15 best sights of Verona – description and photos

15 top attractions in Verona

The first church of San Fermo Maggiore was built in the eighth century in memory of the saints Fermo and Rustico, who were believed at the time to have been killed in the gladiatorial arena. In the eleventh century the church was rebuilt and only the crypt remains of the original.

The present church retains its Romanesque lower part of the 11th century, with a Gothic upper part from the 13th to the 14th century. The façade is beautifully decorated with marble. The church contains a 14th century wooden crucifix and a “Adoration of the Shepherds” by Alessandro Turca. Look for Pisanello’s frescoes above the Brenzoni monument and other frescoes surrounding the pulpit.

Address: Chiesa di San Fermo Maggiore, Via Dogana, Verona, Italy.

Castelvecchio Castle

This Gothic castle was built in the 8th century as a defensive fortress. The castle, reminiscent of the Kremlin in Moscow, became the residence of the Scala family who stayed there during the attacks of the city and the Verona riots. The building later served as a prisoner’s quarters, then as an arsenal and later as an artillery school.

At the end of the 19th century the building was opened to the public, and in the 20th century it was closed for reconstruction during which 3 towers were rebuilt. Nowadays, the territory of the castle is divided into three parts. The eastern part in the form of an irregular trapezoid was the royal court. A special attraction of this part of the courtyard is the bridge, made in the same style as the castle. It could be crossed unobtrusively to the uninhabited banks of the Adige in the Middle Ages, then to the Alps and to Germany, to the allies of the Scala family. On the west side is the armory, and between the east and west is the inner courtyard.

In the 1970s, the city museum was opened here, displaying priceless objects of art: paintings, sculptures, miniatures and antique weapons. Although the disappeared objects could never be found after the theft in 2015, there are still objects worthy of attention in the museum. Castelvecchio Castle is a quiet place where another world opens up behind the ancient walls.

9. Ponte Pietra.

In Verona, Italy, there is a single arched bridge that was erected back in the first century. Ponte Pietra (“Stone Bridge”) connected the banks of the Adige in 90. Originally, the ancient Roman architects built it in the form of 5 spans of pure marble, made in the form of arches. Ponte Pietra is about 120 m long and almost 4 m wide.

Over time, the bridge was repeatedly repaired and other materials were added. Thus Ponte Postumio (“Marble Bridge”) got its modern name. During the Nazi occupation the bridge was blown up and completely destroyed. Until the end of the war its remains rested at the bottom of the Adige.

The reconstruction of Ponte Pietra was carried out on the basis of preserved photographs, so it was possible to almost completely preserve its original appearance. Part of the bridge was taken from the bottom of the river, and the rest of it was lined with red bricks. The original appearance of the new Ponte Pietra became its highlight and today it ranks among the best sights in Verona. Adding interest to the bridge are the many ancient buildings close by: the Roman Theatre, the Church of St. Stephen and the Monastery of San Girolamo.

Church of San Lorenzo (Chiesa di San Lorenzo)

San Lorenzo is one of the oldest in Verona.

The church of San Lorenzo is unpopular with tourists because of its distance from the main street. After turning from Porta Borsari and passing through the courtyards, a Gothic arch with the sculpture of St. Lawrence on top will be visible. Entering it, the tourist will come across the church. It is entered from the central facade, made in Roman masonry and decorated with bas-reliefs and frescoes. On both sides there are two towers for the passage of women to the second floor of the cathedral. Inside the towers are spiral staircases, such a construction is rare. The interior of the church is steeped in antiquity, no reconstruction has been done for about 900 years.

Cost: admission is free.

Working hours: from March to October: Monday to Saturday from 10 to 18 hours, on Friday from 13 to 18:00. From November to February: Fri-Sat 10 to 13, Thu 13 to 17.

How to get there

Juliet’s house is located in the heart of Verona, in the pedestrian area of the old city. It is worth including in your itinerary through the city center, together with other places of interest, such as Romeo’s house. When choosing the time to visit it is worth taking into account the very high popularity of this place among tourists, so, the best time would be the start time of the museum.

