What to see in Verona

Verona Attractions

A trip to Verona means plenty of sightseeing, history and romance - and travellers will have their hands full deciding where to begin. The beautiful architecture around the city, most of it rebuilt in Romanesque style after the 1117 earthquake, is simply breathtaking and is impossible to ignore.

For many, a holiday in Verona isn't complete without a visit to Juliet's balcony. But there is more to the city of Verona than just following the trail of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. In actual fact, 'Juliet's balcony' was only added to the so-called 'House of Juliet' in 1936, and named as such to attract tourists, and while the house is open to visitors, it has no connection to the characters. Discovering Verona's real treasures is a much more rewarding experience.

Visit the bridges of Ponte Pietra and Ponte Scaligero for some of the best views of Verona and the 14th-century Castelvecchio, which also houses Verona's Art Museum; see the ancient Roman gate of Porta Borsari, which dates back to the 1st-century AD, will fill visitors with a sense of awe and immense history. The church of San Fermo Maggiore unites the Romanesque and Gothic styles of architecture, while the magnificent Verona Cathedral (Duomo) features a marble Romanesque façade by the Veronese architect Nicolò. The ancient Roman Theatre, which is also home to the Archaeological Museum, still hosts operas on warm summer nights.

Travellers set on seeing a good variety of sights in Verona should purchase the Verona Card for either one or three days (at a cost of €10 or €15 respectively), which can be bought from retailers participating in the initiative, tobacconists in Verona and tourist information offices.

Piazza delle Erbe

The Piazza delle Erbe is a square in Verona which was once home to the city's Roman Forum during the days of Empire.…

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Ponte Scaligero

Also known as the Castelvecchio Bridge, the Ponte Scaligero spans 160 feet (48.7 m) across the Adige River, the largest…

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One of Italy's most renowned wine regions, the valley of Valpolicella is located just east of Lake Garda, and makes a…

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Verona Arena (Arena di Verona)

This enormous Ancient Roman theatre dates back 2,000 years, is the third-largest surviving theatre in the world, and…

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