Close to Garda Lake, Verona is a city of rare beauty, set back against the hills to the north and laid out harmoniously along the smooth curves of the Adige river. Founded as a commercial and political town in Roman times, traces of this period remain with the massive Arena, the Roman theatre, the Gavi Arch and the Borsari gate, as well as the archaeological area of Porta Leoni and that of the Scaligeri excavations. Large sections of the ancient walls are still standing and they bear witness – along with the monumental gates and other fortifications – to the strategic importance of the city.
Verona is also full of prestigious cultural institutions, from the ancient Civic Capitolare Library to the university and the oldest Music academy in the world. The Fondazione Arena has been producing stunning opera productions for its 15.000 capacity audience for over a hundred years, and every summer an international crowd packs the open-air theatre to cheer each performance.
Adjacent to Lake Garda, Gardaland is an amazing place to spend a fantastic day of unlimited fun for the whole family: more than 32 rides, top quality shows and the first completely themed aquarium in Italy. The resort includes Gardaland, Gardaland Sea-Life, and the Gardaland Hotel.
Castelvecchio, meaning "Old Castle" in English is the most spectacular medieval building in Verona. This castle, built by Cangrande II of the Della Scala family (1354-1357), was intended both as a home and a set of fortifications. Today the castle harbors the Castelvecchio Museum.
In Verona most of the apéritivo bars are located in piazza Erbe, the oldest square in Verona which offers an amazing view. The most famous one is undoubtedly Filippini where you can have a coffee or a cool drink like Prosecco while watching people slowly wandering around. If the hunger kicks in, do not worry, they serve food too.
Good to know
Verona is a small city, and the best way to see it is on foot. However, thanks to the effective public transport system, it is easy to move around in Verona and its surrounding areas.
The company that serves the public buses is called ATV (Azienda Trasporti Verona) and they provide two different types of buses: the city bus (named “Urbani”) and out-of-town buses, in all Verona Province (called “Extraurbani”). Tickets can be bought in the tourist boards, official ticket offices, tobacco shop (Tabaccheria), on the ATV link below and on-board on the bus. If you decide to buy your ticket on the bus, you should be aware that it will be an extra charge and you will need to pay with exact coins. For more information regarding routes, timetables, prices, visit ATV site.
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