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The coordinates of Juliet’s house for your navigation device are: 45.441877,10.998502.

You can also get to Juliet’s house by public transportation, buses 11, 12, 13, 30, 31, 51, 52,73 or evening routes – 90, 92, 96, 97, 98. After 7:30 p.m. evening buses begin operating in the city, and at 10 p.m. the traffic stops.

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Buy tours of Italy, including Juliet’s house, you can already be in place at the nearest travel agency, or order a Russian-speaking guide in advance with the service “Experts.Turister.Ru.

It was very difficult to catch this photo without people.

A small courtyard with Juliet’s balcony and her monument. It is said that you have to hold Juliet’s chest and leave a lock on the wall.

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Piazza Bra, Verona’s main square

Verona’s main and largest square gets its name from the word “expanse”. For a medieval city center, its true size is impressive. The square is bounded by the Arena di Verona amphitheatre, the church of San Nicolo, the palaces of Palazzo dela Gran Guardia and Palazzo dela Gran Guardia Nova, Ottolini and Guglienzi.

Despite its enormity, Piazza Bra looks very chambery and cozy. Its main part is occupied by a square with century-old trees, a fountain and monuments. In the square there are immortalized King Victor Emmanuel II and partisans of World War II. On the fountain there are commemorative plaques of Verona’s sister cities. The city has 11 of them, and the list includes the Israeli Ra’anana and the Palestinian Bethlehem. The central composition of the fountain is a stylized image of the Alps, from which jets of water gush out.

The first floors of the residential buildings on the west side of the piazza are lined with cafes and restaurants. The southern entrance to Piazza Bra is the Portoni della Bra gate with battlements similar to those on the walls of the Moscow Kremlin. At the north side of the square, next to the pillar of the Virgin Mary right on the sidewalk is a schematic plan of Verona without a single signature. From it we can learn that the city is planned as a combination of rectangular blocks, and that the river Adige winds around it like a horseshoe.

The architecture of Piazza Bra gives no impression of unity and completeness. However, one should hardly expect such an impression from an ensemble that began to be built by the Romans and was finished at the end of the XIX century (that’s when the square was arranged). Nevertheless, Piazza Bra deservedly remains the evening center of attraction for residents and guests of Verona.

San Zeno Maggiore Basilica

This masterpiece of Romanesque style appeared on the architectural map of Verona in the seventh century. Its monumental building was the burial place of Bishop Zeno, who was consecrated a saint. It is noteworthy that the crypt where the bishop’s remains are kept, looks really ominous: decayed bones still rest in a transparent sarcophagus, and in the evenings the crypt is illuminated. Bas-reliefs, statues, and elaborate carvings all appeared on the facade of the basilica much later than its creation.

The facade itself, made of pink marble and golden tuff, looks majestic and somewhat heavy. The cost of a ticket to the basilica is 2.50 euros. From March to October, it is open to tourists from 8:30 to 18:00, on Sundays it opens at 12:30. In winter, the Basilica closes an hour earlier.

African Museum (Museo Africano)

The museum is of particular interest to students of anthropology.

After the mission to Africa, the religious community of Verona organized the Museo Africano, dedicated to the culture, everyday life and life of the African continent. Founded at the end of the XIX century, the museum building was acquired only in the 30s of the XX century and by the 60s it was popular among Italians and tourists. In addition to the exhibition hall the museum includes a library and a film library, it is a place for discussion of the problems of the African continent.

Cost: 5 €, 3 € for groups receiving preferential treatment, 2 € for children aged 7-18. Free of charge with the Verona Card.

Opening hours: Fri 09:00 – 12:30, 14:00 – 17:00; Sat 09:30 – 12:30, 15:00 – 18:00; Thu 15:00 – 18:00.

Question: Where to go shopping in Verona?

Answer: The best place to go shopping for souvenirs is Plaza della Erbe. For clothing and brand name brands, go to Via Mazzini and Via Cappello.

