Verona at a glance | Verona City Guide | An overview of what to expect

Verona at a glance | Verona City Guide | An overview of what to expect

Verona at a glance gives a quick overview of what to expect and what you need to know when visiting this City of Love. Although, Verona is a city popularly known for the greatest love story ever told, Romeo and Juliet, it is a city often overlooked by travellers whose sights are set on the bigger cities of Milan and Venice. However, this hidden gem in northern Italy has some extraordinary attractions packed full of archaeological, cultural and historical sites that should not be missed.

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Verona is an incredible destination for a European City break, a weekend getaway or a day trip from Milan, Venice or Florence. So, when visiting Verona, here is a quick guide to what you can expect:

Verona at a Glance

Visa – Visiting Italy

If you are a national of EU/EEA, you can travel with just an Identification card. If you are non EU/EEA, you will need an entry visa. Learn more from this page.


The official language spoken in Verona is Italian but the majority of Veronese speak Padanian, a dialect typical of the region in northern Italy. You could purchase a little phrase book as a guide, if you prefer. However, I did not encounter any language barriers when I visited. The restaurants and bars along with the touristic places are staffed with some English speakers, so non-Italian speakers will have no problem.


bank notes - Euro

The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). 1 Pound Sterling (£) is equivalent to 1.15 Euro | 1 USD (US$) is equivalent to 0.93 Euro | Check latest currency exchange before you go.

Credit Cards and ATMs

Inform your credit card company that you are travelling abroad.
*Inform your credit card companies that you are travelling abroad.

In Verona, there are no problems in finding ATMs /cash machines that accept foreign credit cards or bank debit cards. Most shops, restaurants, and tour operators will also take credit cards as a form of payment. You only really need cash for small purchases like bus tickets, bottles of water, coffee, gelato and small souvenirs etc.

Power Plugs

The plugs & sockets in Italy are Type F and L. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a worldwide universal travel adapter which you can use in any European countries. Go to this page to have a quick browse on my essential travel kit.


WiFi is usually available at the hotels and the high-rated restaurants but there may be a need to have WiFi at all times (like me). I recommend subscribing to Unlimited Portable Pocket Wifi (my favourite and a must have) when travelling to Verona or wider Italy/Europe. Works out much cheaper than roaming charges by a mobile carrier.


While Verona is generally a safe place to be, you may want to keep a close eye on your belongings. There are always that elements of pickpockets and theft.

Getting around Verona city

ATV, Verona | public transport
The buses in Verona are managed by ATV

While in Verona, you will not probably need to use public transportation. Everything in Verona is located centrally and easily reachable with a short walk from either Piazza Bra or Piazza delle Erbe. However, you will need public transportation if your hotel is located in the suburbs outside of Verona or if you wish to explore nearby cities and seaside resorts.

The main train station in Verona is Verona Porta Nuova, about 15 – 20 minutes walk to Piazza Bra. I loved travelling to other cities on day trip by train. The countryside is beautiful and Italy has excellent high-speed routes. Have a look at this page and explore city destinations by train.

View full post on Getting Around Verona here.

Places to Stay in Verona at a glance

Verona has many beautiful places to stay for short or long-term visits with prices ranging from budget to high. Here is a suggestion for the best two places in Verona in terms of location and views it affords.

Take a look at the recommended top 7 beautiful places to stay in Verona for timeless memories before you book elsewhere!

Things to do in Verona at a glance

Thinking of what to do and ways to explore this beautiful medieval town? Consider the following highly popular tours organised by a reputable company. You have peace of mind should circumstances change – a company that offers easy cancellation and a full refund up to 24 hours before the activity due to start.

Classic bike tour of Verona City
Cooking class in Verona
Verona City Walking Tour

Navigate to Unique Experiences in the City of Verona for more ideas which you wouldn’t want to miss

Don”t just stop at Verona! Explore the Veneto region that is famous for its Valpolicella or visit the lakeside towns. Here are some great ideas for a day trip.

sirmione and lake garda day trip from verona
Dolomites day trip from Verona
From Verona Amarone wine tour and lunch

On a final note

I hope this overview has given you a taster of what to expect when visiting Verona, Italy and is valuable to you in planning your travels to Italy. Browse through all related articles (below) so you can make an informed decision and uncover the many layers of history the enchanting city holds.

