Verona boasts robust evidence of the bustling Roman metropolis it was in the first century B.C. Its streets, amphitheaters, doorways, bridges and city walls harken back to days of Empire. Verona’s most famous monument, the Arena – so well preserved, it is used today for unforgettable opera and theater performances – is the third-largest amphitheater in the world. In the 13th century, when medieval Verona was dominated by the powerful and liberal Scaligeri family, the city became an even richer hub of trade and commerce, and grew into a center of culture and art modeled after Venice. During your independent stay, you might visit the purported houses of Juliet and her famed fictional suitor, Romeo. Their sad story made famous by William Shakespeare was set here. Explore the Palace of Reason, the lively medieval squares of Piazza Brà and Piazza delle Erbe, or the fine art gallery housed in the Castelvecchio fortress. You’ll find Verona easy and pleasant to explore by foot, with its large, quiet pedestrian zones, the quiet flow of the River Adige, and fashionable population. You’re sure to rub elbows with these friendly Veronese as you linger in a lively café sipping a “Spritz”!
Available only with the Air Inclusive package.
DAY 1: Depart U.S. / Fly overnight to Verona
Depart the U.S. for Italy. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.
DAY 2: Arrive in Verona / Begin your Trip Extension
You arrive at the airport in Verona, Italy, where a VBT representative will meet you and help you transfer (approximately 30 minutes) to your centrally located hotel. Later today at the hotel, our local expert will be available to answer your questions, assist you with your plans and offer a city orientation tour. The rest of the day is free to discover and dine on your own, using the VBT City Information included in your Final Travel Booklet as a guide.
If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please have airport staff page our driver with your last name so they may be notified of your delay. You may also contact our One Call travel assistance to advise of your delay and they will contact our transfer service. Our drivers are only able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands after which you would be responsible for your own transfer.
Verona is a pedestrian-friendly city. Easy strolling allows you to enjoy the city's wide, quiet, pedestrian-only streets and plazas, the gentle flow of the River Adige and the city's fashionable population. The entire city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it a favorite for history buffs and shoppers alike. Its most famous monument, the Arena—so well preserved, it is still used for unforgettable opera and theater performances—is the third-largest amphitheater in the world. During your stay, you might visit the purported house of Juliet and her famed, fictional suitor, Romeo. Their sad story made famous by William Shakespeare was set here. Explore the Palace of Reason, the lively medieval squares of Piazza Brà and Piazza delle Erbe, or the fine art gallery housed in the Castelvecchio fortress.
NOTE: Italian museums are closed on Mondays.
Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 2 pm. You may store your luggage with the reception desk.
Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you fly in earlier than the scheduled program dates, transportation from the airport will be at your own expense.
Hotel: Hotel Giberti
DAY 3: Independent exploration of Verona
Continue your exploration of Verona. If you are visiting from mid-June to the end of August, don't miss the opera performances in the Roman Arena, a very short walk from our hotel. A little tip: local opera lovers say the best seats (particularly for acoustics) are the very affordable “Unreserved Stone Steps in Sectors D or E (Gradinata D or E).” You can buy these at the Arena ticket office immediately prior to the performance, though it is best to purchase them in advance online at http://www.arena.it/en-US/HOMEen.html. An open-air opera in the Arena is an unforgettable experience.
Hotel: Hotel Giberti
DAY 4: Independent exploration of Verona / Join VBT Air Package Guests
Spend another day discovering the city. You may also take a 40-minute train ride to Padua to explore this beautiful art city. The centerpiece here is undoubtedly the Scrovegni Chapel, a 14th-century masterpiece reminiscent of a small Sistine Chapel. Its walls are covered with frescoes by Giotto.
VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day.
Hotel: Hotel Giberti