For a patron of opera, there cannot be a better dream than sitting in the warm night air of Italy, enjoying a spectacular performance in a large Roman amphitheatre under a canopy of stars. For a patron of classic literature, you cannot go wrong following the footsteps of Dante and Shakespeare around Verona’s attractive twist of lanes. This lovely itinerary combines the two with free time to also explore the local area.
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Milan. On arrival, transfer to the sophisticated Hotel Leon d’Oro (4T) in Verona and the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city.
Enjoy a busy day exploring historic Verona, home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet.
Travel back to the age of the Scaliger family on our tour of medieval Verona. We start at Castelvecchio, a magnificent castle with brick battlements, and a powerful symbol of the Della Scala Seigniory, whose rule still impacts Veronese identity today, some seven centuries on.
Our tour takes in places that influenced Shakespeare, including Juliet’s House and the Basilica of San Zeno; and the statue of Dante, standing in a magnificent piazza named for this revered resident, who was protected by Can Francesco della Scala.
The afternoon is free so you can return to visit your favourite highlights, such as the magnificent Gothic Scaliger Tombs. Alternatively, explore the rambling streets further, dipping into cafés for espresso or old book shops for a browse.
After dinner we delve into the world of Romeo and Juliet as we enjoy a performance of the play in the old streets and squares where it was originally set. Using the town as the stage, the actors bring this tragic love story to life in a way that no static stage ever can. The travelling play will start in Juliet’s Courtyard and move through beautiful squares and streets, circling back to end in the Teatro Nuovo (not guaranteed in English).
A day at leisure to enjoy Verona. Alternatively, take an optional excursion to Sirmione. The Romans settled on this peninsula for its great strategic position on Lake Garda and the surprisingly hot springs, and it’s been a popular spot ever since.
This excursion allows you time to explore the ancient Roman Villa or the impressive Scaligero Castle, created on the order of the mayor of Verona, Mastino della Scala. A ferry then transports you across the glistening lake to Garda, during which you can enjoy the breathtaking mountainous backdrop and picturesque shore-lining towns.
This evening we have a special dinner planned before a night of opera at Arena di Verona, where we’ll be seated in the 2nd sector stalls. The world-renowned 1st century Roman amphitheatre is the third largest of its kind, and a magnificent open-air setting with perfect acoustics for an opera. During the world-famous Verona Opera Festival, live performances of classics show regularly. You will have the pleasure of experiencing a performance of ‘Carmen’ here this evening.
Please note: A dress code of formal, elegant evening wear applies.
Spend further time exploring the city. Perhaps visit the Museo di Castelvecchio or the beautiful Giardino Giusti gardens, or spend some time watching the world go by in Piazza dei Signori.
Alternatively, join us on an optional excursion into the rolling hills of Valpolicella. The name ‘valley of many cellars’ has been relevant since the Ancient Greeks grew grapes here. The region is particularly famous for its outstanding red wine production, the Amarone being the most famous of its produce. Enjoy a leisurely vineyard and winery guided tour, before tasting three different varieties paired with a selection of the region’s finest cheese.
Day 5 Verona - Milan - UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
• In many cities in Italy, a room tax of between €1-5 per person per night (subject to change), is payable directly to the hotel on check-out.
• This tour visits places with cobbled streets and uneven terrain and may therefore not be suitable for those with walking difficulties.