Attend a night at the opera in 2021 in the Roman Arena di Verona in the very best seats in the arena, which we currently offer as a Free Complimentary Upgrade. Whether you are an opera connoisseur or not, this venue provides the perfect opportunity for an opera lover or a first timer wanting the experience as much as the performance.
All of our Verona opera experience trips include a night in the best seats in the arena, centrally located hotels within walking distance of the arena and main sights, Verona Card giving access to Verona’s historic sights and private airport transfers.
You are not never treated as part of a group on our trips, everything is private to you.
The Verona Opera Season runs from 25 June – 04 September 2021. During that time you can choose from top operas including Aida, Cavalleria Rusticana, Turandot, Nabucco and La Traviata, along with Roberto Bolle & Friends ballet, and three stunning gala events. If you have too many favourites here, why not add in a second night at the opera and enjoy two very different operas, or perhaps the ballet or a gala. View the full performance schedule.
Italian Short Breaks are a legally authorised trading body who are officially permitted to sell tickets for the Arena di Verona in Italy. Many ticket only web sites are not legally authorised to do so. We will always guarantee your seats and ticket level at booking stage.
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A Verona opera package is the perfect way to discover this fantastic Italian city.
Whilst there is lots to see in Verona the main reason most people go to Verona is experience the magic of a performance of the Verona Opera.
Every summer from late June to early September, the Arena di Verona, comes alive showcasing a range of stunning popular operas. Aida is the firm staple having been the very first opera that was performed on the 10th August 1913 to celebrate the centenary birth of Giuseppe Verdi. For over a hundred years (except during two breaks for the two world wars) the Verona Opera Festival has taken place during the summer months.
Other regular operas include Nabucco, La Traviata, Carmen, Il Trovatore, Turandot and Cavalleria Rusticana. As well as this impressive list, it is quite usual for the Roberto Bolle & Friends to perform the ballet, along with several gala evenings. Full production sets are provided to support the Opera performances to create a dramatic experience.
The backdrop of this stunning event is the Roman open-air arena where the acoustics are superb. While you have the option of choosing to go “authentic” and sit up high on the hard stone steps, we much prefer the ground stall seats which come with plastic seating and a cushion. They also provide the best view of the stage, and without the steep climb to the stone steps!
The extraordinary setting of the Roman Arena di Verona means that a Verona Opera Holiday appeals to more than just the Opera connoisseurs, as the experience of sitting under the stars in the warmth of an August night watching and listening to sublime Opera is a Once in a Lifetime experience.
All of our Verona Opera breaks are fully tailored to suit your requirements, so if you require additional nights or even a second night at the opera, then we can arrange this all for you. Increasingly we are finding that clients like to go to 2 performances on their Verona Opera Break and with our 3 night Verona Opera trip this is more than possible, but we can extend the break if you would prefer a slower pace.
Your special occasion break begins from the moment you arrive in Verona as your private driver will be waiting at the airport to transfer you the 20 mins drive to your hotel. The hotels we use are located within a 5-10 mins walk from the arena, so that you are free to wander out and explore easily and without a group.
All of the hotels we use are within the city, so as well as being close to the arena, you are also close to the other main sites which including Castelvecchio (the castle), Juliet’s Balcony, Juliet’s house, the Opera Museum, The National History Museum and plenty of churches.
Any Verona Opera Holiday should also include some great options for during the day, and with Verona being a very small, contained city, we have opted to include the Verona Pass Card. Currently this provides free beat the queues access to many of the local sites for a 48hr period, which starts once you have your card stamped at the first site. The Verona Pass Card also comes with a handy map, which is great for getting orientated quickly, along with opening times for the various museums, churches and castle. Our clients find this card is the ideal way to make the day time work for you as you can choose the main sites of interest along with a pace to suit you, rather than being part of a large walking tour.
The Verona Pass Card currently covers free or reduced entry to the following main sites, amongst others:-
-The Roman Amphitheatre itself which dominates the Piazza Bra in the centre of Verona, and of course is the venue for the Verona Opera Festival. Built in the 1st Century AD its elliptical shape enables fantastic acoustics from all areas so you can truly enjoy your experience at the Verona Opera Festival. However many of our clients like to go and see the amphitheatre during the day before they go to see the Verona Opera in the evening.
-Anastasia , the largest church in Verona, is a fine example of Italian gothic architecture and almost like an art gallery as it contains so many works by masters such as Pisanello’s fresco.
-The Basilica of San Zeno considered one of the most beautiful Roman architecture in Northern Italy
-Juliet’s House with its celebrated balcony and courtyard is a must visit on your Verona Opera Trip.
-Juliet’s tomb at San Francis da Corso convent. According to legend this is where the bodies of Juliet and Romeo were placed.
-The medieval tower in Piazza D’Erbe which has a lift up to the top of its 84 metres offering superb views over the town of Verona.
Various other museums, and churches are also covered by the Verona Pass Card.
For those wanting to experience a bit more, we have some great options; We would particularly recommend a day trip on the scenic, nearby Lake Garda to visit the stunning privately owned Isle de Garda. You may also like to take a wine tasting either within Verona or transferring out to the Valpolicello wine region itself for a wine tasting and tour.
For those looking to extend their break further we have some wonderful combination twin centre breaks.
A popular extension is to carry onto Venice by train having been to the Verona Opera Festival for the ultimate romantic Verona Opera and Venice break. The train only takes about an hour and a quarter and on arrival in Venice you are whisked by private water taxi to your hotel. The only way to arrive in Venice !
For those looking for a bit of relaxation after the bustle of Verona the Verona Opera and Lake Garda magical break is a great option spending two nights relaxing on the banks of Lake Garda in a lake view balcony room.
If you are looking to experience more of Italian culture then we would recommend a combination of Verona Opera with an extension to go and watch the Palio in Siena. This 700 year old event will give you a real insight into the passion of Italian rivalry as the local Contradas support their chosen jockey and horse as they race bareback around Siena.
If it is more of the Italian cities that you were considering then take a look at the Verona Opera and Florence Getaway break with a 1st class train ride between the 2 romantic cities.
Finally if you really love your Opera then we would recommend you look to combine Verona Opera with the Puccini Festival in Lucca for a truly exceptional Italian Opera trip combining 2 of the most spectacular open air opera arena’s in Italy.
Our parting suggestion to you is to consider arriving for your Verona Opera Holiday on the Venice Simplon Orient Express. If this is a special occasion treat then there is no better way to travel to Italy for your Verona Opera Trip. Dress up to the nines and enjoy being spoiled and indulged on this historical beautiful train.