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Verona or Venice Marco Polo

World-class opera, Roman history and famous wines

Far fewer people visit Verona than many of the more famous Italian cities. And that’s what makes a Verona tour so special. While places like Rome and Venice are thronged with tourists, you can explore the exquisite Roman remains, sumptuous Renaissance palaces and medieval churches here at your own pace.

For a small town, Verona packs in a host of cultural marvels. Locals claim there are more Roman remains here than anywhere other than Rome itself. There are vast triumphal arches, a fortified bridge across the river, marble statues and villas crammed with ornate mosaics. At the centre of it all is the famous Arena Verona. This 1st-century AD Roman amphitheatre is the third largest in Italy. It’s one of the world’s greatest outdoor opera venues and the acoustics are still exceptionally good. A visit during the annual opera festival here from June to August is not to be missed.

If you have more time here, head out into the surrounding countryside. The hills are criss-crossed with leafy vines. A wine tour sampling famous vintages from the Valpolicella region is a perfect way to end any Verona holiday.

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