Though you often have to ride on the street with the automobiles, Verona does have some bicycle lanes, such as this one on the Ponte Nuovo (New Bridge).
Second photo: When a bicycle lane crosses a street it is sometimes clearly marked with red paint, but only sometimes.
Third photo: Like a lot of other cities, Verona has a tendency to mark its bicycle lanes rather inconspicuously in cases where cyclists are expected to use part of the sidewalk. Here on Corso Porto Nuovo the markings are so pale that pedestrians often overlook them. If you enlarge this photo you might just be able to make out the yellow markings which show that this is a bicycle lane in both directions.
Fourth and fifth photos: More cyclists on the Ponte Nuovo (New Bridge).
As a tourist you can get a free bike for the day (but not the evening) from the tourist information office at the main railway station Verona Porta Nuova.
I have never tried this because you have to return the bike and the key before closing time in the late afternoon, which is totally impractical considering that the opera performances in the Arena last until after midnight.
Fortunately I always had a free bike from my hotel so I didn't need to use the ones from the tourist office.
Second photo: On the bike stand there is a sign in Italian, English and German explaining how you can get a free bike.
Third photo: This is the information office in the station where you can get the key, and where you have to return it the same day before closing time.
If your hotel doesn't provide free bikes, you can rent one from a bicycle shop called Zanchi on Corso Cavour.
I haven't tried this, but I did go in and have a chat with one of the guys who was working there. (His English was nearly as bad as my Italian, so that was fun.)
Their rental prices are quite high compared to the bike rental shops in Paris, Amsterdam or Strasbourg. Renting a bike here in Verona for five days would cost 55 Euros, for example, but the bikes seem to be in very good condition, and this is obviously a highly professional shop.
Second photo: Inside the Zanchi bike shop.
Corso Cavour 13
Tel. 045 8005681
In Verona, as in Paris, some of the police now patrol on bicycles at least during the summer months.
Second photo: Police on bicycles by the Teatro Filarmonico.
Third photo: As in Paris, some of the Verona police also still patrol on horseback, which to me doesn't seem very practical, but it certainly makes them visible as a deterrent.
Unlike the dogs in Amsterdam, which have been trained to sit primly in the bicycle baskets while their owners ride around the city, the dogs in Verona prefer to trot along beside.
Second photo: Cyclist with a dog in Corso Porta Borsari.
The historical center of Verona is closed to most automobile traffic much of the time, which makes it pleasant for pedestrians and cyclists.
People who live in this area are allowed to drive in, as are hotel guests, so you will encounter some cars, but overall there is much less traffic here than in other parts of the city.
Second photo: A cyclist at Piazza Bra, in front of the Arena, which is included in the Limited Traffic Zone.
Third, fourth and fifth photos: Cyclists in Corso Porta Borsari, a street which is also included in the Limited Traffic Zone.
Verona is a very pleasant city for bicycle riding, and lots of people do it. The best way to see the city in my opinion is to keep riding around and take different turns every time, so you don't keep going to the same places.
Second photo: A family cycling at Castelvecchio.
Third photo: Cyclist on the Corso Porta Nuova.
Fourth photo: The river Fiume Adige makes a bend around the historic city center of Verona, so when you are cycling around you can get lots of nice views like this one of the church San Georgio.
Fifth photo: The Via Leoni is another place I found while cycling around the city. Here they have made openings in the street so you can look down and see the excavated remains of old Roman buildings from the first century A.D.
The Municipality is introducing a free wi-fi service.
Free for everyone (18+), BUT (due to an Italian law forbidding anonymous accesses) you have to register first with a valid document.
By summer 2009, the hotspots cover: Piazza Bra, Piazza Erbe, Biblioteca Civica, Casa di Giulietta, Tomba di Giulietta, Museo di Castelvecchio, Sala Conferenze Museo di Storia Naturale, Centro Culturale Circolo 6 Maggio 1848 di Via Mantovana, Parco San Giacomo, Pradaval, San Zeno Piazza Corrubio and San Zeno Piazza Pozza.
