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    Verona – a brief overview

    Since Shakespeare set his tragic tale of star-crossed young lovers in Verona, romance, drama and fatal feuds have marked the city’s progress from Roman trade centre to medieval powerhouse and Fascist control centre during WWII. But wander the city’s beautifully preserved medieval core lined with luxury

    labels, historic cafés and inviting osterie, and it’s hard to imagine more turbulent times. In summer Verona is at its most inviting when throngs of well-dressed opera buffs drift to the arena for a night of world-class music lit by tens of thousands of candles.

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    Roman Arena

    Piazza Brà 1
    37121 Verona
    Italy
    Tel: 045 800 5151
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    Opening times:
    Mon 1330-1930
    Tue-Sun 0830-1930

    Constructed out of pink-tinged marble in the first century AD, Verona’s impressive Roman amphitheatre still hosts crowds of thousands for stirring operatic performances.

    Basilica di Sant’Anastasia

    Piazza di Sant’Anastasia
    37121 Verona
    Italy
    Tel: 045 592 813
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0900-1800
    Sun 1300-1800 (Mar-Oct)
    Mon-Sat 1000-1300 and 1330-1700
    Sun 1300-1700 (Nov-Feb)

    A Gothic masterpiece, Sant’Anastasia is Verona’s largest basilica and a repository of local art, not least the fabulous frescoes that cover almost every square inch of the interior.

    Museo di Castelvecchio

    Corso Castelvecchio 2
    37121 Verona
    Italy
    Tel: 045 806 2611
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    Opening times:
    Mon 1330-1930
    Tue-Sun 0830-1930

    Rising with crenellated walls along the banks of the River Adige, Castelvecchio was the medieval powerhouse of the city. Now its sensitively restored interiors house an art collection that spans Verona’s history.

    Giardino Giusti

    Via Giardino Giusti 2
    37129 Verona
    Italy
    Tel: 045 803 4029
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-2000 (Apr-Sep)
    0900-1900 (Oct-Mar)

    Opened to the public in 1591, these sculpted Renaissance gardens with their neatly trimmed maze, swaying cypresses and romantic sculpture offer a haven of tranquillity.

    Torre dei Lamberti

    Via della Costa 1
    37121 Verona
    Italy
    Tel: 045 927 3027
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830-1930

    This red-brick clock tower divides the two principal piazze of Verona. Take the lift to the top for great photo ops of the market stalls below and a sea of red-brick rooftops.

    Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

    Piazza San Zeno
    37123 Verona
    Italy
    Tel: 045 592 813
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0830-1800
    Sun 1230-1800 (Mar-Oct)
    Mon-Sat 1000-1300 and 1330-1700
    Sun 1230-1700 (Nov-Feb)

    Despite its masterly two-tone Romanesque brickwork and pretty flower-filled courtyard, visitors to this basilica only have eyes for Mantegna’s richly coloured 1457-59 Majesty of the Virgin.

    Piazza delle Erbe

    Piazza delle Erbe
    37121 Verona
    Italy
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    Since Roman times the so-called square of ‘herbs’ has been the centre of economic life in Verona. Each day it is filled with a thriving market and its perimeter is lined with palaces, merchants’ houses and historic cafés.

    Teatro Romano e Museo Archeologico

    Regaste Redentore 2
    37129 Verona
    Italy
    Tel: 045 800 0360
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    Opening times:
    Mon 1330-1930
    Tue-Sun 0830-1930

    Perched high above the Adige River is a fascinating archaeological site, combining layers of history from the Roman amphitheatre to two 10th-century Christian churches and a Jesuit convent.

    Casa di Giulietta

    Via Cappello 23
    37121 Verona
    Italy
    Tel: 045 803 4303
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    Opening times:
    Mon 1330-1930
    Tue-Sun 0830-1930

    The myth is so strong that everyone believes star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet really did live and love in fair Verona. But the truth is Juliet’s house and legendary balcony were hand-picked by savvy city authorities in 1930!

    Ponte Pietra

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    With its broad Roman arches, this stone bridge looks every bit the historic relic. Yet you may be surprised to find that it dates from 1945 when German troops blew it up. Horrified locals duly fished all the stones out of the river and rebuilt it brick by brick.

