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Welcome to Verona: Private Walking Tour with a Local

1. Welcome to Verona: Private Walking Tour with a Local

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Verona from a local host eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your hotel or accommodation and get familiar with your local neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat, buy groceries and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do, customized to your interests. By the end of the tour, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city on your own with all the information you need.

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Verona: Food Tour with Wine Tasting

2. Verona: Food Tour with Wine Tasting

Meet the expert local food guide and begin the day with a nice espresso and pastries, then continue walking through the streets of old city to the different stops, including a real 'bottega' to taste some local cheese and salami, and homemade bread. Afterwards, visit other local places to taste some typical Italian food, including wine. This is very important, because Verona is the Capital of wine in Italy. Try some Valpolicella wines, while hearing interesting stories behind the different flavors. Finish your food journey with some delicious gelato. The guide will conclude the tour with recommendations of other local food, and historical places to visit. Here you can learn about Veronese and Italian eno-gastronomic culture. During the tour, discover the historical old town strolling through hidden small streets like locals do, trying to find special places that you would never find alone.

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Discover Verona: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

3. 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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Verona Cooking Class: The Real Taste of Italy

4. Verona Cooking Class: The Real Taste of Italy

Explore the essence of Italian cooking at a hands-on cooking class in the historic heart of Verona, and prepare and cook a traditional meal using the freshest ingredients and basic techniques to enhance the natural flavors of food. You will learn to appreciate simple Italian cooking using fresh, high quality ingredients that don’t require a lot of complicated techniques to release their flavor. Based on the Mediterranean diet, each class prepares a classic dish in a professional kitchen. Your chef will take you through easy-to-learn techniques to make fresh pasta, risotto (made with local rice), and tiramisù, the typical Italian dessert. By the end of your seminar you will feel confident to cook like an Italian, making healthy and tasty recipes that you can recreate at home.

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Verona: Vineyard and Winery Tour with Wine Tasting

5. Verona: Vineyard and Winery Tour with Wine Tasting

Visit the countryside of Verona in a rural family-run winery home to 5 generations. At the winery, enjoy a peaceful stroll around the vineyard and listen to the family history of the winery and its estates. Then head to the traditional drying room and learn how to dry Amarone grapes using a process called Appassimento. Listen to the winemaker explain the process of making wine, and how different grapes produce different flavors. Visit the rural house and cellar next, which have been used for wine making since the 17th century. Finally, after your tour of the winery, enjoy a tasting session of a selection of fine wines including Valpolicella, Ripasso and the great Amarone. Learn how to evaluate them using your senses of sight, smell and taste. The wine is paired with a selection of antipasti including local cheeses, salami, and extra virgin olive oil. As you eat, admire the stunning view across the Italian countryside and the Valpolicella hills, from the terrace.

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Verona: 2-Hour Gelato Making Class

6. Verona: 2-Hour Gelato Making Class

Meet the expert chef in the city center, and walk to a beautiful cooking school. Experience this fun cooking class, which is ideal for kids, and learn how to make the famous Italian gelato from scratch. Get yourself comfortable in the kitchen; wear your apron, and start cooking. The local supplier's trustworthy Italian Chef will lead you in cutting fresh fruit, while the ingredients of the gelato get mixed in the machine between the different recipes. Don’t forget to write tips on the recipe book, so you can do it at home by yourself. Finally when everything is ready, you will put the portions into glasses and enjoy these sweet desserts with the rest of the group.

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Verona: Cheese Tasting and Pairing

7. Verona: Cheese Tasting and Pairing

Learn firsthand why the Veneto area is known for its incredible cheeses. Take part in a tasting experience that involves all your senses and gives you a better understanding important regional gastronomic traditions. Let your experienced guide expand your sensorial relationship with delicious cheese and understand why relying only on your sense of taste will not suffice. Start by viewing the piece of cheese you are about to taste. Continue priming your palate for the first bite by touching and smelling it, beginning the tasting experience long before it enters your mouth. Finally, discover its true flavor by taking a bite.  Appreciate the artistry of the cheese platter. Learn how the arrangement of the cheese alongside fresh fruit, honey, and sweet jams create a complementary cornucopia of fragrances, aromas, and flavors that will saturate your palate.

