A city steeped in British literature’s most spiteful and romantic feuding family beckons readers and travellers to plan a visit to Verona in search of history, intrigue, and folklore. All three of these combine to create an atmosphere brooding in Shakespearian intensity.
As you walk the city streets, it’s hard to believe that this tragic love affair was indeed fictional, because each corner brings the epic story of Romeo and Juliet to life. With every shadowy passageway, it’s easy to imagine the forbidden lovers’ nightly escapes and with each loud local shouting to another, you can see the Montague and Capulet families’ cutthroat power, force, and greatness among the city’s reality.
Even though it’s widely known as ‘Piccolo Roma’ (Little Rome), this is certainly a city in its own right. Shakespeare’s tragedy may not be fact, but it does capture the true essence of the area’s notorious family feuding in the 13th and 14th centuries’. Its history still colours its present with strong family ties, family-owned businesses, and a lot of local connection. Spring and summer lure Italian-bound travellers visiting Verona to stroll the streets and to take advantage of the city in bloom. Marvel at religious architecture, absorb the ancient Renaissance art, and indulge in the incredible recipes of Italian bistros and cafes.
This romantic and historical city is blessed with pleasant climate all year long, so depending on your personal preferences, there are plenty of great opportunities to book Verona flights. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are its best kept secrets, with warm and sunny days and slightly chilly nights, but summer and winter boast remarkable characteristics as well. High temperatures and hot, thick days make summer in Italy a beautiful Mediterranean getaway, but watch out for the occasional rain and thunderstorm. January and February are the coldest months of the year, but temperatures rarely drop below freezing. Crisp air surrounds the city, but still manages to warm the hearts of many international travellers.
When to fly to Verona
By far, the best time to book flights to Verona is during the beautiful shoulder seasons of spring and autumn. Pleasant temperatures and dry conditions create a perfect setting for relaxation, and with less crowds than the summer time, you can truly explore the city.
To beat the crowds, avoid the rain, and experience some of the sunniest days of the year, plan your Verona flights in either spring or autumn, when it’s easy to get the best of both worlds. You’ll escape the scalding afternoons of summer, and the cold nights of winter, and instead enjoy a happy medium of sunny days, mild temperatures, and dry conditions.
Since this Shakespearian-influenced metropolis has no real off season, it’s easy to travel to Verona whenever the mood strikes you. If you’re a vacationer on a budget though, it’s easiest to find cheap flights to Verona in the winter, when fewer people tend to go.
Getting around Verona
You’ll find plenty of ways to get around the city once you’re in Verona. The public transportation system is easy to understand, and you can grab a bus to connect to most parts of the city. Buy your tickets ahead of time at stations, newsstands and tobacconists. Local train stations have lots of connections to Milan, Mantua, Modena, Florence and Rome, in case you want to travel elsewhere in Italy.
Verona insider information
Roman Theatre: Just north of the city centre and around the corner from Ponte Pietra, you’ll find the Roman Theatre. Built in the first century, this bridged structure exemplifies the pure love of art held in the hearts of the Italian people, and their exquisite way of showcasing that in architecture. The two arches on the left are from the Roman Republic era, and the other three hail from the 13th century. Sadly, in 1945 a large portion of it was damaged by German bombings in World War II, but in the 1950s, in true Verona spirit, the city’s residents rallied together to rebuild and restore the beloved structure. Now, people from all over the world visit to Verona to see first-hand this hillside formation overlooking the river.
Juliet’s House: Although Romeo and Juliet were fictional characters, a little house rests in the heart of the city, which Verona’s residents deem as Casa di Guiliette. A beautiful balcony overlooks the life of the area, where some people imagine that she would have stood during her famous “Where fore art thou Romeo?” monologue. The surrounding courtyard is littered with wistful romantic graffiti, and some superstitious and lovesick travellers visiting Verona find solace in rubbing the bronze statue of Juliet outside the house, supposedly to gain luck in love.
Duomo: For art and religious enthusiasts, there’s no better place to visit than the Duomo. Created in the 12th century, its double influence gives this building a hybrid of personal traits, constantly tugging back and forth between its Romanesque (lower half) and Gothic (upper half) attributes. A few eye-catching components seem to be the biggest crowd pleasers. First a sculpture of Jonah and the Whale evokes the famous story and its intriguing events. Second, the closer you get to the oval structure in the back, the more beautiful it becomes. This fresco ornamented marble composition was made by Michele Sanmichele in the late 15th century, and deserves quite a bit of observation.
Giardino Giusti: For a little taste of nature during your travel to Verona, head to Giardino Giusti, where lush, sculpted gardens sprawl in every direction, beckoning even the most hurried traveller to lose track of time and wander through its majestic pathways. Named after the noble family that looked after it for so many years, the garden sits on the same plot of land as its adjacent mansion, and has been open to visitors since 1591. A fine mix of elegant sculptures and natural greenery, this labyrinth-like sanctuary is a peaceful reprieve from bustling city life. For the best views, climb the wall and peek over to see rooftops and the city’s lingering length.