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Verona Arena Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

1. Verona Arena Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Save precious time and skip the long lines to enter the grand amphitheater of the Verona Arena, one of the most popular attractions in the city and one of the best-preserved monuments from the Roman Empire. Look beyond the iconic pink marble façade of the monument on Piazza Bra and hear stories about the gladiators of the Roman Republic. Learn about the famous operas that have been performed at the arena over many years. Built in the 1st century AD from pink-tinged marble, the great theater survived an earthquake in the 12th century and is still the city's favorite concert venue for operas. Listen to little known stories that reveal facts normally concealed in the mighty stonework.

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Arena di Verona Opera Ticket Package

2. Arena di Verona Opera Ticket Package

Pick up this opera evening package and enjoy an operatic adventure at the Arena di Verona. Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Callas, and many other tenors and sopranos from all over the world have had the pleasure of singing and performing in this theater, one of the most famous in the world. Simply exchange your voucher at gate 16 at the Montebaldo desk any day that an opera is playing. In your package, you will receive a ticket for the opera, a 1-hour Verona city guide, a transportation ticket, an informative booklet, and all the assistance you may need for a perfect experience in the city.  June 2022 Opera Shows Friday 17 Carmen Saturday 18 AidaThursday 23 AidaFriday 24 Carmen Saturday 25 NabuccoThursday 30 Carmen July 2022Friday 1 Nabucco Saturday 2 La Traviata Sunday 3 Aida Thursday 7 Nabucco Friday 8 Aida Saturday 9 La Traviata Sunday 10 Nabucco Thursday 14 Carmen Friday 15 La Traviata Saturday 16 Aida Thursday 21 Carmen Friday 22 La Traviata Saturday 23 Nabucco Sunday 24 Aida Thursday 28 Aida Friday 29 Nabucco Saturday 30 La Traviata Sunday 31 Carmen August 2022Thursday 4 Turandot Friday 5 Aida Saturday 6 La Traviata Sunday 7 Turandot Wednesday 10 Turandot Thursday 11 Carmen Friday 12 Carmina Burana Saturday 13 Turandot Sunday 14 Carmen Thursday 18 Nabucco Friday 19 Turandot Saturday 20 La Traviata Sunday 21 Aida Thursday 25 Domingo in Verdi Friday 26 Turandot Saturday 27 Carmen Sunday 28 Aida September 2022Thursday 1 La Traviata Friday 2 Turandot Saturday 3 Nabucco Sunday 4 Aida

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Verona: 2-Hour Guided City Walking Tour

3. Verona: 2-Hour Guided City Walking Tour

Embark on a 2-hour guided walking tour through the ancient streets of Verona. Visit historical landmarks dating from Roman, medieval, and Renaissance times and learn the history behind each turn from your expert guide. Start your guided walking adventure at the Piazza Bra, surrounded by the first medieval city wall, and see the Renaissance Palazzo Della Gran Guardia and Roman amphitheater. Enjoy a short walk along via Mazzini and arrive at the remains of the Roman city wall and gate, called "Porta Borsari." From the Adige river, admire the huge medieval Castelvecchio and its bridge, a reminder of this once-mighty military stronghold. Stop at the old Forum Romanum, transformed into a market square during medieval times. Here, see the old "Corte Sgarzerie," where wool was carded, stamped, and sold. Continue to the Piazza delle Erbe, surrounded by the stunning baroque Maffei Palace and the painted facades of the Mazzanti's houses. Next, pass Juliet's house and admire it from the street. Arrive at Piazza dei Signori and marvel at the statue of Dante in the center. Behind the Della Scala palaces, see the well-preserved tombstones of the old lords of Verona and continue to see Romeo's house. At via Sottoriva, pass old porticoes and bustling local restaurants and head towards Bra Molinari. Here, visit the only Roman bridge left and take in the views of Verona's countryside. From the riverbank, you can see Mount Saint Peter, an Austrian fortress, and the remains of the Roman theater on top.

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Verona: Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Arena Ticket

4. Verona: Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Arena Ticket

Meet your guide in the city center of Verona and start exploring the town. The fist stop will be Castelvecchio, the magnificent medieval castle built by Scaligeri family. Then with your local guide you'll reach Piazza Brà and the Arena di Verona. Admire the Roman amphitheatre's architecture and learn about the old games of gladiators. Today Arena is setting for International Festivals, Music events and the famous Opera Lirica. After taking some memorable photos of ancient roman ruins and some beautiful squares, pass by Juliet's Balcony.  Afterwards, enter the Verona Arena and visit one of the world’s great open-air concert venues. Look beyond the façade of the pink marble monument on Piazza Bra, hear stories of gladiators and famous operas in the amphitheatre. Your guide will tell you little known stories and reveal facts normally concealed in the mighty stonework.

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Verona & Lake Garda Day Trip from Milan

5. Verona & Lake Garda Day Trip from Milan

Get to know Verona, and Lake Garda on this day trip from Milan. Your guide will take you to the famous Shakespearean sights of Romeo & Juliet, the Roman amphitheatre (internal visit not included in the tour) and before you finally will have an incredible panoramic view on the country's largest lake. After driving from Milan to Verona, you will be taken on a guided tour, following the footsteps of William Shakespeare's famous play 'Romeo & Juliet'. You will get to see the famous balcony of the Capulet residence where Romeo was said to have called out to his beloved Juliet. But Verona has even a lot more to offer: You will visit the famous Roman amphitheatre, which was built in the 1st century AD and where nowadays every summer Verona's well-known open air operas take place. Furthermore, the tour will take you to Piazza Mercato and other beautiful architectural places in downtown Verona. For lunch, you will be given some free time to explore the city by yourself and optionally do some shopping or simply enjoy the picturesque old town in one of Verona's splendid cafés! After lunch, we will continue our journey to Sirmione, a small fortified village at the end of a narrow peninsula that extends for about 4 km into Lake Garda and offers wonderful panoramic views on the eastern and western shores of the lake. Your guide will give you an extensive tour of the old town, before you may optionally join a boat tour on the lake.

