What to see in Verona: the 20 best attractions and things to do

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Venetian city known throughout the world for the great love between Romeo and Juliet and declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, Verona as well as being a romantic and fascinating place has many historical and cultural attractions, first of all the Arena, famous for its concerts and operas.
It is an ideal destination to discover in a weekend. Here are the things to visit and know, among squares, churches, palaces and bridges that cross the Adige.


  1. Arena di Verona
  2. Museum of Natural History
  3. Fresco Museum
  4. Piazza Bra
  5. Maffeiano Lapidary Museum
  6. Castelvecchio and Ponte Scaligero
  7. Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore
  8. Porta Borsari
  9. Via Mazzini
  10. Giulietta's home
  11. Lamberti Tower
  12. Piazza Erbe
  13. Piazza dei Signori
  14. Arche Scaligere
  15. Garden and Palazzo Giusti
  16. Basilica of Santa Anastasia
  17. Archaeological Museum at the Roman Theater
  18. Verona Cathedral complex
  19. Stone Bridge
  20. Sanctuary of the Madonna
  21. 8 things to do in Verona
  22. User questions and comments

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1 - Arena of Verona

Icon and symbol of Verona, the Arena is an ancient Roman amphitheater with an elliptical shape erected in IA.C and built with the Valpolicella stone with typical pink and red shades.
It can accommodate up to 20.000 spectators and while once there were gladiator fights and ferocious animals, today it is used for events and concerts.
Perhaps not everyone knows that the Arena, like the Colosseum in Rome, was used for playful shows that took place in the center of the amphitheater in the area called harena due to the presence of sand, which was used to absorb the blood of men and animals.
These bloody shows, much loved by the Romans, are told in the verses of Pliny the Younger.

Open-air opera house: Every summer the Arena hosts the Opera Festival. The best way to admire the beauty of this Roman theater is to participate in an evening of opera during this world-famous event.

  • walk from the train station in 20 minutes via Corso di Porta Nuova or by bus to the Piazza Bra stop, reachable by lines 11, 12, 13, 51 and 52. Get directions
  • from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30 to 19:30; Monday from 13:30 to 19:30; when evening shows are scheduled, early closing at 16:30
  • € 10,00; € 7,50 for groups of seniors of over 15 people and over 65; € 1,00 for students aged 8 to 14; € 1,00 every first Sunday of the month between October and May

2 - Museum of Natural History

Housed inside Palazzo Pompei, a Renaissance masterpiece by the Veronese architect Michele Sammicheli, the Civic Museum of Natural History it collects about 3 million artifacts and is one of the most prestigious in Europe, founded in 1861.

Inside the 16 rooms only a part of material is exhibited with the purpose of naturalistic dissemination, studied for students and natural history scholars. The exhibition sections are divided into botany, geology and paleontology, prehistory and zoology.

In addition to mysterious basilisk or to fossil fish from Bolca you can admire the exotic collared parakeets, habitual inhabitants of the city of Verona, or discover the rites and beliefs of our most ancient ancestors.
Interesting the days organized for children accompanied by the families during which they are set up free workshops, interactive tours and games.

  • walk from the center of Verona a few minutes from Piazza Bra and the Arena; with buses 11, 12, 13, 51 and 52. Get directions
  • Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00
  • € 4,50; reduced € 3,00; schools € 1,00. 0-11 years free, € 1,00 on the first Sunday of the month, but only from October to May

3 - Museum of Frescoes

Inside the former convent of the Franceschine Sisters, the Fresco Museum it preserves precious frescoes painted between the th and th centuries taken from facades of religious and private buildings in the city of Verona.
In the underground crypt of the Museum it is also possible to see the red marble sarcophagus that housed the remains of Juliet Capulet. Outside, on the other hand, gravestones and sculptural elements are exhibited.

  • walk from the center of Verona by bus 30-73-11-12-13-51 stop in Via in Montanari. Get directions
  • Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00
  • € 4,50; reduced € 3,00; schools € 1,00. 0-11 years free, € 1,00 on the first Sunday of the month, but only from October to May

4 - Piazza Bra

The largest square in Verona is as its citizens call it "La Bra", located in the historic center and embellished with monuments and palaces like that of the Gran Guardia which hosts conferences and exhibitions, Palazzo Barbieri, seat of the Town Hall and the Maffeiano Lapidary Museum.

