Verona · 23km · 30 minutes
So what's it like?
A city of Romanesque architecture renowned for Shakespeare’s ‘star-cross’d lovers’ – Verona remains a living wonder from the open air markets and Piazza Bra, to the Verona Opera and ‘Juliet’s balcony’.
Romantic Verona is filled with secretive streets, burnt coloured buildings and medieval architecture. One of Italy’s most attractive cities, it isn't just Juliet's famous balcony that attracts visitors from all over the world, but also Verona's 14,000 capacity Roman amphitheatre, set in the beautiful and bustling Piazza Bra. The amphitheatre still today holds concerts and operas throughout the summer season. Thomson offer you the opportunity to pre-book performances at the Verona Opera.
Much like the feuding families of Shakespeare’s play, Verona was partially moulded by the unforgiving Scaligeri clan who once ruled the city. Their tombs still reside at the Arche Scaligeri to this day as a reminder of Verona’s fraught past.
Today the city is a UNESCO world heritage site, acknowledged for its stunning architecture. You can take it in best on foot, eating delicious local delicacies whilst you dine in Piazza Bra, pick up a bargain souvenir at Piazza Erbe or make your way to the banks of the Adige to the City Museum.
Short breaks are available online while city add-ons must be booked via your travel agent or by calling our reservations team.
For more information on prices of performances if you are staying in Verona click here
Available from £55
Verona is a compact city and the best way to see it is by foot. The main points of interest, such as the Roman Arena and the Castel Vecchio, are in the centre.
Verona doesn't have a Holiday Advisor, you will be given a welcome pack and contact number on arrival.
How to book: • Select your chosen opera within your holiday dates. Please do not book a performance for the day of your arrival • Un-numbered places sitting on stone steps can be pre-booked or booked locally. Numbered seats are available on request • Numbered seats cannot be cancelled or refunded. Un-numbered seats cannot be cancelled or refunded within 7 days • Opera excurions cannot be booked within 14 days of departure • All bookings are subject to availability and specific performance dates cannot be guaranteed • No children under 4 years allowed • Gala performances on 26 June, 17 July, 22 July and 9 August 2014 can only be booked locally subject to availability.
Please note: The opera is open-air. In the unlikely event of poor weather, refunds on the cost of the ticket are only available under exceptional circumstances. No refunds will be given on the transport to and from Verona. Transport is not included for those staying in Verona city hotels.
For more information on prices of performances if you are staying on Lake Garda click here
· Verona is a beautiful, typically Italian small city with rose pink buildings · The pedestrianised centre around Piazza Bra and Piazza delle Erbe has wonderful shops and there's no shortage of cafés and bars either · There are also lots of restaurants to sample the tasty local cuisine and the many wines of the region · A performance of Verona Opera is a definite 'must'
If you want a taste of life in one of Italy's great cities you can either add a stay to your existing holiday or book a standalone trip including flights, transfers and accommodation. In Verona we have three, four and seven night short breaks available at the Hotel Giulietta & Romeo, Hotel Giberti and the Hotel Grand.
Twin centre suggestion
Why not combine a stay at the Hotel Giberti in Verona with a stay at the Hotel Excelsior Bay in Malcesine, call us to book a fantastic way to experience the contrasts between an Italian city and beautiful Lake Garda. Transfer to your second centre is by coach or minibus and may be via Verona Airport.