Sitting comfortably on your bus or car, you will catch a first glimpse of the history and culture of the city: the imposing Renaissance gates, the famous Basilica of San Zeno, the castle built by the Della Scala family. On the hills which partially surround our city, the terrace dedicated to the Madonna of Lourdes offers a wonderful view of Verona from above. Following the hills and city walls all the way back to the river Adige, we can admire the elegant Cathedral, the roman theatre and the famous roman stone bridge, two jewels dating back to roman times and older than the Arena.
Now it is time to walk through the old part of town: Piazza dei Signori, the most elegant square of Verona, with the tombs of the Della Scala family, Piazza delle Erbe, our colourful market square that carries you back to the Middle Ages, to the time of Dante, the poet who first mentioned the two rival families of the Montagues and the Capulets. In ‘fair Verona’ (Shakespeare’s words…) you will see the houses of Romeo and Juliet: two buildings from the 14th century: did the famous love story take place here? Sometimes, history is more fascinating the legend itself!
Via Mazzini, one of the main shopping streets in town allows you to window shop on the way to the main attraction of the city: the Roman Arena. The amphitheatre was built in the first century after Christ – a few years before the roman Colosseum – using marble from Verona’s quaries. The last minutes of our tour are spent admiring Piazza Brà, the most important square in Verona with its many historical buildings, nice cafés and cosy restaurants.
DURATION: 2 hours (for extensions, please visit our Rates page)
MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION: the bus or car of the clients is necessary for this tour. The first part of the tour is by bus, after about 1 hour we start our walking tour which ends in Piazza Brà.
SUITED FOR: groups, schools, families, individuals, visitors with reduced mobility* *Some parts of our tour have uneven surfaces and there are few steps along the way.
Parking fee required at Madonna di Lourdes Church.
BUS: check out www.amt.it for entrance fee to the city and parking fees. CAR: Parking Arena, Parking Cittadella, Parking Isolo, Parking Centro. All Parking areas are more or less a 10-15 minute walk from the Arena (Piazza Brà).
THIS TOUR IS AVAILABLE IN: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, Rumanian, Portuguese, Finnish, Turkish and Japanese. Ask for the language you are interested in.
TO COMPLETE YOUR DAY: Basilica of S. Zeno, Church of S. Anastasia, the Cathedral, Museum of Castelvecchio, Gallery of Modern Art, Verona in Roman times, Verona in the middle ages, Verona at the time of Venetian rule. FOR WHOEVER HAS AN EXTRA DAY: Lake Garda, Soave, Valpolicella, the Rice Road Tour.