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Things to do in  Verona

Welcome to Verona

In contrast to its neighbors Venice and Milan, the north Italian city of Verona exudes a subdued charm. Affectionately known as Little Rome during the time of the Roman Empire, the city bursts with baroque architecture and ancient relics, but is perhaps most famous for its association with Shakespeare’s greatest love story. Delve into the legend of Romeo and Juliet on a history tour, master local specialties during a cookery class, or explore beyond the city on a guided bike ride through the vineyards of Valpolicella wine country. Following a few days of food, wine, and culture, you’re guaranteed to fall madly in love with the city of star-crossed lovers.

Top 15 attractions in Verona

Juliet’s House (Casa di Giulietta)

William Shakespeare put Verona on the map for the English-speaking world, setting his tale of the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet in this northern Italian city. The Bard’s timeless story has inspired a steady flow of romantics to visit Juliet’s House, or Casa di Giulietta, as Verona’s 13th-century palazzo of the Dal Cappello family is now known. Though Romeo and Juliet were almost certainly figments of Shakespeare’s imagination and the famous balcony where Juliet is said to have gazed down at Romeo was added centuries after the love story was written, the romance of Juliet’s House transcends fact or fiction.More

Verona Arena

Feel like part of history as you attend an event in the Verona Arena (Arena di Verona), a spectacular Roman amphitheater that has dominated Piazza Bra since the first century. Once a venue for sporting events, games, and gladiatorial battles, today audiences of up to 15,000 gather to watch opera, music concerts, and dance performances.More

Porta Borsari

Porta Borsari is a white limestone gate that once marked an entrance point into the Italian city of Verona. With two arched entrances and two sets of windows above, it’s a lasting example of the impressive scale of Roman monumental architecture.More

Piazza delle Erbe

Ringed with bustling cafes and elegant Baroque-style buildings, Piazza delle Erbe (or market square has been the home of Verona’s main market since ancient Roman times. Today, visitors still come to browse the market tables stacked high with regional produce, olive oil, and wine; or just enjoy a traditional Italian espresso while enjoying the sounds of the open-air market.More

Piazza Brà

Home to the city’s town hall and other important buildings, Piazza Bra sits at the heart of life in Verona. The huge city square welcomes visitors from all around the world who come to stroll the wide expanse, enjoy a coffee or a meal at one of the al fresco restaurants, or attend one of the regular music performances held at the Verona Arena.More

Piazza dei Signori (Piazza Dante)

Historically, Piazza dei Signori (also known as Piazza Dante in honor of the poet’s statue in the square center) was the civic and political heart of Verona, and is still home to the Loggia del Consiglio, the former city hall. Lined by medieval palaces and elegant arches, this square is a vibrant local gathering place.More

Scaliger Tombs (Arche Scaligere)

Commemorating the influential Della Scala family, the Scaliger tombs are a series of five Gothic funerary monuments found outside the Santa Maria Antica church in Verona. Dating back to the 14th century, the monuments are famous for their elaborate decoration.More

Castelvecchio Bridge (Ponte Scaligero)

A symbol of Verona, the 14th-century Castelvecchio Bridge (Ponte Scaligero) spanning the Adige River had the largest supporting arch span in the world when it was completed in 1356. The original was destroyed during World War II, but a new bridge was rebuilt with the same red-brick crenellations as its predecessor.More

Ponte Pietra

Spanning the Adige River on the northern edge of the city, Ponte Pietra reflects Verona’s remarkable history. This stone-and-brick footbridge was built by Romans in 100 BC and remained largely intact until several of its arches were blown up during World War II. Today, the reconstructed bridge is one of Verona’s top attractions.More

Castelvecchio Museum (Museo di Castelvecchio)

Old and new come together elegantly at Verona’s Castelvecchio, a historic castle renovated in the 1960s by visionary architect Carlo Scarpa, who paired glass panels, concrete, and metal grills with the surviving medieval stonework to create a striking museum for artworks by Bellini, Tiepolo, and Veronese.More

Castel San Pietro

Castel San Pietro is a hilltop fortress in Verona. Built in the Austrian style in the 19th century and surrounded by cypress trees, it offers panoramic views of the city, including the Roman theater and the Adige river.More

Roman Theater and Archaeological Museum

Verona Arena, the first-century Roman amphitheater on Piazza Bra is one of the city’s most famous sights, but Verona also boasts a pristine Roman Theater that is even older than the arena and is set on the banks of the River Adige. Visit the theater to see remains of the stage, stone seating (cavea), and loggia arcades.More

Via Mazzini

Via Mazzini is Verona’s top shopping street. It’s lined with stores selling the latest fashions and chic cafes where you can sit and people watch over a creamy cappuccino. Leading from the central square Piazza Bra to the Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s balcony) it connects some of the city’s main sights.More

Verona Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Matricolare)

