Verona Wine | 11 Fine Garda Wines

An Easy Guide to Verona Wine – The Fine Garda Wines and Winery Experiences that you will love

A wine lover visiting Verona? Welcome! I am glad you are here. The one thing that you must do, amongst others, when visiting Verona is to indulge in their culture of wine drinking. Taste some of the very best Verona wine from one of the very best wine producing regions in the world. Unwind at the end of the day or week with a glass of wine and it does wonders! Complement a meal with the carefully selected wine, and you shall want more. Wine, somehow, magically relaxes one’s senses, body and mind. Wine is both delicious and potent, aptly described in one of Homer’s poem:

“[I]t is the wine that leads me on,
the wild wine
that sets the wisest man to sing
at the top of his lungs,
laugh like a fool – it drives the
man to dancing… it even
tempts him to blurt out stories
better never told.”
― Homer, The Odyssey

I love wine. A bit too much at times. I am passionate about red wines, especially Chianti, Amarone or Valpolicella DOC. There is something special about red wines. A dynamic red drink, with scents of fruits and spices, brought to greatest perfection, enjoyed lazily, savoured passionately, and pairs perfectly with seafood, steaks or risotto igniting greater appreciation of the bottle that sits on the table. Can’t imagine a meal without a red in Verona.

Though I am a little bias, as red is my favourite, I do, on occasions turn to Chiaretto or Soave to complement the dishes at hand.

Therefore, in this easy guide you shall find information on Verona wine, whether it is the full-bodied red, delicate rosé or the distinguished white to help you make simple choices when dining in the historic city. I have also included suggestions on matching your wine to the dishes in Verona. All in all, this easy guide is suitable for first-time travellers as well as repeat travellers to Verona. Whether you are a novice or an aficionado of wines, this simple guide to Verona wine is a handy resource for your trip to Verona.

For context, we begin with Verona, the crossroad to European wine trade. Followed by an overview on the history of wines in Italy, what makes Verona wine special, the rich tradition of wine-making, and the types of wine offered in this unique destination. Finally, ways in which you could have timeless Verona wine experiences. Read along all the way. However, if you are pressed for time,   you could bookmark the page, pin the post on Pinterest or skip ahead via the navigator below.

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1 | A little about Verona

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Verona, a small province in the Veneto region of Northern Italy is a leading wine city in Europe, producing the highest quality wines. This historic city is located at the foothills of the Lessini Mountains, protected by Lake Garda and dotted along the shores of the Adige River.

The best thing about the city’s unique geographical location is that Verona enjoys the perfect favourable weather conditions for the production of sumptuous wine all year round. It is also strategically located for the north-south and east-west European commercial traffic, hence garnering the reputation of being the major leading wine city in Europe and contributing to foreign trade. This is one reason why this city is special and features a myriad of Verona wine tasting activities along with vineyard visits.

Besides the Verona wine that you get to experience, this pretty city is one of its kind. Cobbled streets, narrow alleys, vibrant piazzas, ‘painted city‘, — all displaying the romance, culture and story of the passionate people of Verona.

Read: Your one-stop resource to the historic city of Verona.

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2 | A brief look at the History of Wines in Italy

Italy, once known as ‘Enotria’, the ‘Land of Wine‘ has its roots in vine growing and wine making going back to ancient Greek. The ancient Greek developed their wine through grape-drying methods. By drying the grapes, they ensured that the sugars in the grapes remained concentrated, hence ensuring longer shelf-life, higher alcoholic content and sweeter wines. Supported by the pleasant Mediterranean weather, vine growing thrived wherever they were planted and led to the production of the best wines. The love of wine innate to the Greek culture became one for the Romans as well. They brought it along to wherever they went.

2.1 | Vineyards and Wine-making Technique

As the Romans expanded in the mid-second century, so did the Roman vineyards throughout Italy. The local farms began to flourish, replacing traditional food farming with vineyards. The Roman winemakers advanced the growing of vines and the quality of it through wine making.

Wine was preferred over any other drinks and became a staple drink in their daily diet. The ancient Roman wines followed much of the winemaking processes developed by the ancient Greek, namely the grape-drying process to lock-in the sweetness and to produce high alcohol content. These strong wines were religiously diluted with water or other flavour changing properties. Salt water, honey, herbs and spices were used to flavour the wine. Storage methods were also developed to reduce the acidity and to flavour the final taste of the wine. A popular way to store the wines were in the Roman amphorae.

The wines produced using the grape-drying technique are still used today. These wines are simply called ‘passito’ wines which refers to the sweet dessert wine made from dried grapes. The word ‘passito’ comes from the word ‘appassimento’ which means ‘withering.’

2.2 | Producing Good Quality Verona Wine

This ancient culture was probably the first to understand that grape varieties produced different quality of wines due to the varying growing conditions. Thus, matching specific grape varieties to their ideal growing conditions and producing good quality wine. This selective cultivation of wine grape and vines is ancestorial to the grapes grown in Italy today, giving Italian wines its distinct native characteristics.

Given the wide ranging territories in Italy, from north to south, east to west with mountains, valleys, lakes, islands, sea and continental as well as Mediterranean climate, there are more than 500 varieties of Italian wines. Each variety, with its unique characteristics, having grown in a specific region for centuries with particular traditions in wine making. About 329 varieties of wine in Italy are labelled Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC), which means “designation of controlled origin” in English.

Some of the most popular varieties of DOC and high quality Italian wines originates in the Veneto region, northern Italy.

3 | Veneto and Verona Wine

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Unsurprisingly, Verona with its central role during the Roman times, has a long-standing tradition in vine growing and wine making, inextricably linked to Veneto region’s history and culture.

3.1 | Verona Wine from the Hillsides of Lake Garda

It is the great grapes of Garda on the hillsides of Lake Garda, near Verona where some of the world’s most famous Verona wines are produced. such as the Amarone and Recioto of Valpolicella.

The Valpolicella area is located in the hills on the north of Verona. This area is crossed by three streams which flow from the Lessini Mountains towards the Adige River, creating three parallel valleys.

From the valleys of the Valpolicella comes three varieties of grapes – Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and Molinara. These are typically used to produce the Valpolicella wines.

Three further Verona wine producing areas in the hills of Lake Garda are Soave towards the east of Verona, Custoza to the south of Lake Garda, along with Lugana, which is also home to beautiful towns of Sirmione and Peschiera del Garda.

