Verona & An Opera Experience

Short Break

5 Days from £1,209

Aug 2019 - Aug 2019 Departures

​Created especially for opera fans, this holiday includes two evenings of this emotive art form amongst the grandeur of Verona's remarkable Roman Arena. The city was also used as a setting by Shakespeare, and is home to Juliet's Balcony.



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Your holiday at a glance


What's included

  • ​Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from Gatwick with British Airways
  • 4 nights in a 4-star hotel
  • 6 meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners 
  • Specialist Local Guide
  • Welcome drink
  • Farewell get-together
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports
  • Audio Guide

Included excursions

  • ​Tour of Verona
  • An included opera performance

Optional excursions

  • ​Lake Garda, Sirmione, boat ride and visit to Garda town
  • Valpolicella wine region including a tasting of local produce​
  • Optional Second Performance of the Opera

Your itinerary

​Today you'll fly to Verona, an important Roman city in the Veneto region of north-east Italy, which is still thriving today. Enjoy a welcome drink at your hotel, giving you the chance to get to know your travelling companions.

An important Roman city, Verona is still thriving today and plays host to a rich collection of archaeological sites, with perhaps the most impressive being the 15,000-seat Roman Arena. One of Italy's great travel experiences, this ancient amphitheatre is a must-see and you will attend an opera amidst this grandest of settings, which also hosted gladiatorial battles in the 1st century AD.
Our included guided tour of Verona includes a visit to the Roman Arena along with all the other important sights. You'll visit Juliet's balcony, the supposed romantic setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and the old Roman Forum. There will be time to admire Castelvecchio, a fortress displaying impressive Gothic architecture and the lively open-air market in Piazza delle Erbe is the perfect spot to browse or perhaps stop for lunch. This afternoon you are free to make your own discoveries. For splendid views you could climb the steps of St Pietro Castle or maybe admire the elaborate Scaligeri Tombs.
This evening you will return to the Roman Arena for a truly memorable evening of opera.

​​Today we offer you an optional tour to the prestigious Valpolicella wine region. We'll visit a traditional winery and learn about the unique red Amarone and the special production process- from grape to glass. Your tour concludes with a wine tasting accompanied by locally produced meats and cheeses.
This evening will be another chance to see the Opera with an optional Opera performance, at the Arena, after dinner at the hotel.

​Enjoy a day to explore at your own pace or join our optional excursion to Lake Garda. Highlights   include the lakeside resort of Sirmione, dominated by a 13th century castle and home to impressive Roman ruins, and a lake cruise to the town of Garda.

​We'll transfer to the airport today for our flight back to the UK. ​


Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Italy - Lake Garda

Italy - Lake Garda

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Sirmione is a popular and pretty historical town perched on a headland and surrounded by the blue waters of Lake Garda. A 13th century castle, the Rocco Scaligera, dominates the town and is a real “fairytale” castle from the outside. Sirmione is also home to Villa Romano, a large and impressive ruined Roman villa situated at the end of the headland. We’ll then board a boat and journey across Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, to the town of Garda. Dotted with pretty gardens, fine restaurants and quaint narrow streets it is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing stroll.

Three Quarter Day – Moderate Walking – Scenic

Italy - Valpolicella region Winery Tour

Italy - Valpolicella region Winery Tour

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Visit the beautiful Valpolicella region, home of the wonderfully unique Amarone della Valpolicella wine. Valpolicella is one of the most prestigious winemaking areas in the Veneto and is located northwest of the elegant Roman town of Verona. Witness the splendour of the lush vine-clad valleys as you head to a traditional farm to learn about the region’s unique rich red Amarone, which is produced by drying out the grapes over several months. This process results in a distinct raisin-flavoured wine a velvety texture and notes of cherry or almonds, which you’ll taste alongside a selection of local produce.

Half Day - Moderate Walking – Local Experience


Located in the Porta Nuova district of Verona, this hotel is just a short walk from the Piazza Bra. Facilities include a bar/lounge, and guest rooms have en suite facilities, air-conditioning/heating, TV and mini-bar.