By feb 2010 new areas should be covered. piazza dei Signori, piazzetta Navona, piazzetta Viviani, corso Porta Borsari, via Roma, Arsenale, via Mazzini, Porta Vescovo, Ponte Navi, piazza Vittorio Veneto, via 4 Novembre, Porta Nuova, the square of the bus station and the Bentegodi soccer stadium
There are 3 places where you can register:
URP Office - Via Adigetto 10 - 37122 Verona
open Monday to Friday 9am / 1 PM (Tues and Thurs also 3pm to 5 pm)
Biblioteca Civica - Via Cappello, 43 (temporary entrance vicolo San Sebastiano, 3) - 37121 Verona
open monday 2pm to 7pm, and tuesay to friday 9am to 7pm and saturday 9am to 2pm
Pari Opportunità office- P.tta Scala 2 - 37121 Verona
open monday to friday 9am to 1pm (Tues and Thurs also 3pm to 5 pm)
Since september 2012 you can now register by opening the "Guglielmo" net and providing your valid cell phone number (if your country is one of those identying the cell phone numbers, such as all EU & more)
See more and up-to-date info in this official page in italian
If you're wanting to catch all the sites in Verona and save some cash you'd be mad not to buy the Verona Card. It will get you entry into the arena, the tower, various churches, the modern art gallery, juliettes museum and much much more. You can buy it in hotels, the tourist office and also at the major sights including the arena...
If you've got kids you should check if they even need a card for them as most attractions seemed to be free for them.
A 2 day is 15 euros and a 5 day is 20 euros
Fondest memory: http://www.comune.verona.it/turismo/veronacard.htm
Info: Comune di Verona - Assessorato al Turismo
Tel. 0039/045/8077774-7533 - e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the things we didn't like about Florence was that it seemed we always had our hands in our pockets because everywhere we went we had to pay an entry fee. It sure wasn't the case in Verona! The first thing we did when we got there was to buy a Verona Card - for only 15 Euros (we got the 3-day pass, there's also a 1-day pass available for 10 Euros), the card gave us access to practically all of the city's museums. This was great because some of the museums, like Juliet's house for example, are not very big but still enjoyable to visit. I'm not sure I would have been willing to pay the entry fee just to have my picture taken on Juliet's balcony but since I had the Verona card, I got to do it AND got to send an e-mail to Juliet ;o)
For more info, check out: http://www.comune.verona.it/turismo/veronacard.htm
"THERE IS NO WORLD WITHOVT VERONA WALLS,
BVT PVRGATORY, TORTVRE, HELL ITSELF
HENCE BANISHED IS BANISH'D FROM THE WORLD,
AND WORLD'S EXILE IS DEATH: .... "
"NON ESISTE MONDO FVOR DALLE MVRA DI VERONA:
MA SOLO PVRGATORIO, TORTVRA, INFERNO.
CHI E' BANDITO DI QUI, E' BANDITO DAL MONDO.
E L'ESILIO DAL MONDO E' MORTE: .... "
(SHAKESPEARE, "ROMEO AND JVLIET", ATTO III, SCENA III)
The arena 'Hemicycle theater' is in the second size in Italy (The first is Rome.) which is still used. I heard that the outdoors opera is grandly held in summer. Since it is very popular, I heard that it is quite difficult to get the tickets.
As for ancient times, the arena seems to have been used to duel with a lion or various fierce animals. Because do the stream of the blood, the arena seeming is such a meaning because it was sanded.
Of all the cities I have cycled in recently, Verona comes the closest to having adequate numbers of state-of-the-art bicycle stands in places where they are most needed.
Most of these seem to have been installed quite recently, and unlike many other cities the Verona City Council consulted the local bicycle club before ordering, so the new stands are very practical and enable you to lock your bike easily without damaging the front wheel.
Verona history begun before the romans, that's sure, but it's not exactly clear where its original inhabitants came from.
Then it was roman, barbaric (longobard and more) and then a free "comune" under the La Scala family, also referred as The Scaligeri.
Then Venice, then France, then Austria....
Oh my God, this may became a very long tip...
Read the wikipedia page instead... Not as rich as the italian Wiki version, but not so bad:
Here is the english Verona's wikipedia page
Internet Train is a cheap place to use the internet, they have 3 stores in Verona. Two on Via Roma (17 - has 20 PCs and 28a - has 4 PCs), and one on Via San Paolo 8a (12 PCs).
I used the one on Via Roma (17). The only problem is that even though they have many computers here, it can be busy and sometimes you will have to wait.
The good thing with this chain of internet stores is that you buy your time and it goes on a card (that you insert into a slot next to the computer), and any unused time remains on your card, which you can top-up at any store.
Also, depending on the store, it may also have access to: scanners, a fax machine or international phone cards.
Check out the site below for more details (The site is in Italian, English and Japanese).
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