4 | What types of wine Verona is famous for? | The 11 Fine Varieties of Verona Wine from the hills of Garda

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The region of Veneto in Northern Italy is vast and reputed as one of the best wine producing region in Italy. Broadly, Veneto is world famous for its Amarone, Valpolicella, Soave, Prosecco and Pinot Grigio. The Amarone is considered the most prestigious wine of the Veneto region. It is one of the Italian ‘big red’, which is also a little highly priced.

Below is a list of the most popular wine Verona is famous for which you could experience:

4.1 | Bardolino

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Corvina Veronese and Rondinella are the two grape varieties used to produce this ruby red, fruity wine. Laced with cherry, strawberry, raspberry, red currant and spices, this unique wine is highly drinkable and goes well with almost any dishes.

If you wish to try the Bardolino, try the ‘Bardolino Classico’, a label exclusively reserved for production from the oldest area of origin, Morainic Hills, Lake Garda.

4.2 | Chiaretto

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Chiaretto, meaning ‘pale’ in Italian is a rosé, variant of the Bardolino red wine family and made from the same grape varieties of Garda. This wine has been produced in the Veneto region since 1896.

Chiaretto is fresh and delicate, laced with wild berry and vanilla. Usually consumed as an aperitif or as a perfect accompaniment to light dishes such as appetisers, fish or pizza.

4.3 | Amarone

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Amarone della Valpolicella is certainly the best and one of the most famous of Italian red wines. Generally produced from Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and Molinara grape varieties but also at times, using the combination of Forselina, Negrara and Oseleta grape varieties.

Amarone is a passito wine. The grapes are left to dry for four months after harvest, during which time the sugar fermentation is completed. Thereafter, left to age in oak casks for two to four years.

Once matured, this vibrant red dry wine comes laced with scents of red fruits and spicy aromas. A full-bodied red goes well with meat dishes, mature cheese and game.

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4.4 Recioto

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The Recioto of Valpolicella is a passito wine using the same grapes as Amarone. The grapes are left to dry, just as for the Amarone. However, the process of fermentation is interrupted to stop the lowering of sugar, resulting in a much sweeter wine than the Amarone.

The Recioto is a sweet Verona wine, deep red, with an intense floral and fruity aroma. Ideally paired with desserts and chocolates.

4.5 | Valpolicella

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Valpolicella DOC is the product of Corvina, Corvinone Veronese and Rondinella. A superior brand, it needs to age for a minimum of one year. This smooth ruby red wine is laced with red cherries and sweet spices. Best with meaty dishes and mature cheese.

4.6 | Custoza

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Custoza is produced from Garganega, Trebbianello and Bianca Fernanda grape varieties. The combination brings about a fresh, aromatic and highly drinkable white wine laced with a straw-yellow colour to it.

This highly popular Verona wine is best enjoyed with fresh fish, deep-fried dishes, and tortellini di Valeggio.

4.7 | Lugana

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Classified as Superiore, Riserva or Vendemmia tardive (late vintage/harvest), Lugana was the first wine in Italy that was assigned the status, Lombard DOC.

Everything about Lugana is special. Grown in the southern shores of Lake Garda, this white wine is extracted from the indigenous grape variety Turbiana which are grown in the special clay soil produced during the last Ice Age, when Lake Garda was formed.

Ideal as an aperitif, Lugana perfectly complements pasta, rice dishes and pizza.

4.8 | Garda Classico Groppello

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Garda Classico Groppello is a unique Verona wine, grown in a specific area of the Veneto region. This special wine is extracted from the Gropello grape variety native to the Lombardy region, specifically the Valtenesi, hills of western Lake Garda. Gropello has been cultivated since the 1500s.

Gropello is a delicate, spicy red wine laced with a fruity flavour. Best paired with meat dishes, or medium mature cheese.

4.9 | Soave

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The majority of Soave produced today are simple, easy drinking white wine, and inexpensively priced. Soave makes up almost half of Verona wine production and has been around for a very, very long time.

Cultivated in eastern Verona, at the foothills of Lessini Mountains, primarily the Soave zone, as well as on the hills of Val d’Illasi, Val di Mezzane valleys and the Alpine valleys.

The production of the Soave Classico, a high-end, DOC labelled white wine comes from the hills of Soave. This prestigious white wine, when treated right and allowed to age for up to ten years or longer is a fine wine with a beautiful straw texture.

The principal grape varieties used for Soave is Garganega, while Trebbiano and Chardonnay are sometimes partnered in varying percentages.

In late autumn, the Soave region is affected by the flow of mist from the Po Valley. The mist brings along mold and other grape diseases. The Garganega grape variety is known for its late ripening properties and thick skin. Therefore it can withstand the mist.

Soave has a delicate aroma. It comes in straw yellow, extra dry and with a slightly bitter touch.

An easy drinking wine that can please everyone, often enjoyed with traditional regional dishes such as risotto, vegetable soups, white cabbage and celery, along with salami, fish dishes, and cheeses such as Taleggio and Grana Padano.

4.10 | Marzemino

This red Italian wine is primarily grown in the Isera area, south of Trentino, Lombardy and Veneto regions. Nicknamed “Mozart’s wine” for its mention in the ‘Don Giovanni’ opera, Marzemino is one of the oldest wines in Italy.

The Marzemino grape variety is susceptible to grape diseases and as such the vine requires a long growing season. The grape ripens late, produce light wines and slightly sparkling.This grape variety is often used as a blending variety, matched with Barbera, Groppello or Merlot.

The deeply ruby red Marzemino goes best with mushroom dishes, white and red meat and cold cuts.

4.11 | Prosecco

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Prosecco, an Italian sweet, fruity sparkling white wine is a product of the sprawling vineyards located between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene in the Veneto regions.

The grapes used to make Prosecco are Glera, a fruity, aromatic green grape. Glera is a thin-skinned green grape that has been grown in the Veneto region for hundreds of years. Prosecco wines contain at least 85% of Glera, blended with other grape varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in smaller quantities.

Prosecco’s sweet and lightly sparkling glass of wine is best paired with seafood, savoury cheeses, cured meats and fruits. It also goes well with smoked salmon, sushi, Thai noodles and Indian curries.


Best Ways to Experience the artful creation of Verona Wine from the hills of Garda

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Experience Verona from a different cultural perspective. The artful creation of Verona wine from the hills of Garda handed down from generation to generation is best experienced by joining wine tasting or winery visits activities.

