Getting around Verona

Public transport

Verona’s public transport system is very good. Azienda Mobilita e Trasporti di Verona (AMT) (tel: (045) 232 0025; www.amt.it) operates a frequent and reliable services throughout Verona. Daily bus passes are available. The AMT buses are blue, while the regional buses operated by Azienda Provinciale Transporti Verona (tel: (045) 805 7811; www.aptv.it) are orange.

Taxis

Taxis must be picked up at the designated taxi ranks throughout the city, including at the train station and at Piazza Bra. To pre-book a taxi, phone Taxi & Autoblu (tel: (045) 858 1403) or Unione Radiotaxi (tel: (045) 532 666). Note that the meter starts to run immediately after the call and not on pick-up. Hotels will happily book taxis, which normally arrive within a few minutes. A small tip is expected.

Driving

Driving in Verona can be painful given the restricted traffic zones, especially as most of the historic centre is covered by the Zona Traffico Limitato (limited traffic zone). If you drive, be aware of parking signs. Unlike other Italian cities, you will be ticketed. Blue road markings denote pay-and-display parking. Buy tickets at the meter or in the nearest tobacconist. The most convenient car park is at Piazza Cittadella.

Car hire

Cars can be hired at the airport. To hire a car you need to be over 21 and require a credit card and an EU driving licence or an International Driving Permit (IDP).

Recommended car hire companies include Avis (tel: (045) 987 571; www.avis.com), Europcar (tel: (045) 860 0477; www.europcar.com) and Hertz (tel: (045) 861 9042; www.hertz.com). Local companies within the city itself include Morini Rent (tel: (045) 890 5777; www.morinirent.com/en) and the more upmarket Autonoleggio Oliosi Di Ferron Giancarlo & Andrea (tel: (045) 581 188; www.autonoleggioliosi.com).

Bicycle hire

Cycling around Verona is pleasant and easy. The city has introduced a bike share scheme, Verona Bike (tel: 800 896 948, in Italy only; www.bikeverona.it), with stations at the Piazza Bra and the Castelvecchio Museum, among other sites. Bicycle hire is also available from El Pedal Scaligero (tel: 333 536 7770) at Piazza Bra from April to September. The cycling club Amici della Bicicletta di Verona (tel: (045) 800 4443; www.amicidellabicicletta.it) organises various cycling trips and excursions.

Edited by Daniel Fahey
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