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Verona: The Top 10 Attractions

Sara Fracassetti

Sara Fracassetti

Sara Fracassetti is the Local Contributing Writer at Global Storybook (Italy).

Ciao! I'm Sara and I am from a small village near Bergamo in Italy. I have worked in the hospitality sector in several countries, like Greece, Spain, and Australia. I am now based in Verona (Italy).

I started blogging to help and support my fellow travelers, plus I love telling about my adventures and the places I visited. Hope you enjoy reading about them too!
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Popularly known as “the city of love”, Verona is one of the most romantic destinations on the Planet.  Though it could also serve as a good family trip since Verona is a pretty flat town.  All of its attractions are within a walking distance from each other.  Plus, there are plenty of opportunities to make a quick stop for a delicious gelato along the way!

Verona is home to a large number of historic, artistic, as well as poetic sights.  In fact, it is not very uncommon to spot a man on one knee proposing to his lover, especially when walking in the downtown area.  Hence, Verona is also recognized as one of the most popular honeymoon places in the World.

So if you’re planning a visit to this charming 2,000 year old gem of a city – read on to find out about the top 10 attractions waiting for you in Verona.

Verona, Italy - Global Storybook1. Arena di Verona (Verona’s Arena)

If you think that you’ve seen this amazing sight before – then you’re not mistaken.  Verona’s very own Colosseum, is a bit smaller than that of Rome, though it’s also well preserved.  Verona’s Arena, as it is known, hosts the biggest Opera Season in Italy, along with numerous concerts and live shows.  The season starts in May and ends by the last week of September.

This amphitheater dates back to the I century.  It was partly restored in the XVII century.  The history behind this landmark can be quite confusing.  Since there aren’t that many written explanations about its construction.  Well, besides the obvious reason, of course – the gladiator fights.

  • Address: Piazza Bra, 1; Tickets office: Via Dietro Anfiteatro, 6
  • Time required: 1-3 hours
  • Hours of operation: 8:30am – 7:30pm; Ticket booth hours: 10:00am – 9:00pm when a show is on, 10:00am – 5:45 on the nights off
  • Price: € 10 adults; € 7.50 children (Show tickets prices vary)
  • Official website: http://www.arena.it/en

2. Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s House)

In the XVI century, the famous English writer Shakespeare, chose to set his tragic masterpiece “Romeo and Juliet” in the beautiful town of Verona.  The story is about the impossible love affair between two young souls – a son and a daughter of two rival families.  Well, you probably already know how that story ends.

Casa di Giulietta is surely one of the most popular attractions in Verona.  In fact, you will hardly miss it if you just follow the crowds!  Once you find a courtyard with a bronze statue of Juliet – you’ve arrived to the right place.  Inside the house there’s now a museum hosting mementos from the movie “Letters to Juliet”.  In addition, there’s a very unique and romantic Bed & Breakfast hotel plus a souvenir shop inside the Juliet’s House.

3. Castelvecchio (The Old Castle)

This magnificent castle dates back to 1354-1356.  It used to serve as a defense fort for the city’s west borders.  Later on, the Castelvecchio was also a military school under the Venetian Republic.  Even the French and the Austrian armies once used this medieval castle to store their weapons.

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Nowadays this castle is a museum, with a showcase of numerous historical and military finds.  Furthermore, from its main tower one can also enter its signature fortified bridge.  The bridge was built under the Scala lordship, and it quickly became the symbol of the scaligeri style.  Walking across the bridge, one will surely notice countless couples holding hands.  And it’s hard to blame them since this bridge is incredibly romantic, especially during the sunset hour!

4. Ponte Pietra (The Stone Bridge)

The second most famous bridge in Verona is even older than that of Castelvecchio.  This pedestrian-only bridge was built during the Roman times.  In fact, it’s the only Roman bridge which survived until our days!  Ponte Pietra, as most visitors might quickly notice – had a very… unlucky past.

This bridge was partly destroyed on countless occasions, last time by the end of the World War II.  The original part is still visible though.  It was made of white marble stones, while the red bricks are a part of the scaligeri restoration.

  • Address: end of Vicolo Sabbionaia
  • Time required: 30 minutes – 1 hour
  • Hours of operation: 24/7
  • Price: free

5. Teatro Romano (Roman Theatre)

A theatre differs from an amphitheatre mainly by its shape – the first is only half a circle, while the latter is a full one.  Upon leaving the historical side of Verona, you can cross the Ponte Pietra bridge to arrive at this I century landmark.