Visit historic wineries that had stood in the very same place for hundreds of years. Take an insider look in the wine-making culture and learn about the local harvesting, history, and processes from an experienced sommelier first hand. Taste local cuisine paired with local wine for an authentic experience of Veronese wine-making culture.

While you are fully immersed in the tasting and learning of the various wines, you are further rewarded with the breathtaking views of the hills and valleys of the Garda area along with the sereneness of the countryside.

What you experience on your visit depends very much on what you select. You could take a half-day trip visit to a winery or join a wine tasting walking experience. Here are some of the very best Verona wine experiences you could go for:

Our Best Verona Wine Experiences that you may love

This sell-out event offers an all-round experience for wine lovers.

Visit a 17th century winery that has been in the family for 5 generation. Enjoy a peaceful stroll, taste a selection of local wines along with commentary on the wine-making processes.

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Add a visit to the picturesque wine region in Lake Garda to your itinerary. Taste up to 6 wines including Garganega and Chiaretto along with cold cuts, Garda’s extra virgin olive oil and bread.

* Visit to the vineyard and cellar is upon request.

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Enjoy a peaceful stroll in the quintessential hamlet of San Giorgio that is home to a 12th century Romanesque parish church while experiencing this tour.

Taste four different wines that has been made here for centuries along with cold-cuts, bread and cheese. Learn about the local harvesting, wine-making processes and history from a professional sommelier.

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31 Best Things to do in Verona

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31 Awesome Things to do in Verona

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Visiting Verona but wondering what to do? No worries. I have you covered. In this post, you shall find the 31 best things to do in Verona, in Northern Italy.

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1 | Want to learn all about the city that drips in old time romance? Discover its history at every turn – hear it first-hand from a local and you are sure to want to delve deeper.

2 | Why not go a little further? Discover Verona Food and Wine while seeing all the Highlights and Landmarks of the city, in half-a-day or so led by an expert.

Discover the incredible city that is more than the tale of the star-crossed lovers. The heritage of this city is rich. Home to a Roman open air amphitheatre, studded by bell towers, beautifully paved Piazza in pink marble liston, and layers upon layers of history still being unearthed, it is a city that offers something for everyone.

There are a range of dynamic restaurants offering the best local cuisines you can find in northern Italy. Along with this, there are a growing number of designer boutiques opening up between the frescoed churches which you wouldn’t want to miss. One thing to note though, is that when the lights go down, the city awakens. It becomes something of a haven for the young and old, especially the young lovers. So, it is worth bearing in mind that Verona is a city best enjoyed at night as well.

31 Very Best Things to do in Verona

Here are some of the remarkable things to do in Verona that includes best of the beaten track as well as some off-beat experiences. All suggested sites are easily reached, as Verona is compact and walkable. You don’t really have to go too far from the city squares but some sites may require about 20 to 30 minutes walk and are worth exploring. Most of the museums are centred around the piazzas. We have also included visits to vineyards, and exciting day trips as part of things to do in Verona, curated just for you.

Let’s get started:

1 | Juliet House

The story of Romeo and Juliet, though a myth has spurred the creation of the famous balcony and a soul-touching legend that keeps attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The most popular visitor’s attraction in Verona has also inspired several movies. Learn more about the inspiration to Juliet House, the legends associated to this destination and take a sneak peek into this famous house before your visit. A complete guide to this popular visitor attraction, and as part of things to do in Verona awaits your perusal via the link below.

Read: The Story of Romeo & Juliet in Fair Verona.

Piazzas in Verona

2 | Piazza Bra

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3 | Verona Arena

The Verona Arena is a monument of 2000 years of history.  An unmissable attraction when in Verona, this ancient marvel sits adoringly in Bra, enticing all visitors to explore its ancient history. Explore one or two of the many ways to experience this ancient site as one your best things to do in Verona itinerary — a medieval marvel not to miss.

Read the complete guide to Verona Arena which includes an overview of its history

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With the Verona City Card, you will gain Priority Entry to the Verona Arena and the Lamberti Tower along with free local transportation – these and so many other benefits. Explore more and pre-purchase before travelling to Verona > Verona City Card.


Things to do in Verona around PIAZZA ERBE

4 | Piazza Erbe

Read: The Complete Guide to Piazza delle Erbe

5 | Piazza dei Signori

A charming and an elegant square, with the statue of Dante standing tall in the centre. Also known as Piazza Dante, the square encompasses diverse architectural styles — Gothic, Romanesque and Renaissance. Piazza dei Signori sits right next to Piazza Erbe and the Lamberti Tower. The Square is said to date back to 1330 at least, and it is an important part of the city worth seeing.

6 | Loggia del Consiglio

This Renaissance style open arched space is a pretty spot at Piazza dei Signori, just next to the historic Piazza Erbe. Built between 1476 and 1493, the Loggia del Consiglio presently houses the Provincial Council of Verona and is one of the best things to do in Verona.

7 | Climb the Tower

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TTS Best Tip > Verona City Card includes entry to the Lamberti Tower

8 | ‘Painted City’

Once known as the ‘Painted City’, take pleasure in admiring the dwellings that stands testament to what Verona was in the Middle Ages. The colourful images painted by Cavalli tells a story and worth exploring.

Navigate to Mazzanti Houses in Verona for an overview of its history and where to find it

9 | The Baroque Palazzo Maffei

Standing gallantly overlooking the Piazza Erbe is Palazzo Maffei. This magnificent building was once a palace and a private residence belonging to the Veronese aristocrats, the Maffei family. Palazzo Maffei is presently a museum housing sculptures, paintings and furnitures.

If you are not into visiting the museum, perhaps you may wish to enjoy a wonderful evening, dining in their renowned restaurant which is tucked away from the main square. Prior reservation (well in advance) is highly recommended as getting a last-minute reservation is almost impossible!

Read the full guide to Palazzo Maffei and what to do here

10 | Majestic Gran Guardia

Visit this very large (86 metres in length) historic building that was built for military purposes but now, it is home to exhibitions and cultural events.

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11 | Scaliger Tombs

There is not very much to see here except that the tombs comprise a group of funerary monuments that were built by the powerful Della Scala family who ruled Verona in the Middle Ages. The monuments are regarded as the finest Gothic architecture in Italy today.