Had Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet ended happily ever after, the two may have wed in Verona’s beautiful 12th-century cathedral; and, in fact, travelers flock to the duomo on Romeo and Juliet-themed tours. The mix of Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance elements make this one of the most beautiful churches in Verona.More

Basilica di Sant’Anastasia

Verona’s largest church, the impressive brick facade of Basilica di Sant'Anastasia has been a fixture of the city for hundreds of years. Located in the historical center, it’s also one of the city’s finest examples of Italian Gothic architecture.More
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Romeo and Juliet in Verona

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Sirmione and Lake Garda Tour from Verona
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Verona Food & Wine Walking Tour in Small-group
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Italian Risotto recipes and Pasta Cooking Class
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Full-day Lake Garda Tour

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Verona Arena Skip-the-line Tour

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All about Verona

When to visit

In summer, Verona overflows with tourists—it’s Italy’s fourth-most visited city–—in search of Juliet’s House, of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet fame. Savvy travelers know that the best times to visit are in spring and fall when there are fewer crowds. The heart of summer is opera season, with open-air, evening performances held in the spectacular Roman-era amphitheater, a real treat for culture lovers.

Getting around

Verona’s main train station, Verona Porta Nuova, sits on the busy Milan-Venice rail line. From there, the old quarter is comfortably explored on foot. If you’re traveling by car, keep in mind that the city center is a restricted traffic area: most non-residents must leave their cars outside the center. Bikes, e-bikes, and scooter rentals are plentiful, just make sure to drive or ride on the correct side of the road and avoid dedicated bus lanes.

Traveler tips

Just across from the historic center, on the eastern bank of the Adige River, lies Veronetta—or what locals call the “other Verona.” Cross the Ponte Nuovo or Ponte Navi bridges, and the tourist crowds tend to disappear. The neighborhood is known for its lively street and pub scene catering to university students, a riverside Roman theater and adjacent archeological museum, and the terraced, 16th-century public garden, Giardino Giusti.

A local’s pocket guide to Verona

Author Rebecca Winke in white.
Rebecca Winke

A hopeless romantic at heart, Italy-based travel writer Rebecca can never stay away from this city of star-crossed lovers and opera under the stars for long.

The first thing you should do in Verona is...

check the Arena schedule to see if you can catch an evening performance at this spectacular Roman amphitheater while you’re in town.

A perfect Saturday in Verona...

starts with breakfast in Piazza delle Erbe before a walk through the old town to browse the shops. Later, hop on a bike to pedal along the River Adige and up to Castel San Pietro for sunset views.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

posting a love letter at Juliet’s Balcony. Sure, it’s silly, but you’ll get an earnest reply back from one of Club di Giulietta volunteers.

To discover the "real" Verona...

linger in the square fronting the Church of San Zeno to blend in with retirees gossiping on park benches, children chasing soccer balls, and locals on their lunch break paging through the L’Arena newspaper.

For the best view of the city...

scale the 368 steps (or purchase a ticket for the elevator) to the top of Lamberti Tower for 360-degree vistas over the terracotta-tiled roofs and River Adige.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking that it’s hard to get tickets to the Arena. Sure, some blockbuster shows do sell out, but there are often last-minute day-of spots for each evening’s performance up for grabs at the amphitheater's box office.

People Also Ask

What is Verona best known for?

Ancient history buffs may know Verona for its spectacular Arena—an intact Roman amphitheater dating from the first century—but the world’s romantics recognize this UNESCO-listed city as the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Enthusiasts can still visit the iconic balcony at Juliet’s House in Verona’s historic center.

How many days do you need in Verona?

Verona is quite compact, making it easy to see the top sights in a day. Save time with skip-the-line tickets to the Arena then spend the rest of your day exploring highlights including Juliet’s House, Castelvecchio fortress and bridge, and dazzling churches such as Sant’Anastasia and St. Zeno Maggiore.

What shouldn't you miss in Verona?

Juliet’s House is certainly charming and a top city sight, but the Arena is Verona’s true cultural headliner. This Roman amphitheater was used by the ancient Romans for games and gladiatorial battles, and today opera and other music and dance performances here entertain audiences of up to 15,000 people.

Is Verona worth visiting?

Yes. Verona offers world-class cultural sites, a historic center with lively squares, and a more authentic feel than tourist hot spots such as Rome or Florence. It’s located on the main highway and rail line between Milan and Venice and can also be a day trip from Bologna or Lake Garda.

What can I do for free in Verona?

Verona is a very walkable city, so stroll through the old town to take in the two main squares (Piazza Bra and Piazza delle Erbe), Arena, and Porta Borsari. Skirt the Adige River that cuts through the city to admire Castelvecchio and climb up to Castel San Pietro for bird’s-eye views.

Is Verona best visited on a day trip?

Verona is ideally located for a day trip from a number of major northern cities—including Milan, Venice, and Bologna—and you can see the city’s main sights in a few hours. To catch a performance at the ancient Arena, however, you should plan to spend the night.


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