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Situated on the banks of the Adige River and universally known as the “City of Lovers” thanks to the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare, Verona is a city of Veneto with great charm that captivates its visitors with the beauty of its historic centre, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Romantic and elegant with its bridges, noble palazzos and fine architecture, traces of its long past are clearly visible in Verona. Roman, Medieval, Renaissance and Venetian elements blend harmoniously in the city, offering tourists a unique artistic heritage, mainly found in the city centre.

The most beautiful places to visit in Verona

There is a lot to see in Verona, so if you don’t want to miss any of the city’s attractions, we suggest you rent a car and drive around the city and also explore the nearby towns.

Whether you reach the city by plane or train, you can easily rent a car in Verona with Maggiore, which has offices at Valerio Catullo airport and near the Porta Nuova Train Station.

Choosing Maggiore means travelling in safety, as it offers a rich fleet of modern, perfectly sanitised and well-equipped cars.

The best place to start your tour of Verona is Piazza Bra, the largest square in the city, on the western side of which is the Liston, a sidewalk paved in pink marble from Valpolicella, which is dominated by buildings of great interest such as Palazzo degli Honorij dating back to the 16th century, Palazzo Barbieri, a neoclassical building designed by Giuseppe Barbieri, and the Gran Guardia, a palazzo whose construction began in the 17th century and continued until 1843.

Piazza Bra not only contains fine buildings, but also the equestrian statue of Vittorio Emanuele II and above all the spectacular Arena, an elliptical Roman amphitheatre built with stone from Valpolicella. With a seating capacity of 20,000 spectators, it is the third largest Roman construction of its kind after the Colosseum in Rome and the amphitheatre in Santa Maria Capua Vetere.

Once the site of gladiator shows, the Arena of Verona is now one of the most important open-air opera houses in the world, thanks not only to the charm it inspires but also to its perfect acoustics.

From Piazza Bra, head to Piazza delle Erbe, considered one of the most beautiful piazzas in Italy and which has always been the site of the city market; here, between one stall and another, don’t miss the Torre dei Lamberti, the Mazzanti houses, Palazzo Maffei and especially the Madonna Verona, a fountain dating back to 1380 that mixes Roman and medieval elements.

Less than 100 metres from Piazza delle Erbe is another symbol of the city, Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s House) a beautiful Veronese Gothic building dominated by the famous balcony. Nearby you can see another place of great interest, the Arche Scaligere, a majestic Gothic funerary monument built by the Della Scala family.

Other places to visit in Verona are the stupendous Basilica di San Zeno, a masterpiece of Lombard Romanesque architecture apparently built on the burial site of Bishop Zeno, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, part of the architectural complex of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Matricolare of Verona together with the Palazzo del Vescovado, the Chiostro dei Canonici (Canonical Cloister), the Baptistery of San Giovanni in Fonte and the Church of Sant’Elena.

Don’t miss Castelvecchio, a fortress built by Cangrande II della Scala located on the northern bank of the Adige, the Roman Theatre located in the Veronetta district and accessible only by crossing the Ponte di Pietra, and Porta Borsari and Porta Leoni, two of the city’s most interesting Roman monuments.

The attractions that most represent Verona are its bridges, as the Adige River cuts the city in two. Verona has seven of them, but among the ones to see are the Ponte Scaligero in front of Castelvecchio and the Ponte di Pietra from the Roman era.

If you want to fully appreciate the charm of the city, don’t forget to include a stop at Arco dei Gavi dating back to the 1st century A.D., at Piazza dei Signori with the statue of Dante, at the Church of Santa Anastasia, a magnificent example of Gothic-Venetian architecture, at San Pietro Castle built in the 14th century and reached by a staircase that starts at Ponte di Pietra, and at Palazzo Giusti where you can visit one of the most beautiful Renaissance gardens in Italy.

Finally, you can complete your tour of Verona by taking a walk along the characteristic Via Sottoriva surrounded by beautiful arcades, and by visiting the Lapidario Maffeiano Museum and the MuseOpera Arena (AMO), the city museum dedicated to opera and located in Palazzo Forti.

 

Discovering the most beautiful places near Verona

Like the city, the province of Verona also has a large number of unique places to discover.

To see the most fascinating places near the city, we recommend you start from the magnificent area of Lake Garda, where picturesque villages and unique natural beauty await you.

On the shores of the lake you can treat yourself to a boat trip to interesting villages such as Peschiera del Garda, where you can visit the 16th-century fortress or walk along the parapet walkway, Desenzano del Garda, which will captivate you with its natural beauty and monuments such as the 15th-century fortified castle and the Duomo of Santa Maria Maddalena, and Lazise with its fortified wall.

In addition to these, we also recommend you visit the villages of Bardolino with its splendid lakeside promenade, Torri del Benaco with its 14th-century Scaligero Castle, and Monselice, which will welcome you with the charm of its Castle and beautiful Boschetto dei Frati.

In addition to the villages of Lake Garda, the area near Verona also has other interesting towns such as Custonza, a land of great history that preserves the famous Ossuary, Valeggio sul Mincio, formed by the towns of Borghetto and Valeggio, where you can visit the Scaligero Castle, Villa Sigurtà and the magnificent Parco Giardino Sigurtà, considered one of the most beautiful in Italy, and Soave, a picturesque village surrounded by the Scaliger walls that holds interesting attractions such as the Castle, the Duomo of San Lorenzo and Palazzo del Capitano.

Finally, among the things to see near Verona, there is the stunning area of Valpolicella, renowned not only for the production of DOC wines, but also for the presence of numerous villas known as “Ville Venete” (Venetian Villas), including Villa Lorenzi-Benati in Vanzago and the Villa Guantieri complex in Fasanara, the Parco delle Cascate di Molina in Fumane, and the town of Montecchio Maggiore, where you can see the castle of Bellaguardia or Giulietta, the castle of Della Villa or Romeo and the beautiful Villa Cordellina Lombardi which also preserves some frescoes by Tiepolo.

A driving tour of Verona and its surrounding areas will have many surprises in store for you, and will allow you experience a memorable and unique holiday.