Unmissable Ancient Landmarks

12 | Porta Borsari Gate

The Porta Borsari is an ancient gate believed to originate in 1st century BC. It is a significant piece of Verona’s history as it was the main entrance to the city. Built from Valpolicella white stone, Porta Borsari has two arches flanked by semi-columns, and an upper floor with twelve arched windows. See it as you walk through the city, and cross it off your list on things to do in Verona.

13 | Arco dei Gavi

Once an ancient gate to the medieval city, the Arco dei Gavi was built by the influential noble Gavia family around the 1st century AD. It was demolished by the French in 1805 to make way for their military mule trains. The Arch stones were stored safely at the Citadella Square for over a century. Using the original stones, the Arch was later rebuilt to stand where it does now, next to Castelvecchio. It faces the Adige River and not far from its original position. Just 1 minute walk from Castle Vecchio, an item worth listing on your unmissable things to do in Verona.

Address: Corso Cavour, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

14 | Castelvecchio

Castle Vecchio is a magnificent structure that dates back to the 14th century. It is quite an expansive site and lies within the city’s perimeters. This old castle is worth exploring unhurriedly and best to set aside some time when you visit. If you could, get an audio guide to fully appreciate the relevance, context and the particular areas in this vast site when you visit. When here, don’t miss looking out to the bridge nextdoor.

Address: 2 Corso Castelvecchio
Verona, 37121
Italy

15 | Ponte di Castelvecchio

Next to Castle Vecchio is the famous Ponte di Castelvecchio. Also known as Scaliger Bridge, it is often regarded as the most romantic bridge in Verona. It is a pretty bridge, best viewed when the sun slowly sets over the horizon.

Built by the Scaligeri family between 1354 and 1356 as a means to escape should they be attacked. The bridge connects the castle to the left bank of the Adige River.


Where to go for Epic Sunset Views over the City of Verona

16 | Teatro Romano Verona

Built during the latter part of the 1st century B.C. the Roman Theatre (not the Roman Amphitheatre at Piazza Bra) is located next to Castel San Pietro. This theatre is still used today, albeit for smaller scale performances due to its size. It is worth visiting and is one of the things to do in Verona as it adds to understanding the history of this passionate medieval city. There is an Archaeological Museum that offers a fascinating insight into the city’s history also.

Address: Regaste Redentore, 2, 37129 Verona, Italy | Opens: 08:30 AM

17 | Piazzale Castel San Pietro

Though popular, this is not frequented by many who visit the city for a short break but it is one of the best things to do in Verona. Piazzale Castel San Pietro is a medieval fortress set on a hilltop and requires a climb. With best views over the many spires of the city, and the glistening Adige River flowing through the heart of the city, this is one destination to head to if you could make it. For some magnificent views, head here at dusk for epic sunset hues.

Address: Piazzale Castel S. Pietro37129 Verona VR, Italy

*It is free of charge.


18 | Palazzo Giusti and Giardino Giusti

A beautiful, perhaps one of the best in northern Italy, the Giardino Giusti was created at the end of the 15th century. The garden is said to be one of the best examples of Italian gardens and it is right next to the Giusti Palace. One of the things to do in Verona, this makes an easy destination to while-away some time in Verona’s afternoon sunshine.

Address: Via Giardino Giusti, 2, 37129 Verona VR, Italy | Opens: 10:00 AM


Cathedrals & Basillicas

19 | Verona Cathedral

Tucked away in a quiet street is Verona Cathedral (Piazza Duomo di Verona), a magnificent hidden gem which you must absolutely see when you are in the city.

An outwardly simple Romanesque architecture is pleasantly inviting, but once indoors, you shall be struck with an incredibly magnificent surprise. A 12th century apse, admirable biblical depictions, space and harmony. We particularly appreciated the Church of Sant’Elena and the archaeological excavations.

Verona Cathedral sits on the site of the very first Christian place of worship in Verona that was established here in the 4th century. Verona’s rich history continues to be unearthed here.

*Must top “things to do in Verona” list.

Address: Piazza Duomo, 21, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

20 | The Basillica of Sant’Anastasia Verona

This is another impressive church in Verona which must be seen! An outstanding Italian Gothic architecture, the Basillica of Santa Anastasia in Verona is the largest church in the city. The Basillica had its first stone laid in 1280 by the Dominican Order. The interior extends over three isles and twelve impressive pillars, all in red Veronese marble. An absolute unmissable things to do in Verona.

Address: Piazza S.Anastasia, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

21 | Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

This beautiful church is a little out of the centre of Verona, about 15-minutes walk. San Zeno Maggiore is worth visiting as it is one of the better preserved of Romanesque architecture in Northern Italy. The Basillica is certainly a must-visit destination for fans of the star-crossed lovers. The crypt here is said to be the setting where Romeo and Juliet were married according to the book.

Address: Piazza San Zeno, 2, 37123 Verona VR, Italy


Museums

As an ancient city, Verona’s long history lingers on its Roman ruins sitting next to medieval fortresses with Renaissance architectural delights in the foreground. The city’s rich history is everywhere, and most of them are found in the many museums that is dotted around Verona. If you love the opera, an art lover, or a history buff, head to one or more of these museums in Verona.

22 | Roman Theatre Archaeological Museum

The Roman Theatre (mentioned above #16) has an Archaeological Museum which opened in 1924. It is one of the best archaeological museums in Verona and worth exploring. The Museum showcases about 600 pieces of art.

Address: Rigaste Redentore, 2, 37129 Verona VR, Italy | Opens: 10:00 AM

23 | Juliet’s Tomb and the Museum of Frescoes

The Museum of Frescoes stands within the complex of a convent, San Francesco al Corso Monastery that dates back to the 13th century. In here, sits the mythological ‘Tomb of Juliet‘, which has become a major tourist attraction.

Besides the tomb, the museum is home to beautiful frescoes that decorated Veronese buildings in the 16th century. The frescoes are placed in their original arrangement. The Museum of Frescoes also showcases canvas works from 16th to 18th along with 19th century sculptures.

In the garden, there is a collection of Verona’s original sculptures, inscriptions and lapidary along with a collection of Roman amphorae from the first century BC.

Address: Via Luigi Da Porto, 5
37121 Verona | Opens: 10:00 AM

24 | Maffeiano Lapidary Museum

Established around 1738, by the long and passionate works of Scipione Maffei, the Maffeiano Lapidary Museum is in the heart of Verona and is one of the oldest public museum in Europe. The Museum has two floors and a courtyard.