Have a splendid time visiting Verona 🙂

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Italy Tourist Travel Visa | A simple overview

Italy Tourist Travel Visa | A simple overview

Italy, a country in Europe and a Member State of European Union/European Economic Area is home to many architectural styles that spans almost 3,000 years. It has a long Mediterranean coastline of 7,600 kilometres, picturesque lakes, stunning cliffs, hidden cities and so much more that makes this country a popular tourist destination. If you want to visit Italy solely for a vacation, recreation, experiencing the country and its culture or sightseeing, then you may need a Italy tourist travel visa.

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Who may need an Italy Tourist Travel Visa? – Who does and who does not need one?

1 | Who does not need an entry or a tourist visa to visit Italy?

As a Member State of the EU/EEA, Italy “allows for free movement of goods, capital, services and people between member states”. This means that there are no border checks and fulfilment of visa requirements for Member State nationals. – therefore, if you are a national of any of the 27 countries of the EU/EEA, you do not need an entry visa or a tourist travel visa.

The following are the Member States of the European Union (EU):

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

The European Economic Area (EEA):

The EEA includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. It allows them to be part of the EU’s single market.

Switzerland is not an EU or EEA member but is part of the single market. This means Swiss nationals have the same rights to travel to, live and work in any of the EEA countries.

In essence, all EU/EEA nationals will only need to present an identification document to enter Italy.

For non EU/EEA nationals, here’s what you need to know about Italy tourist and visitor travel visa.

2 | Italy Tourist Travel Visa

All non-EU/EEA traveller wishing to travel to Italy for the sole purpose of a vacation, recreation, experiencing the country and its culture or sightseeing, may need a Italy tourist travel visa.

To apply for a tourist travel visa, you need to contact the local consular services of Italy in your country of residence.

When you seek entry as a tourist, you may need to present the following items at the Italian port of entry:

  • A valid passport or travel document – Your passport issued in the last 10 years and has a validity for at least 3 months beyond your planned date of exit of Italy;
  • A visa issued by the local consular services of Italy in your country of residence – if you are required to have one by the Italian government.
  • Proof of financial means to support yourself and your dependants when travelling;
  • An address at which you would be located during your trip;
  • A detailed trip itinerary;
  • A round trip ticket.

*British passport holders are exempt from the criteria of passport validity and issuance date. (Learn more from UK government official website here)

3 | Italy Visitor Travel Visa

When travelling to Italy upon the invitation of a friend or a family member residing in Italy, you will need to hold an Italy Visitor visa. With a visitor visa, you are permitted to enter and remain in Italy for up to 90 days within a 6-month period.

To apply for a visitor travel visa, you need to contact the local consular services of Italy in your country of residence.

When applying to obtain a visa to visit your friends or relatives in Italy, you are required to provide the following additional documents:

  • Proof of financial means. Evidence that shows you have enough money to support yourself throughout your stay in Italy. This could be a personal bank statements, credit card statements or balance covering the last six months;
  • Sponsorship Letter. This is required when another person will be financially sponsoring your trip to Italy. It is also often called an Affidavit of Support.
  • Travel Itinerary. A day-to-day plan of your trip in Italy.
  • Letter of Invitation. By the relative/friend residing in Italy, inviting you to visit.
  • Proof of relationship with the host residing in Italy.

For rules, instructions, all questions, answers and up-to-date information for foreigners intending to visit Italy, visit the official page of the Italian Consular service here.

San Marino & Vatican City

Although San Marino and Vatican City are independent countries within Italy, both countries did not sign the Schengen agreement. However, San Marino and Vatican City are considered part of the Schengen area. If you have a visa to visit Italy, you are not required to obtain a specific visa for San Marino or Vatican. You can travel freely to either of these micro-states as no border control is performed when entering from Italy.

Learn more about the Schengen Agreement from the official page of the EU here.


While this post is a simple and quick overview, I hope it has given you an idea of whether you need to explore the possibility of obtaining a tourist travel visa for when you visit Italy. The simple list above of what you may need to show at the port of entry represents concisely the information required to obtain your visa. The following links which I have already referred to above, will provide you with all the information you need to make a successful tourist visa application.

Italian Consular services | The Schengen Agreement/Visa | British Nationals – Learn more from this page

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