Verona, background of the famous shakespearean tragedy, is a beautiful city, full of monuments, historical palaces, great squares and old churches, masterpieces of different centuries worth discovering!
NOT TO BE MISSED
Piazza Bra is an important square with historical buildings such as Palazzo della Gran Guardia, Palazzo Barbieri and the Arena. Here we can see the equestrian monument of Vittorio Emanuele II, built at the end of the 19th century, and the Fountain of the Alps, built in 1975 to celebrate the twinning with the city if Munich of 1960.
Used as town hall, Palazzo Barbieri is a Neoclassical palace built between 1836 and 1848; it recalls the ancient Roman temples: a Corinthian pronaos constitutes the central body of the building and, on the top, there is a triangular pediment bearing the city’s coat of arms.
The Arena is the best preserved amphitheater that still exists, even though in 1183 a terrible earthquake destroyed almost completely its overlapping arcades. It was built in the 1st century in the form of an ellipse and during the centuries was used to host every kind of show: tourneys, duels, circus and plays. Since 1913 it hosts the most remarkable open-air opera season in the world.
Did you know? The Arena is the biggest Roman amphitheater in the world with its 110 m width and 140 m lenght.
Torre dei Lamberti
The Torre dei Lamberti is a 84 m high tower built in 1172 commissioned by the Lamberti’s family. During the decades the tower was enlarged: the more recent sections can be recognized today by the use of different materials (such as marble). Torre dei Lamberti is the highest tower in Verona and has two bells: the Marangona used to signal the hours of the day, while the largest, called Rengo, was used to call the population to arms or to invoke the city’s council.
Piazza dei Signori
In the Middle Ages Piazza dei Signori used to host the court of the Scaligeri – hence its name. Many historical buildings overlook the square: Palazzo della Ragione, Palazzo di Cansignorio, the Church of Santa Maria Antica, Palazzo del Podestà and the Loggia del Consiglio. At the centre of the square you will see the marble statue of Dante Alighieri, built to celebrate the great poet, that lived for many years in Verona after his exile.
Here stands the house where, according tradition, lived Juliet Capulet, where you can see the famous balcony from which Juliet looked out to talk to her Romeo. In the small but bright courtyard you will find a beautiful statue of Juliet, realized by the sculptor Costantini, and a plaque on which are shown some lines of Shakespeare’s tragedy.
Church of San Fermo Maggiore
The Church of San Fermo Maggiore is one of the main religious buildings of Verona. It is composed by two overlapping churches: the lower church was built in the XI century on the remains of a V-century-church; the upper church was built in the early XIV century by Franciscan friars, who left the Romanesque lower church intact and gave the higher the current Gothic style, enriching it over the centuries with splendid frescoes and numerous works of art.
Castelvecchio is a vast fortress, which impresses with its imposing appearance and its military form, accentuated by crenellations that line the walls and cover the seven towers. The complex consists of two parts, divided by the impressive walls; at the center stands the high main tower (Mastio Tower). The fortified Scaligero bridge with three arches integrates the defensive system of the castle, forming a magnificent example of fourteenth-century engineering. During the first decades of the twentieth century Castelvecchio was subjected to a first major renovation and turned into a museum (opened in 1923), housing the prestigious seat of civic art collections that were previously stored at Palazzo Pompei.
Recovered in the second half of the nineteenth century, the ancient Roman Theater of Verona dates back to the first century BC. It’s located at the foot of the hill of San Pietro, in the northern part of the ancient city, and every summer hosts an important festival dedicated to the Shakespearean theater, besides many others events of all kind.
Did you know? With the same ticket you can visit both the Theatre and Archaeological Museum of Verona, located just above the theatre and hosting many archaeological finds.
Set up at the end of the XVI century, the garden today shows the frame designed by Agostino Giusti This garden represents an urban complex of great interest and beauty, visited and celebrated through centuries by renowned representatives of history and culture. It was designed as background for Palazzo Giusti (Giusti Palace) and it has various terraces so that, following a pre-arranged path, it is possible to progressively have a view of the town. The famous cypress walk climbs up to a stalactite cave dominated by a “mascherone” (gargoyle). From here it is possible to enjoy one of the best views of Verona.
WHAT TO DO
SLEEP AND CHARGE
Hotel Expo Verona is a beautiful hotel in Villafranca di Verona, only 15 km from the center of Verona.
Its strategic position – near the city of Verona, the Garda Lake and famous entertainment parks – makes the hotel the perfect location to spend some days relaxing and visiting the nearby territory.
Here you can charge your car!