Book a cheap flight to Verona and you can not only revel in the city’s history and sigh winsomely from the Juliet balcony, you will also find yourself within a stone’s throw from all the delights that Lake Garda has to offer.
Shakespeare may have set his tragic drama in the fair city of Verona but it’s the romance of the city and its nearby lake that will provide the setting for your Italian break.
The cheapest flights are undoubtedly to be found in the winter months – you certainly won’t get that dose of Italian sunshine but temperatures, even in the coldest months of January and February, rarely drop below freezing.
The best time to visit are the shoulder months of spring and autumn. During these times you avoid the hottest weather, the summer crowds and can enjoy warm and sunny days with the added bonus of a lower airfare.
If you’re set on a summer break to Verona you should be prepared for hot and humid weather, with a high likelihood of occasional rainfall and thunderstorms. Visit in June and you’ll be here for the Verona Jazz Festival, with concerts held in atmospheric, historical venues all around the city.
Located just six miles southwest of Verona, the airport is conveniently situated for those looking to hire a car right next to the junction of the A4 Milan-Venice and the A22 Modena-Brenner motorways.
The Aerobus runs from the airport to the city every 20 minutes and private shuttle buses and taxis are also available.
The public transportation system in Verona is excellent – although the majority of the city’s sights can be reached on foot.
Buses cover all areas of the city and you can buy your tickets in advance at stations, newsstands and tobacconists.
Local train stations have lots of connections to Milan, Mantua, Modena, Florence and Rome, in case you want to travel elsewhere in Italy.
If you are heading to Lake Garda the regular buses take approximately 20 minutes to Peschiera or an hour and a half to Riva del Garda. If you want to go to the western shore of the lake, you can take a bus from Verona to Desenzano del Garda and transfer for a Riva del Garda bus.
Head to the Piazza Bra to see the mighty Roman Arena which hosts opera concerts every summer. It’s worth a visit whether the fat lady is singing or not.
Via Mazzini is a narrow street lined with designer boutiques and jewellery shops that leads to the Casa di Giulietta, where that balcony can be found.
The Scaliger Tombs are ornate Gothic funerary monuments that, in equal parts, exhibit craftsmanship, power and megalomania.