Arena di Verona

Arena di Verona is a monumental amphitheater of pink marble, which was built by the ancient Romans. Today the Arena is considered the third largest building of its kind in Italy. And recently it turned two thousand years old! Architects of previous centuries did a wonderful job – the acoustics of the arena are so perfect that even today predominantly opera concerts are held there.

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Connoisseurs admit that the Arena di Verona always hosts the best productions of “Romeo and Juliet.” True, such performances are only possible during the warm season. A full ticket will cost you 10 euros. Tickets for concerts are charged separately. Usually the price ranges from 24 to 100 euros. Tours are available from 8:30 to 19:30. On Mondays, the Arena opens at 1:30 pm.

Porta Leoni.

The Lions’ Gate is considered one of the oldest city gates of old Verona. Built during the Roman conquests, they lost their original name, resurfacing under different names at different points in Verona’s history. The name was given to them in a very trivial way: not far from the gate there is a tomb “guarded” by lions.

Once in front of the double façade, note the small brick wall that stands next to it. This is a fragment of an even older gate

The presumed time of their construction is estimated at the first century B.C. Unfortunately, today only the right part of the facade of the port of Leoni is preserved. The outer facade is not preserved, but the inner facade, lined with white stone and decorated with twisted columns, still faces the forum of Verona.

St. Peter’s Castle – observation deck

The fortress, built on the site of a former Roman temple, was named after the Apostle Peter. Its location was not accidental – the hill on which the castle stands is flanked by the river Adige and has enough height to see the whole of Verona. These two qualities were of the greatest strategic value. The modern observation deck offers a truly fantastic view of the city. The castle has been in disrepair for many years and is now undergoing active restoration work. According to the current plan under the arches of the castle of St. Peter should open a museum. Entrance to the castle grounds is free, but expect a rather grueling climb – the funicular has been out of service for years.

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Whether or not the famous characters of Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet existed in reality is not reliably known. People are divided into two camps. The first believe that the tragic story of young lovers was based on real events, and the second that it is completely made up. But both of them make a pilgrimage by the hundreds of thousands to Verona to see Juliet’s House and the very balcony where she stood listening to love confessions from the ardent Romeo.

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Juliet’s House (Casa di Giulietta in the original Italian) is located on Via Cappello in the northern part of Verona, which in turn is in northern Italy.

The house was built in the 13th century and for a long time was owned by the ancient family of Cappello. This family name is probably the prototype for the Capulet family in the play. The family coat of arms of the Capello family can still be seen on the wall. In 1667 the house was first sold.

Since then, it has changed several owners. As a result, by the early 20th century it was in a state of disrepair and overgrown with vines. In 1907

The municipality bought the house and decided to turn it into “Juliet’s House”, taking advantage of the resemblance between the names of the first owner of the house, the Capello family, and the Capuletti in Shakespeare’s play.

Let’s dispel the halo of mystery – Juliet’s House actually has nothing to do with either Shakespeare or the fictional Montagues and Capulets.

Significant restoration work was done in the 1930s. Windows and Gothic doors were installed. Active work was carried out from 1937 to 1940, after the release of the film “Romeo and Juliet” in 1936. Even the legendary Juliet’s balcony appeared as a result of the reconstruction.

The interior of the house was restored much later, in the 1990s. A museum dedicated to “Romeo and Juliet” opened in 1997.

The exhibition inside the house shows ceramics, frescoes and furniture of the medieval period. To be fair, these items did not belong to the real Capello or the fictional Capuletti. The museum features paintings and photographs from the film on the theme of the play. In 2002, the museum added two costumes and a large bed. These were props from the 1968 remake of the film.

Museum in Juliet’s House

On the second floor is Giulietta’s famous balcony, which overlooks the courtyard. On the third floor there is a large hall with a fireplace and the coat of arms of the Capulet family. The interior of the courtyard has also been completely redesigned. A monument to Giulietta, made in bronze by the artist Nereo Costantini, was erected here in 1972.

The history of the bronze Giulietta

On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare (23.04.1964), a local newspaper reminded the citizens of the famous words of the play “I will erect a statue in honor of your daughter”, spoken by Romeo’s father at the end of the tragedy.