In the center is the Arena and all around cafes and restaurants that make it alive at any time of day or night. Treat yourself to a good coffee seated and admire the comings and goings of people and tourists. A curiosity, the name "Bra" derives from a corruption of the term "braida", which in turn derives from the Lombard breit, or "wide".

The square can be reached on foot from any point in the center in a few minutes; it also connects to the station via buses 11, 12, 13, 51 and 52 (Get directions).

Events and anniversaries: In this square during the weekend of Santa Lucia (13 December) characteristic stalls are set up while for the whole Christmas period you can admire the beautiful 70 meters high comet that lights up every evening

5 - Maffeiano Lapidary Museum

Founded in the first half of the 700s by Scipione Maffei, the Maffeiano Museum is one of the oldest public museum institutions in Europe. In ancient times it was set up in a wing of the neoclassical complex of the Philharmonic Academy to which it is still connected, but in 1982 it was rearranged in a more modern way.

The epigraphic material and the reliefs are divided into chronological sections in the courtyard which leads to the foyer of the Philharmonic theater. The museum, and especially its courtyard with some milestone columns and the Pronaos with pillars and funeral monuments, are suggestive places where you can let yourself be transported by a tour guide who will be able to illustrate in detail the different thematic rooms (Greek, Etruscan) containing statues and objects.

  • walk from the center of Verona a few minutes from Piazza Bra and the Arena; with buses 11, 12, 13, 51 and 52. Get directions
  • temporarily closed (for updates visit the site)
  • € 4,50

6 - Castelvecchio and Ponte Scaligero

Built in 300 to be a military fortress and then used, in the fourteenth century as the residence of the Scaligeri, the complex of Castelvecchio is divided into two parts. One hosts the main courtyard and the parade ground, while the other the palace where the lords lived. Today Castelvecchio it is the seat of the Civic Museum which exhibits permanent collections of medieval, renaissance and modern art.

Do not miss the bridge that crosses the Adige and it is always open, rebuilt in the 50s with the original stones and bricks taken from the bottom of the river. Stroll along the path pausing to take magnificent pictures, especially at sunset. Castelvecchio is one of the most beautiful medieval manors in Italy, thanks also to the panorama enjoyed from its external walkways.

  • walk from the historic center in 10 minutes, alternatively the nearest bus stop is Stradone - Porta Palio, served by lines 21, 31, 91, 94. Get directions
  • Tuesday-Sunday 9: 00-17: 00; Monday closed
  • € 6,00; 1,00 for children from 8 to 14 years - € 4,50 for groups of over 15 people and over 60 - € 1,00 on the first Sunday of the month, but only from October to May

7 - Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore

An important place of Catholic worship a little outside the historic center is the Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore, a Lombard-Romanesque masterpiece. Dedicated to the eighth bishop of Verona, San Zeno, of African origins to whom various miracles are attributed, has a plan in the shape of a Latin cross with three naves and works of greater value, like the splendid Triptych by Mantegna depicting the Madonna enthroned, and the great one marble statue of San Zeno, are located in the main apse.

Observing the façade you can admire a large rose window, called the "Wheel of Fortune", a work by Brioloto, dating back to the thirteenth century and worthy of note is the Romanesque portal, with two wooden doors, each decorated with twenty-four bronze tiles. Do not miss the large cloister, very bright and rich with paired columns and capitals that seem to enclose the lawn.

  • by car following the signs for Piazza San Zeno, 2; or by bus 30, 33, 91. Get directions
  • every day 08: 30-18: 00; on holidays 12:30 - 18.00; during the celebrations the church is closed
  • € 3,00; reduced € 2,00, schools € 1,00. Free for 0-11 years, residents of the diocese and VeronaCard holders Cumulative ticket for the Basilica of S. Zeno, the Duomo, the Church of Sant'Anastasia and the Church of San Fermo at the rate of € 6,00 per person.

