Verona has a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architecture and urban, romantic and fascinating architecture with its bridges over the Adige River, the marvelous palaces and shrill streets of people. From the world’s most famous balcony , Giulietta’s, to the magnificent squares and to the spectacular Arena of Verona , lovers of history will adore how every era has left a mark, something to see and appreciate in this city.
1. Piazza Bra
We start our excursion from Piazza Bra , the pulsating heart of Verona, immense and majestic with the center of Verona Arena . On the southern slope is the Gran Guardia , a 17th century palace, which today hosts exhibitions and conventions. On the eastern side, however, stands in all its beauty Palazzo Barbieri , built in the nineteenth century and today the seat of the City of Verona . There is a lot to see, day and evening. Do not be in a hurry: locals and bars animate the square. Sit back and watch a good coffee.
2. Arena of Verona
A symbol of the city , the Arena of Verona attracts millions of visitors every year, not only for its beauty and history, but also for the important events and concerts it hosts. Built with the stone of Valpolicella , with red and pink hues, and restored in the 16th century, the Arena can accommodate today about 20,000 viewers thanks to its elliptical shape: it is the third Roman amphitheater for greatness after the Colosseum and the ” Capua Amphitheater . Among the events, do not miss the famous Opera Festival , which every summer transforms the Arena of Verona into the world’s largest open air opera theater !
3. Via Mazzini
Just a stone’s throw from the Arena , we recommend that you take Via Mazzini , a beautiful street that connects Verona’s two main squares: Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza Bra . Via Mazzini is the ideal place to go shopping, or just to be fascinated by the shop windows … and not only! It is also dotted with marvelous ancient buildings: do not distract yourself!
8. Borsari Door
Walking along Corso Porta Borsari , in the historic center not far from Piazza delle Erbe , you reach the same door. This is a gateway to the Roman city dating back to the 1st century BC: the current name alludes to the soldiers who dumped the duty here.
9. Castelvecchio and Civic Museum of Verona
On Via Roma , nestled on the banks of the Adige, is the Castelvecchio , the castle of Verona built in the middle of the XIV century by the will of Cangrande II of Scala . A visit here will take you back to medieval Verona, in a romantic and fantastic atmosphere: the structure is divided between the large courtyard (a strange dog-shaped fountain, symbol of loyalty!) And the Regal of the Scaliger . Once a fortified fortress, today Castelvecchio hosts the Civic Museum of Verona not to be missed!
10. Cathedral of Verona
Hidden between the palaces, the Cathedral of Verona stands majestically in the sky of the city. Built on the ruins of two early Christian churches, it was consecrated in 1187 and dedicated to Santa Maria Matricolare . The structure is Romanesque, but the church has been deeply restored in the Gothic and Renaissance times. Inside, the famous Palace of the Assumption of Titian is preserved. From the Duomo you can access the baptistery of San Giovanni in Fonte , a longobard church in which there is a baptismal font entirely carved in marble.
11. Roman Theater
The Roman Theater of Verona rises on the left bank of the Adige River at the foot of Colle San Pietro. Its construction dates back to the 1st century BC, but what has remained today is only a part of the original project: over time the theater was partly destroyed, and other buildings overlapped it. Only in the nineteenth century it was decided to recover the original structure. Each year, in the summer, the Theater lends itself as a frame to a Shakespeare Theater Festival . Not only Romeo and Juliet , in Verona!
12. Scaligero Bridge
Built with the red bricks typical of medieval Verona, the Scaligero Bridge , adjacent to Castelvecchio, will give you the chance to observe the Adige best , and to take really picturesque pictures through the slits. Along 120 meters, it was erected to secure a way out of town. Destroyed by the Germans during the Second World War , the Bridge was rebuilt with the remains of the stones recovered in the Adige. This piece of history reaches its peak at sunset!
13. Basilica of San Zeno
Going a bit from the center of Verona, it is worth visiting one of the Italian masterpieces of Romanesque art, the Basilica of San Zeno , dedicated to the eighth Bishop of Verona . The façade entirely made of marble and tuff is really made of the central rosette , the “wheel of fortune”, which represents the six phases of human life and the futility of material joys. The interior is enriched by various works, such as the triptych of Mantegna depicting Our Lady in Throne . Walking through the marble stairs you will access the crypt , where the body of the saint is kept. A truly suggestive place for peace and peace.
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