🇮🇹 Verona: Weekend trip

🇮🇹 Verona: Weekend trip

Overview

🏆 Best for: Couples

📆 Duration: 2 days

☀️ Best time to do this: April to June and September

💵 Approximate budget per person*

  • Budget: $200
  • Mid-range: $400
  • Luxury: $1300

*excluding flights

Trip highlights

Riverwalk
Riverwalk
Live opera in the Verona arena
Live opera in the Verona arena
Verona arena
Verona arena
Truffle hunting
Truffle hunting
Piazza dei Signori
Piazza dei Signori
Valpolicella wineries
Valpolicella wineries

Getting there

✈️ Flying

Fly to the Verona airport.

Don’t worry, there is only one international airport in Verona. The full name of the airport is Villafranca Airport, also known as Valerio Catullo Airport.

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Getting to the city center

  • By taxi: 15-20 minutes
  • By bus: 20-30 minutes
  • No train available

🚆 Train

Arrive at the Verona Porta Nuova train station.

Consider the train if you’re coming from Venice, Lago di Garda, Milan, Bologna, and other neighboring cities. Italy has good quality trains that are often faster and cheaper than flying.

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The station is located in the city center. It’s possible to walk or take a taxi to the accommodation.

Accommodation in Verona

Itinerary

Day 1: Verona

Spend the first day walking around the city center and enjoy the atmosphere. Relax by the river and treat yourself with wine or gelato. Feeling hungry? Stop and experience the Italian culinary magic in any of the local restaurants.

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Walk along the river Adige

Strolling along the River Adige is a serene way to experience Verona's natural beauty and historic charm. The riverbanks offer picturesque views of the city's iconic bridges, such as Ponte Pietra and Ponte Scaligero. As you walk, you’ll pass by lush green parks, ancient ruins, and charming riverside cafes.

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Explore Piazza delle Erbe and neighboring streets

Piazza delle Erbe, the heart of Verona, is a bustling square steeped in history and vibrant life. Surrounded by stunning medieval buildings, market stalls, and lively cafes, it’s the perfect place to soak up the local atmosphere.

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Climb to the Castel San Pietro

Castel San Pietro is a historical fortress located on a hill overlooking the city. It is renowned for offering some of the most breathtaking panoramic views of the city and the surrounding landscape.

Map for the first day

Where to eat and drink

Michelin guide restaurants

There are 46 Michelin Guide restaurants in and around Verona. 1 of those with 2 stars and 6 with 1 star.

What to eat and drink

Risotto all'Amarone

Rich and creamy risotto infused with the bold flavors of Amarone wine.

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Bigoli con le Sarde

Thick spaghetti-like pasta (bigoli) served with a sauce made from sardines, onions, raisins, and pine nuts.

Pastissada de Caval

A traditional Veronese stew made with horse meat. The meat is marinated in red wine and spices for several days before being slow-cooked to perfection.

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Pandoro

A star-shaped, fluffy cake traditionally enjoyed during Christmas. It's similar to panettone but without the fruit and raisins.

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Day 2: Verona and around

Spend the second day with a local on a unique experience. Pick the one that you feel like.

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Hunt for truffles in the neighboring forests

Guided by local experts and their trained dogs, you'll explore the lush woodland in search of these elusive and highly prized delicacies. Connect with nature, learn about the region's truffle traditions, and enjoy the thrill of uncovering these hidden culinary treasures.

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Explore the Roman amphitheater 

Arena di Verona, is one of the best-preserved ancient structures of its kind. Stepping inside, you’ll be transported back in time to an era of gladiators and grand spectacles. Today, the arena hosts world-renowned opera performances and concerts.

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Go for a winery tour and wine-tasting

Visit renowned vineyards in the Valpolicella and Soave regions to learn about traditional winemaking processes and sample exquisite wines, including the famous Amarone and Soave.

Other experience ideas for Verona

  • City tour with a local
  • Wine tasting in the city
  • Pasta cooking class
  • Private food tour around the city

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What to bring home

Mostarda di Verona

Traditional Italian condiment made from candied fruits and a mustard-flavored syrup. It pairs wonderfully with cheeses, meats, and roasted dishes.

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Amarone Wine

Amarone della Valpolicella is one of Verona's most renowned wines. This rich, full-bodied red wine is made from partially dried grapes, giving it a unique and intense flavor.

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Weather in Verona year-round

  • When to visit: For good weather, manageable crowds, and a range of activities, late spring: April to June and early fall September
  • Off-season option: Going in December for the Christmas season can be charming as well.

Weather overview

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Temperature overview

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Full weather report

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