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Verona: Verona Card with Arena Priority Entrance

1. Verona: Verona Card with Arena Priority Entrance

Follow in the footsteps of Romeo and Juliet and great Roman emperors and explore the city of Verona at your own pace with a Verona Card. Valid for 24  or 48 hours (depending on the option booked), the Verona Card gives you free or reduced entrance to dozens of city museums and monuments, as well as unlimited travel on the ATV transport system. Save time and money as you go everywhere, see everything, and skip the long lines along the way. The Verona Card is an all-inclusive ticket that acts as your personal passport to the historic city. Look inside the Verona Arena, where opera is still staged on special nights. Marvel at Juliet's Balcony and read the love letters pinned to the wall of the Casa di Guilietta. Enjoy panoramic views from the top of Torre dei Lamberti (Lamberti Tower). These are just a few of the attractions on offer. See them according to your interests, and travel from one to the next on the ATV bus system. Free Entrance to Museums and Monuments: • Verona Arena (skip the line pass) • Museo Lapidario Maffeiano • Casa di Giulietta and Juliet's Balcony • Torre dei Lamberti • Museo di Castelvecchio • Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore • Complesso del Duomo • Chiesa di Santa Anastasia • Arche Scaligere • Galleria d'arte moderna Achille Forti - GAM Palazzo della Ragione • Chiesa di San Fermo Maggiore • Museo Civico di Storia Naturale • Museo degli Affreschi and Tomba di Giulietta • Museo Archeologico al Teatro Romano (MATR) • Museo della Radio Guglielmo Marconi Reduced Price Entrance: • Fondazione Museo Miniscalchi Erizzo • Museo Africano • Giardino Giusti • MusALab - Franca Rame Dario Fo

Verona Cooking Class: The Real Taste of Italy

2. Verona Cooking Class: The Real Taste of Italy

Explore the essence of Italian cooking at a hands-on cooking class in the historic heart of Verona, and prepare and cook a traditional meal using the freshest ingredients and basic techniques to enhance the natural flavors of food. You will learn to appreciate simple Italian cooking using fresh, high quality ingredients that don’t require a lot of complicated techniques to release their flavor. Based on the Mediterranean diet, each class prepares a classic dish in a professional kitchen. Your chef will take you through easy-to-learn techniques to make fresh pasta, risotto (made with local rice), and tiramisù, the typical Italian dessert. By the end of your seminar you will feel confident to cook like an Italian, making healthy and tasty recipes that you can recreate at home.

Verona: Arena di Verona Opera Ticket

3. Verona: Arena di Verona Opera Ticket

Pick up this opera evening package and enjoy an operatic adventure at the Arena di Verona. Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Callas, and many other tenors and sopranos from all over the world have had the pleasure of singing and performing in this theater, one of the most famous in the world. Simply exchange your voucher at gate 16 at the Montebaldo desk any day that an opera is playing. In your package, you will receive a ticket for the opera, a 1-hour Verona city guide, a transportation ticket, an informative booklet, and all the assistance you may need for a perfect experience in the city.  June 2022 Opera Shows Friday 17 Carmen Saturday 18 AidaThursday 23 AidaFriday 24 Carmen Saturday 25 NabuccoThursday 30 Carmen July 2022Friday 1 Nabucco Saturday 2 La Traviata Sunday 3 Aida Thursday 7 Nabucco Friday 8 Aida Saturday 9 La Traviata Sunday 10 Nabucco Thursday 14 Carmen Friday 15 La Traviata Saturday 16 Aida Thursday 21 Carmen Friday 22 La Traviata Saturday 23 Nabucco Sunday 24 Aida Thursday 28 Aida Friday 29 Nabucco Saturday 30 La Traviata Sunday 31 Carmen August 2022Thursday 4 Turandot Friday 5 Aida Saturday 6 La Traviata Sunday 7 Turandot Wednesday 10 Turandot Thursday 11 Carmen Friday 12 Carmina Burana Saturday 13 Turandot Sunday 14 Carmen Thursday 18 Nabucco Friday 19 Turandot Saturday 20 La Traviata Sunday 21 Aida Thursday 25 Domingo in Verdi Friday 26 Turandot Saturday 27 Carmen Sunday 28 Aida September 2022Thursday 1 La Traviata Friday 2 Turandot Saturday 3 Nabucco Sunday 4 Aida

Verona: Wine Experience the Cradle of Amarone

4. Verona: Wine Experience the Cradle of Amarone

Sample 6 regional wines at a traditional winery in the hills of Valpolicella, including Valpolicella classics and Amarone vintages. Learn about the wine cellars and sample a local charcuterie board. Meet at the convenient spot in Verona and head to the winery, where you will be given a tour of is icehouse and cellar. Hear about the ageing process and how the wines are refined. Try 6 high quality wines, learning how to differentiate them, and add an accompanying meat and cheese board.

Verona Arena Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

5. Verona Arena Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Save precious time and skip the long lines to enter the grand amphitheater of the Verona Arena, one of the most popular attractions in the city and one of the best-preserved monuments from the Roman Empire. Look beyond the iconic pink marble façade of the monument on Piazza Bra and hear stories about the gladiators of the Roman Republic. Learn about the famous operas that have been performed at the arena over many years. Built in the 1st century AD from pink-tinged marble, the great theater survived an earthquake in the 12th century and is still the city's favorite concert venue for operas. Listen to little known stories that reveal facts normally concealed in the mighty stonework.

