Verona is an ideal day-trip from Venice, during which you'll probably be able to see all the sights you wanted to see. If you're an opera fan, however, you may want to stay a few days and take in a performance or two by Verona's famous opera company - the shows are in the city's Roman arena, so they're unforgettable.
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Verona still shows the heavy influence of the Roman empire, with a massive arena at its center as well as an ancient Roman bridge (still in use) and an excavated Roman amphitheatre. The Roman ruins alone would make Verona worth visiting, but that's not even why most people come. When most people think of this city, it's because Shakespeare set his famous play "Romeo and Juliet" here. In fact, you can even find a sweet and simple balcony at which there are almost always has countless tourists pointing cameras. The balcony they're photographing wasn't even built until the 20th century, but that doesn't matter - it's the romance that counts. Finally, as mentioned, the Verona opera is an incredible sight, even if you're not a big opera fan.
The closest sizeable airport to Verona is Venice's Marco Polo International Airport, and it's a small enough airport that it's usually a breeze to navigate through passport control and customs. Then Verona is a short train ride away. Get information on airfare to Italy to begin your search.
Where to Stay
Verona tends to cater more toward the opera crowd with its accommodations, so you may not find as many truly budget hostels here. Try looking through the selection of one-star hotels for another budget option. Start with these Verona hostels and Verona hotels and book your room today.
For more information on Verona and the rest of Italy, don't forget to check out our Italy Travel Guide.