Verona Travel Summary

With its Roman ruins, renaissance palaces, medieval buildings, piazzas, Verona is one of the most beautiful cities in northern Italy with outstanding architecture and natural setting.

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The Verona Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Verona:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2. A comprehensive lowdown of What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town

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The Centro Storico has some fantastic sights for example the remarkably well-preserved 1st-century amphitheatre, the venue for the city’s annual summer opera festival through to the remarkable Piazza Delle Erbe.  Verona is also famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” A 14th-century residence with a tiny balcony overlooking a courtyard is said be “Juliet’s House.”

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Verona is Italy’s fourth-most-visited city making it one of the most important tourist destinations in Italy.  With beautiful pink hued-tiled rooftops juxtaposed with leafy green trees and the sparkling Adige River that flows through this UNESCO World Heritage Site, Verona is a tourist’s delight.

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Visit Juliet’s house and balcony and rub her statue for good luck; stroll across the Ponte Pietra bridge to admire the views over the Adige River; visit the remains of a 3rd-century Roman gate at the historic Porta Borsari; visit the statue of famed poet Dante Alighieri in the Piazza dei Signori; or marvel at the crumbling but still functional Arena di Verona, an enormous Roman amphitheatre dating back 2,000 years and still boasting the largest opera stage in the world.

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One of our favourite things to do is to prepare a picnic and grab a couple of bottles of prosecco and sit by the River Adige at sunset.

 

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2. A comprehensive lowdown of What to See:

 

Arena di Verona:

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  • The best-preserved Roman amphitheatre in the world and the best known in Italy after Rome’s Colosseum
  • The elliptical Arena was built in a slightly pinkish marble in the 1st century A.D. and stands in the very middle of town adjacent to Piazza Brà
  • Built to accommodate more than 20,000 people it is in remarkable shape today (despite a 12th-century earthquake that left only four arches of the outer ring standing)
  • Verona’s internationally renowned Opera Festival is known internationally as one of the most spectacular in the world.
  • Each year, operas are magnificently staged in the awe-inspiring ancient Roman amphitheatre

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Castelvecchio:

BestTravelBook Top Pick:

  • Castelvecchio today is home to the Castelvecchio museum made possible by the restoration work led by architect Carlo Scarpa from 1959 until 1973
  • The museum has a large collection of gold works, ceramics, ancient weapons, paintings, statues and sculptures
  • Most of the sculptures date back to the Romanesque period and include works by Tintoretto, Veronese, Andrea Mantegna, and Pisanello
  • The museum also features several frescoes and paintings from the 14th century and most of the artwork is heavily focused on the religious

 

Castelvecchio Bridge:

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  • The Castelvecchio Bridge also known as the Verona’s Scaliger Bridge connects the Verona’s late-medieval castle to the Adige’s left bank
  • It is described by the historian and author Valerio Massimo Manfredi as “the most beautiful, most medieval, most arched bridge of all time”

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Piazza delle Erbe:

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  • Piazza delle Erbe is the Verona’s masterpiece central piazza and one of Verona’s showcase sights
  • Admire the Baroque façade of the Palazzo Maffei, one of the most distinctive buildings on the square. The nearby Torre del Gardello dates back to the 14th century
  • The large statue of a winged lion is a symbol of the city’s prowess. In the middle of the square stands the cascading Fontana dei Madonna Verona, the centrepiece of Piazza delle Erbe
  • It is also home to three of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed city’s most famous monuments: Palazzo della Ragione, Bartolomeo Manfredi’s 15th-century clock tower, and the 11th-century Rotonda di San Lorenzo, the city’s oldest church

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Torre dei Lamberti:

BestTravelBook Top Pick:

  • The Torre dei Lamberti provides a sensational 360° panoramic views from the top of its 84 meters across the historic city of Verona
  • To reach the panoramic terraces and the belfry, visitors can opt to use the stairs that run along the vertical inner perimeter (368 steps) or take the elevator that allows you to admire the typical architectural beauty of the monument, as if you were walking

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Verona Cathedral:

BestTravelBook Top Pick:

  • Duomo, the Verona Cathedral, located on the banks of the Fiume Adige, is one of Verona’s most sacred Catholic sites
  • Admire its beautiful architecture. Inside, you will discover a series of small chapels, arched ceilings and breathtaking sculptures and frescoes
  • Built in Romanesque architecture, the cathedral was consecrated in 1187
  • Since the 12th century, Duomo features the most exquisite Romanesque carvings, early unique Christian artefacts, and lovely wall paintings.
  • Duomo is the dominant structure of a complex of architectural buildings which include the Canonscloister, S. Giovanni in Fonte, the Capitular library, S. Elena, the bishop’s residence and the square in front of the church

Castel San Pietro:

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  • From the stairs of the San Pietro hill you can admire the most beautiful views of Verona.
  • The amazing views of Verona from the Castel San Pietro are a true must-see – time it right for sunset and you’re in for a real treat. The castle itself isn’t open to the public, but the 20-minute climb through the pine forest takes you past the Roman theatre

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Casa di Giulietta:

BestTravelBook Top Pick:

  • Dating back to the 13th Century, Juliet’s House was renovated in the 1900’s
  • In the courtyard you can admire a bronze sculpture of Juliet
  • The Building features the balcony where Romeo, in Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, declared and promised his beloved Juliet his eternal love – if you pay for admission you can visit the famous balcony for a photograph with a view
  • Inside the house is a small museum and each room, and the halls, delight with historical pieces from Romeo and Juliet’s time to re-live ancient Verona’s life
  • The walls on the entrance are lined up to 2m high with love notes

 

Scaliger Tombs:

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  • Scaliger Tombs (Arche Scaligere) are one of the most significant and outstanding examples of Gothic art in the world
  • They are a complex of funerary monuments of the Scaligeri family
  • They are situated next to the Church of Santa Maria Antica, in a church court in the city centre near Lords’ Square (Piazza dei Signori), also known as Dante’s Square (Piazza Dante)

 

Palazzo Maffei:

BestTravelBook Top Pick:

  • Palazzo Maffei is located in Piazza delle Erbe and the top of building’s facade is adorned with six marble statues representing Hercules, Jupiter, Venus, Minerva, and Apollo, all cast from local marble with the exception of Hercules which is believed to have Roman origins
  • The art pieces exhibited at Palazzo Maffei are part of the private collection of Luigi Carlon, a local tycoon who began collecting in his youth
  • There are paintings by Altichiero and Liberale da Verona, Antonio Balestra and Giambettino Cignaroli as well as by modern masters such as Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla, Pablo Picasso, René Magritt and Emilio

 

Roman Theatre Archaeological Museum:

BestTravelBook Top Pick:

  • The archaeological museum of the Roman Theatre houses important artefacts and finds of the Verona’s Roman past.
  • Head up to the terrace to enjoy the fine view of the city, with the River Adige below and Ponte Pietra to the right

Piazza Bra:

BestTravelBook Top Pick:

  • Piazza Bra is Verona’s main square and is surrounded by magnificent architecture e.g. Arena di Verona, Portoni del Braarchway, Palazzo Barbieri, Palaces on the Listòn
  • Piazza Bra comes alive early evening when local and tourists gather to dine al fresco in one of the superb restaurants that line the square
  • During Verona’s internationally renowned Opera Season which is help at the Arena di Verona the piazza is magical – if you are unable to obtain a ticket – grab a seat at one of the restaurants where you will be able to hear the opera for free

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