Book flights to Verona and see a different side to Italy...
It doesn't have the iconic landmarks of Rome, it isn't criss-crossed by canals like Venice, and it hasn't got the designer stores of fashion-conscious Milan, but then Verona doesn't attract the throngs of tourists that fill other Italian cities. Instead, Verona oozes charm and welcomes visitors to tour its treasures at a slightly slower pace.
The setting for William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', there is no denying the romantic credentials of Verona, which sits on the banks of the Adige river in the region of Veneto. It also packs a cultural punch and is one of the most beloved settings in all of Italy to catch a spot of opera. Add the arts and the heart of Verona to its Roman heritage and beautiful monuments and you have the most wonderful short break destination.
It takes around two hours to reach Verona Villafranca Airport (VRN) from most UK airports, which makes the city attractive for weekend breaks. Many visitors arrive during the sweltering summer months, though you can also find many cheap flights to Verona during autumn, winter and spring. The warm months of spring and autumn in particular are great times to visit the city, as crowds are thinner but coats are usually not required. While winters are chilly in the city, many travellers arrive to hit the ski slopes of the nearby Dolomites.
Attractions in Verona include the glorious 2,000-year-old Roman Arena, Castelvecchio, the cathedral, and Juliet's House, with its picture-perfect Juliet balcony and walls that flutter with notes proclaiming “amore”.