One of the biggest draws of a holiday in Verona is no doubt a visit to Juliet's House, famous for its association with Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Make sure you stand on the balcony and call down to your lover! As a Roman city, Verona is full of beautiful architecture such as the stunning Arena – an ancient amphitheatre still functioning today. The views from the top of Lamberti Tower are breathtaking – you'll be able to see over the whole city! Finally the ornate Verona Cathedral is well worth a visit – it's home to a collection of medieval paintings.
With low-cost airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair offering direct flights to Verona, the city makes for a perfect budget break. Monarch and British Airways also offer direct flights so shop around to make sure you're getting the best deal. UK departure points are limited if you purchase direct flight as you'll only be able to fly out from London Gatwick Airport, London Stansted Airport, Manchester Airport and Edinburgh Airport. But you'll have a much broader range of UK airports and airlines if you buy indirect flights. However this can sometimes work out slightly more expensive. You'll fly into Verona Airport which is located around five kilometres from the city.
Once you arrive at the airport you'll have to find transport to escort you to your final destination. There's no train connection at the airport but you'll be able to catch a bus to the train station. Alternatively you can jump in a taxi – there are taxi ranks situated outside.
As a small city it possible to just explore Verona by foot. But if you wish to venture further afield into the countryside the city has a good bus service. Make sure you buy your tickets beforehand as although tickets are sold on the bus it can sometimes be for a slightly higher price.
Italy may have a reputation for being costly but you don't have to dismiss Verona if you're on a budget. It's still possible to take a holiday in Verona if you're watching your pennies. The trick is to book well in advance if you're after cheap hotels in Verona - you'll be able to secure some great deals!
If you plan on doing lots of sightseeing during your holiday in Verona – after all there's lots to admire – then it may be worth investing in a Verona Card. The card allows free travel on city bus lines and free entry to a number of museums, churches and monuments. Depending on how much you want to cram in during your stay, you can purchase one valid for two days or five days.
Updated 15th May 2013
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