There is a wide collection of carvings and inscriptions, with mostly of Greek, Etruscan and Roman. Tombstones with inscriptions from ancient civilisations are found here as well, some with original paints on them.

Address: P.za Bra, 28, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

25 | Palazzo Della Ragione

Located in the Lamberti Tower, the Palazzo della Ragione is a public gallery and houses a vast collection of paintings and sculptures representing modern art.

The entry ticket to the Lamberti Tower includes entry to the museum also.

Address: Cortile Del Mercato Vecchio, 10, 37121 Verona VR, Italy | Opens: 10:00 AM

Experience Verona’s Cuisine, and Culinary History

26 | Visit an Osteria

Verona’s cuisine and its culinary history is unique! From simple quick comfort dishes such as risotto, polenta, gnocchi and tortellini to horse and donkey meat cooked for hours if not days. Recipes are uniquely preserved by families, that has been handed down through centuries.

For an authentic experience, visit Osteria Sottocosta, in Piazza Erbe. We visitied on a not so busy rainy evening, had plenty of Bordolino and an easy serving of Bigoli bolognese.

Address: Piazza Erbe, 16, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

27 | Dine at Ristorante Maffei

Set at the top end of the historical Piazza Erbe is Ristorante Maffei. Set within a former palace and residential home of the famous and influential Maffei family in Verona. (#9 above).

The Maffei Restaurant serves typical Veronese cuisine, refined, to bring the best Italian tradition with elegance and brilliance. They even have a special ‘Romeo and Juliet’ room for romantic couples, for that timeless moments.

Maffei is renowned for its risotto dishes and it is said to have a vast collection of wines, one of the best stocked in Italy. To dine at this fine restaurant, ensure you book well ahead of time.

Address: Ristorante Maffei

Piazza Erbe, 38
37121 Verona (VR)
Tel. +39 045 8010015

28 | An all-round experience of Veronese Food and its Culture

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If you want to know all there is about traditional Veronese food and its history, join a group food tour. I know there are quite a number of food tours available and it may be a little daunting to select the one that may give the best experience. You may wish to sign-up to either of the following two:

Recommended Read: 3 Flavoursome Food & Wine Tours in Verona


Wines of Verona

29 | Valpolicella Wines

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Valpolicella is an area within the wider Veneto region in northern Italy. Its climate and geographical location has contributed to the production of quality wines in the world. The high-end Valpolicella Amarone, Reciotto and Soave DOC, amongst others, all comes from this Veneto region the hills of Garda. An area in Northern Italy where varieties of grapes have been matched to the soil and weather to produce some of the world’s best wines for centuries. Visiting Verona, the ‘wine city of Europe’ must surely call for an experience of the wine trail or a visit to a winery and vineyard.

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You may find the following three tips to be useful.

1 | Want an all-round experience of Verona — a touch of history, culture and all about Verona’s popular wines?

Be part of a Food & Wine Walking tour where you will learn about Verona’s local food, see the highlights of the city and sample some local wines.

2 | Visit a vineyard and a winery along with food tastings. Enjoy a serene stroll of the vineyards, learn about the wine-making process from grape to glass and visit a 17th century cellar >> Vineyard & Winery Tour

3 | Learn more about the Valpolicella wines — Join the Amarone Wine Trail

Day Trips from Verona

Verona’s ideal geographical location in northern Italy makes a great base for exploring other cities in the region. As well, with very good high-speed train links and road systems, these cities are easily reached within a couple of hours. Cities such as Milan, Venice, or Florence are highly doable destinations for a day-trip. However, if you are looking for something closer, Lake Garda, Sirmione and surrounds makes a perfect destination also.

30 | Lake Garda

Lake Garda is a picturesque area of the Veneto region and is one of Italy’s as well as Europe’s main tourist hub. With dramatic mountain backdrop, crystal clear waters and a collection of traditional villages, Lake Garda offers ample opportunities for a stroll, cruise, and to pick a spot on the lake front to sit and watch, over a gelato or spritz. While here, visit the nearby town of Sirmione also. Explore the medieval Scaligero Castle along with its narrow streets, and the serene Santa Maria Maggiore Church.

Don’t want to hire a car or take public transport to Lake Garda from Verona?

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For a no-hassle, transport included trip, join a small group tour to Lake Garda and Sirmione. Tour includes a knowledgeable tour guide, plenty of time to explore, boat-trip and stops in nearby towns.

Book > Small group tour to Lake Garda and Sirmione from Verona.

*Georgina: We undertook this tour when we visited Verona and highly recommend it.

31 | Milan

Milan, the metropolis of fashion and design in the Lombardy region is easily reached by high-speed train from Verona Porta Nuova in a little over an hour. Make an early start and take the last train back. It is cheaper to prior purchase a point-to-point train ticket than on the day of travel.

Milan is a city that has so much to offer to its visitors and one day is by no means sufficient. If one day is all you have when visiting Verona, then visit the landmarks, such as the Milan Cathedral, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Piazza della Scala, Sforzesco Castle, Parco Sempione and dine at Biffi. No matter what you choose to do on one day in Milan, ensure that you visit the rooftop of Milan Cathedral at sunset (watch the video of the changing hues), enjoy a spritz at the Galleria and ride the historic wooden train.


… finally

These wonderful things to do in Verona are by no means exhaustive and we are sure to have missed some attractions. It only gives us an opportunity to return when possible. Verona is certainly a city that makes one yearn for more.

I hope that you found this article helpful and found answers to your questions/research on Verona. If so, use the links to book your activities and trips. We earn a commission from qualified purchases/bookings at no costs to you at all. As always, we, at Timeless Travel Steps appreciate your continued support. However, if you have more questions, please do ask and we will do our best to answer them.

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Planning a timeless experience in the city of Verona? How about discovering the medieval city differently — on two-wheels.

Verona by bike is a fun and relaxed way to explore the delightful old town. Explore the highlights and the hidden corners while venturing out a little further to the picturesque Valpolicella region.

The city of Verona has enchanted many travellers over the centuries. The story of the star-crossed lovers may be the biggest attraction and draw a pilgrimage of visitors but Verona is a lot more than Juliet balcony. The Romans, the Renaissance artists and the simple romantic bridges over the Adige River are all equally inspirational reasons to visit this beautiful city in northern Italy.

