The 10 best places to visit in Verona

 

Built in the 1st century BC alongside the Adige River are the remains of the ancient Roman Theatre of Verona. Though most of the original structure has been destroyed over time, several cascades, the steps and the stage have survived.

10. Teatro Romano Di Verona

 

Originally built in 100 BC the 'Stone Bridge' stood strong until it was blown up by retreating German Troops in 1945 during World War II. In 1957 it was rebuilt exactly as before using original materials where it still provides wonderful views along the river.

9. Ponte Pietra

 

In a small square on the side of a 14th century medieval house is an attraction known as Juliet's Balcony, famed as the location of William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. Unfortunately the story of Romeo & Juliet is fictional, and although the location is quite pretty it tends to be overcrowded by tourists drawn in by the fictitious story.

8. Casa Di Giulietta

 

Completed in the 9th century is the Romanesque Basilica Of San Zeno, an impressive three levelled interior church complete with the original crypt and brickwork abbey. Beside the church is the freestanding bell tower, completed in 1178 AD it stands at 62 metres (203 ft) high.

7. Basilica Di San Zeno

 

In the courtyard of the church of Santa Maria Antica is a group of five Gothic monuments celebrating the Scaliga family, who ruled Verona in the 13th and 14th centuries. These freestanding tombs were built with elaborate and intricate details, each with a statue of the deceased at on top. They have been described as one of the finest examples of Gothic art anywhere.

6. Scaliger Tombs

 

Built in 1187 AD is the Romanesque Verona Cathedral. From the outside it is the most striking church building in the city, but it is on the inside where it also stands apart. Dating back to the 15th century renovations of Gothic arcades supported by tall red Verona marble pillars, the walls are covered with Renaissance artworks and mosaics above the colourful marble floor.

5. Duomo Di Verona

 

Completed around 1376 is the 'Old Castle' of Verona, one of the most prominent examples of Gothic architecture of the age. The walls of the castle along with the seven towers have remained in excellent condition throughout the centuries and along with the Castelvecchio Bridge that extends behind the castle it has become one of the most celebrated attractions in the city.

4. Castelvecchio

 

Known as the site where Verona was founded, the Castel San Pietro hill is home to the remains of the first settlement in the city, dating back to the 7th century BC. Today adorned with cypress trees the hill is also topped by the 19th century Austrian Fortress that was built on the site of the original castle from where the hill gets it's name.

From it's position it offers what is considered the finest panoramic viewpoint over the historic centre of Verona.

3. Punto Panoramico Castel S. Pietro

 

The Piazza Del Erbe, or 'Market Square' is the most impressive square in the city, surrounded on all sides by historic and picturesque buildings that include many frescoe facades. The most prominent sight in the square is the ancient town hall, the 'Torre Dei Lamberti' from 1172 AD, it's tower stands at 84 metres (275 ft) high and offers one of the finest views over the city. The squares most ancient monument is the fountain 'Madonna Verona' from 1368 with it's statue dating from as far back as 380 AD.

2. Piazza Del Erbe

 

Built in 30 AD is the ancient Roman Amphitheatre of Verona, still in use today it is one of the best preserved ancient structures of it's kind in the world and the symbol of the city.

1. Arena Di Verona

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