Exhibitions and Fairs in Verona
The city, famous worldwide for the lyrical Arena and Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, is also a major exhibition center and an agricultural, commercial, industrial services provider. Verona Exhibition Center - VeronaFiere (145 thousand square metres of indoor exhibition space) has now assumed international importance and has over 1.1 million visitors per year.
The agriculture of the area is mainly related to wine-making and fruit growing; the craft sector is active in the production of furniture, the industry operates in conjunction with the agricultural and food processing, but also in the production of footwear and equipment for mechanics. As regards the services sector, Verona boasts the presence of major banks and insurance companies as Cariverona (now Unicredit), Popolare di Verona and Cattolica Assicurazioni. Finally, the logistics industry: Verona hosts the Quadrante Europa, a major Freight Village at the intersection of major routes of freight traffic, highways and railways, towards North and East Europe.
How to get to Verona
Verona is at the intersection of the motorways A4 Milan-Venice and the A22 Brenner, an ideal position for all traffic in transit to European markets. The station of Verona Porta Nuova, in Piazzale XXV Aprile, in the south of the historical centre, boasts a passengers traffic of about 25 million people a year. The railway station within the Quadrante Europa is essential for the economy of the city, the region and all of northern Italy: over 30% of the goods towards the rest of Europe transits here. The airport of Verona Villafranca, has a traffic of nearly 4 million passengers per year: it's located in Dossobuono, just over 10 km away from the city, to which it is connected by shuttle services. By car, it is reached from the exits Sommacampagna, on the A4 motorway, or Verona Nord, on the A22.
Where to stay in Verona
Staying at a hotel in the historical centre of Verona means being within walking distance from some of the major tourist attractions of the city: the Arena, famous worldwide for the Opera, the delightful Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Signori, surrounded by historic buildings. The hotels near Verona Porta Nuova train station are the most comfortable for those who must reach the Fair of Verona, connected to the station by shuttle buses. The B&Bs and hotels near Verona, however, allow to stay in very quiet and charming rural areas, but perfectly connected to the city centre via several buses.
Verona shopping venues
Shopping in Verona develops between the streets of the historical centre. The wealthy city offers visitors plenty of shopping opportunities, from clothing items and footwear, to perfumes, fabrics and antiques. The most famous shopping street is Via Mazzini, that from the Arena gets to the intersection of Via Cappello. The latter, besides being an important shopping street, is also where you can find Juliet's famous balcony. Excellent shopping opportunities also in the oldest part of town, within the great bend of the river Adige, where the Duomo stands. But it is around Piazza delle Erbe, that you will find all the big names of fashion and footwear.
The nightlife of the city flows mainly in the centre, in the streets around Piazza delle Erbe and the very elegant area of the Riverside, in via Sottoriva. Pubs and clubs are a bit everywhere in the city and towards the periphery: the most famous are Kofler Paulaner Brewery in via Luigi Pasteur, or the disco Berfi's Club in via Lussemburgo. For something more sophisticated head towards Piazza Erbe, hosting the historic bar-restaurant Casa Mazzanti Caffè and Piper in via delle Torricelle, with its Futurist paintings over the counter.
Amusement parks close to Verona
Staying in Verona means being close to some of the most famous amusement parks of northern Italy. In the area of Lake Garda, about twenty kilometers from the city, there are Gardaland and Canevaworld; towards the Brenner, in Bussolengo, there is the Zoo Safari Natura Viva; Valeggio sul Mincio hosts the nature oasis Parco Giardino Sigurtà; near the A22 motorway exit Affi, there is Rio Valli Acquapark; in Colà di Lazise you can relax in the greenery of Villa Dei Cedri, a beautiful thermal park.
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