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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

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Piazza Brà

Piazza Brà

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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
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Verona Arena

Verona Arena

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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
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Juliet’s House (Casa di Giulietta)

Juliet’s House (Casa di Giulietta)

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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
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Piazza delle Erbe

Piazza delle Erbe

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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
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Piazza dei Signori (Piazza Dante)

Piazza dei Signori (Piazza Dante)

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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
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Porta Borsari

Porta Borsari

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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
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Scaliger Tombs (Arche Scaligere)

Scaliger Tombs (Arche Scaligere)

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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
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Castelvecchio Bridge (Ponte Scaligero)

Castelvecchio Bridge (Ponte Scaligero)

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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
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Verona Historic Center (Verona Centro Storico)

Verona Historic Center (Verona Centro Storico)

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With ancient Roman ruins, church crypts that inspired Shakespeare, and grand Austrian-style buildings from the 19th century, Verona’s Historic Center (Centro Storico) is an architectural treasure trove. Highlights include the 2nd-century Verona Arena, the Casa di Giulietta, and the 14th-century Scaliger Tombs.More
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Castelvecchio Museum (Museo di Castelvecchio)

Castelvecchio Museum (Museo di Castelvecchio)

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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
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Ponte Pietra

Ponte Pietra

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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
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Roman Theater and Archaeological Museum

Roman Theater and Archaeological Museum

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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
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Via Mazzini

Via Mazzini

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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
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Castel San Pietro

Castel San Pietro

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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
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Basilica di Sant’Anastasia

Basilica di Sant’Anastasia

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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Verona

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History, Humor and Heat!!
Jennifer_D, Jun 2022
Tour to discover the Unique History of Verona, the City of Art
Filled with facts, fun stories and humor we got to see and learn about a wide variety of things in Verona.
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Fun, interesting and enjoyable
Gerardo_C, Jun 2022
Highlights and hidden gems Verona Bike Tour
We got to see many of Verona’s highlights by bike that we wouldn’t be able to do by walking.
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This tour was fantastic....
Elise_D, May 2022
Fascinating Verona: in the Footprints of Romeo and Juliet
We were taken to some of the main attractions in Verona and given lots of information about each one.
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A mix of culture, history and high end fashion
Lisa_H, May 2022
Verona Full-Day Tour from Lake Garda
However it was difficult to hear through the audio equipment, despite trying to adjust the volume, and understand his English accent.
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Bike Tour with Elizabetta
Cassandra_F, Mar 2022
Highlights and hidden gems Verona Bike Tour
What a fun way to see all of verona !!!!
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Great tour and history of Verona
Erin_M, Dec 2021
Verona City Sightseeing Walking Tour of Must-See Sites with Local Guide
Nice way to see Verona and to be able to decide what we would want to explore more of!
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So much fun and the food was GREAT
tiffanyclark103, Feb 2020
Verona Traditional Home Cooking Experience
We have no experience making homemade pasta or cooking much but she was able to show us exactly what to do.
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Great tour!
amorescanin, Jan 2020
Verona Private City Tour including Arena and Funicular for Kids and Families
Excellent tour with kids!
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PATIENCE M, Oct 2019
Verona City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
easiest way to see all of veronica's sites.
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Dark Historical Verona Walking tour
Dwight_W, Jul 2018
Dark Historical Verona Walking Tour
We took the tour on our first day and it really helped us understand the history and points of interest to see on our own.
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Verona Walking Tour
Katrina_B, Jul 2018
Verona Highlights Walking Tour in Small-group
Really a great way to see the town of Verona.
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Joanne C, Sep 2017
Verona Small-Group Bike Tour
We learned so much about Verona and saw some attractions we would not have had the time to see walking.
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Our guide, Leonardo, was very...
Jill E, Jun 2017
Verona Highlights Walking Tour in Small-group
We would 100% recommended this tour to visitors.
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Great Tour. In Verona for 2 days so...
Will, Jul 2017
Verona Small-Group Bike Tour
In Verona for 2 days so did this tour the first morning - great way to see the City and workout where to revisit.
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Too much fun! My family loved Verona...
William J, Jun 2017
CSTRents - Verona Segway PT Authorized Tour
We were able to see so much of Verona in 2 hours.
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Amy_S, Jun 2016
Verona Food & Wine Walking Tour in Small-group
I can't remember the name of our tour guide but she took us to some lovely and unique food places, while also providing great suggestions for other sights to see and restaurants.
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We loved Verona and this tour! We...
Marsha H, Jun 2016
Verona City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
It was a relaxing, entertaining and informative way to see a beautiful city!
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Nice way to see city while enjoying food & wine with a good guide
mbheim, Nov 2021
The Verona Food, Wine & history, Lunch/sunset aperitif & skip the line cable car
Six of us on tour, English & Italian speaking and she had to explain I’m both languages.
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Verona Wine Trip
Andres T, Dec 2018
Semi-private Amarone Wine-tasting Tour from Verona
We wanted to visit Verona Again and wanted to visit the area of Valpolicella.
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Wonderful Tour of Verona!
Katie-Verona, Sep 2018
The Verona Food, Wine & history, Lunch/sunset aperitif & skip the line cable car
Would certainly recommend this tour to people visiting Verona, was a perfect way to see all the sights and obviously taste the local food and wine!
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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