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About Verona

 




 

With more than 2000 years of history, Verona is a city rich in vestiges of its past: places, monuments, documents and biographies allow us to outline the steps of its cultural, social and economic development.

Everyday Verona attracts people from everywhere thanks to the Arena, the myth of Romeo and Juliet and its precious beauty. The sweet loops of the Adige, that flows through the city, and the low hills surrounding it at the northern side contribute to creating an harmoniously beautiful landscape.

Due to its geographical position, Verona was probably an Etruscan and Euganean centre, but the first certain signs of civilization date back to the 4th century BC.

During the Roman Empire it was an instrumental political and commercial centre, whose magnificent traces can still be seen: the Arena, the Roman Theatre, the Roman Arco dei Gavi, Porta Borsari, the archaeological area near Porta Leoni and the Scavi Scaligeri. This area, situated in the middle of the city, only some meters away from Piazza Erbe, became in the Middle Age centre of political and economic power. Here the marks of different historical periods are harmoniously moulded together: from Roman ruins to magnificent palaces of the 18th –19th century situated between medieval buildings, that flourished under the reign of the Signori Scaligeri, and Renaissance style buildings.

A very interesting feature of the city are the walls: while there remains little of the double walls built by the Romans, the communal walls between Castelvecchio and Ponte Aleardi, which were rebuilt after the inundation in 1239, are still in a perfect state of conservation. The walls perimeter, built by the Signoria Scaligera and finished in January 1325, enclosed an area of 450 hectares. It was conserved by the Venetians in the 16th century and also in the 19th by the Austrians, who made Verona A fortified city.

The monumental gates, the walls and the fortification are testimony to the strategic importance of the city, well protected from external aggressions.

Moreover Verona has always been synonymous with culture. Numerous institutions, such as the Biblioteca Civica, the Biblioteca Capitolare (whose Scriptorium already existed in the 6th century AD), the Accademia Filarmonica (the most antique in the world), the Fondazione Arena, the Literary Society, the antique Academy of Agriculture, Science and Literature, the University and the Conservatory maintain its cultural liveliness.
Verona has hosted millions of visitors, many of them very famous, for example Dante, Mozart, Goethe, Ruskin.

Nowadays Verona is nowadays the second centre in Veneto for its liveliness and for the importance of its economic activities.

 

Pratical information

BANKS & CREDIT CARDS: In the city centre there are several banks open from 08:30 am to 12:30 am and from 14:30 to 16:00 approximately. There are also many ATMs operating 24/7. In Italy all main credit cards are accepted.

ELECTRICITY: In Italy voltage is 230 and frequency is 50 Hz. The electric plugs are mainly type C, F (Schuko) or L (three pole “Italian” plugs. This standard includes two models rated at 10 A and 16 A that differ in contact diameter and spacing. Both are symmetrical, allowing the plug to be inserted in either direction.

LOCATION AND WEATHER: Verona is located in the north east part of the Italian peninsula and it is 59 meters above sea level. The city experiences hot summers and cold, humid winters, even though temperate by Garda Lake influence.


OPENING HOURS: Offices: Monday - Friday 09:00/13:00 pm – 14:00/18:30 pm. Shops: Monday – 09:00/19:30. Tuesday - Saturday 09:00/12:30 – 16:00/19:30. Supermarkets: Monday - Sunday 08:30/12:30 – 15:30/19:30. In the city centre, shops and supermarkets usually stay open from 08:30 to 19:30 Monday to Saturday.

RENT A CAR: The following car rental companies offer service at Verona Airport (Villafranca) and at Main Train Station (Porta Nuova): Hertz, Happy-car, Rentalcars.

SMOKING: On the 10th of January 2005 smoking bans were introduced in all public places, such as bars, restaurants, hotels, offices, shops, etc… with the exception of places with reserved smoking areas, offering a suitable ventilation system.

TAXES: In Italy all services and goods are usually subject to 21% VAT. In restaurants VAT is 10% and is usually already included into the bill.

TELEPHONES: Italy country code is 0039. For international calls, dial 00 + national code + area code + personal number.

TIME: The Italian local time is UTC (GMT) + 1, that means one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Italy adopts the daylight saving time (DST) from the last Sunday of March till the last Sunday of October.

TIPPING: In all restaurants, bars, taxis etc... the service is included in the price. Tips are happily accepted but it is not necessary for you to pay anything more than the amount assessed.

EMERGENCIES: In case of sanitary emergencies or dangerous situations the number to call is 118. Carabinieri (Italian military police) 112 Police 113 Fire brigade 115 CHEMIST’S In the city centre there are several chemist’s shops, easy to recognize by a green bright cross. They open Monday - Friday from 9.00 am to 12.00 am and from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm. Duty pharmacies open also on weekends and holidays. Find the list of the chemist’s shops with the timetable on www.farmacieverona.it or outside every chemist’s shop. European emergency call center: 112

HOSPITALS: Ospedale Civile Maggiore, Piazzale A. Stefani, 1, 37126 Verona or Policlinico G. Rossi, Piazzale L. A. Scuro, 10, 37134 Verona

More about Verona at http://www.turismoverona.eu

 

How to reach Verona

BY CAR

Verona can be easily reached by using:

- the A4 Serenissima Milan -Venice motorway, exiting at Verona Sud.

- the A22 Brenner - Modena motorway, reaching the intersection with the A4, heading towards Venice and exiting at Verona Sud.

Once at the motorway exit, follow the signs indicating "tutte le direzioni" (all directions) and then follow the “city centre” signs.

Approximate distance of Verona from major cities (by motorway)

Venice

114 km

Florence

230 km

Brescia

68 km

Padua 

84 km

Bologna

142 km

Trento

103 km

Milan 

161 km

Rome

600 km

 

BY TRAIN

The main railway station is VERONA PORTA NUOVA, at the junction of the Milan – Venice and Brenner – Rome railway lines.

There are connections with all main Italian railway stations all day long with various types of train services: Regional, Intercity and Eurostar.

Approximate travelling times with high-speed trains: from Padua 45 minutes; from Vicenza 25 minutes; from Venice 70 minutes; from Milan 80 minutes; from Rome 4 hours and 10 minutes, or 2 hours and 50 minutes by express service.

At the railway station, buses can be taken to the city centre, stopping at Piazza Bra, the central square in which the Arena Amphitheatre is located.

The bus lines to the city centre are: 11, 12, 13, 14, 72 and 73.

 

BY PLANE

Verona Villafranca’s Catullo Airport (VRN) is approximately 10 Km southwest of the city centre. Various airlines, including Air Dolomiti, fly to Catullo Airport.

A shuttle bus service runs between the airport and Porta Nuova railway station. The bus stop is in front of Porta Nuova railway station.

There are other airports around Verona

Airport

Code

Km

Milano-Bergamo Orio al Serio

BGY

110km

Milano Linate

LIN

155km

Milano Malpensa

MXP

195km

Venezia

VCE

130km

Venezia-Treviso

TSF

150km

Bologna 

BLQ

140km