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Verona sculptor Constantini made the sketches for the statue free of charge. However, the Lions Club of Verona paid for the casting of the monument. When the statue was ready, the authorities were reluctant to place it in the courtyard for a long time. Only in April 1972, the monument began to decorate the House of Juliet.

Usually all tourists stroke the statue, believing that it will bring good luck

If you pay attention to the uneven color of the statue’s covering, you can easily tell which place to pet. If you haven’t considered it, let’s say it’s the right breast of the monument

Visitors wanted happiness so badly that over a few decades they rubbed the statue almost to the holes. So in 2014, the old monument was moved to the museum and a replica was installed in its place.

In addition to harmless stroking of the bronze Juliet, tourists actively painted the nearby walls and doors with graffiti (not always pleasing to the eye) and tried to stick numerous love messages on the wall or place them in the crevices. Both had an extremely negative impact on the exterior of Juliette’s House. That’s why since 2012 the authorities, under threat of a fine, have forbidden painting walls and taping notes on them. By the way, the fine is not insignificant – 500 euros.

This is how the walls of Juliet House used to look like just a while agoThe walls of Juliet House used to be covered with notes

For those who still really want to send a note, there are mailboxes and computers. All notes go to the Juliet Club (an organization of fans of the play).

Address and opening hours of the museum

Via Cappello 23 – 37121 Verona tel. + 39 045 8034303 fax + 39 045 8062652 open from 1.30pm to 7.30pm

Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 to 19:30

Ice House

The huge dwelling was apparently unheated for a long time before we arrived, and when we were informed on arrival of the existence of a room temperature regulator, we rejoiced. The cold room required urgent heating. But as soon as we were left alone with the apartment, we immediately discovered a very unpleasant fact – all the batteries were icy, and they did not bother to turn them on when we arrived and warm the room. This makes the icy marble floor depressing. But we decided to turn on the heating of the apartment and go for a walk until everything normalizes.

Upon our return we were disappointed to find that the room temperature had risen from 14 degrees to 18. For a huge apartment with marble and tile floors it was unacceptable, especially with two small children, one of whom is just beginning to keep his balance with his own strength, and the rest of the time he moves on all fours.

And the hearing here is so great that it’s wonderful and neighborly to hear someone sneezing or talking not only behind the wall, but also on the landing or right in the street. But this is a feature of the old building, located in the central part of the city, so you can easily reach the main attractions of Verona. So comfort is comfort, but we didn’t come to Italy to stay in rooms, where the nobles of high rank must have lived.

Attractions of Verona

The phrase “Shakespearean Passion” has become a popular expression, but it’s in Verona that it finds visible expression! Although no one knows for sure who is buried there, the majestic Piazza Bra and Piazza delle Erbe, San Zeno Major Basilica, the tomb of Scaligers Arc, where three rulers of Verona are buried, seem to have the spirit of Shakespeare’s tragedy. Verona as a very ancient and beautiful city, and you can make sure of that by visiting the two thousand years old amphitheater Arena da Verona or the Gothic castle Castelvecchio of the 8th century. There is a fine collection of artifacts in the Archaeological Museum of Verona, and a beautiful cathedral of this city of the 12th century (though, with a facade of the seventeenth century) strikes with its grandeur and beauty. To understand where Verona started you need to climb St. Peter’s Hill to see the “toy” city in all its splendor spread out under your feet.

The Arena di Verona

This imposing pink marble building, built in A.D. 30, is probably the place to begin your exploration of Verona. The ancient Romans built the amphitheater for entertainment, and until now it fulfills its noble function, and at its classical performances there are up to 30000 spectators! They built it for the ages, and this structure, the third largest amphitheater in Italy, withstood the devastating earthquake of the 12th century. If you want to see the Arena di Verona and also go to a concert, plan your trip here between June and August.

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2. Juliet’s House and Romeo’s House.

