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Verona in Love

Held on Valentine's Day, plus a few days before and after, Verona in Love helps the entire population fall head of heels for one another with romance gestures of all sorts put up across the city. Red heart lanterns and millions of love notes dot the streets, while free, romantically-themed concerts take place in the romantic Piazza Dei Signore Square.

Date: 09 February 2019 - 17 February 2019
Venue: Throughout Verona
Website: http://www.veronainlove.it/en
Cost:

Free


Bacanal del Gnoco (Verona Carnival)

Held since the Middle Ages, Verona's version of carnival is an event which kicks off the year with lots of parties and activities. It all culminates on the Thursday before Lent with a famous parade where 4,000 participants all dressed in masked costumes walk through the streets together with their allegorical hand-made floats, brass bands and drum majorettes.

Date: 23 February 2019 - 05 March 2019
Venue: Throughout Verona
Cost:

Free


Vinitaly

Vinitaly is Italy’s most important annual wine fair and runs over five days. Hundreds of producers showcase the best regional wines amid wine-tasting sessions, industry meetings and seminars. The fair site is huge and is packed with tens of thousands of people throughout the five days. Over 18s only.

Date: 07 April 2019 - 10 April 2019
Venue: Veronafiere
Website: http://www.vinitaly.com/

Estate Teatrale Veronese (Verona Summer Theatre Season)

Verona’s Summer Theatre Season takes place in the city’s old Roman theatre. A world-class event, the festival includes three major dramatic works in July and three dance shows in August. Theatre performances focus on Shakespeare, while international dance troupes such as Momix and the Brazilian Balé Folclórico da Bahia from Brazil perform the dance repertoire.

Date: 21 June 2019 - 05 September 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Roman Theatre
Website: http://www.estateteatraleveronese.it/
Cost:

Tickets start from €15.


Verona Opera Festival

Verona’s legendary opera season takes place in the spectacular Roman Arena and draws audiences in their thousands. Placido Domingo made his debut here and the annual opera season still draws a star-studded cast of performers. The two-month season sees around 50 performances. Book tickets and accommodation early.

Date: 21 June 2019 - 07 September 2019
Venue: Verona Arena
Website: http://www.arena.it
Cost:

Prices vary between concerts.


Tocatì

Tocatì, meaning ‘it’s your turn’ in Veronese dialect, is a street festival dedicated to preserving and reviving traditional games. Held in the historic centre, hundreds of competitors teach children (and adults) to spin tops, use a sling, clink marbles or compete in tip cat tournaments. Every year, a guest country is invited, giving the festival an international flavour. Musical concerts, exhibits and other cultural activities take place alongside the games.

Date: 12 September 2019 - 15 September 2019
Venue: Verona's historic centre.
Website: https://tocati.it

Christmas Cribs in Verona

Verona’s annual Christmas crib exhibition takes place in the Verona Arena and features more than 400 cribs from all over the world. The exhibition is accompanied by music and light shows. The tradition stems from the crusades of the 13th century when travel to the Middle East was impossible due to the fighting. Instead, St Francis crafted the first crib demonstrating that it was possible to celebrate Christ’s birth anywhere in the world.

Date: 01 December 2019 - 31 January 2019
Venue: Verona Arena
Website: http://www.presepiarenaverona.it

Feast of Santa Lucia (Saint Lucy)

Throughout Italy, the feast of St Lucy is an important prequel to Christmas. The saint’s name, Lucy, comes from the Latin root ‘lux’, which means light, so St Lucy’s day is celebrated on the 13th December to mark the end of winter solstice and the reappearance of the sun in the north. In Verona, a Christmas market is set up in Piazza Bra where vendors sell food, small toys and Christmas gifts.

Date: 13 December 2019 - 13 December 2019
Venue: Piazza Brà
Cost:

Free


Featured Hotels

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Hotel Colomba d’Oro

Situated between the Adige River and the Arena, and close to Romeo and Juliet’s balcony, the Hotel Colomba d’Oro’s 51 rooms are furnished in traditional style with rococo mirrors, Italianate paintings and candy-striped bedspreads. The breakfast buffet is lavish and there’s a chic cocktail bar too.

La Grotta Hotel

With jazzy bedspreads and faux Renaissance paintings on the walls, La Grotta isn't set to win design awards, but with a complimentary minibar, friendly staff, large rooms and free Wi-Fi, it's a popular budget choice. Located outside the city walls, it has free parking too. A bus to the centre stops outside the hotel.

Novo Hotel Rossi

Clean, cheap and with free bicycle hire, this hotel is just a short stroll from Verona's train station. While some rooms are compact, they all come with satellite TVs, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. The breakfast buffet is excellent too. Buses run frequently to the city centre if you don't fancy the 20-minute walk.

Hotel Aurora

The relaxed ambience and friendly staff make guests feel at home here, while the lovely terrace overlooking the city’s main square, the Piazza delle Erbe, shows Italy at its finest. Not only does this 3-star choice have a superb location, it has 18 comfortable, air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV too.

Hotel Torcolo

This friendly hotel in an old palazzo has a prime location just a few steps away from the Arena. Run by two affable sisters, it is a favourite with the Opera crowd. The high-ceilinged rooms are furnished with wrought iron and antique beds, and all come with air-conditioning and satellite TV.

Cinque Rooms

Located in a former butchers, this boutique bolthole, close to the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, has five highly stylised rooms. There isn't a reception area, so guests are sent a code for entry instead. With English floral fabrics, Swedish wallpaper and godly king-size beds, this is a really special stay for the price.