8 - Porta Borsari

Known in antiquity as Porta Iovia for the presence of the nearby temple dedicated to Jupiter, it was once the main gateway to the city dating back to the st century AD, it was the main link between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Adriatic Sea along the Via Postumia. Today, however, it is one of the entrances to the central area that leads to Corso Cavour.

Its representative function is underlined by the presence of ornaments and by the white limestone facade with two arches and an architrave with an inscription commissioned by the Emperor Gallienus. The current name refers to the Borsari, ie the soldiers on guard who in medieval times controlled the entrances to the city and collected the bishop's duties.

You can reach Porta Borsari on foot from anywhere in the center or by bus 24, 32, 93 and 94, which all stop in the area (Get directions).

9 - Via Mazzini

Considered the shopping street par excellence, Via Mazzini is an important pedestrian path that connects the two most important squares: Piazza Bra and Piazza Erbe.

Built in 300, the first part of the street has several points of interest from the Roman era, while the second part was opened after having demolished some buildings from the Middle Ages.

Between a prestigious shop and another you can also see the Church of San Tommaso Apostolo, the Loggia Arvedi and the Civic Library.

Shopping among historical relics: if you want to see something you would never expect, enter the Benetton shop in Via Mazzini and go down to the basement, you can admire some remains from the Roman era!

10 - Juliet's house

Inside a medieval palace in the historic center of Verona, a few meters from Piazza Erbe is what has been designated as the birthplace of Juliet Capulets.
On the outside walls you will notice hundreds of cards and love letters left by lovers from all over the world and inside the courtyard admire the balcony where, as the legend tells, the lover looked out.
Inside there is a collection of engravings (donated to the house by Giovanni Rana), ceramic household objects from the Middle Ages and the early Veronese Renaissance, and the famous Juliet's bed created for Franco Zeffirelli's film (1968). and two costumes (which also earned an Oscar), in addition to room 2.0 from which it is possible to send an email to Juliet.
Also here there is also a bronze statue that portrays her: before leaving, remember to touch her left breast, they say bring good luck especially in love.

Discover the city in an alternative way: Juliet's House is one of the places in Verona that we recommend you to discover through the book "Verona. Amor". It is a particular guide full of historical anecdotes and legends, in which to pass from one stage to another it is necessary to solve an enigma.

  • on foot from any point of the center, being close to Piazza ERbe; from the station also bus n. 110 Piazza Erbe stop. Get directions
  • Tuesday-Sunday 9: 00-18: 00, closed Monday
  • € 6,00; 1,00 for children from 8 to 14 years - € 4,50 for groups of over 15 people and over 60 - € 1,00 on the first Sunday of the month, but only from October to May

11 - Torre dei Lamberti

Very close to Piazza Erbe stands the Torre dei Lamberti that from its 84 meters high dominates the historic center of Verona offering a magnificent panoramic view. It's possible reach the panoramic terraces from an entrance located in a corner of the courtyard that gives access to the comfortable and transparent lift or to the 368 steps that run along the internal vertical perimeter.

If during the day this tower is a historical monument visited and appreciated in the evening it turns into a magical and romantic location hosts exclusive events. From the panoramic belfry you can enjoy an incomparable view that branches off from the city center to the surrounding mountains and also to Lake Garda.

Inside the tower there are two bells which, striking the hours, regulated the rhythms of city life: the Rengo and the Marangona. The Rengo was the largest bell and was used to call the people to gather during the most important moments of city life or to warn in case of danger and attack. The Marangona, on the other hand, was used to mark the working hours of artisans and merchants in the city center, as well as to give the alarm in case there was a fire.

  • on foot from any point of the center, being close to Piazza ERbe; from the station also bus n. 110 Piazza Erbe stop. Get directions
  • Monday - Friday 10:00 - 18:00; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 11: 00-19: 00
  • Full € 8,00; Reduced € 5,00; schools € 1,00 (admission also includes the Gallery of Modern Art); On Monday the Lamberti Tower can be visited at a reduced cost of € 5,00 because the gallery is closed.

