Verona is an elegant city of Italian art and history in which it is near impossible to get bored. Always rich in cultural festivals and social events, the city offers innumerable activities to fill your free time. The Veronese love to get together in the piazzas, unwind in the cafés and walk through the streets of the city. The evenings are always lively and animated and you will find numerous discos, wine bars, cafés and pubs to explore. Also, there is an endless array of osterias, trattorias and pizzerias offering traditional local fare where visitors can listen to live music or simply spend a relaxing evening with friends.
A melting pot of modern life and ancient culture, Verona is a tranquil city on a human scale, liveable in every season of the year. Year-round, the city offers its inhabitants infinite cultural delights to feast their senses, ranging from small film festivals to grand-scale operas.
On summer nights, the stage of the Roman Arena comes alive with the annual open-air opera festival (FESTIVAL DELL'OPERA LIRICA) while across the river, at the Roman Theatre, the SHAKESPEARE and VERONA JAZZ FESTIVALS fill the summer nights with poetic words and sounds. In spring and autumn, the amphitheatre hosts a variety of rock concerts, while in April the annual VERONA FILM FESTIVAL presents an eclectic mix of international short and feature films not to be missed. In September, FestivalBar (an important exhibition of international pop acts) is held at the arena while during the winter months, the Teatro Filarmonico and Teatro Nuovo complete the playbill of concerts, performances and spectacles.
For shopping lovers, there are endless boutiques famed for their prestige and elegance (GUCCI, PRADA, ETRO, LOUIS VUITTON, VERSACE) while for those with a discerning palette, there are myriad world-class restaurants in which to savour the specialities of the Italian cuisine.
For those with an athletic bent, the city offers a variety of different sporting pursuits: canoeing on the river; skiing and rock climbing in the nearby Dolomites; sailing, swimming and windsurfing on Lake Garda; and mountain bike and horseback riding in the mountains of Lessinia. Verona is also equipped with many sporting facilities: tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, soccer fields, cycling tracks, gymnasiums, dance schools and more. With two squads in the 1st Division, (Hellas Verona and Chievo Verona), the kick-off at a soccer match at the stadium is an occasion not to be missed for those who want a glimpse of the real Italy.
Although a player on the international stage with its many trade fairs such as VINITALY of VERONAFIERE (the most prestigious exhibition in the world for wine producers), the region has jealously guarded its traditions and natural products through the ages.
First and foremost, the wine of the Veneto (some of the best in Italy such as Soave, Bardolino, Amarone, Valpolicella, Custoza) as well as its simple and genuine cooking, which preserves the integrity and knowledge of the past. To all traditional dishes is added the region's characteristic (and sumptuous) olive oil, produced in the hills surrounding Verona and on the banks of Lake Garda.