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Verona tours

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, plus 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.

Tel: +39 347 034 3755
Website: http://www.julietandco.com

Bicycle tours

Veronality offers 3-hour guided bike tours of Verona in English. The tour stops at all the top attractions, such as Castelvecchio, Verona Arena, Ponte Pietra and Juliet's balcony. You'll also have the chance to visit the main squares and monuments while hearing fascinating and informative stories from your knowledgeable guide.

Tel: +39 045 221 8575
Website: http://www.veronality.com

Verona excursions

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 sprinkled 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.

Website: http://www.valpolicella.it

Lake Garda

Lake Garda, situated 30km (18 miles) west of Verona, is a jewel among Italy's many lakes. Charming villages and small towns dot the landscape around 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. Ferries traverse the lake regularly. At Malcesine, the rotating cable car to Tratto Spine takes visitors to a height of 1,760m (5,774ft) for amazing views.

Tel: +39 365 20636.
Website: http://www.visitgarda.com

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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.

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.