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Verona Noir: Mystery Walking Tour

6. Verona Noir: Mystery Walking Tour

'What happened in the Arena on the Ides of March of year 54AD?  Why were 176 people, including children, burnt alive on February 13th, 1278 ? What happened to the Jewish family who lived next to the Synagogue during WWII ? Whose corpses were those found in the Tribunal Courtyard?' A walking tour through the 'cruel and mysterious' Verona to find out the answers to these questions and many more. This tour will bring you back in time to experience the fierceness and ferocity of the past, with your guide telling you all about the bloody events that happened in Verona. You'll go back to the ages of darkness and fear, when nobody dared to go out into the light-less evening. You'll see Verona from a different perspective; vicious, well-preserved secrets will be revealed to you. If you feel brave enough to dare following your guide, you will learn all about the horrible secrets that remained well-hidden in the old town.

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Discover Verona: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

7. Discover Verona: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Meet up with your English- and German-speaking official guide in the center of the city and get ready to discover the delights of this northern Italian city. Explore the streets of Verona’s historical center, taking in the churches and palaces that have helped make this town a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.   Your first highlight will be Romeo’s house and Juliet’s house, where you’ll learn about Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy that inspires hundreds of people to get married every year. But Verona is not only about romance and love ⁠— it’s also the most important and powerful Roman city ever built, and the Arena is proof. Built in 30 AD, the Arena is remarkably well preserved for its age. Learn about its history and how it has survived all these years.   Then, enjoy the story of Piazza Dane, the Scala family, and all the historical figures who contributed to make Verona what it is. Take a selfie with a Roman soldier at the Arena, on Adige River, in front of a glass of wine on the main square, and more.

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The Highlights of Verona Small Group Walking Tour

8. The Highlights of Verona Small Group Walking Tour

Take an unforgettable walk around the historic heart of Verona, and discover the gems of the city of “Romeo and Juliet.” Meet your guide then wander among the UNESCO-inscribed monuments, such as the Arena, a pink marble Roman amphitheater built in 30 AD, considered one of the best preserved structures of its kind. Learn how it has survived more than 2,000 years, and thrives today as the main venue for the summer opera festival. Go to the tiny dead-alley that contains Juliet's Balcony and House (Casa di Giulietta). Many choose to pin a love letter to the wall. Discover the heart of the historic centre with the famous Piazza Erbe and Torre dei Lamberti as well as little Medieval buildings and iconic squares of this beautiful city.

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Verona Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

9. Verona Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda

Discover a jewel of the European Renaissance on a full-day tour of Verona, with round-trip transfers from a host of locations in Lake Garda, including Limone, Lazise and Riva del Garda. Following a transfer by air-conditioned coach, discover a clear example of a city that has developed progressively without interruption over 2,000 years. Admire artistic elements of the highest quality from different periods, including the ever-present contributions of the Scaligeri family. Upon arrival, take a short walk into the city center, where a local guide will take you to the Verona Arena. See one of the finest Roman theaters still in use in existence anywhere in the world. Continue to the Square of Lords (Piazza dei Signori) and Square of Herbs (Piazza Erbe), before going to Juliet's House to see messages of love written by visitors from around the world. You will also go to the Castelvecchio and see the tombs of the Scala family (Arche Scaligere). Look at the Ponte Pietra, a Roman arch bridge that spans the Adige River. Then, enjoy some free time for some retail therapy on one of the most elegant streets in Italy. Stroll down the Via Mazzini and window shop (or max out your credit cards) before your return transfer to Lake Garda.

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Verona: Highlights and Panorama Bike Tour

10. Verona: Highlights and Panorama Bike Tour

Join a bike tour to see Verona, considered the most romantic Italian city thanks to the fascination of one of the most important of Shakespeare’s plays, Romeo and Juliet. As you cycle, imagine the beautiful history and fiction of this city. Reach Piazza Bra, the largest piazza in all of Verona. See the Verona Arena, a Roman amphitheater built around 30 A.D. Cycle through Piazza Erbe and its open-air market, Piazzale Castel San Pietro and the beautiful San Zeno basilica. From Brà Molinari, enjoy an amazing view of the city's river and hills. After stopping in front of the Duomo and crossing the ancient Roman arch bridge Ponte Pietra, prepare your legs: you'll leave your bikes for a little while to climb up to Castel San Pietro by a panoramic staircase. Climb 231 steps to a viewpoint of Verona's skyline. Rest assured: you will be highly rewarded for your small effort by the spectacular ruins of the Roman Theatre and by a breathtaking view of Verona. Halfway up the panoramic stairway, you'll also stop to admire the view of the Roman Theatre ruins.

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What people are saying about Verona

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 451 reviews

My husband and I were not disappointed and would recommend the arena to anyone! We were met by Benedetta who was our guide and she was extremely knowledgable, told us all about the history of the arena and answered questions from the group. It was a fantastic place to visit! Rachel and Matt

Benedetta was a knowledgeable and friendly guide who led us into the glorious history of this amphitheater that is older than the Colosseum of Rome. Besides the 30 minutes visit, we were allowed to roam in the arena and even climb to the top level. Definitely worth the visit.

The guide was terrific. I learned so much and felt part of the history and spirit. I very highly recommend.

Eddie the guide was funny and nice. The view points we're beautiful and we enjoyed the tour

Knowledgeable, covered loads of ground and history. Friendly guide.