Verona is an ancient city with a long history still visible today in the many monuments, churches, bridges over the Adige and buildings that surround it. It’s known worldwide for the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet and the Arena, which begins the city-sightseeing tour. With a single 24-hour ticket you can visit all the city and hop on and off these cute red bus whenever you want. Verona city-sightseeing offers two different tours lasting 60 minutes each but can be combined, which is what we recommend in order to see the whole city. The Arena, the starting point for both, is the third largest amphitheater after the Coliseum and Capua. It is located in Piazza Bra, and each year this square hosts lovers of opera for the Arena di Verona Opera Festival, an experience to not lose if you are in Verona during the opera season. In the same square there are also the town hall, the Palazzo della Gran Guardia and the Lapidary Museum. Then the first Verona city-sightseeing tour continues through the Pravadal and Corso Porta Nuova Gardens to the Basilica of San Zeno, masterpiece of Romanesque art. Later Castelvecchio reaches the medieval fortress built by Cangrande II della Scala and the impressive Porta Borsari which is an integral part of the Roman walls. Then it goes to the Roman Theatre, still fully in use, which organizes every summer the Shakespeare Festival and the Verona Jazz Festival. The first tour ends at the Porta Leoni, the ancient entrance to the city since Roman times.
The second tour Verona city-sightseeing leads to Juliet’s grave and the sixteenth Giardini Giusti, a haven of peace in the city. It comes after St. Stephen, an early Christian basilica, one of the oldest of Verona. Then it climbs towards the hill of San Pietro to admire a splendid view from the terrace, very romantic at sunset. Then it goes down to Piazza Duomo, or Cathedral of Santa Maria Matricolare, the first Christian church in Verona. Then it reaches Piazza delle Erbe, where it is recommended to get off the bus to take a nice walk. During Roman Times the square was the Forum in which was held every kind of activity. On the square beautiful frescoed buildings are facing, dated back to the Middle Ages called Mazzanti houses, the Town Hall, the Lamberti Tower, which boasts a beautiful view and the House of Judges. The Palazzo Maffei, Baroque, closes to the west the square, there is another building to be mentioned which is the one of the guilds, dated back to medieval times. From Piazza delle Erbe you go easily to Juliet’s house, from medieval times. This symbol of all lovers is always very busy and if you want you can look from the famous balcony. While you are walking you often find the Roman archaeological that perfectly match with the medieval art, Venetian and Austrian buildings and monuments of later ages. Next we come to Piazza dei Signori through the unusual Arco della Costa, from which hangs a whale rib. The square in the center keeps a statue of Dante Alighieri and is bounded by the Loggia del Consiglio, the Palazzo del Podesta and the Courts. Nearby there are also the tombs of the Della Scala family, thanks to which Verona lived heyday. Can Grande della Scala was also a patron of the arts and hosted Dante and Giotto in Palazzo del Podesta. Next to the Scaliger it is the house of Romeo, a medieval building with Romanesque windows, Gothic and Renaissance. Then you can take the bus to go to city-sightseeing Castelvecchio, majestic medieval fortress.
For an exciting day in contact with nature you can go hiking around Lake Garda or enjoy an exciting rafting excursion on the Adige .
From Verona you arrive in Garda by bus, wonderful City full of villas , palaces and nature trails , where you can do trekking till the summit of the Rocca di Garda , which boasts a splendid view. It then descends in Bardolino , nice town full of small churches and squares which need to be visited .
From Verona by train you reach Dolcè to start the descent of the Adige to Pescantina , passing through the charming Ceraino . Rafting in Valdadige needs three hours and the contact with nature is direct and evocative . The activity is feasible for people of all ages in absolute safety .
Program (3 days – 2 nights )
I Day : arrival and accommodation in 4 star hotel . Tour of the city . Free dinner .
II Day: wedding day
III Day : Verona – Garda , hiking , Bardolino , Verona and back to the end of the tour .
Or : Verona – Dolcè, rafting , return to Verona and end of the tour.