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Verona Historic Center (Verona Centro Storico) Tours

Verona Historic Center (Verona Centro Storico)
With ancient Roman ruins, church crypts that inspired Shakespeare, and grand Austrian-style buildings from the 19th century, Verona’s Historic Center (Centro Storico) is an architectural treasure trove. Highlights include the 2nd-century Verona Arena, the Casa di Giulietta, and the 14th-century Scaliger Tombs. 

The Basics
The historic city of Verona was first settled by the Romans over 2,000 years ago. Several city sights—including the Roman theater and the Ponte Pietra (Stone Bridge) over the Adige river—still remain from this early period, while many city streets, such as the Via Mazzini, follow the routes of ancient Roman roads with many ruins to visit. 

There are also many buildings dating from the Medieval and Renaissance eras, including the Casa di Giulietta, where the family said to have inspired Shakespeare’s Capulets in Romeo & Juliet once lived. Many people interested in the architectural history of the city choose to take part in a guided tour to learn more about the significance of the different buildings. 

Things to Know Before You Go 
  • Verona’s Historic Center is a UNESCO World Heritage site. 
  • If you’re planning to take part in a walking or bike tour make sure to wear comfortable shoes.
  • The Historic Center is wheelchair accessible, although many streets are lined with cobbles.

How to Get There 
Verona’s Historic Center covers the central district of the city, lying roughly between Via Roma in the south and the riverbank in the north, east, and west. It is best explored on foot, either self-guided or as part of a walking, bike, or Segway tour. Additionally, hop-on-hop-off buses stop at many of the major tourist attractions making the city easy to navigate. 

When to Get There 
The streets in the Historic Center are open 24 hours a day year-round. Many of the individual sights have separate opening hours so check before you visit. The city is busiest in the summer months when visitors come from all over the world to enjoy opera performances at the Verona Arena. 

Climb Up to Castel San Pietro
For a bird’s-eye view of the city before you start exploring in earnest, head up the steep hill to Castel San Pietro—or save your legs and take the funicular railway. From the top you’ll be able to see the Roman roads cutting through the center, the river winding its way through the buildings, and make out the 30,000 seat Verona Arena. 
Address: Verona, Veneto, Italy
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Skip-the-Line Tours

Verona Arena Skip the Line Tour

Verona Arena is the third largest Roman amphitheater in the world and host to the renowned Verona Summer Opera Festival, but it’s not unusual to spend over an hour queuing to get in. This guided tour ensures skip-the-line entrance, so you can explore inside the ancient wonder without having to wait in line.
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Half-day Tours

Sirmione and Lake Garda Small Group Tour from Verona

Visit the largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda, on an afternoon half-day tour from Verona. Cross through the rolling hills of Valpolicella to the picturesque village of Sirmione, and have time to tour the old city both with your guide and independently.
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Cooking Classes

Risotto and Pasta Cooking Class

Get your hands dirty by learning how to prepare and cook an amazing Italian meal in Verona. Led by an Italian chef, this hands-on cooking teaches you to make traditional Italian dishes from scratch with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Then, once the food is prepared, sit down and indulge in this amazing meal, complemented by local Italian wine. When you're done, take the recipes with you so you can recreate the meal at home. Participants are limited to just 12, ensuring you'll receive plenty of personal attention from the chef.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Dolomites Small-Group Day Trip with Lunch from Verona

Enjoy an adventurous and scenic overview of Italy’s UNESCO-listed Dolomite region on this full-day tour from Verona. With just a small group for company, you’ll travel in comfort via air-conditioned minivan. Explore the university city of Trento, admire the Val di Fassa, eat lunch in a picturesque village, and then continue to the Pordoi Pass. Then, take a funicular ride to the soaring Piz Boè for exceptional mountain views.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Verona Highlights Walking Tour