These are the main attractions of Verona, its visiting cards! Juliet’s house actually belonged to the Capello family, the prototype of the Capulets in Shakespeare’s genius. There’s a courtyard and a balcony, where Romeo expressed his love for Juliet. Be sure to touch the bronze figure of the girl and make a wish; you can write it on a piece of paper and leave it on the wall. And in Romeo’s house there is a restaurant “Osteria Dal Duca”. The restaurant, apparently with the implication that the way to a man’s heart, even one as romantic as Romeo, is through the stomach.

3. Juliet’s Tomb.

It is not known who is actually buried here, but Shakespeare fans and romantics the world over are convinced that at 35 Via del Pontiere in the church is the true tomb of Juliet Capuletti. Already in the 16th century, fans of the play came here, the pilgrimage took on a mass character, and the authorities forbade it, which reduced the interest in this tomb. But in 1868 the sarcophagus was given its due respect and was moved from the garden to the wall of the church and a portico with arches was built on top. In 1910 a bust of Shakespeare was added, and in 1936 Juliet’s remains were allegedly moved to the crypt of the church, creating there a kind of crypt of lovers. So now here the flow of tourists does not dry up, and every girl considers it her duty to peel off a crumb of pink marble as a keepsake.

4. Cathedral

The Cathedral of Verona is a splendid Romanesque structure from the 12th century. To tell the truth, not much is left from the 12th century, and, say, the most beautiful facade of the building belongs to the 17th century, but the entrance with twisted columns, winged griffins and reliefs depicting the Virgin Mary, and the Romanesque frescoes have survived as a heritage of that distant century. The cathedral’s white marble facade is a unique combination of Gothic and Romanesque, while inside, ancient mosaic floors, medieval carvings and stucco have been preserved. Inside, in addition to the unique frescoes, the sarcophagus of the 14th century with the relics of St. Agatha is worth seeing.

5. Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore

The seventh century gave Verona a unique and romantic building, the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore. Its magnificent facade makes a stunning impression with its combination of golden tufa and pink marble and numerous bas-reliefs, statues, images. Of course, they appeared later than the main building, but these details give the basilica an exceptional beauty! And inside is the body of St. Zeno, placed in a transparent sarcophagus, which is illuminated in the evenings.

6. San Pietro Hill

Hill of San Pietro is interesting because, firstly, Verona as a city began here, and secondly, here is a great viewing platform, so it is worth spending your precious time, and this hill must be climbed. The ancient Romans in the 6th-5th centuries BC also liked this place very much, and they founded their city here. Here you can see the remains of the amphitheater of the first century BC, and the castle of St. Peter, which has been repeatedly demolished, but then rebuilt again. There are also villas from the 18th and 19th centuries and the funicular from the 1920s that is not working.

7. Castelvecchio

Castelvecchio, a magnificent Gothic castle, dates back to the eighth century, so its resemblance to the Moscow Kremlin speaks only about the inspiration of the builders of indescribable Moscow beauty with Italian motifs. The eastern part of Castelvecchio, shaped as an irregular trapezoid, is the Scaligers’ royal court with a tower and a powerful drawbridge. The western part is the armoury and there is also a must-see museum in this wonderful castle with paintings, sculptures, antique weapons, ceramics, and medieval miniatures, all of which are unique!

8. Scaliger’s Arches.

So what if these medieval rulers of Verona were bloody and cruel, tough and unpredictable temper? They were buried, and in that place appeared wonderful monuments of Gothic architecture of the 13-14 centuries, these unique and unparalleled “suspended” burial. The most beautiful sarcophagus is dedicated to Canseniorio, with a hexagonal tombstone standing on twisted columns, crowned by an equestrian sculpture. Never mind that Canseniorio, seeking power, strangled his brother Cangrande the Second, “drove wedges” into his inconsolable widow, though without success, and threw his younger brother into prison, where he perished. But his monument is so beautiful that crowds of tourists, coming centuries later to Verona, come to admire it.