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Verona by bike

Most visitors explore Verona on foot as it is compact and easily walkable, with public transport being almost unnecessary, unless if you are going to the outskirts of town. However, exploring Verona by bike is increasingly popular, as it offers a safe way to explore with dedicated cycle lanes. Exploring Verona with a two-wheel is cost-effective as it is a lot cheaper than hiring a car or taking the public transport. Cycle tours gives you the flexibility to see more or less as you may wish. To top it off, cycling gives the perfect adrenalin boost to complement your daily dose of workout.

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Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, pedal your way through the UNESCO listed city, the historic squares, monuments, stop at the best spots for some incredible views and photo opportunities. Look out for the ancient Roman walls that once stood to protect the city, cobbled lanes, the famous balcony and some majestic architecture. Verona by bike activities are limited to a certain number of participants for a more personalised experience.

In this guide, you shall find the information on 6 fun and most popular Verona by bike activities, its cost, and to book an experience with your preferred tour operator.


6 OF THE BEST VERONA BY BIKE EXPERIENCES

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Experience the best of Verona on a relaxed bike tour with an informative guide. See the main sights of the Roman theaters, old city walls, Juliet House and the architecture of the past 2000 years.

Duration: 3 hours

From: €39.00 pp (March 2022)

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Ride your e-bike through the rolling hills of Valpolicella, the creeks of the countryside and stop to sample the very best of the locally produced wines. Learn about the wine making traditions from a local expert.

Duration: 4 hours

From: €75.00 pp (March 2022)

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A fun ride immersing in the highlights, hidden gems and panoramic views of the medieval city while you learn all there is about the city’s past. Accompanied by a knowlegeable local guide.

Duration: 3 hours

From: € 45.00 pp (March 2022)

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Enjoy delicious food and wine while riding your bike and sightseeing the city. Taste your way through the backstreet bars in Verona called “Osterias” and discover local lifestyle.

Duration: 3 hours

From: €59.00 pp (March 2022)

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On an e-bike, ride through the hills and long rivers to reach the sanctuary of Verona. This tour offers breathtaking views over Verona . It ends with a great wine tasting and snacks session at a local bar in the city.

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

From: €85.00 pp (March 2022)

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Explore the narrow alleys, historic squares, baroque buildings by bike. Take a break and afterwards, enjoy a rafting experience on the Adige River. Verona by bike.

Duration: 4 hours

From: € 79.00 pp (March 2022)

Check availability and book your experience:

Learn more and book your experience here


Essential Information to Know before Verona by Bike Experience

1 | What is included: Use of Bicycle; Helmet; Qualified Guide

2 | Book at any time to secure your place. Have peace of mind knowing that you can cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund should you change your mind.

3 | This is a small group activity.

4 | Mobile ticketing is available.

5 | Please read all booking conditions for each activity prior to booking.

6 | Use comfortable and suitable shoes.


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Piazza Bra | Verona | Best 7 experiences!

Piazza Bra | Verona | Best 7 experiences!

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Located within the gates of Verona is one of the largest piazza in Europe. Piazza Bra welcomes visitors both day and night to indulge in a little Veronese culture. Marvel at the historic Roman Arena, grab a cup of espresso and happily people-watch while not missing on the beautiful attractions that are dotted around the expansive square.

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Piazza Bra Verona

Simply known as Bra, Piazza Bra is the main square and heart of life in Verona. It is one of the largest squares in Italy as well as in Europe. Located inside the City’s gates, Piazza Bra is a beautiful and an expansive square. It’s like a huge arrival hall from whence you get to various places and attractions. The pink marble liston is perfect for a stroll. Bra is also a destination for to observe and people-watch over a cup of coffee. Enjoy a meal at one of the al frescoes restaurants that are lined alongside prominent historic buildings from medieval times to present day.

The square is a frequent stop on guided walking or bike tours of the city.


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Piazza Bra – An overview of the development of a “square”

Portoni del Bra Archway, Verona
Portoni del Bra Archway, Verona

The word “Bra” has its origins in German from the word “breit” which means “broad“. It began to be defined as a “square” in the mid sixteenth century.

The Palace of Honours was built by architect Michele Sammicheli on the west of the Square with the purpose of limiting the perimeter of the square from future expansion. On the southern side, the Grand Guardia Palace was constructed and you will also find Portoni del Bra archway which encloses the south. Then in the nineteenth century, Palazzo Barbieri, the neoclassical City Hall was constructed alongside the Arena on the eastern side of the Square, with the Arena on the north of the square.

The Square was paved off completely with pink marble from the Valpolicella region in 1782.

Piazza Bra – Historical use of the Square

A notable use of the square was in the mid twelfth century as a “livestock” market. Along with it, the Bra was also used for wood, hay and straw.

Piazza Bra is no stranger to the ancient custom of holding a fair. The one that had survived through the centuries to today is the fair of St Lucy. The fair of St Lucy takes place each year between 11th and 13th December.

7 popular attractions at Piazza Bra not to miss

This beautiful and expansive square in the heart of Verona has several historic buildings, gardens, and fountains. Here are the popular attractions which you may want experience:

1 | Verona Arena

Verona Arena is the largest open air amphitheatre in the world. It was built in the first century, survived two earthquakes and all the challenges throughout its 2000 years. It is a true marvel that it is standing in all its glory. Today, the Arena hosts musical events and their popular annual summer Opera evenings. A visit to the Arena is highly recommended. You could also peruse and book to join Verona Arena Skip-the-Line Guided Tour. A tour is an opportunity to learn of its long history and marvel at this ancient architecture from within its arched walls.

Read: The Complete Guide to the Verona Arena includes tips on how to get ticket for the Opera.

2 | Gran Guardia Palace

Palazzo Gran Guardia is one of Verona’s most impressive of historic buildings. It was designed by Domenico Curtoni and construction began in early seventeenth century. However it took over a hundred years to complete, in the mid nineteenth century by Giuseppe Barbieri. The Gran Guardia is an impressive building with stone stairway, grand porch, pillars and arched windows.

Read: The Majestic Gran Guardia, Verona

3 | Portoni della Bra

A beautiful piece of architecture and the gateway to the old city, I Portoni della Bra are the two arches on the south side of the square. It has a clock in the centre and on both sides of the arches. It was built by Gian Galeazzo Visconti in late fourteenth century.

