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Verona Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Verona, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Language Italian
Time Difference 2 hours
Currency Euro
Voltage 220V

Historic Verona is a delightfully laid-back and charmingly compact fortified city in the north of Italy. Steeped in history, Renaissance splendour and impressive medieval palazzi, Verona was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2000. Economically successful since Roman times, due to its prestigious location on River Adige, the city developed apace and by the 13th century, Verona's Scaligeri family had built many of the city's finest buildings, some of which still stand today. Since then, the Venetians have had a hand in Verona's development, followed by Napoleon and the Austrians, before the unification of Italy in 1866.

Forever linked by association with Shakespeare's famed love story of Romeo and Juliet, the romantic city showcases much more than just that. Gourmands flock to Verona to enjoy its fabulous traditional cuisine, including risotto and cured meats, that you can sample at countless fine-dining restaurants and traditional osterias. Exquisite Soave, Valpolicella, Ripasso and the full-bodied red, Amarone, are just a few of the regional wines that can be enjoyed in numerous bars and restaurants across the city.

Highlights+
Giardino Giusti

Across the River Adige from the historic centre of Verona, explore the sculpted gardens of the Giardino Giusti. Considered a masterpiece of Renaissance landscaping, this magnificent Italian garden, belonging to the noble Giusti family, was designed in the 16th century. The garden contains an Italianate mix of the manicured and natural; age-old trees, gargoyles, fountains, grottoes and ancient inscriptions all nestle in the carefully landscaped setting. The Garden has also been visited by some famous faces throughout the year - including Goethe and Mozart.

Arena di Verona

The centrepiece of Verona is undoubtedly its ancient amphitheatre, Arena di Verona, built way back in the first century. This well-preserved Roman monument has seen it all - from gladiatorial Roman combat, to a recent One Direction concert! During the summer months, Arena di Verona hosts an open-air opera festival that attracts visitors from all over the world. Outside the arena, the Liston is a sleek curve of wide marble pavement nestling a plethora of restaurants, gelaterias and cafes, allowing for relaxing hours of eating, drinking and people-watching beneath the Italian sunshine.

Shopping

Verona is an affluent Italian city filled with style-conscious, well-heeled residents and discerning visitors. Wander into the many designer boutiques that line the traffic-free road, Via Mazzini. Centuries-old marble pavements guide shoppers past stores such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Fendi, while great quality leather goods boutiques can also be found here. There are also a number of tempting gelaterias along the street, in which you can sample Italy’s world-famous gelato.

Sightseeing

Verona is a picturesque city with a history dating back some 2,000 years to Roman times. The fortified city is protected by 16th-century walls that cosset a number of important buildings and landmarks - such as Castelvecchio, which is now a museum devoted to fine art. This splendid, compact building is well worthy of exploration, offering no fewer than twenty-nine rooms of exhibits. The Duomo, Verona's 12th-century cathedral, looks rather austere externally, but inside hides a visual feast of red marble columns and 16th-century frescoes, alongside a painting by Titian. Many literary visitors are tempted to visit Casa di Giulietta (Juliet's House) because of its connection, of course, to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Wine-Tastings

Due to the perfect climate and fertile soil in which to grow grapes, the region is filled with vineyards and wine estates. In fact, they surround the city of Verona. Just a thirty-minute drive away, you'll find the Valpolicella wine region, on the north western perimeter of the city, whose wine estates produce famous reds such as Valpolicella, Recioto and the robust Amarone. Many producers are delighted to show visitors around and provide wine-tastings, with the opportunity to purchase a bottle or two to take away.

Travel Gems+

Carnevale di Verona
Verona's annual carnival occurs on the Friday before Ash Wednesday and has been a traditional celebration for the Veronese for hundreds of years, since it marks the end of the city's epidemic of hunger and illness in 1660. Events include a masked parade that leaves from Piazza Bra and weaves its way through a six kilometre route through the city, accompanied by the music of local bands. The event culminates in The Gran Gnocolada at Piazza San Zeno, where the traditional peasant food, Gnocchi, is distributed to signify the city's return to plenty many centuries ago. This extremely popular festival attracts a huge number of visitors to the city, so if a visit to Verona appeals during this time, please ensure you've contacted your Travel Consultant to book your stay at Palazzo Victoria, to avoid disappointment. In 2016, the carnival takes place on February 5th.
 

Climate+

Verona is near to the Dolomites and Lake Garda and this has some bearing on the city's weather. In essence, it can be very cold during the winter, with temperatures rising rapidly in the spring. By the summer, the temperature can get very hot indeed. Year-round, the city can be humid, resulting in foggy nights and mornings in the winter. Spring and Autumn are lovely seasons in which to visit, when the temperatures are just right for exploring

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Verona.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January250
February450
March960
April1280
May1780
June21100
July2460
August2380
September2050
October1490
November760
December450

Getting There+

Flight Information
British Airways from London Gatwick to Verona. UK regional depatures and charter flights are also available.

Flight Time
From London Gatwick to Verona: 2 hours, 5 minutes.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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