9. Piazza Bra

Passing through two huge arches that were part of the city wall of the 14th century, you reach Verona’s largest and most beautiful square, Piazza Bra, with its unique first century amphitheatre, the pentagonal Torre Pentagon, the 19th century palazzo – Gran Guardia and Barbieri, built by this famous architect. At the west end of the square are two Renaissance palaces, Ottolini and Guglienzi, and next to them is a 15th century house with a curious fresco by Caroto. In the middle of the square there is a square with centuries-old conifers and flowerbeds, with several memorials and monuments. Among them stands out an equestrian statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II, who unified Italy. And, the meeting place of Verona people, which “cannot be changed” – the fountain of the Alps, a gift of modern Munich, sister city of Verona.

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10. Piazza delle Erbe

Piazza delle Erbe is reputed to be the most beautiful in the city and it doesn’t matter that its name isn’t translated very romantically – “Piazza delle Erbe”, because that’s how it used to be. But now it is just a magnificent architectural ensemble, including the Maffei Palace with several sculptures of ancient Greek gods on the facade, next to the magnificent statue of the Venetian lion. Next door is the 14th-century tower with a clock and bell, Casa Mazzanti with frescoes on mythological themes, the 84-meter-high Lamberti Tower, a bell tower that can be climbed by spiral staircase or elevator. The main surprise in this wonderful square is the stunning 14th century fountain of Our Lady of Verona!

The Archaeological Museum

The old monastery of St. Gerolamo has been home to this magnificent museum since 1923, displaying finds from all over Verona and the surrounding areas: mosaics, statues, tablets, ceramic, glass and bronze objects. The building itself was built on the site of an ancient Roman amphitheater, and many artifacts from the excavations made their way into the museum’s exhibit “without leaving the box office”. There is a beautiful collection of Roman sculptures, and the monastery church of St. Girolamo, which is part of the museum with amazing frescoes by Caroto from the early 16th century, early Christian sculptures from the 4th century and a 15th century triptych of the Madonna and two saints, which is also part of this unique museum, is a must see too!

12. Giusti Garden

The Giusti Garden is a great example of how beautiful and tasteful the gardens were in the Middle Ages. The garden dates back to the 16th century and its magnificent cypress trees guard numerous statues like silent guards. There is also a medieval palace, and a great observation platform on Verona, but what attracts tourists here the most is the medieval “attraction” – the labyrinth of greenery, where, according to legend, if lovers find each other, they will not part for life! That’s how this Verona, the city of indestructible romantics.

13. Sigurta Park

The enormous Sigurta Park is an ideal place to take a break from the bustle of the city and is located not far from Lake Garda. The estate of this park dates back to the 15th century, but Sigurta itself was laid out in the twentieth century. Perhaps that is why it is so luxurious and “sprawling”, there are ponds with lilies and fish, a garden of medicinal plants and a forest with huge trees. Children love the contact zoo with deer, sheep and donkeys, and adults enjoy wandering through the boxwood maze.There are so many flowers, replacing each other during the warm season: first blooming daffodils and tulips, then irises, roses, lotuses, and closer to fall – asters and dahlias.

14. Lake Garda

While in Verona, it is a must to visit Lake Garda, this magnificent natural attraction! Whether you visit the resort of Sirmione with its Scaligerian castle and famous medieval churches, Desenzano del Garda, a small and quaint town, or Bardolino with its homonymous wine and the Church of San Zeno, the beauty of this picturesque lake will impress you! Here is Castelnuovo del Garda, where the most popular amusement park in Europe, Gardaland, is located opposite the Seaworld oceanarium.

15. Castelvecchio Museum

This museum in Verona is a must visit! And it is not even in the unique historical building of the museum, located in the Castle of Castelvecchio, but in the collection of art objects that are offered to your attention. The Romanesque and Gothic sculptures, the works of the medieval masters Pisanello and Stefano da Verona, the altar for Saint Zeno painted by Mantegna, the works of the great miniaturist Girolamo da Libri of Verona, all make this museum truly unique. If you add here the giant bell from the del Gardello Tower in Piazza Erbe from 1370 and the later city bells from the 14th-16th centuries. The precious jewels of the 14th century, such as the golden cross of the Lombards and the ancient weapons that are richly displayed in the exhibition, it is clear why one should abandon everything and direct his tourist footsteps to this wonderful museum!

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