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.
One evening a month Verona's astronomers bring their pro-strength telescopes to Piazza Bra for the public to view the stars and planets and they're on hand for explanations and curious details. Here's hoping for a clear sky! (9 October, 10 November, 7 December 2016)
The major Picasso exhibition hosted by AMO features over 90 works, including one for each year between 1906 and 1971, and gives an insight into the development of the artist's genius from cubism to surrealism and beyond. (until 12 March, www.mostrapicassoverona.it)
Take the bus or drive the 25km to the picturesque medieval walled town of Soave. The local wine is deservedly prominent, try some or buy some at one of the bars or wineries, such as the award-winning Coffele winery, set in a historic building in the centre. (www.coffele.it)
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