Venice to Verona Day Trip: How to Spend One Day in Verona

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by Daniella Lynn Theis

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Envoking scenes from Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, the Northern Italian city of Verona is one of the best places to travel to in the country. Packed with centuries of history, today the city is visited by thousands each year with many opting for a Venice to Verona day trip.

Many people visiting Venice focus solely on the city itself, rather than the surrounding Veneto region of Northern Italy in general. While Venice is a truly astonishing place to visit, it is definitely worth considering exploring the Veneto region.

My partner and I never planned to head to Verona originally. The reason we decided to leave Venice and visit Verona was that the city was suffering its highest Acqua Alta in fifty years. After being recommended to refrain from our planned day trip to Venice’s outer islands, we decided to opt for Verona instead…and I am so glad we did!

Getting from Venice to Verona

How far is Verona from Venice? The good news is that Verona is only approximately an hour away from Venice and can be reached by car, bus, train, or through organised tours.

Venice Grand Canal
Iconic view of Venice’s Grand Canal

By Organised Tour

If all the independent planning is not for you, or you are looking for a more immersive experience, then a Verona tour from Venice might be something for you. These tours do not only offer organised transport but also include several extra pitstops so that you can really soak in the sights of Northern Italy.

Tours often are still run with small groups of people, which is especially great if you are a solo traveller looking to share your experience of one day in Verona with some people.

This full-day tour of Verona, the countryside, and Lake Garda Tour gives you the chance to explore Verona city centre at your leisure as well as enjoy stops at Lake Garda, Sirmione and a winery in Amarone. It’s also possible to book a similar private tour if you prefer to have your own transport.

If you are looking for a more wine-based experience, this organised day trip lets you wander the streets of Verona as well as allowing you to explore a Valpolicella winery and sample a selection of the famous, local Amarone red wine.

By Train

Venice’s Santa Lucia train station is in the area of Santa Croce (next to Cannaregio) and beside the Grand Canal. Even from neighbourhoods further away such as San Marco, you can walk to the train station within about half an hour. Otherwise, some vaporettos will go along the Grand Canal.

Several train companies and lines run between the two cities and trains are as frequent as five times per hour. The journey from Venice to Verona by train is very pleasant. Some of the trains take longer than others, but the average journey time is about one hour. Ticket prices can vary but are typically less expensive if booked in advance. View the latest schedules here.

The best thing is to check beforehand what time you are thinking of going and then check which provider offers the cheapest journey or – if money is not the issue – the best travel times for your day trip from Venice to Verona.

One thing to remember is that your train needs to be validated at one of the designated machines before you board the train. Otherwise, even if you purchased a ticket, you could be subject to a fine. Some tickets purchased online, however, are pre-validated. Just be sure to check the terms and conditions.

Once in Verona, you can either walk the 20 to 30 minutes needed from the train station to the centre, or you can take a bus. These buses leave just outside the main entrance of the train station and tickets can be purchased from the driver.

By Bus

Buses offer a great (and cheap) way to get from one city to the other on your Venice to Verona day trip. FlixBus provides bus tickets and there are several other bus companies to choose from, as well. Buses run very frequently – often more than 10 times a day. View schedules here.

However, be sure to check where your bus is leaving from. Some of the coaches leave from Venice Tronchetto (an artificial island in the Venetian lagoon that is situated behind Venice’s train station) while others go from Venice Mestre (which is outside the main city of Venice and the main lagoon). 

By Car

The distance from Venice to Verona is only approximately 120km. It is therefore definitely possible to do your Verona day trip from Venice by car quite easily.

The drive can take about 60 to 90 minutes depending on traffic. However, if you are going by car, it is essential to remember that Italy’s roads have tolls. Likely you will have to plan an additional 10€ for tolls and around 5€ for an all-day parking ticket in Verona.

Verona’s inner city has a pedestrianised area through which only license holders can drive, so ensure to park beforehand to avoid fines!

