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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”.
Verona is reached in under two hours from the UK with a number of non-stop services...
British Airways offers a double daily service from Gatwick, alongside a regular service from easyJet and Monarch. Monarch also flies non-stop from Manchester.
If you can't use one of those services, you could try a connecting flight via Paris or Frankfurt. There are also connections via Brussels, Vienna and Zurich. There are no regular charter flights into Verona from the UK.
There are many options when it comes to getting to and from Verona Villafranca Airport...
A little over 10 kilometres from the city centre, the airport is well positioned for visitors looking to stay in Verona.
If you are hiring a car in Verona, you can pick up your vehicle at the airport and drive for around 15 minutes to reach the heart of the city. Car hire also makes it easy to explore more of Italy; the southern shore of Lake Garda, for example, is only a 30-minute drive away. Car hire is good value in Italy and a convenient way of getting to and from the airport, as well as seeing more of the nation.
The airport is also well connected by public transport. A shuttle bus runs between the airport and the city's railway station, which is located centrally, every 20 minutes. Tickets cost six euros (around £5) each way. A shuttle service to the ski resorts of the Dolomites runs from the airport between December and April.
Taxis run by licensed operators depart from outside the arrivals terminal. Fixed prices are not usually offered; rather the meter is set at the start of your journey, though it should cost no more than around 25 euros to reach the city centre. If there are four of you travelling, a taxi is a good value and convenient option for reaching your hotel in Verona.
The central historic core of Verona is compact, so finding a hotel at the heart of the action is easy...
Verona is a city made for walking as it is compact, fairly flat and striking at every turn. Stay in a central hotel and you needn't bother with taxis or buses. Most of the city's hotels are located around the city centre, which makes sightseeing easy.
This is Italy, so dirt-cheap budget hotels are very hard to come by. You can stay a little further from the city centre to save a bit of money, though you might feel like you are missing out on the unique atmosphere of Verona. B&Bs should be considered here if you are keeping a tight hold of the budget.
If you're looking to splash out, Verona won't disappoint. This historic city has many attractive luxury hotels in grand old buildings. Booking in advance is likely to get you a great rate, whatever end of the market you are looking at. You can find Verona hotels, as well as flights, by using the search tool on TravelSupermarket.