Verona is a vibrant city filled with a diversity you might not expect. We are sure that you already know the opera in the Arena, and that you are familiar with Castelvecchio and Piazza Erbe, but we've put together a few pointers to expose yourself to unusual experiences in Verona. There is more to Verona than just talking about roses on a balcony.
Vespa Tour in Valpolicella
Italy. Vespa. Wine. It sounds perfect and it is. Veronality offers different kinds of tours, among which a Vespa tour that winds up into the Valpolicella area, known for the namesake wine. You can hop on your own Vespa or ride behind your travel buddy, and your group can be up to twelve people. After meeting your guide at Veronality's headquarters, you will learn the basics of driving the Vespa (very simple) and then you just have to follow the leader out of the city and into rolling hills.
Along the way you will stop at panoramic viewpoints, from which you can even see Lake Garda on a clear day. While you take pictures of the scenery, your guide will tell you about the region and Valpolicella wine. Just before lunch is a winery stop, where you can stroll along vineyards and visit the cellar while listening to a wine expert. Then it's time to get comfortable and put all that new wine knowledge to good use by tasting different kinds of wines. Feeling relaxed and happy from the adult grape juice, you are given a picnic basket that you can bring to a shady area of the vineyard. Before hopping back on the Vespa I suggest you take some nice portraits among the vines. Back on the road and in and out of towns, a coffee break and then back to Verona at a leisurely pace. All in all the tour is about six hours. Two thumbs up!
It is not a centuries old tradition in Italy, but Verona is the home base of Burlesque & Cabaret Verona, a performance troupe that puts together lively and captivating shows that include burlesque and cabaret acts, singers, and various entertainers, all sewn together by the Master of Ceremonies Vibrissa. It doesn't matter if you don't speak Italian, the vibrant show brings together the slightly risqué and the absurd to guarantee an entertaining evening.
You will love every minute of it along with the whole audience. Lots of their shows take place in beautiful locations in and around Verona, sometimes even with dinner. They also offer plenty of workshops with world renown teachers, as well as special bachelorette party workshops. Make sure you call in advance, because shows often sell out. Check their website for upcoming events.
Parco delle Mura
After you've had your fill of churches, museums, and monuments, you might be up for a walk in nature (and still sleep comfortably in your hotel that night). The Parco delle Mura is a strip of green that follows the ancient walls of Verona. Along the walk you can find forts, beautiful hillside views, woods and areas that used to be small villages. It's a full day affair, and it's quite a hike up and downhill, but you don't have to walk all of it if you're not up to it. The most popular area of the park is the Torricelle, up above the Teatro Romano. It's reachable by car or by a climb up lots of stairs, starting from just in front of Ponte Pietra. The view from the top is worth it, and the walk up the stairs is very picturesque. If you want some adventure, you can rent a bike, haul it up the stairs and then take a downhill ride from the Torricelle, down the other side of the hill behind Verona, and ride back into the city. Or, if it's a particularly hot day, I suggest walking up in the evening to get some great night pictures of the whole city from above.
Explore the Region
This will require an article of its own, however Verona acts as the perfect home base to explore everything Northern Italy has to offer. You can visit Mantova, Vicenza, Milan, Venice and Padova by train. If you’ve seen enough cities get into nature! Verona is at the foothills of the Alps, so if you head north you have a multitude of parks, hiking trails and rivers and waterfalls to visit. Do some watersports! Lake Garda is just a hop from Verona. Here you can rent boats, canoes, kayaks, and take windsurfing classes at most of the nice towns that dot the lake's coastline.
You don't have to be in Tuscany to visit wineries, nearly every region in Italy has their own wine area. There are plenty of tours that depart from Verona and take you around various wineries for tastings.
Sounds like a postcard
Verona is full of hidden corners that you can explore, if you know where they are. Sharpen your photography skills and learn how to use your camera by taking a walking photography tour with Aperture Tours. We will take you to our favourite spots, from the Torricelle or follow us to our winding streets and everything in between. Day or night, we can help you get the right angle for amazing pictures, before or after your Vespa ride or Cabaret show.
Author : Anna Volpi
Anna is the photography expert that heads up the Aperture Tours in Venice and Verona. When she's not taking pictures she is usually enjoying dinners or having aperitivo with friends. Anna loves discovering new areas in Italy or going back to places with a crew of models and photographer friends to make magic happen.