Verona attractions.
14 things to see
in the little Rome of Veneto (Italy)


Speaking about Verona attractions is a tough job: just the town in itself is a pleasure to the eyes...and strolling around its evocating pedestrian roads surrounded by history and immersed in a almost fairytale ambience has no equal.
I may say that the romantic atmosphere of Verona – among all of the Veneto’s cities – is surpassed only by Venice.


Plus, and this counts too for many of us, the town has a lot to offer in terms of wine and food culture.


These are 14 of the most relevant Verona attractions to be enjoyed by foot, by following some of the pedestrian itineraries.
But I am sure you will enthralled by a lot more things once you’ll be there.

  1. Piazza Brà (Brà square)

    It is one of the places where Verona people use to hang around, walking along the Liston (accent on o), a pedestrian way lined with elegant cafés, restaurants and bookstores.

    The big square is overlooked by the impressive Arena, and surrounded by fine old palaces. Among them, the Accademia Filarmonica, made up of a palladian-style theater, a museum and a 1500s’ library, in which are being preserved precious ancient instruments and sheet music.

  2. The Arena of Verona

    It is one of the most famous Verona attractions: the Roman amphitheater, the setting of the famous summer Opera in Verona since 1913.

    The Arena is the third biggest amphiteather of Italy (after Rome and Capua, this last one not well preserved though), with a sitting capacity of 25,000.

    Built in the early 1st century AD, when Verona was a relevant roman town, it used to host the gladiators battles.
    The name Arena – sand in Latin- stems from the fact that during the roman era the area where shows took place was covered in sand.

    Visiting hours: 8am-7pm
    During Opera season: 8am-3.30pm
    Closed on Monday

  3. Piazza delle Erbe (Herbs square)

    During antiquity this lively square used to host the roman Forum. Nowadays it is the setting of the typical street market. Among other, take a look at the medieval tower houses at the corner with via Mazzini.
    The imposing Torre del Gardello (Gardello tower) overlooks the square.

  4. Piazza dei Signori

    An awesome square, boasting harmonious architectural proportions, hemmed-in by 1300’s buildings connected each-other by arcades.

    The Palazzo della Ragione (end 1100s), the Palazzo del Capitanio(1363) and the Loggia del Consiglio (end 1400s) are just some of the beautiful buildings to be seen in this square.

  5. Cathedral dome of Santa Maria Matricolare

    It is located in a beautiful small square surrounded by delightful and unique ancient buildings.
    Built on 1117 by incorporating an earlier christian church, it features in its facade a blend of different styles, from Romanesque to Gothic.

  6. Juliet house

    One of the most celebre Verona attractions ever. Read details about Romeo and Juliet story and Juliet house .

    Visiting hours: 8am-7pm
    closed on Monday

  7. Church of San Fermo Maggiore

    As for its architectural style, it is one of the most significant churches of Verona.
    Originally – in the 8th century - it was a benedictine monastery. It’s about two superimposed buildings. The lower one, dating back to 1066, is characterized by a romanesque style, while the upper one (1350) has a gothic facade.
    Inside, among others, noteworthy is the keel-shaped wooden ceiling.

  8. Castelvecchio: the Castle

    It is one of the most visited of all the Verona attractions, along with the Arena and the Juliet house. Placed in a strategic position close to the river Adige, it was built in 1354 during the Scaligeri - or Della Scala - rule over the town.
    Nowaday some halls inside the ancient palace host the Museo Civico d’Arte (town art museum).

  9. Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

    Not far from Castelvecchio, it rises the majestic Basilica, a work of art of the italian romanesque style, boasting an awesome facade.
    Built in the late 9th century, it was destroyed by the 1117 quake, then rebuilt a few years later.


    Verona attractions in the Veronetta district

    Veronetta: that way is called the part of the city on the left bank of the river Adige. This is the first core of the town founded in the antiquity by the ancient Venetos, and the area where later the roman acropoli was built.

    The name Veronetta (little Verona) comes from the fact that in 1801 the Veneto town was split in two parts and the river turned into a border between the part dominated by French and the one dominated by Austro-Hungarians.

  10. Ponte Pietra

    The suggesting 5-arched Roman bridge is the starting point to visit Veronetta. The bridge was partly rebuilt in 1520.

  11. Roman theater and archaeological area

    Located in a hilly area (acropolis in Greek means high city) it is one of the most awesome complex of the roman era, one of the richest of northern Italy.

  12. Church of San Giorgio in Braida

    Built arond 1400, it boasts a white marble facade and a big dome. Inside, for the painting lovers, worth-seeing are fine paintings of Tintoretto and Veronese.

  13. Church of Santo Stefano

    Originally built in the 5th-6th century, it is of the most relevant early-christian churches of Verona. The facade dates back to the 12th century.

  14. The Giardino dei Giusti (the Giusti Garden)

    Finally a dive into nature! Not far from the archaeological area, you’ll find a stunning Italianate garden dating back to the late Renaissance. Statues and awesome fountains embellish this haven of peace.

    Opening time:
    Summer: 8.30am-8pm
    Winter: 8:30am-sunset


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