Verona at a glance is a quick overview of what to expect and what you need to know when visiting this City of Love. Although, Verona is a city popularly known for the greatest love story ever told, Romeo and Juliet, it is a city often overlooked by travellers whose sights are set on the bigger cities of Milan and Venice . However, this hidden gem in northern Italy has some extraordinary attractions packed full of archaeological, cultural and historical sites that should not be missed. Verona is an incredible destination for a European City break, a weekend getaway or a day trip from Milan, Venice or Florence . So, when visiting Verona, here is a quick guide to what you can expect:
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Entry to Italy – Visa
If you are a national of EU/EEA, you can travel with just an Identification card. If you are non EU/EEA, you will need an entry visa. Learn more from this page. With Brexit, UK nationals do not need a visa to enter Italy. Rules on travel will stay the same until 31st December 2020.
The official language spoken in Verona is Italian but the majority of Veronese speak Padanian, a dialect typical of the region in northern Italy. You could purchase a little phrase book as a guide, if you prefer. However, I did not encounter any language barriers when I visited. The restaurants and bars along with the touristic places are staffed with some English speakers, so non-Italian speakers will have no problem.
The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). 1 Pound Sterling (£) is equivalent to 1.15 Euro | 1 USD (US$) is equivalent to 0.93 Euro | Check latest currency exchange before you go.
Credit Cards and ATMs
In Verona, there are no problems in finding ATMs /cash machines that accept foreign credit cards or bank debit cards. Most shops, restaurants, and tour operators will also take credit cards as a form of payment. You only really need cash for small purchases like bus tickets, bottles of water, coffee, gelato and small souvenirs etc.
The plugs & sockets in Italy are Type F and L. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a worldwide universal travel adapter which you can use in any European countries. Go to this page to have a quick browse on my essential travel kit.
WiFi is usually available at the hotels and the high-rated restaurants but there may be a need to have WiFi at all times (like me). I recommend subscribing to Unlimited Portable Pocket Wifi (my favourite and a must have) when travelling to Verona or wider Italy/Europe. Works out much cheaper than roaming charges by a mobile carrier.
While Verona is generally a safe place to be, you may want to keep a close eye on your belongings. There are always that elements of pickpockets and theft.
While in Verona, you will not probably need to use public transportation. Everything in Verona is located centrally and easily reachable with a short walk from either Piazza Bra or Piazza delle Erbe. However, you will need public transportation if your hotel is located in the suburbs outside of Verona of if you wish to explore nearby cities and seaside resorts. The main train station in Verona is Verona Porta Nuova, about 15 – 20 minutes walk to Piazza Bra. I loved travelling to other cities on day trip by train. The countryside is beautiful and Italy has excellent high-speed routes. Have a look at this page and explore city destinations by train.
View full post on Getting Around Verona here.
I hope this overview has given you a taster of what to expect when visiting Verona, Italy. Browse through all related articles (below) so you can make an informed decision and know before you go. Verona is a pretty city with so many layers of history to uncover, and you really got to experience it at least once.
If you are considering places to stay in Verona, here are some suggestions:
If you are thinking of what to do and ways to explore this beautiful medieval town, consider the following highly popular tours organised by a reputable company, Get Your Guide
Don”t just stop at Verona! Explore the Veneto region that is famous for its Valpolicella or visit the lakeside towns. Peruse the following:
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Have a splendid time visiting Verona 🙂
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