Soak in the romance of the city of Romeo and Juliet's love and visit her balcony, then let yourself be blown away by the striking Roman Arena. After wandering the winding streets of this quintessential Italian city, you'll have the opportunity to take in breathtaking views of Lake Garda, Italy's largest lake. Italian culture, architecture, and beauty are perfectly reflected in these two classic vacation destinations.
Round trip luxury coach transport (with A/C, DVD, & bathroom)
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The trip departs Florence from the Santa Maria Novella train station Friday morning. The meeting point is in the International Ticketing Hall opposite tracks 8 and 9. Please meet your guide 20 minutes prior to departure. Travel to Verona is by private luxury coach with A/C, DVD, and toilet.
Upon arrival in Verona, your Trip Leader will walk you over to Piazza Bra, a huge piazza right inside the main gate entering the city. The Piazza is home to Verona’s Roman Arena, the third largest in Italy (1st being The Colosseum, 2nd being the arena in Capua). The arena holds over 25,000 spectators and is still used today for festivals, operas, and other theatrical performances.
Verona was made famous by the famous Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet. The House of Juliet is a popular attraction, where the real-life Capulet family once lived. You’ll have the opportunity to pose on Juliet’s balcony and take pictures with the statue of Juliet in the courtyard (rubbing the bronze breast of Juliet is supposed to bring luck finding love).
Walking down Corso Porta Borsari is a wonderfully unique mixture of old Roman columns, reliefs, old building facades, and modern-day fancy shops. We will end up in Piazza Erbe, which is Verona’s main market square. The square is a trendy scene full of Verona locals and tourists enjoying a refreshing afternoon spritz with their aperitivo. Your Trip Leader will suggest some options for lunch at this time.
After Verona, we'll go by Lake Garda on the way home. Italy's largest lake, you'll quickly see why this is a longtime popular vacation spot of Italians. With unbelievably blue waters sandwiched between imposing mountain ranges with shores full of classic villas and homes, this is the perfect way to top off a day spent soaking in two of Italy's prize jewels.
We will depart Lake Garda to head back to Florence.