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Getting around Verona

Public transport

Verona’s public transport system is very good. ATV (Tel: +39 045 805 7811; www.atv.verona.it) operates a frequent and reliable bus service throughout the city with daily bus passes available.

Taxis

Taxis must be picked up at the designated taxi ranks throughout the city, including at the railway station and at Piazza Bra.

To pre-book a taxi, phone Taxi & Autoblu (tel: +39 045 858 1403) or Unione Radiotaxi (tel: +39 045 532 666). Note that the meter starts to run immediately after the booking and not on pick-up.

Hotel staff are also happy to book taxis, which normally arrive within a few minutes. A small tip is expected.

Driving

Driving in Verona can be painful given its restricted traffic zones, which cover the historic centre. 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

You can hire cars at the airport. Drivers must be over 21 and require a credit card and an EU driving licence or an International Driving Permit (IDP). At the airport, recommended car hire companies include Avis (tel: +39 045 987 571; www.avis.com), Europcar (tel: +39 045 927 3161; www.europcar.com) and Hertz (tel: +39 045 861 9042; www.hertz.com).

Local companies within the city include Morini Rent (tel: +39 0289 550 840; www.morinirent.com/en) and the more upmarket Autonoleggio Oliosi Di Ferron Giancarlo & Andrea (tel: +39 045 581 188; www.autonoleggioliosi.com).

Bicycle hire

Cycling around Verona is pleasant and easy. The city's bikeshare scheme, Verona Bike (tel: 800 896 948, in Italy only; +39 2 4546 7898, internationally; www.bikeverona.it), has stations at the Piazza Bra and the Castelvecchio Museum, among other sites.

Bicycle hire is also available from La Bici i, Via San Lucillo 18 (tel: +39 45 890 4249; www.labiciverona.it).

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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.

Escalus Luxury Suites

So close to the Arena, you might hear the opera singers in the summer if you fling the floor-to-ceiling windows open wide enough. The modern Escalus Luxury Suites offer 4-star luxury with rooms designed by Andrea Truglio. More apartment than hotel, breakfast is delivered to your own dining table each morning.

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.