As well as being a fabulous winter holiday destination in its own right, Venice makes an ideal base for exploring some of the other wonderful cities and towns that the Veneto region has to offer. One of our favourite is the historic Roman city of Verona, perfect for a day-trip destination and only a little over an hour from Venice by train. The city is lovely at any time of year, but particularly magical during the festive season when it takes on a distinctly and excitingly seasonal ambiance. There are lots of attractions to entice visitors, whether the point of interest and motivation be art or food based: here are just a few ideas to inspire and tempt you to take a winter excursion:
Giardino Giusti: Across the river from the Verona’s historic city centre, these stately Renaissance gardens are among the finest in Italy, yet in low-season they’re often completely void of visitors – allowing you to explore the ancient labyrinths, grottoes and statue-lined cypress walks in total peace and timeless tranquility.
Torre dei Lamberti: Begun in the 12th century and finished in 1463, this 84-metre high watchtower offers spectacular panoramic views over Verona and across to the nearby mountains, which are often snow-capped at this time of year. Time your visit with the sunset for an extra-special experience.
The Angelica San Marco is a chic and comfortable luxury home from which to enjoy Venice and the Veneto. If you do not feel inclined to let the train take the strain when exploring Verona and the region, Venice Prestige would be delighted to arrange a private car, with driver and guide to tempt you to explore. Ask about our super private tours when booking.
Casa di Giulietta: As the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet no visit to fair Verona would be complete without a quick trip to the “Casa di Giulietta” – a 13th century palazzo complete with balcony, courtyard and bronze statue of Juliet, where romantics from all over the world flock to pay tribute to history’s most famous star-crossed lovers.
Christmas Markets: End your afternoon by soaking up the buzzing atmosphere of Verona’s popular Christmas markets, where dozens of cosy wooden stalls sell tempting culinary specialities, traditional decorations, local products and piping hot mulled wine: the perfect winter warmer before you head back to Venice.