From Lake Garda: transfer to the Arena Opera Festival and return

Italy, the country of sun, food and good music. And Verona is the queen of all these things, especially the last one! Infact, in Verona you find the Arena di Verona which is one of the best conservated roman amphitheatres in the world. This incredible amphitheatre is still in use today and is known for hosting countless concerts with national and international guests. One of the most famous annual events is: The Lyric Festival of Verona. Are you staying on Lake Garda and are you considering to attend one of the opera shows? Good news, by booking our Opera Transfer you will have the opportunity to reach the Arena di Verona (from lake Garda) at around 6 pm.

This way you can spend some time in the city before the start of the show and you do not have to worry about how to get back to the lake, the same private coach will take you back to your starting point at around 30 minutes after the end of the show.


This festival is known by the name Arena Opera Festival and it is considered as one of the most important opera events in the world. In the next lines you will find some background information about this Summer Festival!

For example, did you know that the first performance, the one that has inaugurated the festival, dates back to 1913? It was the Aida of Giuseppe Verdi, chosen to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the artist.

«The Great Triumph of Aida, in Verona’s Roman Amphitheatre, to the acclaim of the delirious and cosmopolitan crowd».

These were the words on the Arena newspaper on the 12th of August 1913.

Yes, because in addition to being a big event, this show also marked a change from a scenographic point of view. With the premiere of Aida, the painted scenes typical of traditional theaters were abandoned and replaced with new three-dimensional elements.

Since 1913 the Arena Opera Festival has been staged almost without interruption every year. It was only during the two World Wars that the festival stopped for ten years.

Concerti Arena di Verona
Credits: Antonio Sessa

So let’s find out together the schedule of the Opera Season 2023 and how to get to the Arena di Verona from lake Garda.

Like every year, you can choose between Aida, Carmen, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto, Nabucco and La Traviata. In addition, to these major works, two must-see appointments are also scheduled; Tosca and the evening with the famous ballet dancer Roberto Bolle.

As you probably know most of the shows start at 9pm and end around midnight, so if you are staying on Lake Garda you will need adequate transport. If you don’t have a car or don’t want to worry about parking, I can suggest two options.

The Arena di Verona- Opera Transfer from lake Garda is a bus with a guide that will allow you to go to Verona and return comfortably to the lake.

With this private transfer, you’ll arrive in Verona around 6:00 PM and have some free time at your disposal to stroll through the center, grab a drink on a terrace or dine in one of the many restaurants and maybe taste some local dishes. Around 21:00 the show starts in the Arena and the magic can begin. 30 minutes after the end of the show, your guide and the bus will be ready to return.

Credits: Tao Qi

Why should you choose our Arena di Verona – Opera Transfer from lake Garda?

  • Many pick-up points along the coast line of lake Garda between Limone sul Garda and Peschiera del Garda.
  • You will arrive prepared with advice that will simplify your visit right away.
  • You have some free time available to visit the city on your own and see the most important things in the center of Verona.
  • Return to your starting point on lake Garda at the end of the show with the guide who will be waiting for you at the exit of the Arena.
  • Coach to go and come back from Verona
  • Local guide present in the bus
  • Audioguides

Extra services to be booked IN ADVANCE

Entrance tickets for the operashow. GardaLanding is an authorised seller so you can book them in one of our office or by sending us an email to info@gardavisit.it

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The second option and valid alternative for small groups of up to 8 people or if you prefer to travel at your own pace is the Taxi service. With Taxi & Auto Blu you can book your outward and/or return rides from the lake to the Arena in advance. An excellent solution if you want to reach Verona earlier in the afternoon or if you can’t find a pick up close enough to your exact accommodation. This kind of private transfer can be booked through us or by calling the following number (0039) 346 656 8145.

Useful information before booking our Bus tour to Verona from lake Garda

  • (Especially) in high season we recommend booking 48 hours in advance to ensure availability.
  • It is possible to bring wheelchairs on board, but only if they can be folded.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Our tour is available in English or German.

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