Every summer from mid-June to early September, the Verona Arena performs some of the most well- known popular operas in existence. The yearly staple is Aida, but other options can include The Barber of Seville, Carmen, Tosca, Turandot and Nabucco. But where a Verona Opera package is truly different to other opera experiences is that the setting is an open-air Roman arena! Seeing the opera from a historical Roman arena where the acoustics are incredibly impressive is hard to beat, and why our clients flock to this beautiful small city, some for several years running! Probably around half of our clients go for the opera, the other half for the experience in these stunning surroundings.
This is also the perfect destination for taking a partner, parent or friend, and celebrating either a special occasion or just spending some quality time together.
A Verona Opera Trip is great for those that have been before and/or want to extend their trip. With Lake Garda only an hour away, spend some time on the crystalline waters. Alternatively, a Luxury Venice Break for a scenic gondola ride, Florence for the art, the historical Siena Palio horse race, or take in a second opera in a Milan, Venice, Lucca (Puccini Festival) or Rome (Caracalla Festival). All with the sun shining! Of course you could enjoy your Verona opera trip by staying in the city or add in a second night at the opera. The choice is yours!
What to do on your Verona Opera Trip
The main sights we recommend include visiting the arena during the day before the sets go up for the performance, Castelvecchio (the castle), the Natural History Museum, Juliet’s balcony and her house, all of which are included in your Verona Pass Card. Please note whilst Juliet’s balcony does include paintings and costumes relating to Shakespeare’s doomed lovers, there is a separate house located close to Hotel Firenze and the train station, and contains some stunning artworks as well as her tomb. This is worth a visit and less frequented by the tourists, so a peaceful way to spend an hour.
If you want to escape the city for the day, then nearby Lake Garda is a must. Whether you want to add a few nights onto your trip staying at Grand Hotel Gardone, or just a day trip, if you haven’t been here then you must seriously consider it. Adding Lake Garda creates a perfect blend of city and tranquil lake setting, which is great for escaping the heat. For the day tour we include private transfers to the lake, then a shared boat (around 20-30 people) to Garda Island for a tour, before some time at leisure in Sirmione at the bottom of the lake. Then returning back to Verona, transfer times are around 40mins, making this an easy add-on to your main trip.
A Verona Opera holiday is perfect for onwards travel east, west and south. Head east to Venice, only a short train ride away, west for Lake Garda and Milan, or south for Florence, the Lucca Puccini Opera, the Siena Palio Horse race, Rome or Naples & Sorrento.
Our Top Tip?
Head to the excellent Arena shop for a chance to purchase the music and libretto for the opera you are going to be attending. Head out on your free night for a much needed glass of Prosecco in one of the restaurants outside the arena. This is a perfect way to watch the world go by, whilst hearing the fantastic acoustics from the arena.
Why we love Hotel Accademia & Il Sogno di Giulietta
Verona is spoilt for fantastic centrally located hotels, a testament to how great these two really are! For the best 4 star option, we recommend Hotel Accademia. Placed two streets behind the arena in the quiet shopping district, this hotel is around a 5 minutes’ walk to the arena. Being in the shopping district does however, have other advantages. It is a pedestrianized area so barring taxis and bikes, the noise pollution is kept to a minimum, which is good for when you want to get some sleep. It also benefits from having its own restaurant offering locally sourced ingredients. Most of the hotels in the centre do not have their own restaurant, so this is rare.
We have been using this hotel since we first began over fifteen years ago now and the feedback we get from clients is always great. Having stayed there ourselves, we know this to be true!
If however, you are looking for a 5 star experience to celebrate your special birthday or wedding anniversary, then Il Sogno di Giulietta is the one for you. This has to be the most romantic Relais in the world. Verona is known for being Romeo & Juliet’s city, and this Relais overlooks Juliet’s famous balcony. At night you can have drinks in the courtyard with the balcony as a backdrop. You will be hard pressed to find a more fitting hotel!
Summer temperatures can be very humid from 25-35 Celsius, however, we have seen it peak at around 40 Celsius, so please take the appropriate measures of a summer hat, sun tan lotion and have plenty of water with you. We also recommend regular gelato breaks to help you keep cool!
For summer travel we recommend you bringing sun cream and a hat. We also recommend a summer mac with a hood just in case of any rain on your opera evening. The dress code for the opera is smart/casual, (no denim) but please note it can still be in the late 20c late in the evening, so only a thin layer of clothing is required. Please note if you want to explore any religious buildings, you are expected to cover knees and upper arms, or you might be refused admittance.
What makes our packages unique is two things. We can tailor made the trip to suit you, along with providing a complete first class experience throughout. We can recommend travel insurance for all ages, so if you are taking an older parent or grandparent to Verona, you don’t have to worry about age restrictive insurance. We can also arrange special airport assistance, so they don’t have a lengthy walk to the gate, on both journeys.
Furthermore, on your Verona Opera package there are no compulsory walking tours with opera seating high up on stone steps that whilst scenic, can be uncomfortable on the body. There is just your trip as you want it. You could have one opera evening from the Best seats and if you do want to go down the authentic route, a second from the stone steps up high, so you have a very different experience!
For everyone booked onto one of our Verona Opera packages, we automatically include a Verona Pass Card. This provides free access to most of the local sights in Verona, including seeing the arena during the day, before the incredible sets have been installed. The Verona Pass also comes with a helpful orientation map so you can see where to focus your time, complete with opening days and times.
The airport transfers taking you to your Verona hotel are included and private to you, so no lengthy waits and buses. All the hotels we use are traditional and within a 5-10mins walk from the arena, so you are free to wander and explore as you wish. We try and tailor the hotel to suit your requirements, so if 5 Star romance, a spa hotel or mobility is your main specification, we know exactly what to recommend.
You also get the benefit of our knowledgeable team, who know Verona and the surrounding area very well, so you have our first-hand experience. This ensures we can answer any questions you may have.
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