What to do in and around Verona
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A night at the opera: sit on the steps in the Arena and soak in the atmosphere of Italian opera in Italy under a (hopefully) starry sky. (July and August) more info  
A drink at a pavement cafe on Piazza Bra. Sip a glass of wine and watch the world stroll by with the Arena as a background. more info  
Visit the Castelvecchio Museum. An enjoyable display of paintings and sculpture. More an art gallery than a museum.  
A day out in Venice. An hour on the train which takes you into the heart of Venice. Unique, spectacular, unforgettable, do it. Even better in 'Low Season'.    
Go to a market. The big Verona market is on Saturday morning at the football stadium. There are also various markets on Lake Garda.    
Go to a football match. Verona has TWO teams: ChievoVerona (Serie A) and Hellas Verona (ex SerieA and currently bottom of Serie C1)    
Visit San Zeno basilica, one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in the world. San Zeno was a black bishop and is the patron saint of Verona. website  
Go window shopping in Via Mazzini, the pedestrian street between Piazza Bra and Piazza Erbe. Gucci, Prada, Cartier and shoe shop after shoe shop! Leave your wallet behind.    
When you get to the market square Piazza Erbe, have an ice cream at one of the pavement cafes and then stroll round the market.    
Visit Juliet's house and have yourself photographed on the famous balcony. Admire the graffiti, almost an attraction in itself. website  
A day out on Lake Garda. Do a tour of the lake by boat or hire a car and drive all round the lake.    
Go skiing (in season of course). Verona is between the Po Valley and the foothills ot the Alps with good skiing an hour away in the Dolomites and Lessinia.    
Have a day out in Mantova. Go by train. Visit the Palazzo Ducale and/or the Palazzo Te. Market day Thursday. Another fantastic town without hordes of tourists.    
A day out in Padova, the Oxford of Italy. 45 minutes by train. Be sure to see Giotto's fantastic frescoes at the Capella Scrovegni see our Padova page  
Go to a play in the Roman Theatre (not the amphitheatre). Every summer there is a season of plays, often Shakespearian. website  
Enjoy the panorama from Castel San Pietro. There are steps up to it behind the Roman Theatre. Well worth the climb for the view of Verona. Have a drink of a meal on the terrace of the adjacent Ristorante Re Teodorico.    
Visit the Giardini Giusti, a walled botanical garden in town.    
Visit the Museo di Storia Naturale, a well designed natural history museum. website  
Go to Sirmione, a peninsular on the south shore of Lake Garda. A castle, a hot spring spa, a huge Roman villa - a very interesting and beautiful little town.    
See an art exhibition in the Palazzo Forti.    
Eat a Pizza in Piazza Dante.    
Go swimmimg in a naturally heated Roman swimming pool at Caldiero    
Join the promenade every evening up and down Via Mazzini and Piazza Bra.    

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