It may already be obvious that Verona is one of my favourite places to visit, if my recent post on things to do in Verona are anything to go by. In this post I am going to hopefully inspire you to the coolest and best day trips from Verona to amazing cities and towns. Some you may have heard of and some new ones.
As I have said before that you can book cheap flights to Verona so it makes for a great place to land in as it offers easy access if you are travelling to Lake Garda as well as Venice and many other cool towns worthy of exploring in Verona. So, if you are planning a trip to Italy‘s Verona, the places below are also within reach and can be easily added to your Italian Itinerary.
The beauty of exploring Italy is that trains are fairly easy to navigate. Making it quick and easy to reach lots of world-class places close to Verona. Below are some of my favourite and the best day trips you can take from Verona.
Here is 3 most important and easily reachable Day-Trips from Verona at a glance
- Verona to Venice Day Trip
- Verona and Lake Garda Day Trip from Milan
- Medieval Walled Towns day trip
Best Day Trips From Verona By Train
Once you have explored all the cool museums in Verona and the palaces its time to get on the train and check out nearby cities and towns. You can easily catch the train from Verona for day trips in addition you can also use coaches like Flixbus. For train, bus times and prices check out Omio which will give you both times and prices for different services to help you choose the best one.
Verona to Venice Day Trip
The full-day trip to Venice departing from Verona is surely a busy day praising and exploring the beautiful city Venice has to show. You can simply buy tickets at Verona station to travel to Venice and back, Venice is just an hour away on a high-speed train as Venice is tiny.
The Floating City is something more than canals and Carnival, it has made up of busy markets and elegant glass factories. If you do little planning you can easily see important landmarks in a day trip tour from Verona to Venice.
- Once you reached to Venice, a beautiful bridge will greet you and take you to the lagoon center. You can discover the ancient master gondoliers and get to know this city with a walking tours and scenic gondola ride.
- Explore the artistic side of Venice with a walking tour and enjoy roaming around the charming alleys of the city, taking pictures of the beautiful scenery which considered unique in the world!
- Visit the most famous places like San Marco square aka St. Mark’s Square.
- In the afternoon you can visit the Doge’s Palace to get know-how about Venice’s royal history and its stunning architecture.
- If you want to enjoy nature and have some rest in evening you can also spend some time at Public Gardens (Giardini Pubblici) which is just 15 –minutes’ walk away from St. Mark’s Square is the largest park in Venice
Famous local Food:
For your hunger control you can taste some special local food, I’ll suggest you to choose the Rialto food market and try traditional food (Cicchetti) with local wine. Also, note that the quality of food in restaurants in Venice is a lot better when you steer away from the popular and crowded streets.
Day trip duration: 12 hours
Also Read: How To Get From Verona To Venice
Day Trip To Lake Garda Towns From Verona
Verona is one of Italy’s most majestic Renaissance cities, you also have some pretty amazing towns on the nearby lake riveria that is Lake Garda.
- There are plenty of beautiful towns on Lake Garda that are with reach from Verona. I have had the pleasure of staying in both Desenzano, Sirmione, Malcesine and further north of the lake in Balzano. Do not underestimate the size of the lake! I would advise you to pick 1 or two towns to visit and spend the day in. You can easily visit two in a day providing you leave early. Desenzano, Sirmione, Peschiera, Lazise, Bardolino and Garda are all very easy to reach. You can also easily explore by ferry between the towns. For more details check out my post on Lake Garda towns to visit.
- One of my favourites is Sirmione, a small lakeside village located right on the shore of Lake Garda. You can spend some time to explore the beauty of this town like medieval alleys, a famous palace and amazing views.
- Take the boat road to make more fun and enjoy panoramic views on the eastern and western shores of the lake.
Famous local Food:
I have shared tips on the best restaurants to check out in Sirmione for when you feel peckish. Note there are also plenty of gelato cafes to indulge in too.