Get familiar with wonderful Verona, an eye-pleasing ancient city that offers churches and palaces, squares and cobblestoned streets. This guided tour gives you an in-depth look at Verona as you explore its highlights including the 2,000-year-old Arena di Verona and Juliet's balcony. Numbers are limited to 12 people on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Verona Bike Tour

Explore romantic Verona on two wheels on this relaxed bike tour. Stop at Verona’s main sights, such as an ancient Roman bridge over the Adige River, two Roman theaters, the old city walls, and even Juliet’s House - made famous by Shakespeare’s tragic play, ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ As you pedal through the UNESCO-listed historic center of Verona, hear stories of the city’s history, art, and architecture. Group size is limited to eight, making for a more intimate tour.
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Dining Experiences

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Discover Valpolicella

Join an unforgettable tour in our family Winery with the winemaker!We are a small Winery boutique in the heart of Valpolicella and we organize activities to share our passion for Valpolicella and Amarone wines with our guests (we offer it directly, without intermediaries or tour operator).We’ll start with a walk in the vineyard, telling you the family history about the winery and the estates. You’ll learn how to dry Amarone grapes in the traditional drying room, a process called Appassimento. You'll visit our rural house and the cellar from the 17th century used for winemaking and refinement. At the conclusion, the tasting of a selection of our fine wines Valpolicella, RIPASSO and the great AMARONE, learning how to evaluate them by sight, smell and taste. You’ll also enjoy our organic EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, local cheeses called Monte Veronese and Soppressa Valpolicella (a kind of salami). We’ll be waiting for you on our amazing terrace with a stunning view of the Valpolicella!
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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Amarone Wine-Tasting Tour from Verona

While in Verona, don’t miss out on visiting the well-known Valpolicella wine region on this 3-hour tour. Follow your guide through the area, and stop at wineries to taste some of the best Italian wines, including an Amarone, a rich red wine made from partially dried grapes. Along the way, learn about the winemaking process and snap pictures of the beautiful vineyards.
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Cooking Classes

Gelato Making Class

Gelato is Italy’s favorite sweet treat—and on this tour, you won’t just get to sample it. Taught by a real Italian chef, you’ll also learn how to make it from scratch. Discover how both gelato and sorbetto are traditionally prepared, and then enjoy tastes at the end of class. You’ll also walk away with a recipe book, so you can try out your newfound skills at home.
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Day Trips

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Amarone Wine E-Bike Tour

The tour starts from the city center and heads to the country side. There, vineyards and sweet creeks will lead you to the wine producer.You will cycle through the sumptuous countryside of an area where stands in medieval Castle. On the other side, you'll reach the winery: finally it's time to taste! After the visit of the wine making, you will sit down and sip the famous Valpolicella wine. Must be some reasons of its fame, is not it?Verona city center to enjoy a relaxing afternoon.
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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Discover Valpolicella on a Private Riverbank

Get access to a private, hidden garden during this wine tasting tour in Verona. Learn about the secrets of top-quality valpolicella while enjoying tastings in a flower garden overlooking the River Adige. Your guide will provide in-depth tasting notes and commentary on the local culinary culture.
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Truffle Hunting and Amarone Tasting

Discover the land of Valpolicella and join the scorzone Truffle hunt. The Tartufaro will guide you in the hunt of this black diamond of the kitchen in the woods and lands surrounding an old Winery in Verona. You will discover the intense aromas of the forest combining them with the fragrances of Amarone. After the hunt, rest in the cellar and taste Valpolicella fine red wines pairing it with typical local food and the scorzone Truffle. Enjoy the Truffles, Amarone, Valpolicella fine wines and local food in an amazing terrace looking the magnificent Valpolicella!
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Half-day Tours

