Verona

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Verona
Italy
45° 26' 17.6892" N, 10° 59' 30.84" E
IT
General info: 

Verona is most famous as the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Though close to the more popular tourist destination of Venice, many people consider Verona a more relaxed and pleasant place to visit. There are many tourists, but the number of tourists per square meter is lower.

A trip to Verona is a plunge into the emotions of bygone times, of a city that conserves values and forms related to an ancient past of medieval and renaissance splendour. According to the poet, Shakespeare, “There is no world outside these walls…” but this also expresses the impression that strikes tourists when they enter the ancient walls that surround the city. The tragic story of the love of Romeo and Juliet, which Shakespeare situates in the Verona of the Scala seigniory, makes the city a preferred destination for lovers and tourists seeking emotions.

Verona was a Roman city, and many Roman ruins have been preserved, notably the Arena. Most of the historical sights to see today date from the past 800 years. During the summer months a stroll through the ancient city can reach a climax of emotions in an evening at the Arena, Italy’s largest opera theatre. The Roman amphitheatre can seat 15,000 spectators and put on a show with scenery designed by the greatest artists in the world: an evening at the Arena is unforgettable and reason enough alone to make a trip to Verona.

Getting there: 

AIR
• Catullo Airport (IATA: VRN) (ICAO: LIPX), [2]. Verona's closest airport, 12 km from the city.
• Budget airlines fly from Brussels (Charleroi), Dublin, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Paris-Beauvais, Madrid, Alghero, Palermo, Trapani and Brindisi to Catullo Airport (IATA: VRN)[3] of Verona.
• Buses will take you from Verona Airport direct to Verona railway station. It costs 6€, and you can buy the ticket directly from the bus driver.
TRAIN
You can reach Verona Porta Nuova station by train
from Milan (1 hour and 22 mins by EuroCity train (EC)[21,00€], 1 hour and 50 mins by RegionaleVeloce (RV)[11.00€])
from Venice (1 hour and 10 mins by EuroCity (EC)[19,00€], 1 hour and 22 mins by RegionaleVeloce (RV)[6,25€], 2 hours and 10 mins by Regionale (R)[6,25€])
from Bologna (49 mins by TAV [22€], 1 hour and 28 mins by RegionaleVeloce (RV)[7,55€])
from Munich (5 hours and 30 mins by EuroCity).
Be aware that local trains (Regionali) also stop at a minor station, Verona Porta Vescovo.

Interesting places nearby

The greatest landmark of Rome, Colosseum, stands in the center of the city, defying the earthquakes, fires and thieves that tried to desecrate its structure.

Palatino is one of the 7 hills of Rome and is considered to be the part where the original Rome was founded.

Contrary to popular belief, the St. Peter’s Basilica isn’t the mother church of the Catholic Church nor is it the residence of the bishop of Rome. However, this building is probably the most famous church in the world.

Vatican Museums are a part of Pope’s official residence, the Papal Palace. With more than 1,400 rooms, the Vatican Museums are one of the most important cultural institutions in the world.

On over 80 hectares in the heart of Rome stretches an English-type garden, named the Villa Borghese. It was made in 17th century, when Cardinal Scipione Borghese decided to turn his vineyard into a large landscape garden.

Pantheon is one of the best-preserved of all Roman buildings. It was completed around 14AD and has been in continuous use ever since which is probably why it is still in a very good shape.