If you’re planning on renting a car in Venice, there are plenty of options on which aggregates deals from many different providers.

The beautiful Verona Skyline
The beautiful Verona Skyline

Venice to Verona Day Trip Itinerary

There are plenty of things to do in Verona that can easily be accessed withing the confines of one day. The good news is that the inner city of Verona is very compact and most sights are within walking distance from one another.

There is the option to partake in a free walking tour should you be looking for a guided experience. There are also paid walking tours available if the timing of the free tours doesn’t work for you. However, should you want to discover the city at your own pace, here are some suggestions for stops to take.

Before I continue, I do want to mention that if you are a fan of cultural sites and museums, it is worth looking into a Verona Card – especially if you are planning to stay longer than one day.

The card offers free or reduced entry to the city leading museums, monuments and churches as well as letting you travel on the ATV city bus which is great if trying to reduce your overall Venice trip cost.

Roman Arena

You will be standing in Verona’s largest piazza – Piazza Bra. The Roman Arena is right in the centre of the piazza and is surrounded by several cafes, restaurants and museums. Stroll along the piazza and take in the city’s first charming vibes before visiting the Roman Arena.

The amphitheatre used to be outside the city’s walls in Roman times and has lasted for centuries as the city expanded around it. While the entertainment program is very different from that of the Roman era, the arena still functions as an entertainment venue today, and it is possible to see operas and plays there.

There is an entry fee for the arena, but it is worth it! Once you are inside, you will notice how well-preserved the arena is so that spending the entry fee feels worth it. The views from up top are pretty amazing, too. Standing in the arena, it is easy to imagine the role it played in the past.

The Verona Card gives you skip-the-line entry to the Roman Arena and it is also possible to take a guided tour which includes a skip-the-line ticket.

Inside of the Roman Arena in Verona
Inside of the Roman Arena

Casa di Giulietta & Casa di Romeo

Next to the Roman Arena, you will find signposts leading you towards the town centre and Romeo and Juliet’s house – or rather the houses that are said to have inspired the play.

We heard that one of the houses was actually built after the play was written, but nonetheless, if you are a fan of the tale, both houses are worth the stop.

What you will notice is that these places are very popular with tourists. We visited Verona off-season in November and Juliet’s house was still packed. It is noticeable that the sight has significance for lovers.

The walls are filled with names of loved ones – spread across the paper, on locks and lockets and anything else that enshrines the permanent gesture. Also, rumour has it that rubbing the breast of the statue of Juliet in front of ‘Juliet’s house’ brings good luck.

Should this not be something you fancy, or should you want to just explore a little more of the city, you are in luck in Verona. The city centre has plenty of beautiful hidden alleyways with some great places to eat, drink and shop. Our favourite spot was a rustic-looking bar/ restaurant near the Roman Arena called La Tradision, which served up some excellent local cuisine!

Inscriptions on the wall of Romeo's House
Inscriptions on the wall of Casa di Romeo

Explore the Historic Centre

The Piazza Delle Erbe is not far from Juliet’s house in the centre of Verona. This piazza is bustling, and it again is surrounded by some great bars and restaurants. Depending on when you plan to make your day trip to Verona, you might even see a Christmas market here!

Near the Piazza Delle Erbe, you will find some great architecture including the Torre dei Lamberti or the beautiful little church Chiesa di Santa Maria Antica. Walk along, and you will find more piazzas (albeit smaller than Piazza Delle Erbe) but just as impressive. One of the smaller piazzas houses a statue of the famous, Italian poet Dante.

We had no set plans as to how and where to walk around the inner city and just strolled along. Verona has a magical feel to it, and I am sure if you stroll along yourself from the main piazza, you will not be disappointed.

Teatro Romano & Castel San Pietro

Walking along the Adige River, you can gaze across the banks and get a glimpse of some of the great architecture that awaits on the other side. Cross over the Ponte Pietra, and you will be able to directly immerse yourself. You already got a glimpse of Verona’s Roman history when you visited the Roman Arena at the start of your trip.

