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Verona Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

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2 hours

Private Tour

Why take this tour?

The quintessential ‘City of Love’, Verona - arguably most recognisable from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet - is a treasure trove of celebrated highlights and hidden gems. Perched upon the meandering Adige River, the medieval old town features a bounty of romantic landmarks, from Juliet’s balcony to Dante’s Square, all best explored in the company of a local. On this two-hour guided tour you’ll see it all, as you traverse a contemporary city steeped in history, romance and legend. This tour is a private experience with the added benefit of being for your group only, led by a private local guide. These private experiences enjoy a more intimate setting along with the ability to tour at your desired pace. This tour is operated by one of our partners. We searched the world to find expert partners offering incredible experiences in locations you want to go - so wherever you go, you can #takewalks!

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Explore Verona with a local expert, on a private two-hour tour of its highlights
  • Created with Sketch.See the house and balcony that’s said to have inspired Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
  • Created with Sketch.Study the beautiful red-bricked Castelvecchio - dating back to Roman times
  • Created with Sketch.Visit one of the oldest markets in the world at Piazza delle Erbe
  • Created with Sketch.Take in the splendid Arena di Verona amphitheater from Piazza Bra

In fair Verona, where we lay our scene...

Arguably most recognised as the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, there is in fact more to Verona than Juliet’s balcony (though it’s certainly worth a visit!) On this two-hour tour you’ll soak up its highlights, as your guide separates fact from fiction and unveils the true Verona that’s as spellbinding in real life as it is in any work of literature.

With your local guide on hand to take you through its history, you’ll survey the Porta Borsari, an ancient Roman gate dating back to the first century AD, and study the Castelvecchio (‘Old Castle’), a military structure thought to date back to Roman times. This castle was beautifully restored by legendary Venetian architect Carlo S...

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Arguably most recognised as the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, there is in fact more to Verona than Juliet’s balcony (though it’s certainly worth a visit!) On this two-hour tour you’ll soak up its highlights, as your guide separates fact from fiction and unveils the true Verona that’s as spellbinding in real life as it is in any work of literature.

With your local guide on hand to take you through its history, you’ll survey the Porta Borsari, an ancient Roman gate dating back to the first century AD, and study the Castelvecchio (‘Old Castle’), a military structure thought to date back to Roman times. This castle was beautifully restored by legendary Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa between 1959 and 1973, the work carefully balancing the old and the new so as to showcase the history of the original building and to retain its functionality. It is now home to the celebrated Castelvecchio Museum.

As you wind your way through the city’s picturesque streets and riverbanks, you’ll come to one of the oldest markets in the world: Piazza delle Erbe. Once there you can soak up the atmosphere at a spot that was once the town's forum during the time of the Roman Empire. You’ll also have the chance to admire the monuments at Piazza dei Signori. The poet Dante stands dominant here, giving the square the nickname ‘Dante’s Square’.

Of course no visit to Verona is complete without stopping by perhaps the most famous structure in literary history - Juliet’s balcony at ‘Casa di Giulietta’. This 14th-century residence, featuring a tiny stone balcony overlooking a courtyard, draws in plenty of visitors - but your guide will share the true story behind the structure.

Your tour ends in Piazza Bra (considered by some to be the largest piazza in all of Italy), where you’ll take in some of Verona’s true highlights. The majestic open air Arena di Verona, a huge first century Roman amphitheater, can be surveyed from here, and is perhaps one of the best preserved ancient structures in the world (it still hosts concerts and large-scale opera performances to this day!) You will also be able to study the magnificent Palazzo Barbieri from here, a palace which looks out across the piazza and today serves as the city’s town hall.

  • Sites Visited
  • Roman Arena (Arena di Verona)
  • Porta Borsari
  • Castelvecchio
  • Piazza delle Erbe
  • Piazza dei Signori
  • Romeo and Juliet Balcony (Casa di Giulietta)
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
Price varies by group size