Cheap flights to Verona
Rivalling both Rome and Venice in the romance and history stakes, it won’t be long before you’re falling in love with Italy’s most elegant city, Verona.
As romantic destinations go, Verona is hard to beat. After all, this was the setting for Romeo and Juliet, the most famous love story ever told. So, if it’s good enough for Shakespeare, you can be assured that it’ll be good enough for you. And while romance oozes from every corner of this elegant Italian city, Verona is more than just a Valentine’s Day destination.
With 2,000 years of history packed into Romanesque buildings, Gothic churches and even its very own Roman amphitheatre, Verona is a culture buff’s dream. They don’t call it piccola Roma (little Rome) for nothing. Today, the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has changed little since the times of the Bard. Get into the spirit with a visit to Juliet’s house complete with that famous balcony – it is the real one, honest! Or come during the summer months and catch one of the many operas staged in that famous amphitheatre. An experience not to be missed!
The Centennial Festival 2013 at the Arena di Verona
From 14th June to 8th September 2013, 58 performances for 6 titles and 4 Gala nights welcome you at the Arena di Verona for the 91st edition of the Opera Festival, dedicated to the great composer Giuseppe Verdi, on the occasion of the bicentennial of his birth. In order to celebrate the first century of the Arena di Verona Opera Festival, and to inaugurate the next 100 years of great opera, the Centennial Festival 2013 will see the very well-known Plácido Domingo as Honorary Artistic Director; he will also be conductor and singer on the greatest stage in the world.
(21 Via Cappello) After a visit to Juliet's house, pop next-door for an unusual souvenir. On the ground floor is Ricami Veronica, where sewing-machine wizards will embroider your personal message in seconds on garments like aprons and chef's hats; while upstairs the Hellas Verona store is full of merchandise from the local football team, currently in Serie B. www.ricamiverona.it, www.hellasveronastore.it
Verona's colourful carnival dates back to 1531. The high point is the Friday before Shrove Tuesday (8 February) when satirical floats and majorettes parade in town and the year's Papà Gnocco distributes delicious gnocchi.
Lake Garda lies within easy reach of Verona, just 15 minutes by train. Picturesque at any time of year, it is in spring that the famously lush vegetation adds a flourish of colour to the lake's shore. www.visitgarda.com