For a collection of over 130 stores of international and Italian brands, head to the newly developed Adigeo shopping centre. This covered shopping mall was completed in March 2017, and is just 3.6km from the Verona Arena. It’s open until late each day – perfect for the seasoned shopper.
Alongside the designer stores on Via Mazzini, there are many more affordable shops and boutiques including Sisley and United Colors of Benetton. Stroll along the marbled streets and see what takes your fancy. Or for more choice, take a trip to the new Adigeo shopping mall just outside the city, which has an extensive range of stores.
Via Mazzini is the most popular shopping street of Verona. Shiny marbled walkways and sparkling shop windows line the way between Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza Bra. On this busy, pedestrianised street, you’ll find all major Italian designers including the high-end Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton. Splash the cash and treat yourself in true Italian style.
Take a wander into Piazza Bra and choose one of the pavement bars for a drink. Even if you’re not planning on seeing an opera, it’s wonderful to watch the atmosphere and excitement build as others arrive. If you love people watching, Piazza delle Erbe is another great spot with bars and cafés lining the square, perfect for a laid-back evening drink.
You won’t get more of an evening atmosphere than at the Verona Arena. Famous opera performances like Carmen, Aida, Turandot and Nabucco take place throughout the summer months, and it’s best to book tickets in advance. For a memorable experience, sit higher up on the Roman stone steps to get a view across the arena.
Delicious Veronese specialities are carefully prepared with local produce – risotto radicchio uses the Vialone Nano variety of rice from Veneto – and can be accompanied by their D.O.C. range of wines, produced in the hills of Verona.Mmost restaurants are in the very centre of town, near the arena. And for a scenic setting, you can also grab a table on the promenade of the Adige River.
With the very best location in Verona, in the Piazza Bra, Liston 12 is an extremely well-priced restaurant overlooking the Verona Arena. Enjoy a cocktail and a pizza or pasta dish while watching everyone arrive for an evening at the opera.
On a walk towards the river you’ll find Ham Holy Burger, a burger bar with the digital age in mind. You’re given a tablet on arrival to browse the internet and order your food on – now that is snazzy.
Hidden away on the Piazza San Zano is the Michelin-starred Casa Perbellini. This small restaurant serves exquisite 13-course tasting menus and inventive dishes at incredible prices – and you can delight in watching the chefs at work in the open kitchen.
Verona is a warren of narrow, cobbled streets and open piazzas which are best explored on foot. Use the time to admire the medieval architecture. The main sights in the city, such as the arena and Castel Vecchio, are all in the centre so they’re easy to get to.
The train station is at the top of Piazzale Porta Nuova, a 20-minute walk from the city centre. From there, you can hop on a train to lots of places in Northern Italy, including cities like Milan (1 hour 20 minutes) and Venice (1 hour 45 minutes), as well as stunning Lake Garda (20 minutes to Peschiera).
Next to the train station is the main bus station. The service runs throughout the city and is very easy to use. You can also take a bus trip out to Lake Garda, though these longer journeys can be unreliable at times.
One of Italy’s most beautiful cities, Verona is pretty small and is easy to get around on foot. The narrow, cobbled streets are bursting with unique shops, restaurants and cafés, and lead to wide piazzas, ideal for people watching. Stroll through open-air markets, sampling local delicacies, and then walk from the famous Piazza Bra over the walled city and across the river. The marbled street of Via Mazzini is bursting with designer shops, and is a beautiful area to wander in the evening.
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