Verona is one of the most romantic cities in Europe – and not only because the famous story of Romeo & Juliet is set here.
The city and the province of the same name attract visitors with countless sights, unique flair and unsurpassable beauty. In Verona’s historic old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one magnificent pallazzo follows the next and the romantic alleys with the many historic houses and authentic restaurants are pure Bella Italia.
Special Verona highlight are the opera festivals in summer, which take place in the world-famous amphitheater Arena di Verona. The proximity to the beautiful Lake Garda makes a city trip to Verona a very special experience.
Tip 1: Verona Arena
The landmark and one of the most famous Verona sights is the imposing Arena di Verona, dating back to Roman times. One of the world’s largest preserved amphitheaters is located in Piazza Bra and has a capacity of about 20,000 spectators.
As soon as the impressive building catches your eye, you will have the feeling of being transported back to historic times. Due to an earthquake in the 12th century, only four outer walls of the arcades are still standing.
Nevertheless, the arena is very well preserved and offers you an insight into the architectural masterpieces of Roman times. Due to its excellent acoustics, the site is still used today for concerts, operas and other performances.
If you want to experience one of the impressive performances live, you should purchase tickets in advance.
Tip 2: Juliet’s House
Do you want to spend a short trip in Verona? Then you can’t miss the Casa di Giulietta, the house of Juliet.
One of the most famous Verona sights is located in the old town and lets you experience the Shakespearean tragedy Romeo and Juliet. As soon as you approach the courtyard of the Gothic building, you will immediately feel the romantic atmospheres.
A visit to the house in Via Cappello is well worth it, even if you have to expect that you won’t be the only visitors. In short, make your way to this exciting place as early as possible, so that you can let the unique charm work its magic on you in peace.
You should also know that perhaps one of the most famous balconies in the history of literature was added to the building after the fact. Nevertheless, it is definitely worth a visit.
Tip 3: Piazza delle Erbe
As you stroll through the city’s picturesque labyrinth of alleys, be sure to make a stop at Piazza delle Erbe. At the central marketplace of the city you can not only immerse yourself in the life of the locals and observe the hustle and bustle, but also marvel at numerous historic buildings with their special flair.
Here, the baroque Palazzo Maffei and the medieval clock tower Torre del Gardello are particularly worth seeing. As soon as you approach the square, you will be captivated by the artistic facades of the buildings.
On site, it is definitely worth taking a break in one of the cafes and letting the picturesque charm take effect on you. In the immediate vicinity of Piazza delle Erbe is another square that you should visit.
Tip 4: Basilica of San Zeno
Completed in 1138, the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore is one of the sacral gems in Verona. For many visitors it is considered one of the most beautiful Romanesque basilicas in Italy. Even the exterior facade is fascinating because of the different colored building materials used. The church is named after Saint Zeno, who was bishop of Verona in the 4th century and is venerated as the patron saint of the city.
Famous is the double-winged bronze portal framed by artistic reliefs, above which a large rose window from the 12th century catches the eye. On the round of the window there are sculptures of a man enthroned, a man falling and a man rising again. In the vernacular, the window is therefore often referred to as a wheel of fortune. Inside, the three-aisled basilica of San Zeno Maggiore delights with the harmonious interplay of Romanesque and Gothic stylistic elements. The ceiling in particular indicates that the construction phase extended into the Gothic style period.
The Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, located near the Adige River, can be easily reached on foot from the old town. Signposts include the Romanesque bell tower, visible from afar, and a massive crenellated tower.
Tip 5: Piazza dei Signori
In Piazza dei Signori you will have the feeling of walking in a courtyard through numerous gates and arcades. Surrounded by historical buildings and architectural masterpieces, you can absorb magical atmospheres.
If you let your gaze wander over the square, especially the connoisseurs among you can observe the influence of the Scaliger period. The former center of power of Verona invites you to linger and offers you the opportunity to observe the daily hustle and bustle of the picturesque square from one of the restaurants.