Featured holiday Verona Opera Festival holiday Italy

3 nights/4 days
This is a tailor-made opera holiday to the Verona Opera Festival that includes three nights in Verona, with a choice of hotels, and second sector seats for one opera performance, Sunday to Thursday. You may add extra nights and performances so that we tailor the holiday exactly as you want it.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Verona return, economy
  • Private luxury car transfers from airport to hotel and back
  • 2nd sector seats for an opera performance (based on Sunday to Thursday night performance)
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Luxury opera holiday to the Verona Opera Festival

This is suggested opera holiday of three nights with a choice of hotel and including at least one performance. The Verona Opera Festival is the high point of the Italian opera lover’s year. Verona’s Roman Arena, where gladiators once battled, has been the magnificent setting for the most famous opera festival in the world since 1913. The stage is the biggest in the world and the arena holds 15,000 spectators during its season from the end of June until the end of August. There is a great choice of tickets available for each performance, with prices varying according to the location and comfort of your seat. Enjoy a three-night opera break in Verona, allowing you time to discover the sights of this historic city and take in a performance of the opera of your choice.

Highlights

Stay in a hotel in the centre of Verona within walking distance of the Arena • Performance of your choice at the Verona Opera Festival • Choice of additional performances • Add on extra nights in Verona or nearby


Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 3 nights.

From about

£990 Three star hotel

£1,180 Four star hotel

Holiday Code FHIT01

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury opera holiday to the Verona Opera Festival

You arrive at Verona airport and are transferred by private car with driver to your hotel in the city centre. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city.

The day is yours to continue the exploration of the city, perhaps using our personally compiled Helpful Hints for guidance of places to visits or restaurants to try. Then, in the evening, depending on the performance of the opera you have chosen, enjoy a splendid occasion in the Verona Arena.

There is time today to travel out of the city to experience the nearby countryside, perhaps with an optional excursion by car or train to Lake Garda or the Valpolicella vineyards. You may have opted for a second performance of the opera this evening.

Depending on the time of your return flight, you may have some free time in Verona before your private car transfer returns you to the airport. Or, you may be extending your stay in Italy and travelling on to another destination.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 3 nights.

From about

£990 Three star hotel

£1,180 Four star hotel

Holiday Code FHIT01

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include ● Three nights’ bed and breakfast in a double or twin room in Verona. See hotel tab for choices.
● Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Verona return, economy
● Private luxury car transfers from airport to hotel and back
● 2nd sector seats for an opera performance (based on Sunday to Thursday night performance)
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Verona Festival 2020 Programme

Tickets at Verona Opera Festival

La Traviata

August 1, 7, 15, 21, 27 | September 2

Aida

June 20, 25 | July 5, 10, 14, 18, 24, 30 | August 2, 5, 9, 12, 20, 29 | September 1, 5

Nabucco

July 4, 9, 15, 25 | August 6, 11, 19, 28 | September 4

Cavalleria rusticana

June 13, 19, 26 | July 3, 8, 17 | August 8, 13, 22

Roberto Bolle and Friends

July 20, 21

Jonas Kaufman Gala Event

June 28

Domingo Opera Night

July 7

Turandot

June 27 | July 11, 16, 31 | August 14, 26 | September 3

The Stars of Opera

July 23

Gala Beethoven Symphony No 9

August 23

Ticket prices for the performances vary from about £30 per person for an unreserved stone step to £225 per person for a 1st sector stall Gold on a Friday and Saturday. Most people opt for at least a numbered seat on the steps at about £90 per person or a 2nd sector stall at about £130 per person. Prices are cheaper if tickets are bought before 25 December each year. Once you have decided which performance(s) you wish to visit, we can give you immediate availability of your required seats. We can then let you know once we have booked tickets and tell you exactly where in the arena your seats are. Tickets must be prepaid at the time of booking and are non-refundable. (A handling charge is added to the face value of your ticket if you ask any agent in the UK to make the reservation for you). The organisers reserve the right to change the programme.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 3 nights.