4 | Palazzo Barbieri

Palazzo Barbieri sits on the eastern side of Bra. It is of a Neoclassical architecture built in the nineteenth century. This building was designed by Giuseppe Barbieri. Formerly known as Palazzo della Gran Guardia Nuova but was later named Palazzo Barbieri in honour of Giuseppe Barbieri. It has been home to the offices of the municipal administrations since 1869. In the 1940s, the interior of the City Hall was destroyed by fire. This led to internal modifications, rebuilt by adding the rear and the semi-circular wing.

5 | Fontana delle Alpi – At the centre of Piazza Bra

This fountain is in a small park in the centre of Piazza Bra. It offers a pleasant shady area to walk or to take a break from walking. The Veronese refer to Fontana delle Alpi as a “Lemon Squeezer” (struca limoni) because of its shape.

6 | The Statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II – at the centre of the park in Piazza Bra

An equestrian statue of Vittorio Emanuele II, the first ruler of unified Italy dominates the centre of the park in Piazza Bra.

7 | Museo Lapidario Maffeiano – an archaeological museum

The Museo Lapidario Maffeiano in Piazza Bra was constructed in the middle pf eighteenth century and inextricably tied to Marquess Scipione Maffei (1675-1755). Maffei spent thirty-years collecting hundreds and hundreds of inscriptions. He made his collection displayed to the public, believing that “what is useful to the public must become public domain”. The collection includes 650 findings.

The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
closed on Mondays


Practical information on Piazza Bra

1 | Location of Piazza Bra and all attractions listed in this post

Piazza Bra is located at: Piazza Bra, 37121, Verona Italy

Here is a map on the locations of the places listed in this post so you can easily locate them when you visit.

2 | Basics about the Bra that you need to know

i | Piazza Bra is a pedestrian square, so it is a safe place to stroll with young children;

ii | The Bra is a public square and is open twenty-four hours. Cafes and restaurants are subject to their own opening hours.

iii | The Square is lined with bustling cafes and restaurants, offering great choices of food and snacks

iv | Exploring Verona on foot with or without a tour guide requires a bit of walking. Best to use comfortable shoes, wear casual clothing and travel light;

3 | Best time to visit Piazza Bra

In any case, whether it is the peak season or the shoulder season, find yourself a seat in one of the al frescoe restaurants lined up at the Bra on early evenings. Over coffee, watch and take part in the daily passeggiata, a tradition when Italian families and groups of friends take a stroll before dinner. 

Read: People and Culture of Italy

4 | Getting to Piazza Bra

Piazza Bra is located in the center of Verona. It’s accessible on foot, by bus, taxi, or as part of a bike or Segway tour of the city center.  

Once at the square, all attractions listed here are located within walking distance.

Recommended read: Getting around Verona – public transport and best ways to explore


5 | Places to stay near Piazza Bra

The following hotels are within very close proximity of Piazza Bra and other attractions in Verona. Click on the images, peruse and book your stay.

Read: Stay at an Awesome Place in Verona

Final thoughts on Piazza Bra

A visit to Piazza Bra in Verona and you will note that this expansive square has it all! From gardens, fountains, restaurants, street entertainers to grandeur palaces and Roman amphitheatre. A day spent here will be a day well-spent.


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Verona Arena | A piece of medieval marvel that can’t be missed

Verona Arena | A piece of medieval marvel that can’t be missed

Updated: Mar 25, 2022

Renowned as a Veronese monument, the Verona Arena is the oldest and the largest open-air amphitheatre in the world. This Roman marvel is impressive from all angles and it is a spot in Verona that must be experienced.

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The ancient marvel, Verona Arena was constructed in the 1st century and is one of the best preserved of its kind. It sits in Piazza Bra, dominating the heart of the city. The formidable structure looks spectacular both during the day and at night. It was once used for spectacles of gladiator fighting, now Opera performances takes place in the summer months at dusk. An absolute piece of medieval marvel that can’t be missed when visiting Verona.

Come along with me to take a very brief look at its 2000 years of history and discover ways on how you can experience this ancient monument in Verona.


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1 | Want to learn all about the city that drips in old time romance? Discover its history at every turn – hear it first-hand from a local and you are sure to want to delve deeper.

2 | Why not go a little further with our Best Seller? Discover Verona Food and Wine while seeing all the Highlights and Landmarks of the city, in half-a-day or so led by an expert.


Verona Arena: An ancient monument of 2000 years of history

The 1st century amphitheatre known simply as Arena was built around 30 AD during the reign of Augustus Caesar. During his reign, the city of Verona was part of the Roman Empire’s expansion. Located between Milan and Venice together with its strategic location on the Adige River, Verona was used as a base for controlling the northern territories.

The Roman’s built Verona on an organized grid plan, with two main gates, and surrounded it with defensive walls. Bridges were built across the Adige River but most notable of their creations is an amphitheatre. Just outside of the city walls, an amphitheatre was constructed. Verona Arena.

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1 | The Romans and About the Amphitheatre

In Ancient Rome, an amphitheatre was an important structure. It was a meeting point, where the settlement gathers to watch spectacles of entertainment like a circus, a tournament or festivals. An amphitheatre kept everyone happy. Having one just outside of the city walls meant that lots more people from the neighbouring settlements and cities could come without threatening the peace of the City of Verona.

In its original architecture, the Verona Arena comprised of three tiers of arches at a height of 30 metres. The external dimensions of the structure was 152 x 123 metres. The monument was the third largest Roman amphitheatre at that time, after the Colosseum and Capua. The tiers of the amphitheatre are all made of Veronese marble, pink and white stones sourced from Valpolicella. The Verona Arena is said to have accommodated almost 30,000 spectators for festivals, circus acts, dancing and music. The theatre hosted all kinds of games and tournaments especially equestrian games. Above all, the spectacles that drew most attention were blood sports, notably the gladiator show, where two trained combatants would fight each other to death.

Later, more defense walls were built to protect the city from invaders and the amphitheatre was included inside of its walls. It was a good thing too, as all the surrounding settlements and towns were destroyed while Verona stood firm.

2 | After the Romans (500 – 1000 AD)

The Romans lost power in the 5th century. Verona was then ruled by the Goths, the Lombards and the Vatican until around 1000 AD. Buildings and monuments were added to the city century after century. The City of Verona grew but the Arena did not. Gladiator fighting was banned and the Arena stood empty for centuries.

