While most people know Verona as the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, it does offer a great deal of amazing other factors that warrant a visit. Even though there is little evidence that Romeo and Juliet ever really existed, what IS proven is that Verona is certainly worth your time. This beautiful city is going to offer a number of different sights that go far beyond what Shakespeare wrote.
If you are in Northern Italy or planning to travel there, Verona should be a must-see destination. It makes for an excellent day trip, especially because it is only a half hour away from Venice by train. If you are still not convinced, we have a number of reasons as to why you should consider Verona.
The tombs of the Scaligeri family
This is one of the most elaborate tombs that you are going to find anywhere. The tomb is located around the corner of Piazza delle Erbe. The five Gothic funerary monuments are considered to be some of the best examples of Gothic art that you can find anywhere. Honestly, once you are in the neighborhood, they are quite hard to miss.
As evident from the name, these belong to members of the Scaligeri family. The Scaligeri family ruled Verona in the 13th and 14th century. Make sure that you do not ignore the church of Santa Maria Antica that is located behind the tombs. It is both lovely and tiny, certainly worth a visit.
The Duomo of Verona
The Duomo is the main cathedral of Verona. You want to make sure that you do not merely take a picture from the outside, because the interior of this 12th century church is filled with spectacular artifacts and the design is incredibly elaborate. One of the most beautiful artifacts that you are going to find here is a painting by the Italian master Titian.
If you want to see the ancient ruins of the city that once stood here, this is certainly worth a stop along the way. It once marked the southern entrance to Verona. This ancient Roman gate is a stunning example of how the ancient ruins were adopted into the modern city.
The battlements of Castelvecchio
This is an art museum and medieval fortress in one. With four separate buildings, a castle keep, and seven towers, the Castelvecchio is a 14th century fortress that is undoubtedly the most imposing building in Verona. As mentioned, it is now also a museum of artifacts, coins, sculptures, and art. It includes a collection of paintings with works from masters from Northern Italy, including Pisanello, Bellini, and Mantegna.
The Basilica of San Zeno
This is one of the sights that you certainly do not want to miss when in Verona. This spectacular church dates back to the 4th century, though the current incarnation of the building dates anywhere between the 10th and 12th century. The early Romanesque style used in the church served as the inspiration for many of the other churches found throughout Verona. The bronze door is a spectacular piece that you have to take a moment and enjoy. It dates back to the 11th century and it displays 48 elaborately carved panels of scenes from the Bible.
Piazza delle Erbe
There is a reason that many consider Piazza delle Erbe to be one of the loveliest piazzas in all of Italy. During the day, this piazza is home to a market (one that primarily deals in trinkets and souvenirs). In the evening, you can find tourists and locals alike sitting at the outdoor cafes, enjoying their aperitivi. Regardless of what brings you to the square, make sure that you take a moment and look around. The lovely central fountain and the Renaissance-era palaces make this arguably the most beautiful piazza in the country.
The Arena of Verona
The ancient arena in Verona is home to a world-famous opera. It was built back in the 1st century A.D and it actually predates the Roman Colosseum. Today it is remarkably well preserved, but it no longer serves as an arena – it is home to Verona’s famous summer opera festival.
Staying in the heart of Verona in luxury
If you want elegance and luxury during your stay in Verona, the Due Torri Hotel is one of the best options that you will find in the city. You get to stay in the heart of the city, directly next to the Church of Saint Anastasia. Juliet’s balcony is only five minutes from the hotel on foot. The lobby of the hotel is very impressive and often used for cultural events and exhibitions.
The hotel is characterized by its elegant, welcoming, and sophisticated ambiences and exquisite furniture. The Restaurant Due Torri offers some spectacular cuisine in a unique, welcoming, and relaxing atmosphere. The food here follows national and regional tradition.