Verona, Italy attracts both national and international holiday-goers who want to experience the city’s artistic culture through its many yearly fairs, opera festivals, entertainment shows, and musical concerts. It is undoubtedly the perfect place to go if you love music!
Verona is the perfect place for opera lovers, enjoy great opera in fantastic scenery. Besides opera there are plenty of things to do in Verona. For example indulge in the cultural settings that this historic town is home to.
The Verona Arena is actually a former Roman amphitheatre that was built in AD 30. The amphitheatre was made of pink and white limestone and held 30,000 people in its day. Today, the arena houses opera shows for everyone to enjoy.
You can also visit the Coliseum in Verona, with its 2,000 stone seats. It is another place to enjoy opera performances, and is the biggest outdoor opera house in Europe and the world. Performances in the Verona Coliseum are held from June through August.
Shopping in Verona can be done at large shopping centers like the Grande Mela Shopping Land with its three stories of stores and stalls. You can also do some shopping at the small gift and souvenir shops around the Via Mazzini which is a fully-pedestrianized street. Try some bargaining at the permanent stalls scattered around the neighborhood marketplace.
If you are an avid runner, plan your holiday in October for the Verona Marathon which is sponsored by the International Association Athletics Federation. There is also a half marathon and a 10K race category in this event.
Verona has a humid subtropical climate, which means the summers are hot and the winters are cold and humid. The area is subject to high humidity which sometimes causes fog in the city. If you like festivities there is a carnival parade in February, called the Bacanal del Gnoco, featuring colourful costumes and masked revelers. Also, romantics will love the Verona in Love Festival that lasts five days around Valentine’s Day. April brings Vinitaly, a big trade show where thousands of exhibitors show off their goods. In May, there is the Schermi d’Amore that is held to honor romantic films.
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