Verona tours and excursions

Verona tours

Bicycle tours

Verona Bike Tours offer a 3 hour guided tour of the city, taking in the Scaliger walls, the Old Town and plenty of Verona’s hidden spots. Other routes available include pedalling through the countryside to the vineyards of Valpolicella, with an opportunity to taste some Amarone wine and visit some Venetian villas. Guides speak good English, but Japanese, French, Spanish and German tours must be booked privately.

Telephone: 346 215 6216.
Bus tours

Take in the best of Verona with a hop-on, hop-off City Sightseeing bus tour. Open top buses ply two routes around the city, taking in some 16 sights between them including Ponte Scaligero, Piazza delle Erbe and Verona Arena. Both routes take around an hour with tickets valid for 24 hours. Commentary is available in English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Russian.

Telephone: +39 45 620 6842.
Walking tours

Juliet & Co organise guided walking tours of the historic city centre in English. There are a number of routes available including Classic Verona, which covers the medieval part of town, Romeo’s House, the Scala family house and graves and Erbe square and its lively market. Other tours include Shakespeare in Verona, Verona in the Moonlight and Verona Noir, which recounts the city’s ghastly past.

Telephone: +39 45 810 3173.

Excursions from Verona

Lake Garda

Lake Garda, situated 30km (18 miles) west of Verona, is a jewel among Italy's many lakes. Lots of charming villages and small towns dot the varied landscape surrounding the lake. To the south the lake is characterised by gentle, Mediterranean-like slopes rising to the more dramatic steep hills and mountainsides further north. The lake is a hub for outdoor activities from gentle walks and boat trips to fishing, windsurfing and diving. Navigarda ferries also traverse the lake regularly. At Malcesine, the rotating cable car to Tratto Spine takes visitors to a height of 1,760m (5,774ft), from where the views are amazing.

Soave

Move from the red wines of Valpolicella to the highly accredited white wines of Soave, a village and wine region 30km (18.5 miles) east of Verona. Overlooked by another magnificent della Scala castle, take a leisurely signposted stroll from the village centre to the surrounding gardens and vineyards. Dine in one of the local restaurants and sample the local Recioto di Soave dessert wine with pastries or blue cheese and pate. In September, during the grape harvest, the region hosts numerous grape-related events.

Valpolicella

Explore the Valpolicella district, a gentle, hilly landscape with several small valleys north of Verona, which is famous for its fine wines - the Valpolicella, the Amarone and the Recioto. The landscape is dotted with charming Romanesque churches, impressive Palladian villas, wine cellars, fortresses and parks. The region is justly famous for its cuisine, where boiled meat is an essential ingredient.

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