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 Hotel Leon d’Oro (4T) in Verona and the rest of the day is free.
Day 2 Verona
We travel back to the age of the Scaliger family on our tour of medieval Verona. We’ll 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. After dinner we see Romeo and Juliet performed in the old streets and squares where it was originally set. Using the town as the stage, brings alive this fatal love story in a way that no static stage ever can. The travelling play will start in Juliet’s Courtyard and move through beautiful squares (not guaranteed in English).
Day 3 Verona
A day at leisure to enjoy Verona, or 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. 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 lake to Garda, before returning to the hotel. This evening we have a special dinner planned before a night of opera at Arena di Verona. The 1st century Roman amphitheatre is the third largest of its kind, and a magnificent open-air setting with perfect acoustics for an opera.
Please note: A dress code of formal, elegant evening wear applies.
Day 4 Verona
Spend further time in the elegant city, or head into the hills of Valpolicella on an optional excursion. The name ‘valley of many cellars’ has been relevant since the ancient Greeks grew grapes here. Four styles of revered red wines start life in this valley, and you’ll have the opportunity to try them.
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.