About The City Sightseeing Verona Tour:
Verona is a small city with a long history that's as dark and dramatic as it is intriguing and romantic. It's of little wonder that every year this ancient metropolis along the banks of the Adige River draws in thousands of visitors fascinated by tales of the tyrannous Scaligeri family, Romeo and Juliet, fascist collusion and more.
It's the perfect place to explore over 1-2 days, and that's why the City Sightseeing Verona bus tour offers you a chance to see every key attraction over 24 hours. Jump aboard the open-top buses and travel along either of their 2 sightseeing routes (A & B) at a pace that suits you. Audio commentary is available in 7 languages, and each bus is wheelchair friendly.
- All Lines: March 1 - October 31, 2017.
- Digital Audio: English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Russian.
Tour Times / Frequency:
- See Timetable Download.
- Various, see Map Download.
- All Lines: 1 Hour.
- Wheelchair friendly access.
Things To See And Do In Verona:
Both routes on the City Sightseeing Verona tour start at Piazza Bra in the heart of the city centre. Piazza Bra is regarded as one of the largest piazzas in the county and it is also the location of Verona's primary landmark.
The Arena di Verona is a huge Roman amphitheatre that was constructed in AD 30 and is still in use to this day. Famous bands and musicians from Radiohead and Rod Stewart to Muse and Peter Gabriel have all graced a centre stage that once saw gladiatorial combat, animal fights and even medieval jousts.
By joining the A Line buses at Piazza Bra you'll first be taken to the Pradaval Gardens, a small public park that lies enroute to Verona Railway Station and the Basilica of San Zeno. San Zeno is a Romanesque church dating back to the 10th century. It's notable for its interesting architectural features: a tufa stone and brick façade, giant decorative bronze doors and a huge rose window known as the 'Wheel of Fortune'.
The next stop on this route is Castelvecchio. The 'Old Castle' as it is known in Italian was constructed by the head of the Scaliger family during the 14th century. It was intended as a fortification against rival dynasties in neighbouring regions such as Piedmont, Venice and Lombardy. Though its original function is still clearly evident in the imposing watch towers and crenellated walls, Castelvecchio today houses a museum of the same name. Hop-off the buses and have wander around the Castelvecchio Museum to see a vast collection of sculptures, weapons, paintings, metalwork and more.
Just up from Castelvecchio at stop 6 is the Porta Borsari, a stunningly preserved ancient Roman gate that you should certainly snap a few pictures of. Then from one Roman relic to another, the buses continue on towards the Teatro Romano, another 2,000 year old entertainment venue and a testament to city's love affair with music and drama. After a quick stop off along Via Leoni the A line buses then return to Piazza Bra.
The B Line buses follow a similar route, though this one runs clockwise and incorporates a few unique stops. After leaving Piazza Bra you might like to hop off at the Tomba di Giulietta or Giardini Giusti. Juliet's Tomb as the former is known consists of an open, empty sarcophagus housed within the monastery of San Francesco al Corso. It's famous for being the setting of the final scene in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The latter is an ornate renaissance garden attached to a beautiful sixteenth century palace of the same name.
After a brief stop at Teatro Romano the B Line buses take a winding route up to the panoramic viewpoint outside Santuario Madonna Di Lourdes. Disembark for a wander around the shrine and be sure to snap a few pictures of the sprawling city below.
The 6th stop takes you back down the hill and across the River Adige towards Verona Cathedral and Piazza delle Erbe. Here you'll be placed within walking distance of some of Verona's most iconic attractions. See the Scaliger Tombs, the Torre dei Lamberti rising above Piazza dei Signori, and most popular of all, Casa di Giulietta, Juliet Capulet's fictional home and site of the signature balcony. Before returning to Piazza Bra the B Line buses make a final stop beside Castelvecchio.