Verona: Vineyard and Winery Tour with Wine Tasting

6. Verona: Vineyard and Winery Tour with Wine Tasting

Visit the countryside of Verona in a rural family-run winery home to 5 generations. At the winery, enjoy a peaceful stroll around the vineyard and listen to the family history of the winery and its estates. Then head to the traditional drying room and learn how to dry Amarone grapes using a process called Appassimento. Listen to the winemaker explain the process of making wine, and how different grapes produce different flavors. Visit the rural house and cellar next, which have been used for wine making since the 17th century. Finally, after your tour of the winery, enjoy a tasting session of a selection of fine wines including Valpolicella, Ripasso and the great Amarone. Learn how to evaluate them using your senses of sight, smell and taste. The wine is paired with a selection of antipasti including local cheeses, salami, and extra virgin olive oil. As you eat, admire the stunning view across the Italian countryside and the Valpolicella hills, from the terrace.

Discover Verona: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

7. Discover Verona: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Meet up with your English- and German-speaking official guide in the center of the city and get ready to discover the delights of this northern Italian city. Explore the streets of Verona’s historical center, taking in the churches and palaces that have helped make this town a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.   Your first highlight will be Romeo’s house and Juliet’s house, where you’ll learn about Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy that inspires hundreds of people to get married every year. But Verona is not only about romance and love ⁠— it’s also the most important and powerful Roman city ever built, and the Arena is proof. Built in 30 AD, the Arena is remarkably well preserved for its age. Learn about its history and how it has survived all these years.   Then, enjoy the story of Piazza Dane, the Scala family, and all the historical figures who contributed to make Verona what it is. Take a selfie with a Roman soldier at the Arena, on Adige River, in front of a glass of wine on the main square, and more.

Verona: Food and Wine Tour by Bike

8. Verona: Food and Wine Tour by Bike

Get a foodie experience with a Verona Food and Bike tour with a local guide, your insider for one day to reach three different Osterie and discover where locals go to spend their free time. The first stop is a typical Osteria which is mainly visited by local people and it is located in one of the central districts of the city. Begin this delicious itinerary tasting one of the typical aperitif nibbles and a glass of local wine. Continue towards the city centre to stop in another typical local Osteria and visit the food district of Verona, where the most traditional botteghe are located, and enjoy the great wines of the city. You can taste some delicacies like the local Monte Veronese cheese and the Soppressa salami and discover the aromas of the traditional local wines, such as the Valpolicella red wine, or the white wines coming from the East of Verona and Lake Garda. Next, continue the cycle as you pass all the major historical sites, to reach the last Osteria, where you will have the chance to sample other famous white wines of the Verona area such as Lugana and Custoza; don't miss the opportunity to taste the famous Spritz Veneto, just like a real local.

Verona: 2-Hour Gelato Making Class

9. Verona: 2-Hour Gelato Making Class

Meet the expert chef in the city center, and walk to a beautiful cooking school. Experience this fun cooking class, which is ideal for kids, and learn how to make the famous Italian gelato from scratch. Get yourself comfortable in the kitchen; wear your apron, and start cooking. The local supplier's trustworthy Italian Chef will lead you in cutting fresh fruit, while the ingredients of the gelato get mixed in the machine between the different recipes. Don’t forget to write tips on the recipe book, so you can do it at home by yourself. Finally when everything is ready, you will put the portions into glasses and enjoy these sweet desserts with the rest of the group.

Verona: the monolingual tour of highlights and hidden gems

10. Verona: the monolingual tour of highlights and hidden gems

Stroll through Verona's city center on an informative walking experience with a local guide. Follow the different eras of the town's history as you walk through its main landmarks, including the main square, the Palazzo del Capitano, and the ancient Roman ruins. Meet your guide and enjoy a live commentary as you begin your tour. Start out back in the Roman era, with a walk through the ancient bridge, gateway, looming arch, and archeological site. Continue to the medieval ages and stroll through the Piazza Bra, Piazza dei Signori, and Piazza delle Erbe. Stop at the massive Verona Arena and learn about its history. See Verona's palaces, such as Palazzo della Ragione, Palazzo Della Scala, and Palazzo del Capitano. Marvel at the decadently decorated Loggia del Consiglio and Arche Scaligere. Head over to Juliet's balcony, discover the famous story of two star-crossed lovers, and hear local secrets about them. Lastly, walk through the main streets of Mazzini, Cappello, and il Corso, and cross over the medieval castle bridge before returning to the starting point.

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We visited the Franchini winery and it was absolutely the best wine tasting we have ever had. The cellar is like no other and the Amarone and Ripassa was spectacular. Order the cheese and meat on top for 5 Euros. Made the wine taste even better!!! Wish we could ship to Canada but it’s as expensive as the wine or more so we just drank while there.

We learned a lot about wine production in the Valpolicella region and tasted great wines. The guides were very knowledgeable and answered all questions patiently and great detail.

Well worth it to get the history of the amphitheatre (arena) ahead of attending the opera later in the evening, that same day.

Very helpful, you skip a long line for the tickets. This pass also gives you access to Juliet’s house.

The sheer amount of options available with this card make it a must for a visit to Verona!