Day trip duration: 15-16 hours
If you planning to stay and want to explore more about Verona you can view our blog best places to stay (areas to visit).pdf
Also Read: The Best Places To Stay In Lake Garda
Medieval Walled Town Day Trips From Verona By Train Or Bus
If you think you’ve already discovered Italy because you’ve been to Rome, Venice, Verona and Milan then you need to correct yourself because you have missed a lot of Italian beauty hidden in beautiful and medieval walled towns. The huge defensive walls have been made to protect against anything from the people of the walled city’s perceived threat. Below are the four medieval walled towns within the very easy reach day trip from Verona within an hour or 2 by train.
Firstly the bus or train from Verona to Soave will approximately take 45 minutes from Verona Stradone Scipione Maffei to Soave. Soave is a walled city of great charm famed all over the world for its prestigious white wine. Explore the Scaliger walls and the castle, you can have a short view of the hall of the bodyguards.
The beautiful street full of colored houses lines provides an antique look of this town. If you enjoy a bit of hiking you can reach the top of Mount Tenda where you can see Soave’s medieval castle. You will learn many geological and historical facts of this town by visiting its surroundings. When choosing your restaurant in Soave, there is one worthy of a visit in the historic center called Corso Vittorio Emanuele, where you find simple eateries and nice food shops
- Castelfranco Veneto
Then move to the monument of the middle Ages: the cutest Castelfranco Veneto. It will take 1 h 10 minutes (Frecciarossa and Regionale) and from 1 h 30 minutes (Regionale Veloce and Regionale) to Castelfranco Veneto. The town is known for being the birthplace of Giorgione, he was a famous artists of the 16th century so you shouldn’t miss to see Giorgione’s House. At its heart, the town’s cathedral, the Duomo, which sits behind a row of statues opposite the town hall.
Duomo is a 18th century building presenting Catholic architecture designed by Francesco Maria Preti and which shows work by Paolo Veronese, Jacopo Bassano and many other artists. Inside the duomo there are lot of nice works, along with a wonderful Madonna masterpiece by Giorgione. If you get a chance to visit this town in September, then you are lucky because in this month this town holds a medieval fair. For Lunch Break in the middle of the day, you can find several bars and restaurants around the historic center and surroundings streets where you can have delicious meals and for fast food, you can go with takeaway pizza option in your hand and enjoy it walking around by the walls.
Cittadella is a beautiful walled town perfectly between Padua, Venice, Verona and Vicenza and it’s considered one of the most favourite town in northern Italy. It takes about 1 hour (Frecciarossa and Regionale) and from 1 h 20 min (Regionale Veloce and Regionale) to Cittadella from Verona. The surrounding wall has been restored and is 1,461 meters (4,793 ft) in circumference with a diameter of around 450 meters (1,480 ft). There are four gates that roughly correspond to the points of the compass. The important tourist attraction of Cittadella is a tour of the ramparts, the rampart walk provides great views down onto the medieval town centre. Duomo di Cittadella is the main Roman Catholic Church in the centre of the town of Cittadella. There is a Museum of Religious Art in the bell-tower also worth checking out.
This is a picturesque small town in the north-eastern Veneto region of Italy. Its almost 114 kilometers from Verona you can travel by bus or by train to get there. A gorgeous medieval town where the Venetian noblemen used to holiday every summer. The air and landscape are alive. This place doesn’t have a lot of places to eat, still, you can find some bars which offer sandwiches and rolls. There is also a restaurant in in Piazza Mazzini, it’s a large open space with views up to the Rocca.
It also has the Torre Civica, a clock tower, and the Biblioteca Comunale. Just a little distance away, there is the castle, the Castello. This castle can be visited between April and November on guided tours. Via del Santuario you can continue your journey and visit the next spot Villa Nani Mocenigo. It is a 16th century villa and you can explore the beautiful statues standing along the wall as it’s a private property so the inside visit can be done on request because its not open for all public.
Day trip duration: 10-15 hours (depends on which town you want to visit)
Verona To Milan Day Trip
While not exactly super close its possible to do a day trip to Milan from Verona and vice versa. My only advice is to book the fast train in advance. Make sure you are on the early train and be sure to avoid the slow regional train. Check Omio as that will provide you with train journey duration. While you can do this as a day trip, its a bit long-winded and I would advise you to just stay overnight and explore the beautiful city’s Duomo, museums and theatres at a leisurely pace.
There you have it, the best day trips from Verona by train. Have you been to any of the above cities and towns?
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