Verona is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe offering various ancient sights, local attractions, shopping and amazing dinning options. Below we have put together a number of suggestions on what to do and see during your stay in this enchanting city.
The Verona Arena
Located in the historic area of the city, this Arena is still being used today as a background for concerts and musical evenings. Built around the 1st century and was the center stage for Gladiator Spectacles, the Arena along with Juliet’s balcony are the main attractions of the city.
This is the balcony made famous by Shakespeare’s great love tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. The building dates back to the XIII century and is also located in the heart of the historic center of Verona. In the courtyard there is a bronze statue which represents Juliet and the recognition of one of the worlds best known scenes from world literature. This along with the Arena are the most important and most visited sights in Verona.
Piazza delle Erbe
Beautiful buildings surround the most well known square in Verona, this Piazza is the hub of Verona life. Every Saturday and Sunday morning a market takes place, then early evening its the meeting point for an aperitif before heading of for dinner in one of the many fine restaurants dotted around the city. In the center of the square sits the ancient fountain ” The Madonna Verona ” which dates back to around 1368, the square is a place to come and enjoy day or night.
Castelvecchio & Scaligero Bridge.
The castle was built by a local noble family by the name of Scaligero and the bridge was put in place to protect them from regular riots of the time. The bridge distanced the family from regular dangers and kept them separated by the river and if needed offered an escape to the countryside. The bridge was destroyed by the Germans in 1945 and rebuilt in 1951, the castle now houses the Museum of Verona.
The Cathedral of Verona
Built in a small but very attractive square and surrounded by beautiful buildings. The church was consecrated in 1187, however the works continued on the church for many more years beyond that date.
The city is not renowned for its lively nightlife, here its a little more relaxed. Most evenings start with a drink in the Piazza della Ebre, the Piazza Bra or on the banks of the river Adige. Then off to eat in one of the many restaurants, Pizza cafes or bistros that are dotted throughout the city, there are some amazing places to enjoy in the historic center of the city. For those looking to party into the night a few discos can be found in Verona, just go in the direction of the lake and this is were the young people go to play. From May to October the city offers a more cultural experience, with the Arena and Roman theater offering concerts along with regular musical Spectacles.