Verona, best known for Juliet’s balcony from famous Shakespeare’s novel, is considered as one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Although there are many things to do and to see in Verona, I have created a comprehensive list of top attractions
1. Arena di Verona
The Verona Arena, built in the first century, is one of the
2. Castelvecchio Castle
Castelvecchio was built in middle age by Scaliger dynasty. Nowadays it is home to an art gallery that hosts an exclusive collection of art and antiquities. You can take a walk around the upper ramparts to enjoy beautiful views of the river Adige. If you are staying in Verona for more than a day, you can buy here Verona city card. It is the cheapest way to explore all the main attractions in Verona.
3. Ponte di Castelvecchio
Castle Vecchio bridge is a fortified bridge across the Adige River. It was built to allow the lord of Verona to escape safely to the Tyrol in the event of a rebellion of the population. The bridge has a total length of 120 meters and is constructed completely with red bricks.
4. Piazza Delle Erbe
The Erbe square is the heart of Verona. It is a crossroad where the past meets the present. It contains many historic buildings, sculptures and ancient fountains which was built in 1368. Today it hosts a colorful market overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables. The Erbe square is also surrounded by the best restaurants and shops in Verona.
5. Torre dei Lamberti
Torre dei Lamberti is an ancient tower located at the Erbe square. The construction of the tower started in 1172 and it was reconstructed many times till 1463. The Lambreti tower is 84 meters high and offers 360 degrees view over Verona. You can walk up the stairs or take a lift to go up.
6. Casa di Giulietta
Italy has many beautiful cities and villages with beautiful architecture but Verona receives more tourist attention thanks to Shakespeare. His tragic story “Romeo and Juliet” has taken place in Verona. The fictional Juliet’s house with its famous balcony is located close to Piazza delle Erbe. All the walls in Juliet’s house courtyard are covered up with love letters. Unless you go there in the early morning, Juliet’s house courtyard is always overcrowded.
7. Piazza dei Signori
Situated just behind the Erbe square, Signori square is surrounded by buildings of great historical importance. Veronese government used to be located here in former times. In the middle of the square is located Dante’s statue.
8. Scaliger Tombs
The Scaliger Tombs, built by the Scaliger family in the 14th century, contain the remains of the medieval rulers of the city. The funerary complex built in Gothic style consists of five tombs and is located directly in front of
9. Verona Cathedral
The Verona Cathedral, also known as Duomo Santa Maria Matricolare, was built in
10. Giardino Giusti
Giusti garden was built in the 15th century and is regarded as one of the most beautiful Renaissance gardens in Europe. It was designed as a background for Giusti Palace and has various terraces with views over the city. Be aware that there is an entrance fee of around 9 euros for adults.
11. Castel San Pietro
Probably the best views of Verona open up from the top of Saint Peter’s Hill where the castle with the same name is located. The hill is only a few hundred meters high and you can reach the top either by taking the funicular or walking up the stairs. Although the castle is closed for visitors, you can still enjoy the view of the city and a beautiful sunset. On the way back to the city you can choose to walk alongside an ancient Roman theater.
If you have more than a day or two to explore Verona and the surrounding regions, there are many other exciting things to do in this region. My recommended activities include shopping and visiting lake Garda.
Just one hour from Verona is located one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy. Lake Garda is surrounded by many resort towns and beautiful mountains. You can get to Sirmione, the southernmost town of lake Garda, within an hour by bus from Verona. Just take bus line LN026 from Verona-Porta Nuova. Lake Garda is 51.9 km long with the deepest point at 346 m (1,135 ft). The most famous towns in the south are Sirmione, Lazise and Bardolino and in the north Malcesine, Limone and Riva del Garda. The northern part of the lake is the best option for you if you love sports and active vacations. Some activities that you can do here include mountain biking, paragliding, windsurfing, kayaking and much more. If you prefer a more relaxed and laid back vacation, you can stay in the southern part of Lake Garda. The best luxury hotels and spa resorts are located here. My recommendation is to explore local vineyards and try wine from this region. I also recommend renting a car in order to be more flexible and explore all the beautiful towns of Lake Garda.
You have probably heard of the famous shopping mall in Milan and the fashion weeks. But what you don’t know is that practically any popular Italian city offers a wide variety of shopping experience. Some of the shops represent well-known brands but some represent lesser-known exclusive local designs. It may open up an opportunity for you to discover new designs that fit you perfectly and contribute to the local economy.