What to see in Verona

Author: puffin11uk

Verona Places And Charm, Italy

Verona's city center is enclosed inside the bight of the river Adige, defended by bastions to the south and protected by the powerful Ponte Scaligero (Scaligero Bridge). It is easy to reach by foot. Corso Porta Nuova is the natural entrance to piazza Brà, through the main gates of the Brà (1480). The square holds the RomanArena (1st century), the palace of the Gran Guardia (exhibition area) and that of the Gran Guardia Nuova (municipality head office), in addition to the Lapidario Maffeiano museum, an archaeological museum with priceless urns.
From piazza Brà the visitor has two options:

    * Take via Roma towards the medieval Castelvecchio and the Gavi Arch, and then towards the Roman basilica of San Zeno
    * Leave the Arena and continue towards piazza delle Erbe and piazza dei Signori, reaching Juliet's house along the way

Castelvecchio is a castle in Verona, mainly built to defend the city. In order to reach it you must leave Piazza Brà and the palace of the Gran Guardia to the left and continue along via Roma. Today Castelvecchio houses the public museum. The nearby Gavi Arch, to the right of Castelvecchio, is an honorary arch, built by the Romans and dedicated to the most important family in Verona, the gens Gavia. From here, along Regaste San Zeno, you arrive at the Roman Basilica of San Zeno, the city's patron saint.

Continuing along the elegant Liston you leave the Arena behind your back. Via Leoncino takes to the church of San Fermo Maggiore, two superimposed buildings, mixed in style and embellished with masterpieces such as the fresco of the Annunciation by Pisanello. From here through the gates of the Leoni you enter via Cappello, where you will see Juliet's home and arrive in piazza delle Erbe, the heart of Verona. A series of monuments make this square worth visiting. The Loggia del Consiglio is the symbol of the Renaissance in Verona. The Palazzo del Comune (or Municipality Building) was rearranged during the years and is adjacent to the torre dei Lamberti. There is a beautiful view from up there. Through the Costa Arch you enter piazza dei Signori to admire the Scaligere Arcs, the extraordinary monumental tombs of the Scaligeri.
Following Corso Santa Anastasia you reach the church of Santa Anastasia, the biggest in Verona. Inside there is another masterpiece by Pisanello, in the Pellegrini Chapel, dedicated to an illustrious family of Verona. Strange crooked human figures, the "gobbi" (or hunchbacks), hold the holy water stoups at the first two columns. Following via Duomo, you reach the Duomo of Verona, the outside in Roman style and inside late-Gothic, with a masterpiece by Tiziano del Cinquecento, the pala dell'Assunta.

Passing the bight of the Adige through the age-old Ponte Pietra (or Stone Bridge) of Roman origins, opposite the Duomo you can go up the hill of San Pietro to enjoy a really beautiful view. Just past the bight, to the right of the bridge, S.Giorgio in Braida is worth stopping for. It is a church made in accordance with the Renaissance standards, starting with an age-old church dedicated to the cult of Saint George. The Teatro Romano (or Roman Theater) (end of the 1st century), to the right of the Ponte Pietra, shows the typical Roman aesthetic style, with steps made in calcareous stone. The Palazzo Giusti, built in the Sixteenth century, has a magnificent Italian style garden (visiting hours: in the winter from 9:00 a.m. to sunset, in the summer from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.).

Basilica di San Zeno

The Basilica of San Zeno holds the masterpiece by Mantegna, the Triptych of San Zeno (1456-1459)

Arena of Verona

The temple of opera music was built in the 1st century A.C.

Arche Scaligere

One of the most important medieval seigniory in Italy, the Scala family governed Verona for over a century, applying a strong expansionary policy and leaving a heritage of castles all over the territory.


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