Verona is famous around the world as the setting of Shakespeare’s tragic romance Romeo and Juliet. But there’s so much more to this northern Italian city than obsessive teen love.
You’ll find plenty of ways to spend your days in Verona, but nightfall is when your real options begin. After a long day of hunting designer labels on the Via Mazzini, take a leisurely stroll around the Piazza Bra, where every restaurateur will swear his gelato is the best. If you’re less commercially minded, venture behind the Roman Amphitheatre, where you can scale Verona’s tallest hill and see the Austrian Barracks. The finishing touch they put on the region’s best sunset is a sight to rival even Leo DiCaprio in a suit of armour…
Verona's Top 10
10. Sant Anastasia Built in 1280, the church’s façade is covered with still-discernable biblical scenes.
5. San Zeno Maggiore Church The site of the famed death scene from Romeo and Juliet attracts lit geeks and Leo lovers in equal numbers.
9. Casa di Giuiletta Said to be Juliet’s very own house, thousands of love letters are left each year on the balcony.
4. Villa InCanto Opera Lirica If you’re yearning to see opera in Italy, this traditional venue is the place.
8. Verona’s Cathedral This 12th century duoma is a stunning (and surprisingly pristine) example of Romanesque architecture.
3. Sigurta Park Well worth the steep entry fee, this park fully deserves its rep as one of the five prettiest in the world.
7. Piazza dei Signori Often described as the Heart of Verona, this bustling square is surrounded by buildings of all eras.
2. Arena di Verona This Roman amphitheatre is almost as renowned for its exceptional performances as it is for its well-maintained façade.
6. Torre dei Lamberti If you’re not afraid of heights, this tower offers the crème de la crème of Verona vistas.
1. Piazza delle Erbe Home to the most beautiful and important buildings in the city.
- Piazza dei Signori – This square is edged with interesting historic 12th- to 17th-century buildings.
- Scaliger Tombs – The Scaliger family ruled Verona in the 12th to 13th centuries.
- Porta Borsari – The most impressive Roman gateway that protects the entrance to the old town.
- Ponte Pietra – This ‘Bridge of Stone’ dates back to the Roman era.
- San Fermo – This church has recently been excavated to reveal some of the structures, shrines and frescoes of earlier 6th to 11th centuries.
Verona Art & Culture
- Opera Festival – The annual summer opera season at the Arena di Verona.
- Casa di Guilietta – Visit the balcony on Via Cappello that was part of the story that inspired Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’.
- Museo Lapidario Maffeiano – This museum hosts a unique collection of ancient sculptures
- Castelveccio – Verona’s main art gallery is a 14th-century castle holding some much-loved paintings.
- San Zeno Basilica – Gaze admiringly at the Renaissance frescoes within this church.
- Via Mazzini – A luxury shopping street that is home to the likes of Gucci and Versace.
- Piazza Erbe – Pay a visit to the unique market stalls that are based here on the square.
- Christmas Market – Verona has a wonderful Christmas market every December with more than 300 stalls selling gifts and food.
- Corso Porta Bosari –One of Verona’s key shopping streets.
- Corso Santa Anastasia –This street is heaven for antique hunters!
Gay & Lesbian Verona
- Romeos – A lively gay disco club on Via Giolfino.
- Milk – Gay film and theatre are the order of the day here at this gay and lesbian community centre.
- L’eglise –A gay-friendly cocktail bar in a historic former church building on Via Felicity.
- Gheduzzi Giubbe Rosse – This library at Anastasia holds a wide range of homosexual literature.
- La Tana B&B –This friendly bed and breakfast is in a handy location next to the train station.
- Giardino Giusti – These renaissance gardens on Via Giusti are stunning, and climbing the staircase in the building lets you look over the whole of Verona.
- Parco Giardino Sigurta – This park has a little train for children to ride, as well as ponds and quiet spots to occupy the family.
- Canevaworld Resort – A fun water park in Lazise sul Garda, Verona, just outside the city.
- River Adige – There are plenty of spots to while away the day in the sun here.
- Lake Garda – Just a 30-minute drive from the city of Verona is this magnificent lake.
- See the main football team Hellas Verona play at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi.
- Have a game at the Verona Golf Club on its world-class course.
- Experience a Marmi Lanza Verona volleyball game at Bluvolley.
- Go for a jog along the banks of the Adige River.
- Explore the city by bike. There are more than 50 cycling clubs, so you will find them all over the city.
The international Festival del Cinema Sentimentale e Melo comes to Verona in March and April, bringing some old favourites alongside new releases.
Who said you can’t drink before noon? April’s Vinitaly is Verona’s biggest and best wine festival. The best in local and international winemakers showcase their goods.
The Opera Season runs from June to August and attracts visitors and acts from around the globe.
A mix of religious rite of passage and music festival, the quirky Festa dei Cimbri a Camposilvano shows the weird side of Verona in July.
The town square is home to a live action version of the Nativity Scene in December. Each year brings something new to the story.
When To Go
Below-freezing temperatures are not uncommon from November to January, so dress warmly.
July and August are easily the warmest months, when the temperatures nudge 30°C (86°F).
If you can’t stand crowds, avoid summer – it’s vibrant, but congested.
Walking is the best way to visit the nooks and crannies that make Verona wonderful.
Many hotels are located in the suburbs, so be sure to double-check the bus timetable before venturing to the more popular attractions.
A rental car is a good option if your stay in Verona is more of a pit stop.
Instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", Verona is a popular destination in Italy's beautiful Veneto region. Home to a famous, if not fictional, balcony and monument to the Bard's tragic heroine, the UNESCO World Heritage city of 260,000 people is a real treasure.
A wealthy class of nobles built Verona into a fashionable and majestic city almost one-thousand years ago. As a result and because of Verona's vital role as a commercial hub over time, the city has a priceless trove of exquisite monuments, landmarks and architecural gems to explore. From the magnificent Roman Arena to the Romanesque Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore, Verona Cathedral and ancient Ponte di Castelvecchio, Verona has enough attractions to make your head spin. For a special treat, head to the top of the Castel San Pietro for the most awesome panoramic view of what is a remarkable Italian city.
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With hot summers that can be uncomfortable at times, the pleasant spring and fall weather draws many tourists to Verona.
- Winter (December to February) 2-8°C
- Spring (March to May) 5-22°C
- Summer (June to September) 17-28°C
- Fall (October to November) 7-19°C
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