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 fascinating exhibition 'Maya, the language of beauty' focuses on the role of beauty and body decoration, animals and religion in the Mexican culture. Around 300 items including sculptures, jewellery and musical instruments dating as far back as 2000BC are on display. (8 October-5 March 2017, Palazzo della Gran Guardia, 1 Piazza Bra, www.mayaverona.it)
Lake Garda's many beaches and cool waters are ideal for a relaxing summer's day. Combine with culture at Torri di Benaco where English-language productions of The Two Gentlemen of Verona are being performed in the castle to celebrate Shakespeare's 400th anniversary. (12 and 19 July; 2, 16 and 30 August; 6 and 20 September, www.shakespeareinveneto.it)
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