From about

£990 Three star hotel

£1,180 Four star hotel

Holiday Code FHIT01

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include • Three nights’ bed and breakfast in a double or twin room in Verona. See hotel tab for choices.
• Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Verona return, economy
• Private luxury car transfers from airport to hotel and back
• 2nd sector seats for an opera performance (based on Sunday to Thursday night performance)
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there Verona is reached by direct flights from London Gatwick with British Airways that operate daily, with more than one flight a day. The centre of Verona is about 20 minutes by car from the airport.

Luxury opera holiday to the Verona Opera Festival

Expressions Holidays offers you a choice of accommodation in Verona for this hotel.
Hotels included in this tour
Verona
Hotel Gabbia d'Oro

Hotel Gabbia d'Oro is an exclusive 5-star boutique hotel in the historic heart of Verona. Opulent decor and a cosy lounge in a stunning orangerie make this hotel an ideal spot to recuperate after enjoying he delights of the city.

Classic double room

Hotel il Sogno di Giulietta

The Il Sogno di Giulietta is a charming boutique hotel, in an excellent location in central Verona, opposite Juliet’s Balcony.

Classic double room

Hotel Giulietta e Romeo

Hotel Giulietta e Romeo is a charming 3-star boutique hotel in a superb, central position. Excellent service and cosy interiors make it an ideal spot to recuperate after enjoying the historical and cultural delights of Verona.

Standard double or twin room

From about Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 3 nights.

Holiday Code FHIT01

Luxury opera holiday to the Verona Opera Festival

About Verona

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Verona incorporates the history and wonder of this ancient city. Verona has had a varied and turbulent history throughout the ages from Roman times to the 20th Century, but it is now considered one of the major cities of northern Italy and a cultural centre in its own right. Verona’s main attraction has to be its Roman Amphitheatre; the Arena di Verona was completed in around 30AD and is the 3rd largest amphitheatre in Italy after the Colosseum and the Arena in Capua, south of Rome. The Verona Opera Festival is renowned all over the world and is an absolute for must for any opera aficionados holidaying in the area from June to September. The experience of a stage side seat within the Arena, listening to a favourite opera, has to be a highlight of any stay in or around Verona. Shakespeare based three of his plays here, but of course, it is Romeo and Juliet which has truly made Verona one of the most romantic cities in Italy and the residence believed to be that of Juliet’s family, the Capulets, can be visited today and is even the a wedding venue for those wishing to tie the knot in this romantic setting.

Cultural highlights of Verona

The Arena di Verona in the main Piazza Bra, Juliet’s house, the Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore, Ponte Scaligero, the Roman Theatre.

Festivals in Verona

The annual Opera Festival throughout the summer months is hosted in the famous Arena di Verona. It is essential to book early for specific operas in order to avoid disappointment. Carnevale is celebrated on Shrove Tuesday and is a magnificent display of floats and costumes. The wine festival ‘Vinitaly’ is hosted in Verona in April and is a must for wine connoisseurs.

Gastronomy in Verona

As with most cities in the Veneto, the food tends to be hearty and is more meat and game based. Horse meat is still popular and can be found on many menus. Otherwise, large spaghetti or ‘bigoli’ are often served with duck or liver-based sauces. The tall ‘Pandoro’ cake is traditional here at Christmas, literally translated as ‘golden bread’. The Veneto is one of the largest DOC wine producing areas of Italy and numerous wines from Soave, Bardolino and Valpolicella can be sampled relatively inexpensively in all restaurants and bars.

Travel around Verona

It is easy to get about by bus or taxi in Verona. Alternatively, all the main sites are within a maximum half an hour’s walk of each other and the city centre is mainly pedestrianized. Should you wish to go further afield, then it is straightforward getting to Vicenza, Padua, Venice and even Milan by rail and services are regular and reliable. Alternatively, a hire car is always an option should you wish to explore Lake Garda, which is only about 20 miles away.

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