12 - Piazza Erbe

The oldest square in Verona, which rises above the area of ​​the Roman Forum is Piazza Erbe, also considered one of the most popular in the world.
In Roman times it was the center of the political and economic life of the city and gradually the Roman buildings were replaced by medieval ones.

On the north side are the Palazzo del Comune, the Torre dei Lamberti, the Casa dei Giudici and those of the Mazzanti; on the west side there are Palazzo Maffei adorned with various statues; the north-west side is based on the Capitol while on the south side there is the Casa dei Mercanti.
Today it is the fulcrum of the Verona nightlife due to the presence of places to have aperitifs, bars and restaurants.
Piazza delle Erbe it is located in the historic center of Verona, can be reached on foot in a few minutes from any central area (Get directions).

13 - Piazza dei Signori

Also known as Piazza Dante, due to the presence of a statue representing the great poet, this place in the historic center of Verona is located near Piazza Erbe.

On the sides there are several buildings of considerable importance such as Palazzo della Regione, Palazzo di Cansignorio, Palazzo Podestà, the Loggia del Consiglio and the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria Antica.
During the Christmas period a large illuminated tree and several typical stalls are set up in this square.

The square can be reached on foot from any point in the center, being close to Piazza Erbe; it also connects to the station via bus 110 (Get directions).

14 - Arche Scaligere

In the courtyard of the church of Santa Maria Antica, the Arche Scaligere rise, a funerary complex that it houses the tombs of the most important members of the Della Scala family.
For monumentality and opulence, those of Mastino II, Cansignorio and Cangrande I stand out, to whom Dante dedicated the Paradise of his Comedy. An imposing iron gate protects the monument but from June to September it is possible to visit the inside.

The Arche Scaligere are one of the most particular monuments in Verona and perhaps not everyone knows that part of the wrought iron gate, which bears the symbol of the family, is mobile. This is the original part because those made in more recent times are fixed: try to move them!

  • on foot from the center as it is near Piazza dei Signori or by bus 11, 13, 33, 96, 97. Get directions
  • 10: 00/18: 00 (from July to September). Closed on Mondays all day
  • € 1,00

15 - Garden and Palazzo Giusti

The Giusti Garden is the only Italian garden in Verona dating back to the 500th century; it's about a true green oasis with flowers, Roman finds, avenues, fountains, hedge mazes and acoustic caves from which you can also enjoy a splendid view of the city.

Divided into various areas, the most noteworthy are the western and eastern ones. In the first there are four quadrangular flower beds flanked by a tree-lined avenue; in one there is a basin with a fountain where dolphins are carved; in the other there is a pagan statue of Minerva; in yet another the statue of Apollo while in the fourth flowerbed there is a relevant statue.

In the eastern part there are only two squares, one with four triangular flower beds where a small fountain in red Verona marble stands out; the other is known for its hedge maze. Giardino Giusti was also celebrated by famous people such as Goethe, Emperor Joseph II, passing through Cosimo III de 'Medici, Mozart and Tsar Alexander. Inside the garden there is also a private palace which is open on special occasions or rented for events and parties.

Clendary of events: if you want to have a different experience and at the same time admire the garden, take part in one of the many events on the calendar, including dance performances, concerts and walks told by a narrator. More info on the official website.

  • on foot from the center of Verona, crossing Ponte Nuovo in about 15 minutes; by bus 101-103-73-104 to Piazza Isolo Get directions
  • every day 9:00 - 19:00, closed only on December 25th
  • full € 10,00, reduced € 7,00

16 - Basilica of Santa Anastasia

In a small square in the city center there is one of the largest churches in Verona, Santa Anastasia.
Of medieval origins and considered a Gothic monument of considerable importance, this Basilica it preserves very important works of art like the fresco "San Giorgio e la Principessa" by Antonio Pisano which is found in the Pellegrini Chapel. The magnificent portal is also worth admiring and the interior with two solemn altars.