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    Country overview

    Despite incessant praise, travelling in Italy remains one of those rare experiences in life – like a perfect spring day or the power of first love – that cannot be overrated. In few places do history, art, fashion, food and la dolce vita (the good life) intermingle so effortlessly.

    There are sunny isles and electric blue surf, glacial northern lakes and fiery southern volcanoes, rolling vineyards and an urban landscape that harbours more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world. Few places offer such variety and few visitors leave without a fervent desire to return.

    Geography

    Italy is situated in Europe, with a long coastline of approximately 7,600km (4,720 miles) stretching into the Mediterranean Sea and a mountainous northern border adjoining France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. This northern Alpine region contains some of the highest peaks in Europe and is a good area for winter sports.

    In central Italy, Tuscany has a diverse landscape composed of fertile rolling hills, lush river valleys, minor mountain ranges and a long sandy coastline. To the east is Umbria, known as the ‘green heart of Italy’; hilly with broad plains, olive groves and pines, and Le Marche – a region of gentle mountains, rivers and small fertile plains.

    Further south lies Rome, Italy’s capital city. Within its precincts is the Vatican City. The south of the country is hotter, wilder and much, much drier than the north, characterised by dry sierras, rocky mountain ranges and volcanic outcrops, including three of Europe’s most active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli. Puglia, the ‘heel of the boot’, is a mixed landscape of fertile plateaus, expansive olive groves and flat, ochre-coloured plains. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia lie offshore to the southwest and west respectively.

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    Area: 301,340 sq km (116,348 sq miles).

    Population: 61.5 million (2013).

    Population density: 204.0 per sq km.

    Capital: Rome.

    Government: Independent kingdom of Italy declared in 1861. Republic since 1946.

    Language

    Italian is the official language. Dialects are spoken in different regions. German is spoken in the South Tyrol region (bordering Austria). French is spoken in all the border areas from the Riviera to the area north of Milan (border with France and Switzerland). English, French and German are also spoken in the biggest cities and in tourism and business circles.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Standard time zone

    UTC/GMT +1 hour

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the two round-pin type.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1700.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2014 period.

    Public holiday note:
    In addition, local feast days are held in honour of town patron saints, generally without closure of shops and offices. These include:

    Turin/Genoa/Florence: 24 Jun (St John the Baptist)
    Milan: 7 Dec (St Ambrose)
    Siena: 2 Jul and 16 Aug, Palio horserace
    Venice: 25 Apr (St Mark)
    Bologna: 4 Oct (St Petronius)
    Naples: 19 Sep (St Gennaro)
    Bari: 6 Dec (St Nichola)
    Palermo: 15 Jul (St Rosalia)

    Rome: 29 Jun (St Peter)
    Trieste: 3 Nov (St Giusto)

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2014
    Epiphany: 6 January 2014
    Easter Monday: 21 April 2014
    Liberation Day: 25 April 2014
    Labour Day: 1 May 2014
    Republic Day: 2 June 2014
    Assumption: 15 August 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 25 October 2014
    Immaculate Conception: 8 December 2014
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2014
    St Stephen’s Day: 26 December 2014

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    Nightlife in Verona
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    Verona is a conservative town and its nightlife is sedate, tending towards elegant wine bars, classical music concerts and the summer-long opera festival.

    For more life, head to Piazza delle Erbe where fashionable locals sip campari outside countless cafés and bars.

    Arena di Verona

    Piazza Brà 1
    37121 Verona
    Italy
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    Throughout the summer Verona’s Roman arena comes alive with world-class opera.

    Osteria del Bugiardo

    Corso Porta Borsari 17A
    37121 Verona
    Italy
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    The place for an early evening aperitivo with cheese and meat platters.

    Antica Bottega del Vino

    Vicolo Scudo di Francia 3
    37121 Verona
    Italy
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    This historic, wood-panelled wine bar is the place to sample big labels like Amarone.

    Estate Teatrale Veronese

    Piazza Brà 1
    37121 Verona
    Italy
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    In July, catch performances of Shakespeare during the Estate Teatrale Veronese festival in the Roman amphitheatre overlooking the city.

    Victoria Club Bar

    Via Adua 8
    37121 Verona
    Italy
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    Verona’s first contemporary hotel cocktail bar with live jazz on Saturday nights.

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    Restaurants in Verona
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    With a cultured and critical resident population, Verona’s restaurants offer a high standard of Italian cuisine.

