Car hire in Verona
Hiring a car in Verona
Verona Villafranca Airport (VRN) - also known as Valerio Catullo Airport - is located just outside of the city of Verona in Italy, with the journey to the centre being around 12km via the A4 or A22. The airport offers international travel, with many destinations in Europe being possible.
It is a good airport to arrive at if you want to explore Verona, Venice, Milan, Brescia and Bologna, as all of these locations are within two hours of Verona Airport via car. This means it is the ideal choice if you want to explore this beautiful area of Italy, especially if you make the most of car hire.
What you need to know
You have 16 car hire companies to choose from upon arriving at Verona Airport, giving you plenty of choice in terms of price and vehicle type. The majority of these are rated as being 'excellent' or 'very good', so you know you're in great hands and will get the best possible service.
With so much choice, you may struggle with finding the right hire car for you. Make it easier by using Holiday Autos' booking tool, which will show you all your available options and how much they cost, without any hidden charges. As added bonuses, you'll also benefit from free amendments, no credit card charges, 24/7 support and free cancellation.
Where to pick up your car
You'll find all the car hire companies at the airport, making it really easy to arrange collection of your vehicle. Some of the companies have desks in the arrivals hall, so you can simply grab your luggage and go. Others have offices just outside the terminal. These are within walking distance and are clearly marked so you shouldn't have an trouble finding them.
While you can arrange a hire car once you've arrived at Verona Airport, this is likely to be a lot more expensive. Arranging everything before you travel will ensure you get the best possible price and that you are able to book the vehicle you want.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Pop your luggage in the boot of your hire car and be ready to head out and explore this stunning area of northern Italy. Make the most of Verona, which is one of the most popular destinations for tourists. The perfect opportunity to take in some art, music and history, Verona has a lot more to offer than simply being the fictional setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
You can also head further afield to see some other wonderful locations in this region of Italy. Shop at some of the best designer stores in the country or ride a gondola through the waterways of Venice. Enjoy great food wherever you go and revel in the wonderful views that seem to change every few minutes. Hiring a car at Verona Airport really does leave you with a huge number of options.
Quite likely to be the first place you'll drive to once you land at Verona Airport is Verona itself. A city for star-crossed lovers, it won't take long to see why Verona draws so many people to it. It has a rich history, which is evident through its wonderful attractions, including the Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore and the Roman Amphitheater. You'll find sunny squares that are perfect for enjoying a coffee, friendly locals and a fantastic array of food.
Another location mentioned in Shakespeare's play about tragic young love is Mantua, which is just 36km from the airport via the A22 and E45. Those who know Romeo and Juliet will recognise the place as being where Romeo was sent in exile. In reality, Mantua - also known as Mantova - was made into a centre for art and learning by the Gonzaga family, whose palace is still the main draw of the area. This is definitely the place to go if you want to explore some great galleries and architecture.
Just over an hour away from Verona Airport via the A4 and E70 - which have tolls - is the iconic city of Venice. While you'll have to board a boat for part of the journey, it is most definitely worth it to see this beautiful city up close. There is so much to Venice that you'll want to explore, so it is well worth just wandering around for a while or hopping onto a gondolier. You can also head to the six sestieri neighbourhoods nearby, which are accessible by boat.
In the opposite direction to Venice and 161km from Verona Airport via the A4 toll road is Milan. The city is one of the fashion capitals of the world and offers one of the most well-known shopping districts, giving you the chance to buy some of the latest designer items. As well as shopping and runway shows, Milan offers beautiful historic sites that are well worth a visit.
Top attractions in Verona
There are a number of great attractions within driving distance of Verona Airport, giving you plenty to explore and making it a good idea to hire a car upon arrival.
Duomo di Santa Maria Matricolare
You will never have seen a cathedral quite like Duomo di Santa Maria Matricolare. The absolutely gorgeous 12th-century Romanesque basilica is wonderfully colourful and full of details, both inside and out. The grand building will give you plenty to photograph and allow you to learn about its interesting construction.
A slightly different church is Santa Maria Antica, which is a lot smaller than cathedral. However, it isn't the church that is the most exciting part of this historical site. The gothic tombs are what make the church a top attraction. These feature detailed effigies are quite imposing and interesting to explore.
Piazza delle Erbe
If you want to find a beautiful place to eat a meal, soak up the sun or just grab a coffee, the Piazza delle Erbe is the perfect choice. The Piazza is the main feature of the Centro Storico, located on the former site of a Roman forum and providing a number of restaurants and market stalls. There are a lot of interesting places set around the Piazza, so take some time to see what's on offer.