During the Scaliger period it was the favorite place of worship for the powerful families of the seigniory who embellished it with noble chapels decorated by the main artists of the time. A curiosity: St. Anastasia to whom the church was dedicated was a virgin martyred during the persecutions of Diocletian, around 304 AD
When, in the thirteenth century. the basilica was rebuilt, it was dedicated to St. Peter, the first Dominican martyr, but continues to bear the initial name.

Concerts of sacred music: this church is characterized by excellent acoustics, therefore it is often a place for concerts of sacred music. Find more info on the concerts scheduled on this site.

  • on foot from the historic center following the signs for Piazza S. Anastasia or by bus 21-22-23-41-61 to the Via Diaz stop.Get directions
  • Mon-Fri 9: 30-13: 30 and from 14.30-18.00; Saturday 9: 00-18.00; Sunday: 13: 00-18: 00
  • € 3,00; cumulative ticket for the Basilica of S. Zeno, the Cathedral, the Church of Sant'Anastasia and the Church of San Fermo at the rate of € 6,00 per person.

17 - Archaeological Museum at the Roman Theater

Built in I BC, at the foot of Colle San Pietro, on the left bank of the Adige is one of the best preserved open-air theaters in Northern Italy so much so that it belongs to the exhibition path of the homonymous archaeological museum of the city. Brought back to light only in the 800th century, today the cavea and the steps, many arches of loggias and important remains of the scene remain.
However the recovered structure does not express all the original grandeur of the building; once the theater seen from the front appeared as a closed building, without a roof, separated from the river by a large wall of the same height as the steps where the spectators sat.
The flight of steps then ended with two superimposed galleries which led to three successive terraces over 120 meters long, which opened above the theater.

Verona theatrical summer: the old Roman Theater is still used today as a theatrical space, in fact it has hosted the Veronese theatrical summer since 1948. If you visit the city in summer, check the festival program and enjoy at least one show in this wonderful historical setting.

  • On foot from the historic center, crossing Ponte Pietra, or by bus 90, 91,92, 52, 96, 97, 98; by car following Via Rigaste Redentore, 2. Get directions
  • Tuesday - Sunday 11:00 - 17:00; Monday closed
  • € 4,50 full; reduced € 3,00; schools € 1,00. Free 0-11 years, € 1,00 on the first Sunday of the month, but only from October to May

18 - Verona Cathedral complex

In a small and austere square, in the medieval area of ​​the city is the Cathedral of Verona, or Duomo, a beautiful and precious church that was built on the remains of a previous early Christian basilica.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is part of an architectural complex which also includes the Palazzo del Vescovado, the cloister of the Canons, the baptistery of San Giovanni in Fonte, the Capitular Library and the Church of Sant'Elena.

The Basilica built in the twelfth and subsequently restored, has a facade that blends the Romanesque style, which can be observed in the perimeter with tuff masonry and the Gothic one. Once you enter the cathedral you can admire the famous altarpiece with the Assumption by Titian which is located on the altar, while on the counter-façade, to the left of the entrance, the Nichesola Monument, an excellent work by Iacopo Sansovino.

To the left of the church, an alley leads to the Romanesque church of S.Elena, where Dante read his treatise "Quaestio de aqua et terra". The complex also has a bell tower, open to the public by reservation only, and you can reach the top via the steep stairs.

  • on foot from any point of the center being in the central area; alternatively bus 73 Via S. Stefano stop is the closest Get directions
  • from November to February Mon-Fri 10:00 - 13:00 / 13:30 - 17:00; Sat 10: 00- 13:00 / 13:30 - 16:00; Sunday 13:00 - 17:00; from March to October Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:30; Saturday 10:00 - 16:00; Sundays and holidays 13:30 - 17:30
  • € 3,00; reduced € 2,00, schools € 1,00. Free entry 0-11 years, residents of the diocese and holders of VeronaCard; There is the possibility to buy a combined ticket for the Church of San Zeno, Church of San Fermo, Church of Santa Anastasia and the Cathedral of € 6,00

19 - Ponte Pietra

The Pietra bridge dates back to the st century BC it is the oldest Roman monument in Verona and it is also one of the most evocative places in the city. At one time it connected the route of the Via Postumia with the hill in front of it and was built as a humpback bridge, with asymmetrical arches that allow a better flow of water at this point where the river describes a large bend.