    As the city is surrounded by vineyards, mountains and the not-too-distant Lake Garda, expect to dine well on fish, regional cheeses, cured meats, polenta and hearty meat stews and ragù.

    Ristorante Ponte Pietra

    Via Ponte Pietra 34
    37121 Verona
    Italy
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    Price: Expensive

    Romantic, fine dining with tables overlooking the River Adige.

    Osteria Sottoriva

    Via Sottoriva 9A
    37121 Verona
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    A historic inn drawing local crowds for hearty dishes at rough-hewn tables.

    La Taverna di Via Stella

    Via Stella 5C
    37121 Verona
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    A traditional trattoria serving a Veronese classic: bigoli with donkey ragù.

    El Bacarin

    Via Fogge 5
    37121 Verona
    Italy
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    Price: Cheap

    Fabulous selection of local cheeses, cut cured meats and regional wines.

    Pizzeria Marechiaro

    Via Sant’Antonio 15
    37121 Verona
    Italy
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    Price: Cheap

    Pizza, just like Mama makes it, and excellent grilled seafood to boot.

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    Verona Opera Festival

    1 June – 30 September 2014
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    Venue: Roman Arena.

    Verona’s legendary opera season takes place in the spectacular Roman Arena and draws audiences in their thousands. Placido Domingo made his debut here and the annual opera season still draws a star-studded cast of performers. The two-month season sees around 50 performances. Book tickets and accommodation early.

    Estate Teatrale Veronese (Verona Summer Theatre Season)

    5 July – 15 August 2014
    Website

    Venue: Roman Theatre.

    Verona’s Summer Theatre Season takes place in the city’s old Roman theatre. A world-class event, the festival includes three major dramatic works in July and three dance shows in August. Theatre performances focus on Shakespeare, while international dance troupes such as Momix and the Brazilian Balé Folclórico da Bahia from Brazil perform the dance repertoire.

    Tocatì

    19 – 21 September 2014
    Website

    Venue: Verona’s historic centre.

    Tocatì, meaning ‘it’s your turn’ in Veronese dialect, is a street festival dedicated to preserving and reviving traditional games. Held in the historic centre, hundreds of competitors teach children (and adults) to spin tops, use a sling, clink marbles or compete in tip cat tournaments. Every year, a guest country is invited giving the festival an international flavour. Musical concerts, exhibits and other cultural activities take place alongside the games.

    Christmas Cribs in Verona

    29 November – 25 January 2014
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    Venue: Roman Arena.

    Verona’s annual Christmas crib exhibition takes place in the Roman Arena and features more than 400 cribs from all over the world. The exhibition is accompanied by music and light shows. The tradition stems from the crusades of the 13th century when travel to the Middle East was impossible due to the fighting. Instead, St Francis crafted the first crib demonstrating that it was possible to celebrate Christ’s birth anywhere in the world.

    Feast of Santa Lucia (Saint Lucy)

    13 December 2014

    Venue: Piazza Brà.

    Throughout Italy, the feast of St Lucy is an important prequel to Christmas. The saint’s name, Lucy, comes from the Latin root ‘lux’, which means light. And St Lucy’s day is celebrated on the 13th December to mark the end of winter solstice and the reappearance of the sun in the north. In Verona, a Christmas market is set up in Piazza Bra. Vendors sell food, small toys and Christmas gifts.

    Verona in Love

    1 – 28 February 2015 (To be confirmed)
    Website

    Venue: Verona.

    Verona in love, held on the days leading up to Valentine’s Day and on the day itself sees the entire being covered in romance of all sorts. Red heart lanterns and millions of love notes dot the streets. There are free romantic themed concerts taking place in the romantic Piazza Dei Signore Square as well.

    Bacanal del Gnoco (Verona Carnival)

    12 February 2015
    Website

    Verona’s version of the carnival kicks off the year with lots of parties and activities. It culminates on the Thursday before Lent with a famous parade where 4,000 participants all dressed in masked costumes walk through the streets together with their allegorical hand-made floats, brass bands and drum majorettes.

    Vinitaly

    22 – 25 March 2015
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    Venue: Veronafiere, viale del Lavoro 8

    Vinitaly is Italy’s most important annual wine fair and runs over five days. Hundreds of producers showcase the best regional wines amid wine-tasting sessions, industry meetings and seminars. The fair site is huge and is packed with tens of thousands of people throughout the five days.

