Having decided to book your Verona Opera break, you are probably looking at all the options for how to fill your day. The Verona Pass Card is a good start point as this provides free, beat the queues access to the main sites, which in Verona includes Castelvecchio, the Opera Museum, Juliet’s Balcony, visiting the arena before the sets go up at night, and of course being Italy; the usual blend of churches and museums.
However, after around two days of exploring, it’s likely that you want to explore the region in greater detail, in which case a day on nearby Lake Garda is a Number 1 must. Located only around 40mins – 1hr from Verona city centre, this is a full day to escape the town and head out with your private driver who will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to the relevant pier on the lake. From there the boat (around 30 people) will take you and the other passengers across the lake to Isola del Garda (Garda Island), where you will be met for your tour.
Usually this tour is conducted by one of the present family who live on the island and they will put you into smaller groups. You will get a first hand view of what living surrounded by water without a neighbour insight is really like. The guide will show you the pretty landscaped gardens and part of the house, before providing light refreshments and answering any questions you may have. The island is perfect for some real ‘wish you were here’ style photographs to really impress your friends!
Then you bid arrivederci to the island as the boat takes you back to the mainland. Waiting for you will be your private driver who will transfer you the short distance to Sirmione, located on the bottom of Lake Garda. Here you have time to wander through the drawbridged castle and shop for souvenirs and have time to stop for lunch (lunch not included).
There are two fantastic options for dining on the lake if it’s a special occasion which you are celebrating. We recommend either La Speranzina Restaurant or Signori Restaurant. La Speranzina is around €90-100 euros for a 3 course meal and a half bottle of wine per person, whereas Signori Restaurant is around €60-80 euros for a 3 course meal and a half bottle of wine per person. This must be pre-booked, however there are more affordable alternatives locally and you can decide on other restaurants on the day.
Your private driver will then transfer you back to your Verona hotel after.
For those of you who have selected to break your stay up with half of your time in Verona and the rest on Lake Garda, you can do the Garda Island part of this trip. We will try, where possible, to add this in for the day when the pier for collecting the boat is near to your hotel so you shouldn’t need transfers. If you are staying at Grand Hotel Gardone, you have the option of the pretty town within an easy walk, or can take a taxi for the short distance to Salo town. A slightly longer taxi ride will take you to Sirmione where you can still experience the castle fort and enjoy a very scenic lunch.
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