Consisting of 5 arches, the two built in white stone are original from the Roman period while the central one and the next, in brick, were rebuilt in 1520. The last one was rebuilt in medieval times, by Alberto I della Scala in 1298, when the bridge was also equipped with the defensive tower.
Today it is the crossing that leads from the city center to the Roman Theater area.
It can be reached on foot from the center or by bus 90, 91,92, 52, 96, 97, 98 (Get directions).

Walk at sunset: We recommend that you visit the bridge at dusk, when the lights start to turn on and give a truly romantic atmosphere. While walking, look around, you will see the Church of Santo Stefano and the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Lourdes while once you pass the tower and reach "Via Ponte Pietra" admire the original lighting and choose one of the typical taverns for your dinner.

20 - Sanctuary of the Madonna

On the Belvedere hill in Verona, in a position overlooking the city, there is a very suggestive sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes.
Built in 1908 and inaugurated in 1909 thanks to a miracle that the Immaculate Madonna would have performed, this place has seen various events caused by wars and rebirths.
Today whoever comes here can find a place of peace and serenity to pray or simply contemplate the view.

  • by car following the signs for Via dei Colli or by bus 30-73 to the Via dei Colli stop. Get directions
  • winter (solar time) during weekday masses 8:00, 17:00; holidays 8:00, 9:30, 11: 00,17: 00; summer (daylight saving time) weekdays 8:00 and 18:00; holidays 8:00, 9:30, 11:00, 17:00
  • "Free"

8 things to do in Verona

  1. Tour The classic and the unknown: a 3-hour bike tour to discover some classic places and unusual places where legends and stories of the city hide
  2. Food tour with wine tasting: Verona is also famous for its cuisine and its wine; one way to get to know the city better is by tasting local foods accompanied by delicious glasses, through a tour with tasting
  3. Take a photo at sunset from the steps of Castel San Pietro: towards sunset, go up the steps that lead to the (closed) castle of San Pietro, in front of the Ponte Pietra, and take a photo of the panorama that appears behind the cypresses
  4. Stroll through the alleys of Via Sottoriva: between the church of Sant'Anastasia and the Ponte Nuovo there is an old medieval quarter preserved as it was, with two rows of houses with arcades, parallel to the course of the river. This is the ideal place to take a photo among the flowered balconies or to have lunch in a romantic trattoria
  5. Take a picture at the well of love: in the city of lovers you cannot fail to take a photo of this well in Vicolo San Marco in Foro, not far from Piazza delle Erbe. Legend has it that Corrado threw himself into the well to show his love for Isabella and she followed him incredulously.
  6. Attend the Horse Fair: it is an important fair dedicated to horses that has been held since 1898, and is organized over two weekends in November, absolutely unmissable for all lovers of horse racing and animals in general
  7. Participate in Vinitaly: review not to be missed for anything in the world. It is one of the most important international exhibitions dedicated to wine and spirits, which has been held in Verona since 1967. The event takes place in April
  8. Visit the Molina Waterfalls Park: located an hour's drive from Verona, the Parco delle Cascate di Molina offers long walks among memorable landscapes, fantastic water jumps and archaeological excavations

Plan your stay in Verona: flights and hotels

Verona it can be visited all year round: in the summer for the offer of festivals and concerts, in the Christmas period for stalls and nativity scenes and in the other months of the year to enjoy the many attractions. It can be reached easily with the trains arriving at Porta Nuova station, with the car exiting at the "Verona Fiera" tollbooth or with the flights that land atValerio Catullo airport 10 Km from the center; is you can easily walk around or by ATV city buses (€ 1,30 per ticket, € 11,70 10-ride booklet).

The best area to sleep is the historic center, near Piazza Erbe, which is also the area where the city's nightlife is concentrated. For lovers of nightlife, it should be noted that night clubs are almost absent; the few discos are found mostly on Lake Garda but open during the summer.

Se you are traveling with children, the Verona tourist company often organizes themed visits suitable for children, interactive workshops at the Natural History Museum and treasure hunts around the city.

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