    Vini, Baci, Bici (Wine, Kisses and Bikes)

    1 – 30 June 2015 (To be confirmed)
    Website

    Annual national meeting for cycling enthusiasts, with bicycle trips around the lands of Juliet.

    Verona Jazz

    1 – 31 July 2015 (To be confirmed)
    Website

    Venue: Arena, Teatro Romano, Corte Merchato Vecchio.

    Like most other major Italian cities, Verona holds an annual jazz festival over a three week period in July. Performances from Italian and international jazz musicians take place at a variety of atmospheric venues throughout the city including the Arena, the Teatro Romano and the Corte Merchato Vecchio.

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    With its culture-rich historic centre, Verona offers a wide variety of well-priced, characterful accommodation ranging from genuine bed and breakfasts to converted palazzi.

    During Easter, April and the summer opera season, be sure to book well ahead.

    Il Sogno di Giulietta

    Via Cappello 23
    37121 Verona
    Italy
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    Category: Expensive

    Romantic rooms decorated with antiques and art objects overlooking Juliet’s house.

    Due Torri

    Piazza Sant’Anastasia 4
    37121 Verona
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    Category: Expensive

    Lavish 14th-century, historic hotel with acres of period detailing in the heart of the historic centre.

    Hotel Scalzi

    Via Carmelitani Scalzi
    37122 Verona
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    A 19th-century palazzo with bags of character and contemporary-styled rooms.

    Hotel Marco Polo

    Via di Sant’Antonio 21
    37122 Verona
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    Stylish rooms in a great location with a wonderful, state-of-the-art in-house spa.

    Verona Inn

    Via Lorgna 1B
    37136 Verona
    Italy
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    Category: Cheap

    Good-value, family-friendly, contemporary apartments.

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    Climate & best time to visit Italy

    Italy is a great destination to visit year round, particularly if taking a city break, though for the warmest and most reliable weather April to June is the prime tourist season. Most Italians take their holiday in July and August so prices, and crowds, can soar during these months, which are also the hottest of the year. If you’re keen to avoid the main scrum of peak season but still bank on mild weather, late September to October is a good choice.

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    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile phones

    International dialling code: +39

    Telephone

    Telephone kiosks only accept phonecards, which can be purchased at post offices, tobacconists and some newsagents.

    Mobile phone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.

    Internet

    Rome, Venice, Milan and Bologna have now instituted city-wide Wi-Fi hotspots, and the majority of hotels, B&Bs and even farm stays now offer free internet access. In most towns, internet cafés also offer access at €2 to €6 per hour.

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    Key Areas

    Well-heeled Veronese shop determinedly along the pedestrian-only Via Mazzini which is lined with luxury labels. For smaller one-of-a-kind boutiques, head to Corso Porta Borsari, while you can find high-street brands along Via Roma and around Piazza delle Erbe.

    Markets

    Since Roman times, Verona’s main vegetable and fruit market has been situated in Piazza delle Erbe although now the food stalls are joined by souvenirs, books and postcards. On Saturday morning you can also find a huge flea market at the football stadium.

    Shopping Centres

    Verona’s shopping scene is high-end and specialised so there aren’t many shopping centres. The largest, central mall is Le Corte Venete on Viale del Commercio. Otherwise, you have to head 12.5km west out of town to the La Grande Mela mall in Lugagnano.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social conventions

    The social structure is heavily influenced by the Roman Catholic Church and, generally speaking, family ties are stronger than in most other countries in Western Europe. Normal social courtesies should be observed. Dress is casual but smart in most places, and beachwear should be confined to the beach. Conservative clothes are expected when visiting religious buildings and smaller, traditional communities. Formal wear is usually indicated on invitations.

    Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, transport and cinemas. When visiting an Italian home for dinner, bring a small gift of sweets or chocolate, and dress well. Let your host lead when sitting and starting the meal. Take a small portion of what’s on offer as you will surely be cajoled into having another helping. If you do not want more wine, leave your glass full so it cannot be refilled.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is generally safe to drink. Bottled water is available. The inscription ‘Acqua Non Potabile’ means water is not drinkable. Milk is generally pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Past outbreaks of brucellosis in southern regions means unpasteurised buffalo mozzarella is best avoided. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) also recommends vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and hepatitis B.

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