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Lake Garda: Wine and Food Tastings in the Vineyards

8. Lake Garda: Wine and Food Tastings in the Vineyards

Learn about local flavors in a wonderful Lake Garda location during this tasting of local wines and foods at a vineyard in Lazise. Spend time in the vineyards and cellar, and taste up to 6 wines with cold cuts, cheeses, Garda extra virgin olive oil, and bread. Sipping on a white Garganega, a Chiaretto, or sparkling wine, begin your journey into the world of wine on Lake Garda. With your drink in hand, start learning about the quality of grapes and production methods. Taste test Verona's salami and cheeses along with different types of wine from reds to fresh and fruity types. Before the end of the experience, get a taste of Garda’s one and only extra virgin olive oil that’s perfectly paired with toasted bread. Experience its fruity and delicate flavors that only Garda can guarantee.

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Verona: 1-Hour Guided Red Wine Tasting

9. Verona: 1-Hour Guided Red Wine Tasting

Introduce your palate to a variety of red wines produced in Verona on this 1-hour guided wine-tasting tour.  Each wine tasting will be accompanied by a description of the grapes used to make it, the area in which they were produced, and details about production techniques. You’ll taste a range of different wines over the course of the tour, including the locally produced 'red diamond', an intense ruby-red wine. To wrap up your experience, you’ll get the chance to try a very special premium wine, Amarone, one of the top wines of Valpolicella and one of the most renowned red wines in both Italy and around the globe. Due to its richness and intensity of aromas, this wine is often dubbed ‘meditation’.

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2-hours Amarone Wine Tour with Sommelier Wine Tastings

10. 2-hours Amarone Wine Tour with Sommelier Wine Tastings

Visit Verona’s most innovative wine cellar, where winemakers use their magic to produce wines popular around the world. Taste nine wines, including some of the most famous Amarone wines, along with other Valpolicella wines. In the process, learn about the production method from an expert sommelier. As well as exploring this modern winery, you will also visit the ancient cellar, carved out of a sandstone wall. This is where, year after year, the wines mature, before finally being bottled. You will taste the red wine that made the province of Veneto-Amarone della Valpolicella so famous, and learn about the unique methods of making this classic dry red wine. Extended wine tastings give you an opportunity to try some of the best versions of Amarone along with other Valpolicella wines.

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What people are saying about Verona

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 148 reviews

My husband and I booked the food and wine tour as part of our honeymoon and we were not disappointed! We were met by the lovely Isabella and we were the only 2 people on the tour, she made it so personal for us and she was a wonderful guide! We started off our experience at a local cafe, had a coffee and traditional Italian pastry right outside the arena. We then went on to a local Osteria where we drank a lovely glass of white wine and shared some tapas which was fab! Isabella then took us to a pasta place where we chose 4 types of handmade tortellini, they were all delicious! Following on from that, we were taken to a wine shop where we met Franco and he let us try 4 different wines, along with bread/salami and local cheese. We finished our tour at a gelateria and tried 2 flavours of ice cream. It was an incredible experience and we would recommend to anyone visiting Verona! Rachel and Matt - England

I had a wonderful time with Cristina. She is so helpful and kind and I learnt a lot! The kitchen is very clean and bright. I went by myself and there was only one other customer so it was almost a private lesson! It started at 10am and finished around 1.30pm. The food we made together was delicious and it was lovely to enjoy eating it all for lunch with a lovely glass of wine. It is definitely worth the money and a really fun and interesting way to learn about traditional meals from Verona.

It was one of the best decisions of my life! I had so so so much fun and enjoyed it very much. Chef Maria is amazing, super friendly gives great instruction and makes this class an amazing experience. I will keep this memory forever. Can't wait to try the recipe at home now!

Very good experience! Did it with our 3 and 4 yo, and we all enjoyed it very much. Our chef was really good and very patient.

The cooking class was really an amazing experience, my partner and me definitely recommend it!