Verona Opera Festival ¦ Opera breaks in Verona

The Verona Opera Festival

June to September 2018

The arena in Verona is certainly the most dramatic and one of the most famous places in the world to enjoy a night at the Opera. Situated in Piazza Bra the amphitheatre was built in the 1st century AD by Claudius and its elliptical shape produces perfect acoustics from every point in the arena.

The Verona Opera Festival first took place in 1913 to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi, and celebrated it's 91st edition and 100th anniversary in 2013.

Performances take place in the amphitheatre, the centre being known as the “harena” (hence the name), the area covered in sand where gladiatorial combats were held, the sand being used to absorb the blood of gladiators and animals. In its “platea” and “cavea” the amphitheatre can accommodate 30,000 people.

Your choice of opera for the festival will enthral and excite with breathtaking production and superb acoustics. All of our packages include Gold Central Stalls tickets - considered best in house - to ensure you have the most incredible experience.

Highlights of your short opera break

We are offering a range of Opera experiences for 2018, all to include: 

  • Flights from London Gatwick (other departure airports available)
  • 3 nights' accommodation in the 4* Hotel Firenze
  • Airport to hotel transfers
  • A VeronaCard

ALL performance tickets are 'Gold Central Stalls' unless otherwise stated.

The 2018 opera season runs from the 22 June – 1 September and features the following:

  • The Verona Opera 2018 schedule runs from 22 June – 1 September and features the following: 
  • Carmen : Jun 22, 29, Jul 6, 11, 17, 21, Aug 3, 9, 12, 22, 25, 28, 31
  • Aida: Jun 23, 28, Jul 8, 10, 14, 19, 22, 27, Aug 2, 5, 7, 11, 19, 23, 29, Sep 01
  • Turandot: Jun 30, Jul 5, 13, 18, 26
  • Nabucco: Jul 7, 12, 20, 28, Aug 10, 18
  • Roberto Bolle & Friends: Jul 25
  • Special Opera night: Aug 26
  • The Barber of Seville: Aug 4, 8, 17, 24, 30

Please contact us with your preferred dates for latest availability.  **23/10/17: JUNE DATES ALREADY VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY -July and August in high demand. Book soon!

About VeronaCard

VeronaCard is your pass to museums, churches and monuments around the city. With the card you can access (amongst others, subject to change...) Juliet's House & Courtyard; The Arena during the day; Castelvecchio; National History Museum; 2 churches and a Cathedral; Roman Theatre; Photography Centre and the Statue Museum.

The Verona Card allows our clients the freedom to explore during our opera breaks in verona.

Sample itinerary

If you like dramatic settings it does not get more powerful than attending Opera in the 1st Century built Arena di Verona. Combined with the food and wine of the area, this is a fantastic cultural short break.

Please note that the following itinerary is based on an individual itinerary. For group travel please make an enquiry or call us on 01273 805859.

Example 2018 Itinerary:

For operational reasons some packages have a slightly different itinerary - we will be pleased to confirm this before booking. Full details are in the post-booking travel pack that will be supplied to you.

Day 1 - fly to Verona

Flight from Gatwick airport (departure times vary)
Transfers from airport to hotel
Pick up your Verona Card - explore.

Day 2 - day at leisure, evening opera performance

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Verona - use your Verona Card to get into many of the sights of the city.

Tonight, take your seats and enjoy your opera!

Day 3 - day at leisure or select an upgrade option

More time at leisure to use your Verona Card or upgrade with our Lake Garda Boat Trip. **Upgrade not possible if you wish to book an additional opera.

Subject to schedule we can arrange for additional opera tickets for you. Additional tickets will be at extra cost.

Day 4 - end of your opera break in Verona

Some time at leisure before your transfers from hotel back to the airport
Flight back to Gatwick (departure times vary)

Please note that the wine tasting and dinner is only included on ONE night. Only ONE opera performance is included in the package price.

Many local attractions are closed on Mondays (as is the case across Italy).

Upgrade: Lake Garda Boat Trip

This special day is very popular and for most clients entails a transfer to Lake Garda, followed by lunch in a restaurant with a lovely view over the Lake in the Roman town of Sirmione, the pearl of Lake Garda. (Lunch not included).

