By Train -- Direct train service departs every 30 minutes from Venice and takes anywhere from 1 hour and 10 minutes to 2 hours and 20 minutes, depending on the type of train you catch (tickets 9.05€–31.80€ one-way). Frequent trains also connect Verona with Vicenza (30-50 min.), Padua (35-50 min.), Milan (1 1/2-2 hr.). and Bologna (2/3-2 hr.). From Verona station (Verona Porta Nuova), it’s a 15-minute walk to the historic center. The bus network within the historic center is limited, so if you have luggage, you'll probably want a taxi to get to your hotel.
By Car -- The Serenissima autostrada (A4) links Venice and Milan; the exit for downtown Verona is Verona Sud. Coming from the north or south, use the A22 autostrada, taking exit Verona Nord.
The tourist office is off Piazza Bra at Via Degli Alpini 9 (www.tourism.verona.it; tel. 045/806-8680; Mon–Sat 10am–1pm and 3–5pm, Sun 10am–2pm) and can supply maps, hotel reservations, discount cards, and guided tour information.
The city lies alongside the banks of an S-shaped curve in the Adige River. As far as the average visitor is concerned, everything of interest -- with the exception of the Teatro Romano -- is found in the centro storico on the south side of the river's loop; there's no site that cannot be easily and enjoyably reached by foot. Little to no traffic is permitted in town, so upon arrival, stash your car in a parking area suggested by your hotel (where they'll most likely have a special arrangement), and let your feet do the transporting.
The massive ancient Roman amphitheater, the Arena, sits at the southern end of the city's hub in the airy cafe-ringed Piazza Brà. The piazza is linked by the popular Via Mazzini pedestrian thoroughfare to the Piazza delle Erbe and its adjacent Piazza dei Signori. The grid of pedestrian-only streets between is lined with shops and cafes that make up the principal strolling and window-shopping destinations in town.
Slightly out of this loop (though still an easy walk) is the Basilica San Zeno Maggiore, west of the Arena, and Juliet's Tomb, southeast of the Arena (only die-hard Juliet fans will appreciate the trek here). Both the train station and the Fiera di Verona conference center are located in the southern part of town beyond the Porta Nuova.