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Verona Panorama E-BIke Tour

Out of the city walls, Verona has a beautiful countryside and wooded hills. Leave the monuments behind, and enjoy some biking! Verona Panorama e-bike tour is an itinerary out of Verona's downtown.You will quickly cross the city center to ride to the close-by hills: the Torricelle. By tall cypressis, you will reach the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, the first panoramic spot.Then, finally down hill, Valpantena valley opens under our eyes.You will ride down to St. Peter's Castle which is the next viewpoint, where you will discover the lasagna: old roads among walled private properties.From there you will lead to the Natural Park of South Tyrol, one of the green lungs of Verona.The e-bikes make the up-hills smooth, so you'll enjoy the old roothtops, the different belltowers, the shape of the river and everything that Verona has to offer in this unique experience.
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Verona River Rafting Tour

The rafting on the river is an original way to discover Verona, an easy and unforgettable adventure.Once you arrive at our meeting point, a short transfer will lead you to the dock. There you will wear the life jacket and take the paddle, ready to jump on the boat. The instructor will give you clear guidelines and once you are on the raft, where you will be able to feel comfortable and learn how to direct the boat left or right, how to speed up and slow down.Finally the river flows amid high levees, build at the end of the 19th century to protect Verona from the water. Passing under the bridges' arches is a beautiful surprise. That's a magic way to explore Verona!
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Day Trips

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Lake Garda E-Bike Tour

From the city center Verona from the river Adige's floods.The itinerary begins mainly flat, tand then here is a light up-hill before a village that is the perfect location to have a short break. You will then hop on your e-bike and find yourself surrounded by green countryside and wild bush.Soon you'll have to leave the channel behind to climb the morphic hills of the lake. The e-bikes will take you smoothly up-hill and finally ... here is the Lake!You will ride on silent roads, while enjoying the wonderful views, you will be laughing down to the lake shore. It's time for lunch in Bardolino.The last part of the itinerary to Lazise. Once you park the e-bike, enjoy some free time (swim, swim or open) before heading back to Verona.
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Walking Tours

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Verona Urban Trekking Tour

A nice walk out of the hot and crowded city center, to refresh and re-activate.Starting with the highest hidden viewpoint of the town, you'll wander by the city walls, there where silence and nature still reign.You will walk to a beautiful view point, while your tour leader will tell you about the history of ancient Verona, about the meny city walls and about the fascinating district of Veronetta.After this quiet and peaceful experience, you will be ready to go back to the dynamic and lived city center.
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  • 2 hours
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Day Trips

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BIKE STATION VALPOLICELLA: E-bike tour & Amarone tasting

This E-bike tour is put forward by Tenuta Santa Maria Valverde, a Winery Boutique in Marano di Valpolicella. We are not intermediaries or tour operator: we directly arrange the tour and wine tasting.The winemaker Nicola, born and raised in the Valpolicella, will make you see magnificent treasures in Valpolicella. He knows a lot of things about the land and he'll tell you many secret tales on the Valpolicella. He knows how to beat the traffic car taking shortcuts through the vineyard!Afterward, visit the family Winery in Marano di Valpolicella and have a special wine tasting of a selection of our fine red wines Valpolicella, Ripasso and the great Amarone, learning the evaluation by sight, smell and taste. The wines are paired with local food as cheeses, salami and a light lunch from the traditional Veronaesis cuisine.Ask Nicola which attractions among those listed you prefer to see and he will show you.Don't miss this e-bike tour with Amarone wine tasting with the winemaker!
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Dining Experiences

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Verona Culinary Tour with Uzi

So, Italy is not only "pizza - pasta - ice cream" Uzi's Culinary Tour is made up of different gastronomic stations during the pass through the history of Verona Center - Start with breakfast a special one ... local sweet Pasticcini / Tortini. for a continuation of this breakfast course in a picnic recipe, you can imagine a picnic in the historic center of Verona ... testing of finest cheeses combined with mustard (fresh local chees up the taste of the cheeses), fresh bread & we are going to conclude our breakfast with a local ice cream - my commitment the Best in Verona.A cocktail party or a local beer drink. A cocktail party or a local beer cocktail.In our next stations we reach the Pasta Lab .. & our lunch ..We can't conclude the day without the special dessert that "lift us up"Culinary & Culture
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  • 4 hours
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