Every summer Teatro Romano offers its stage to stand up comedies, dancing shows and a popular Shakespeare festival.  During the day, one can visit its interiors plus an archeological museum* located inside.  Also, keep in mind that visits to Teatro Romano are limited in the winter months.

*The museum is under renovation in 2017, until further notice.

Teatro Romano, Verona, Italy - Global Storybook

6. Castel San Pietro

The imposing hill rising behind the Teatro Romano was originally called Monte Gallo by the Romans.  During the medieval times, important buildings like theaters and temples were usually built on top of a hill (that is, if there was one).  Therefore a beautiful church, dedicated to St. Peter soon rose from the grounds of this one.

But that’s not all.  A glorious complex of buildings, known as “Castel San Pietro” was built on the hill as well.   You can reach it via a staircase located by the side of Teatro Romano.  Or you can also catch a ride on the brand new cableway, opened in August 2017.  It’s also the place with some of the best panoramic views of Verona.

  • Address: Piazzale Castel San Pietro, 2
  • Time required: 1-2 hours
  • Hours of operation: 24/7
  • Price: free; 2€ for a one-way cableway ride

7. Torre dei Lamberti (Lamberti Tower)

Speaking of the panoramic views – the highest tower in Verona, Torre dei Lamberti offers particularly great views over the historic centre.  Built in 1172, though significantly modified during the past 800 years – the Tower has an air gasping height of 84 meters.

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Torre dei Lamberti, Verona, Italy - Global StorybookOne can get a nice workout from climbing its 368 steps up, or one can also take a… ride on its glass elevator.  Both options provide a chance to admire the intrinsic design found inside this magnificent tower.  When you reach the top, enjoy the 360 degree views of Piazza delle Erbe, Casa di Giulietta, as well as the charming and narrow cobble-stone streets criss-crossing Verona’s heart underneath.

  • Address: Via della Costa, 2
  • Time required: 1 hours
  • Hours of operation: Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm; Saturday – Sunday (and public holidays): 11:00am – 7:00pm; closed on Christmas
  • Price: 8€, reduced 5€
  • Official website: http://torredeilamberti.it/en/

8. Piazza delle Erbe (“Herbs” Square)

A vibrant, colorful square located right in the middle of the town, Piazza delle Erbe is one of the oldest squares in Verona.  Its name can be translated literally as the “square of herbs”.  Most noteworthy, it was once part of an ancient Roman Forum.  Nowadays, this square is home to an open-air market (which is closed on Sundays), and it’s a great place to shop for souvenirs and delicious street food.  So if you’re looking for a great restaurant or a cafè, then check out this lively area.

In addition, Piazza delle Erbe is a favorite meeting point for Veronese people.  Get here before dinner and join them for a glass of traditional Spritz! (A drink served as an aperitivo).

  • Address: Piazza delle Erbe
  • Time required: 1 hour
  • Hours of operation: 24/7
  • Price: free

9. Arche Scaligere (Scaliger Tombs)

One of the prime examples of the spectacular Gothic architecture in Verona are the Arche Scaligere or the Scaliger Tombs.  Located right in the middle of the town, this landmark is only a 2 minutes walk away from Piazza delle Erbe.

Arche is an old Italian word for the “tomb” and we already learned about scaligeri earlier in this article (hint: sight #3).  Moreover, this is the original burial site of the Lords of the Scala family, like Cangrande and Cansignorio.  This rich family rests here in these gorgeous and extravagant sarcophagi, embellished with white marble.

  • Address: Via Arche Scaligere, 1
  • Time required: 1 hour
  • Hours of operation: 10:00am – 1:00pm; 2:00pm – 6:00pm; closed on Mondays
  • Price: 1€

10. Basilica di San Zeno (Basilica of San Zeno)

Verona’s most important church is the Basilica di San Zeno.  It is also the only landmark located out of the main area.  Though even the slowest walker will arrive here safely in just about 30 minutes!

The Basilica was built in a Romanesque style, in the I century.  A horrible earthquake partially destroyed it in 1117.  Afterwards, the newly added Gothic features started complementing the church’s façade.  As its name suggests, it’s dedicated to Verona’s patron saint – San Zeno, a bishop known for his countless miracles.

  • Address: Piazza San Zeno, 2
  • Time required: 1 – 2 hours
  • Hours of operation: 8:30am – 6:00pm; Sundays 12:30am – 6:00pm
  • Price: free
  • Official website: http://www.basilicasanzeno.it/ (Italian only)

* Please note: all prices are valid for 2017 only. 

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