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Flying to Verona

British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair offer direct flights to Verona from the UK. Cheap flights are available between December and Easter during the off-peak season. If you’re after a budget break, avoid travelling in the summer, especially July and August, as prices tend to soar compared with the rest of the year. There are no direct flights from the USA.

Flight times

From London - 2 hours; New York - 10 hours (including stopover); Los Angeles - 13 hours 10 minutes (including stopover); Toronto - 9 hours 40 minutes (including stopover); Sydney - 25hours (including stopovers).

Travel by road

The historic centre of Verona is a limited traffic zone (ZTL) from Monday to Friday between 1000-1330, 1600-1800 and 2000-2200, and between 1000-1330 on Saturday and Sunday.

Luckily, useful park and rides fringe the city. The nearest car park to the city centre is at Piazza Cittadella. If you're staying in a city centre, your hotel can arrange permission for you to drive into the restricted zone.

Traffic in Verona drives on the right and the minimum driving age is 18 years. Speed limits are 130kph (80mph) on motorways, 90/110kph (56/68mph) on country roads and 50kph (30mph) in urban areas. All those without an EU licence must carry an International Driving Permit. A Green Card is useful, though not compulsory for EU nationals.

The Automobile Club d'Italia (ACI) (tel: +39 06 491 115; www.aci.it) provides a useful advisory service and can deal with breakdowns.

Emergency breakdown services

Automobile Club d'Italia (ACI) (tel: +39 803 116).

Routes

Verona is located 160km (100 miles) east of Milan and 114km (75 miles) east of Venice. It is easy to reach either by taking the A4 motorway running between Milan and Venice, exiting at Verona Sud, or by taking the A22 Brennero-Modena motorway, again exiting at Verona Sud and following the signs for the city centre.

Coaches

ATV (tel: +39 045 805 7811; www.atv.verona.it) operates buses from towns and villages in the Verona region as well as from Lake Garda to Verona city centre. It also organises an airport shuttle from the railway station to Vallerio Catullu airport.

Coach services from other European cities are run by Eurolines (tel: +39 0861 199 1900; www.eurolines.it). They arrive and depart at Verona's Porta Nuova station.

Time to city

From Venice - 1 hour 25 minutes; Mantua - 40 minutes; Florence - 2 hours 40 minutes; Milan - 2 hours 10 minutes; Bologna - 1 hour 45 minutes; Rome - 5 hours 15 minutes.

Travel by Rail

Services

Rail services from Verona are modern, reliable and affordable. The main railway station in Verona is the Porta Nuova. It is located to the south of the city centre. Both the Milan-Venice line and the Brennero-Rome line run via Porta Nuova.

Regular services also connect with Austria and Germany. You can buy tickets online for paperless travel. You must validate printed tickets in the yellow machines located on the station platforms prior to boarding.

Operators

Trenitalia (tel: 89 20 21; www.trenitalia.com) is the national rail company, which runs a fast, efficient and good-value service throughout Italy. It operates daily train services between Verona and all the main cities in northern Italy as well as Florence and Rome.

Journey times

From Venice - 1 hour 10 minutes; Milan - 1 hour 25 minutes; Florence - 2 hours 10 minutes; Rome - 3 hours 20 minutes; Munich - 5 hours 15 minutes; Vienna - 10 hours.

Transfer

There are frequent bus services from the railway station to the city centre.

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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.

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.