Verona Card (€15), from the Tourist Office, which will allow them to enter all of the previously mentioned places.
* prices updated end 2013