Fly To Verona, Italy
As the backdrop to Shakespeare’s most famous play, Romeo & Juliet, it becomes apparent that all who set foot in Verona are in for a treat. More than half a million tourists visit the site of Juliet’s House each year, many of them imitating the legendary balcony scene. In line with its historic cultural significance, the poet Dante mentions several Verona landmarks in his works too, while Julius Caesar took his holidays here. Today the city is one of the most significant tourist destinations in Italy, and a UNESCO world heritage site.
Currently there are no direct flights between South Africa and Verona, Italy, but you can easily find your way there by air with Travelstart.co.za – SA’s leading online travel agency. Use Travelstart to easily search, compare prices and book flights to Verona on all available airlines. Simply enter your trip details into the flight search tool to see the latest prices, airlines and availability. Refine your search for cheap Verona flights with useful parameters like number of stops, flight duration and price; and find the airlines with the most convenient connections on Travelstart.co.za.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans do need a Schengen Visa to enter Italy. This can be arranged through the Italian Embassy in Pretoria (Telephone: +27 (0)12 423 0000) or the Italian Consulate in Cape Town (Telephone: +27 (0)21 487 3900), Durban (Telephone: +27 (0)31 463 1011) or Johannesburg (Telephone: +27 (0)11 728 3834).
- The South African Embassy in Italy is situated at Via Tanaro 14, 00198, Rome (almost five hours away from Verona). Phone: +39 06 85 2541.
See and do
Attractions here take you back in time, in celebration of history, culture, food and Italian charm. Highlights to see include the Statue of Dante Alighieri, Castel San Pietro, Roman Amphitheatre, Roman Theatre of Verona, Ponte di Pietra (Stone Wall Bridge), Arco dei Gavi, Archway of Porta Borsari, Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore, Basilica of San Lorenzo, Museo di Castelvecchio, Villa InCanto Opera Lirica, the gardens at Giardino Giusti, Biblioteca Capitolare and many, many others. It’s best to start with one area and then continue in stages, as you won’t see everything Verona has to offer in a single day.
Shopping is quite eclectic – there are the malls and department stores such as Excelsior Verona, the quaint antique shops such as Spazio Espositivo Memoire, specialist chocolate shops such as Cioccolateria Via Conventino (be sure to take home some of these delights!), high end boutiques such as Via Mazzini, wine stores such as Oreste dal Zovo (another item to take home if you can) and food shops such as Salumeria G Albertini (look out for the local Asiago sheep’s cheese). You could also opt for cheap but cheesy postcards – this is after all where two of Shakespeare’s classics were set.
Public transport options include buses and trains, with walking, bicycle hire and car hire also available. Azienda Trasporti Verona (ATV) runs the bus system, with various routes across the city and surrounds. Verona Porta Nuova railway station meanwhile connects to other parts of Italy, so if you want to get out for a bit, you can catch a train. As the roads are very narrow, walking can often be an easier and fun way of getting about in Verona.
Verona Villafranca Airport – VRN
Food and beverage: Tramezzino.itì is a decent snack bar where you can get some coffee – you can also try a genuine Italian pizza at Vacche Rosse.
Currency Exchange: Forexchange situated at T2 arrivals.
Lost Luggage: Take the baggage receipt that’s added to your ticket and head to Lost & Found in arrivals.
Airport Hotels: Hotels nearest to the airport include Airporthotel Verona Congress & Relax, Best Western Hotel Antico Termine, Agriturismo Ca' Giulietta and Hotel Antichi Cortili.
Car Hire: Rental companies at the airport include Hertz, Sixt, Avis, Europcar and some local operators too.
Airport Hub: Verona Villafranca Airport (code VRN) is a hub for Whizz Airlines, EasyJet and a number of other airlines, serving flights across the world.