If you know anything about Verona, it’s likely because of its association with Romeo and Juliet. Located in northern Italy in the Veneto region, it is easily reached from both Milan and Bologna. If you are flying in to Verona however, Verona Airport, otherwise known as Verona Villafranca Airport, is just a short 25 minute journey away from the city centre with a hire car.
In the city centre itself, uncover attractive architecture and endless cultural delights! Once you've had your fill organise a rental car at the airport or in the city centre and hit the road to uncover the surrounding region and other fascinating cities.
Things to See and Do in Verona
Verona is certainly historic, dating back to Roman times, and as a result there are many well-preserved Roman ruins dotted about the city. Start by exploring the Arena; a huge giant amphitheatre that can almost give Rome's a run for its money. It's actually the third largest in the world and is a fascinating setting to enjoy an opera performance. The Roman Theatre next to the river is also impressive, dating to 1AD.
Embrace being a tourist and visit all things associated with Romeo and Juliet including the likes of Casa di Giulietta, or rather, Juliet's House and the famous balcony. The courtyard beneath is filled with love notes from people all over the world.
Spend some time exploring the many museums and art galleries that litter street corners around the city. The Archaeological Museum should be of interest to most visitors with plenty to see from mosaics to bronze and much more. With many churches and cathedrals to visit too, the architecture will bowl you over. Admire the aptly named Verona Cathedral with its stunning interior, and the Basilica of St Zeno.
Day Trips From Verona
The area north of Verona is a portrait of attractive scenery and rolling vineyards. The valley of Valpolicella, an easy journey in a hire car, is brimming with a number of different wineries and is famous for the delicious wines they produce. What better way to spend an afternoon than touring and sampling the various varieties.
To the west of Verona, Italy's beautiful Lake Garda awaits you. Surrounded by the beautiful Dolomite Mountains and the lake itself fringed by upmarket villas frequented by world famous celebrities, there's no better excursion on offer from Verona. Plus, you can reach it well within an hour in your own rental car. Plan to stay for a few days to truly enjoy everything on offer here, from the fantastic restaurants through to water sports and many other outdoor activities.
There are plenty of other destinations nearby that are worth visiting too. Travel to Brescia in a hire car and explore Tempio Capitolinom, the remains of the Roman forum when you arrive. Santa Giulia's cloister, which was once a convent but now a museum, is also worth including in your plans. Alternatively, head to Parma, an hour and a half's drive south. Lovers of opera will be thrilled to learn that it is home to Teatro Regioa, as well as a hot bed of great cuisine.
Lastly why not consider hopping in a hire car and travelling to Modena? The Ghirlandina Tower, named because of its twisted garland shaped balustrades is a popular attraction and definitely worth a visit.