In the morning visit the privately owned Isola del Garda , a place of rare beauty, bursting with history, memories and legends. From May to September the Borghese Cavazza family opens its treasures. The Visit lasts approximately 2 hours through untouched nature, English and Italian gardens and a few rooms of the impressive early 20th century neo-gothic-venetian style villa. At the end of the tour enjoy a tasting of local products, olive oil, wine and a little snack. 

Enjoy a lunchtime transfer to Sirmione, a town appreciated since Roman times as the remains of the Roman Villa and the moated medieval castle show. 

Your chauffeur will drop you back at the hotel early evening.

Please note this boat trip cannot be done on a Saturday or Monday. Please also note if doing this trip on a Friday the tour is mid afternoon, so due to time constraints we would not recommend you attending the opera on this evening. For Fridays the visit to Sirmione and lunch would happen first with the island tour after.

Price Per Person: From £205

Recommended Optional Extra: Wine Tasting at the restaurant Al Cristo in Verona

This family run restaurant is an unexpected gem located on a quiet medieval square in Verona. In the cellar you will have a guided tasting of some of the Tenuta Sant'Antonia wines.

The Maitre will introduce you to the typical wines of the area explaining their history, place of origin and qualities. You will taste 3 or 4 wines, from the fabulous cellars, possibly including:

  • The white wine Chardonnay "Scaia"
  • The red wine "Monti Garbi"
  • The red wine "La Bandina"
  • The most famous wine of Verona "Amarone" della Valpolicella Sant'Antonio

Price Per Person: £39

We can also arrange a table booking for you at Al Cristo, which is highly recommended to complement the wine tasting.

Your package for the 2018 Verona Festival will include:

  • Return flights from the UK
  • 3 nights' accommodation in the 4* Hotel Firenze
  • Airport to hotel transfers
  • A VeronaCard
  • Gold stalls seating for your chosen opera performance

Opera festival breaks in Verona, prices from £850 per person

ALL Prices quoted are based on 2 people sharing a double room and may be subject to revision according to changes to flight costs and date selected. Single supplement will vary according to date, but is around £150-£200 for a 3 night stay.

Flights - our recommended flight routing is from London Gatwick. Additional departures are available from London Stansted (Wednesdays and Saturdays only both ways), Manchester (Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays only both ways). Regional departures will be at additional cost.


Hotel Firenze 4*

For 2013 we selected the Hotel Firenze in Verona as 'our' base - and it proved very popular with guests! We have decided to continue to use this as our main hotel again for the 2016 Verona Opera Festival. Unless otherwise stated guests will be accommodated in 'Double Superior' rooms.

Alternative accommodation may also be available - please talk to us if you wish to investigate upgrades.

We reckon on a 5-10 minute stroll from the hotel to the Arena, although during the festival the area around the arena can get very busy!

The Hotel Firenze is located in Corso Porta Nuova. From this elegant hotel guests will be able to reach, in a few minutes walk, all the most important monuments and tourist places the city offers, such as the Arena, the House and Tomb of Juliet, the Roman Theatre, Castelvecchio with its unique military bridge and Scaligeri Arches, tombs of the medieval Signoria family.

The hotel has 49 standard and superior rooms, all soundproofed and recently refurbished with new furniture and technologies.

Superior comfort and services for a 4-star hotel in central Verona: parquet, air conditioning, minibar, digital safe, free wifi intenet connection, LCD or plasma satelliteTV, bathroom with Jacuzzi or shower with steam sauna.

All the rooms are non-smoking.

Upgrade to Hotel Accademia 4*

The Accademia is one of Verona's few older hotels dating from the 19th century that were custom built. Situated in the centre of Verona it is located within easy reach of the Roman Arena.

The hotel is surprisingly quiet and tranquil with courteous and helpful staff and comfy sofas for lounging in.

The bedrooms are mostly large and well furnished, the high-ceilinged guest rooms are conservatively traditional with excellent furnishings. The Accademia is our most used hotel and always attracts positive feedback from clients.

Upgrade price: On application

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The Arena in Verona
Hotel Firenze, Verona
Wine cellars for a tasting
Piazza Bra in the heart of the city
Romeo and Juliettes balcony
The arena at the heart of Verona
Central Verona at night