Reasons why you will fall in love with opera in Verona

Italy is a country well-known for its rich history, delicious cuisine, and spectacular art. However, one of the most amazing aspects of its culture, is the world of opera. For many, this is a love affair that happens in the beautiful city of Verona. In this article, I will tell you more about Verona and why you have to see opera in Verona.

Verona, Italy

Verona is a city located in the romantic heart of northern Italy. Steeped in history and culture, this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a blend of ancient ruins, stunning architecture, and a rich artistic heritage. Known as the city of love, Verona is forever immortalized by Shakespeare’s tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet, drawing many romantics to its famous balcony. From the grandeur of the Arena di Verona, an ancient Roman amphitheater hosting world-class opera performances, to the charming cobblestone streets of the historic center, Verona is definitely worth a visit!

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Reasons why you will fall in love with opera in Verona

Opera in Verona is like a beautiful trip into a world of feelings and stories. I’m sure that Verona’s atmosphere and opera performances can touch your emotions. Here are some reasons why I think that you should see an opera performance in Verona:

– The grandeur of the Arena di Verona

Perhaps the most compelling reason to explore the world of opera in Verona is the venue itself – the Arena di Verona. This magnificent Roman amphitheater, constructed in the 1st century, is one of the best-preserved structures of its kind. The massive structure and open-air setting allow for a powerful and resonant sound experience, enhancing the beauty and impact of the opera performances. It’s a gorgeous place and is located in one of the busiest squares in the city, so you’re not likely to miss it.

The Arena di Verona can be visited during the day, so you can admire its impressive exterior, appreciate the Roman architecture, and explore the surrounding area. During the evening, you can experience an opera show under a star-studded sky. My advice is to visit the Arena di Verona during the day AND night. Believe me, both are worth it!

Tip: opera tickets can sell out here, so it’s worth booking in advance.

– The performances

For me, the opera performances in Verona are exceptional and full of passion. You can feel the emotions flowing through the open-air amphitheater. The city is home to some of the world’s most talented opera performers and opera performances. From classics like “Aida” and “Carmen” to lesser-known productions, there’s lot to discover.

Tip: please check the official schedule and dates for the current program.

– The cultural enrichment

Exploring the opera in Verona is also an excellent opportunity to delve into Italian culture. Opera has been an integral part of Italy’s artistic history since its inception in the 16th century. Seeing an opera in Verona will allow you to experience this rich tradition first-hand, bringing you closer to the soul of Italy.

– The atmosphere

The atmosphere and dress code during the opera performance are also great reasons to experience an opera show in Verona. It creates a special ambiance of elegance and fosters a sense of unity among the audience. Not to forget, it also adds some touch of glamour 🙂

– The unexpected experience

Even if you’re not a seasoned opera lover, I really recommend you to see a performance. Allow yourself to be swept away by the music, the voices, and the emotions portrayed on stage. Let go of any expectations and open yourself to the artistry and beauty of the performance.

Tip: don’t be afraid to express your appreciation through applause and cheers at appropriate moments.

Some important things to know for visiting Verona

Now that I have told you about why I think it’s worth to see opera in Verona, I will also share some important things to know for visiting Verona:

How to travel to Verona?

– By plane

For international travelers, the most convenient option is to fly into Verona Villafranca Airport, also known as Valerio Catullo Airport. Located just a short distance from the city center, the airport offers a range of domestic and international flights. From the airport, you can easily reach Verona’s city center by taxi, private transfer, or public transportation.

– By train

If you prefer to travel by train, Verona’s main train station (Verona Porta Nuova) is easily accessible. The city is well-connected to major Italian cities, such as Milan, Venice, and Florence, with high-speed trains offering efficient and comfortable journeys.

Tip: if you plan on using public transportation frequently, consider purchasing a Verona Card for discounted access to attractions and unlimited transportation with the ATV transport system.

Transportation Tip

I always use 12GoAsia when traveling in other countries. With just a few taps, you can easily book a ride ensuring a seamless and budget-friendly travel experience. Most of the time, you will receive a digital transportation ticket, so you don’t have to worry about printing.

What is the best time to visit Verona (to see opera)?

Verona experiences a pleasant Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm summers. The opera season in the Arena di Verona typically takes place during the summer months, usually from late June to early September.

What currency is used in Verona?

The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). Credit cards are widely accepted, but it’s a good idea to carry some cash for smaller establishments and street markets. ATMs are readily available throughout Verona.

Budget Tip

Traveling to a country with a different currency? Avoid ATM transaction fees and pay in local currency with a Wise Visa Card or Revolut Maestro Card. I have been using these cards for several years and have saved a lot of money as a result. I recommend bringing both bank cards with you when you travel.

Is Verona safe to visit?

Verona is generally a safe city to visit, but I recommend you to take some basic safety precautions while traveling. Keep an eye on your belongings, especially in crowded tourist areas, and be cautious of pickpockets. It’s also recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses and unexpected events. There are some great travel insurances for backpackers that are worth checking out.

What are the best dishes to try in Verona?

Verona is known for its delicious cuisine, including dishes like risotto all’Amarone, pasta with ragù sauce, and Pandoro (a traditional Christmas cake). If you drink alcohol, please try some local wines, such as Amarone and Valpolicella.

Tip: be aware of the opening hours in Verona. Many shops and businesses close for a few hours in the afternoon, known as the “siesta.” Restaurants usually serve lunch from around 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm and dinner from 7:30 pm onwards.

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What are the best places to stay in Verona?

Here are some of my favorite places to stay in Verona:

Budget accommodation:

StraVagante’s dormitory rooms in Porta Nuova is a great option for budget travelers. The area around Verona’s main train station, provides convenient access to transportation links. It’s a practical choice if you’re arriving by train or if you want to explore Verona’s surroundings.

Relais Corte Sant’ Agata B&B is also an affordable B&B to check out.

Mid-range accommodation:

Residenza Alla Piazzetta is a lovely small hotel in Verona’s historic center. From here, you’ll be within walking distance of major attractions like the Arena di Verona and Juliet’s House.

If you are more into quiet and unique accommodations, I can recommend staying at Agriturismo Corte Carolina. This property is located at the country side, but just a 13 minutes car drive from Verona’s city centre. The breakfast is exceptional (home baked cake, fruit salad from the garden, hams, cheeses, breads, etc.).

Luxury accommodation:

Massimago Wine Suites is located at a superb location in Verona’s historic center. Here, you can stay in a spacious and bright room, enjoy a delicious breakfast or try a high quality wine tasting. I’m sure you won’t regret staying here.

If you like to stay far away from the hustle and bustle of Verona, you might like Relais Fra’ Lorenzo, a true paradise. The property offers beautiful rooms, breathtaking views and a lovely swimming pool.

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Final thoughts

Regardless of your background or interests, I think that Verona is really worth a visit! The city’s romantic ambience, the grandeur of the Arena di Verona, the enchanting opera performances, and the chance to immerse yourself in Italian culture, all make it a great recommendation.

If you have any questions about the above mentioned information, please let me know in the comment section below. I’m happy to help you. Safe travels!

Author: Daphne

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