Fans of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will know Verona well, and they will know the city is one of the most romantic places to visit in all of Italy. Not only can you visit many of the sites mentioned in the play, but the city is also known for its picturesque plazas, castles, Roman amphitheater, countless churches and more. This ancient city is a place to fall in love. Here are 7 can’t miss attractions the city has to offer.
- Duomo di Verona. This cathedral may not be as eye catching as some of the larger cathedrals, but its simplicity is part of its charm. From the white and rose marble exterior, to the clock over the front entrance and rose marble floors, the Duomo di Verona, also known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Matricolare, is as romantic as they come.
- Verona Arena. This 2,000 year old Roman amphitheater could originally hold 30,000 spectators at gladiator contests, and is the third largest in Italy. Shockingly enough you can still attend events at it, such as pop concerts and the world-famous opera festival, but unfortunately only 15,000 people are allowed to attend any of the events these days.
- Piazza delle Erbe. When you visit this bustling marketplace, you will have a hard time imaging that ancient Romans used to use it as a forum for chariot races. You will find local, fresh produce and herbs, and will enjoy the medieval fountain in the middle of the square.
- Lamberti Tower. The tallest structure in all of Verona is the Lamberti Tower, which was built in 1172. From atop the 84 meters tall structure you can get the best panoramic view of the city. The tower is also famous for its two bells, one which rang when the work day was over, and one which rang in times of war. Those not wishing to climb the tall staircase can choose to ride the elevator instead to get to the top.
- Ponte Pietra. Bridges are important attractions all across Italy, and Verona ‘s is one of the most important Roman monuments in the city. The Ponte Pietra crosses the Adige River and was built around 100 BC. It has several arches and is made out of red brick and white stones. Unfortunately it’s not all original, as it was destroyed by Germans during World War II and later restored.
- Casa di Giulietta. Shakespeare fans will undoubtedly want to visit this 13th century house due to its connection to Romeo and Juliet. Rumor has it that it’s where the real-life Juliet was born, and even has the famous balcony where she stood when Romeo pledged his love to her. Of course the most photographed balcony in the world was added in the 20th century, but that doesn’t stop the shutterbugs.
- Giardino Giusti. If you are looking for one of the best examples of Italian Renaissance gardens, look no further. The 16th century garden has neatly trimmed hedges, tall slender trees, fountains, grottoes and statues. It’s one of the top attractions in the city, thanks to its awesome beauty.
Verona is just one of the stops on the Best of the Italian Lakes package. Other tours of the city are possible as well. Contact us today to find out more.