The Roman theatre was built in Verona at about the same time as the Roman arena. If you walk up the steps, you will also find the archaeological museum, which is a great way to educate yourself about the city’s history. Do note that an entry fee is applicable again.

Behind the theatre, you will also find the Castel San Pietro. There is also the option to take the Funicolare di Castel San Pietro –  a short gondola ride –  up the mountain. Once you are on top of the hill, you will be rewarded with some absolutely breathtaking views of Verona – especially at sunset. Can you ask for a better end to your day trip?

Verona River Bank
Verona River Bank

Verona’s Culinary Scene

Okay, I already mentioned restaurants quite frequently in the other pitstops, but seriously: Do not end your time in Verona without eating some of its cuisine. Everything I ate in Verona was 100% delicious, and I wish I had known about all the local delights I could have tried beforehand.

A sweet dish I was recommended to try after our visit to Verona was Baci di Giulietta (Juliet’s Kiss) which are small cakes with chocolate filling, and they sound heavenly!

If you did eat along the way, why not kick back and sip an aperitivo or two at the Piazza Delle Erbe or the Piazza Bra before making your way back to Venice?

Have more time in Verona?

If you have 2 or 3 days in Verona or plan to see more of the region after your day trip, then there are definitely plenty of options to choose from. Here are some of my personal suggestions:

Watch a show at the Teatro Romana or the Roman Arena

Both these amazing places actually offer an extensive program of theatre plays, musicals and concerts. You can find more information about shows in the Roman Arena here.

Camp at Castel San Pietro

If you liked what you saw after taking a gondola ride up the mountain, it is possible to camp at this beautiful location. The Camping Castel San Pietro offers some fantastic views for when you wake up in the morning to explore Verona some more. 

Visit Lake Garda

Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and is known for its beautiful lakeside towns and stunning scenery. The lake is only approximately 50km away from Verona and therefore provides an excellent chance for an additional day trip if you haven’t already visited it through the tour mentioned above.

This full-day tour from Verona is a great way to explore Lake Garda if you prefer not to go independently.

Visit Milan, Bologna or Padua

Verona’s location provides an excellent stepping stone to visit other cities in Northern Italy. Padua actually is an excellent option for an additional city to visit on or after your day trip as it is right between the two cities.

Other cities you could visit include Bologna, the seventh most populous city in Italy. It is only approximately 150km from Verona and can be reached by several forms of transport.

The famous city of Milan can also be reached by train within about an hour as it is about 160km away from Verona.  

Main square in Bologna, Italy
Bologna is possible to visit from Verona

Where to Stay in Venice

Riva del Vin Boutique Hotel – This boutique hotel is situated within a couple hundred metres of the iconic Rialto Bridge and it is the perfect place to stay for those looking for a bit of luxury and romance on their trip to Venice. They have a number of plush rooms available and a great breakfast included in the room rate.

Ca’ Angeli – This small hotel centrally located in the San Polo neighbourhood is a great option if your budget allows for a bit more than a hostel. There are a handful of clean and cosy rooms available, it’s within walking distance of most of Venice’s main attractions and there is breakfast included in the nightly rate.

Combo Venezia – This small hostel located in the Cannaregio neighbourhood is the ideal place to stay for budget and solo travellers. Locally owned and operated, they have both dorm beds and private rooms available and it is one of the highest-rated hostels in the city.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Venice hotels!

Outside the Roman Arena in Verona
Outside the Roman Arena

Hopefully, this itinerary has inspired you to spend one day in Verona (or maybe even more). I will definitely be returning again to try out all that food I missed out on and to top up on some Amarone wine.

Are you wondering what to do in Verona in one day? Have any questions? Let us know in the comments!

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Daniella is a writer for The World Was Here First. Based in in Glasgow, Scotland, she has lived in several different countries and is always on the hunt for adventures, trying to find even the most hidden secrets for any destination. In her spare time, she loves photography and finding new eateries and things to do in or around Glasgow.


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