The unused Arena was pillaged for building materials. The bricks and stones were much needed for building other structures and for Verona’s growth. Largely, the Arena stood as a free source of materials.

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3 | Disaster strikes!

After surviving the screaming, stomping fans, several wars, and as a resource of building materials, the Arena was hit by a massive earthquake. On January 3, 1117 AD an earthquake rated at VII (very strong) on the Mercalli Intensity Scale struck northern Italy and Germany. The outer wall of the Arena was partially destroyed as a result. The surviving wall was later damaged in another earthquake of 1183. Only four arches of the outer wall still remains.

4 | The Scala Family – 13th to 14th century

Following the Battle of Legnano in 1176, Verona gained autonomous status. As a result, the economy boomed and the city attracted many wealthy and prominent families who invested and grew the city. Amongst them, the Scala Family, who ultimately ruled as lords of Verona from the mid 13th century through to 14th century.

With more money flowing in the economy, the Scala’s began using the Arena. It was primarily used as a public trial area, and disputes solved through combat.

5 | Verona Arena in the 15th century

However, the fighting among Verona’s wealthy families brought them all down, making it easy for the Venetian Republic to take over at the start of 15th century. Under the Venetian, new laws were passed making it illegal to vandalize the Arena. During this period, the Arena provided cheap housing for prostitutes who kept the place nice and beautiful.

6 | A market place in the 16th century

In the 16th century, the prostitutes made way for small shops, artisans, blacksmiths, hair-dressers, jewellers and mechanics. The open-air Arena became an open-air market where you could go to get your horses hoofed, buy your wife a necklace or for snacks. Essentially it was a place where you could get all your shopping done at once.

It seems that some arches still housed mechanics and other shops until the mid-20th century.

7 | Napoleon

In 1797, Napoleon took over Verona for the length of the Napoleonic Wars until the Austrians won it in 1815. Napoleon used the Arena for purposes other than culture (concentration camp for prisoners).

8 | The Arena finally finds its purpose – 1822

1822 is known as the year of the first ever Opera performance in the open-air amphitheatre. The Arena lends itself well to opera. Though it’s huge, it has remarkable acoustics – performers do not use microphones!

9 | Opera at Verona Arena – August 10, 1913

Although the opera performances began in the 1800’s the Arena was still mostly unused for almost a century. The first performance that set the start of the Opera Festival at Verona Arena was on August 10, 1913. The first performance of Aida organised by Giovanni Zenatello and Ottone Rovato to commemorate the 100th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi. 

Besides pauses during the First and Second World Wars, the Arena has been hosting summer Opera festivals ever since.


That’s just a brief history of a monument of 2000 years or so.


Verona Arena today

The Verona Arena continues to play host to a variety of cultural events. It’s famed annual summer festival of Opera performances (June to September) is well-worth a visit if you could get hold of some tickets. Take a look below.

Verona Arena Opera Festival 2021

From June 17, 2022 the Arena Opera Festival 2022 is on stage. The Opera opens with Carmen, along with many special nights during the season in the spectacular setting of the Verona amphitheatre. Tickets might be available if you are planning a visit. Take a look at the program and seat availability at the official website Arena di Verona.

Alternatively, you could purchase an Opera package here. (More on this below)

Pro tip: Verona Arena will be used as the closing ceremony for the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo. If you’re a fan of winter sports, this would the perfect opportunity to see a different type of performance at the arena.

Ways to experience this ancient monument of 2000 years of history on its back

This Roman amphitheatre is every bit as impressive as it sounds and you will not be disappointed by its experience. It’s huge, different, medieval with modern adaptations but above all, the walls and passages speak of tales and mysteries which can only be imagined.

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Inside Verona Arena

There are three ways to experience this piece of medieval marvel:

1 | Arena di Verona Opera Package Ticket

Pick up this opera evening package and enjoy a lovely evening at the open-air amphitheatre where Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Callas, and many other tenors and sopranos from all over the world have had the pleasure of singing and performing. I can only imagine it to be one of the best experiences that one could have.

Simply exchange your voucher at gate 16 of the Arena between 5:45 PM to 8:45 PM (desk Montebaldo) any day that an opera is playing. In your package, you will receive a ticket for the opera, a 1-hour Verona city guide (starting at 6:00 PM), a transport-service ticket, as well as all the assistance you may need for a perfect experience in the city. 

2 | Verona Card

You can purchase a Verona Card for 24 or 48 hours and explore the City at your own pace. The Verona Card gives you skip-the-line priority access to the Verona Arena and other monuments as well. You have unlimited access to the ATV transport system. Personally, I find the Verona Card to be a bargain. You can peruse further of what it offers and buy it here.

3 | Guided Tour of Verona Arena

If you want to learn more about this monument from an expert, then join a guided tour. This guided tour is with a licensed guide and lasts half-an-hour with priority access. Hear about the famous operas and some of the stories that took place behind the walls.


Practical information for when visiting Verona Arena

Spectators with limited mobility or disability can have access to some seats in the stalls or the numbered stone steps at a special rate, along with the person accompanying you. Medical proof is required. Go to this page for a full guide on Spectators with Disabilities.

If your ticket is for a stone step seat, it is best to wear long (trousers) or long skirts to cover your legs, to avoid bruises or discomfort. Bring a cushion along and water/snacks.

Location: Piazza Bra 1, 37121, Verona Italy | Tel: +39 045 800 5151 | Nearest station: Verona Porta Nuova Station


My thoughts…

Verona is known as the City of Opera because of the ancient marvel, Arena. It is one of the most astonishingly preserved monument in the world. While we cannot watch gladiator fights or get the horses hoofed, we can certainly spend hours exploring or just sitting in the gallery to feel how it must have been way back then to witness any of the spectacles.

I sincerely hope that a visit to this medieval marvel will cement a perfect vacation to Verona.


Now, it’s your turn 🙂

What do you think? Is this post valuable to you in planning your visit to the Verona Arena? Have I missed anything that ought to be included? If so please let me know in comments below or via Contact Form, I would love to hear from you. As well, if you’d found any of the suggestions useful, do use the links to book your stay, activities and anything else as this will help TTS earn a commission on qualifying bookings at no cost to you at all. As always, we at TTS appreciate your support.

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Have a splendid time exploring Verona Arena!

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