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Dates and Prices

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5 days

Thursday 01 August 2019




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London (Gatwick)

Thursday 01 August 2019





British Airways

Thursday 01 August 2019


07:35 London (Gatwick)


10:40 Verona (Valerio Catullo)

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British Airways - BA

Monday 05 August 2019


12:00 Verona (Valerio Catullo)


13:05 London (Gatwick)

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local knowledge

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

I love this tour because the experience of the arena is as wonderful as the opera itself.
Margaret Orio - Tour Manager
Verona & An Opera Experience
I love this tour because of the opportunity to see this wonderful city full of character and history and to see wonderful operas as well.
Aideen Higgins - Tour Manager
Verona & An Opera Experience
I love this tour because it presents a wonderful opportunity to enjoy Verona and its most important cultural event, The Opera Festival. The vicinity of Lake Garda and the Valpolicella wine region are an added bonus.
Aleksandra Lena-Johnson - Tour Manager
Verona & An Opera Experience

Summer 2019 opera performances

The Opera Festival at the Arena di Verona began on 10th August 1913, with the first performance of Aida organized by Verona tenor Giovanni Zenatello and impresario Ottone Rovato to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi.

For over a hundred years (except for two short breaks during the two World Wars), every summer the Roman amphitheatre is transformed into the world’s largest open-air opera theatre.

Below is the schedule of the performances for 2019. Depending on your travel date you will be able to find out which performance you will be seeing.

4th July departure: Aida - Included (Friday 5th July); Carmen - Optional (Saturday 6th July)

18th July departure: La Traviata - Included (Friday 19th July); Il Trovatore - Optional (Saturday 20th July)

25th July departure: Il Trovatore - Included (Friday 26th July); Carmen - Optional (Saturday 27th July)

1st August departure: Carmen - Included (Friday 2nd August); Aida - Optional (Saturday 3th August)

8th August departure: Aida - Included (Friday 9th August); Tosca - Optional (Saturday 10th August)

Please note, all performances are subject to change.

Tickets Upgrades
The included opera tickets in your holiday is an Unnumbered ticket, section C D/E/F Unnumbered positions in which the seats are the stone steps.*

Should you wish to take the opportunity and upgrade your ticket, details are below:

  • Number seats on steps 3rd Sector Ticket Numbered seats with backrest.*
  • Numbered seats on steps 2nd Sector Ticket Numbered seats with backrest.*
  • Numbered seats on steps 1st Sector Ticket Numbered seats with backrest.
  • Second sector Stalls (Poltrone) Ticket Numbered seats with upholstered backrest and padded seat
  • First Sector stalls (Poltronissime) Ticket Numbered seats with upholstered backrest and padded seat.
  • First sector stalls Gold (Poltronissime Gold) Ticket Numbered seats with upholstered backrest and padded seat, in the front section of the stalls.

Please call us and ask one of our Advisors for the price of the upgraded ticket. Please note that tickets for the First Sector stalls (Poltronissime) and First sector stalls Gold (Poltronissime Gold) are on a request basis.

Additional information There is no set dress code for the Opera Arena, however should you wish to wear an elegant dress or suit you are more than welcome. The following services are available in the Arena at your own expense: Catering and Bar Cushion rental Sale of librettos, programs and official merchandise

Arena di Verona

The Arena di Verona Festival is a summer festival of opera which takes place in the heart of Verona, Italy. Opera performances are given in the ancient Roman amphitheatre, the Arena di Verona, which is capable of seating up to 30,000 spectators.

The Arena is one of the world’s most remarkable opera houses that combines a unique setting with productions and performances of a consistently high standard. The magic of the Verona opera is created through a mixture of Italian passion, flair and dramatic performances.

The festival began on August 10th 1913 and took place to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi, an Italian composer known for several operas including La Traviata and Aida.

For over 100 years, each summer the Roman amphitheatre is transformed into the world’s largest open-air theatre.

Your seat for the included opera performance will be located in the unreserved steps. For ticket upgrade prices please speak to a Holiday Advisor.

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