Trip Extensions

Verona Extension: Beyond Romeo & Juliet

Stroll down marble sidewalks, explore Roman theaters and ruins, and be seduced by the romance of Romeo and Juliet, all just a few hours drive from the Dolomties!

Trip Overview

In the collective imagination, Verona is the city background of the tragic love story between Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare’s tragedy made the fortune of this city that attracts hundreds of tourists thanks to a sort of “romantic tourism.” But Verona’s beauty doesn’t end with the Juliet balcony, on the contrary. Verona is full of artistic and cultural histories, all this in a city that maintains a suggestive atmosphere made of alleys, squares and traditional Italian food.

Verona is a beautiful city located along the Adige River – the same river that flows from the Dolomites. The dainty stone balcony at the 14th-century Casa di Giulietta is a magnet for lovers (and Shakespeare fans), and visiting romantics alternatively scrawl heart-rending graffiti in the charming courtyard, smooch on the balcony, or rub their hands across Juliet’s statue’s bosom for luck in love. But Verona is not solely about Shakespeare (although two more of his plays are set here – The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Taming of the Shrew). Verona is known as piccola Roma, or little Rome, for its importance in imperial times, and today is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Under the marble streets lie ruins of the Roman Empire. In fact, one of the streets itself is an open archaeological site – Porta Leoni – a 1st century BC ruin of what was once part of the Roman city gate, where the original street foundations can be seen a few feet below the present street level through glassed-in viewing windows. A 1st century Roman theater is built into a hill overlooking the river, and outdoor summer performances are still held there. And Piazza delle Erbe, the former Roman Forum, today is a wonderful open air market surrounded by historic buildings with frescoes and peppered with sculptures. Perhaps most notably, Verona is home to the imposing 2,000-year-old Arena, the third largest coliseum in Italy, and one of the best-preserved ancient structures of its kind where gladiatorial contests and other public spectacles were once held. Today, important classical concerts, opera, and modern music events are performed, ranging from Sting to Aida, with an opera stage that is the largest in the world.

Highlights

  • Visit Verona, the 'City of Love' renowned for the tragic events of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
  • Enjoy a performance at the opera at Verona’s famous Arena, the best preserved coliseum in the world
  • Walk along the marble sidewalks of this ancient city, exploring the wealth of Roman ruins

Day By Day

Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of the Dolomite Mountains Team and your mountain guide. Daily mileage and altitude gain may vary depending on the device used.

  • Day 1

    Hotel in Verona

  • Day 2

    Hotel in Verona

  • Day 3

Accommodation

Great hotels with Dolomite Mountains. Whether intimate lodge, family run B&B, or luxury spa resort, our hotels are unique, eminently local, and hard to leave.

At Dolomite Mountains, we hand pick accommodations that best reflect the style of each region, to provide you with the most authentic experience of the unique cultures found in the different cities and towns where we travel. We work directly with the owners of each property, forging strong relationships to ensure you receive the best service and care during your stay. Regardless of whether it is a five-star luxury hotel or a cozy bed and breakfast you desire, we choose the best-in-class accommodations within each category, providing you stays at the most sought after hotels in each region. And, we always make sure you have access to inspired, regional cuisine!

Cost

All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including, weather, road or trail conditions.

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Rides are weather dependent. Heli-transfers from/to airports require advanced reservation. In-resort rides can be reserved with shorter notice.

Cost includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 2 nights accommodation in hotel in Verona
  • All breakfasts
  • Tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax
    Airport transfers available on request.
    Arena di Verona performance can be included on request (additional fee).

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