TOP 23 best attractions in Verona


The city made famous by Shake­speare attracts thou­sands of tourists. They come here to see the palaces, squares and streets that wit­nessed the great love of Romeo and Juli­et.


What to do in Verona

The sights of Verona have a spe­cial aura. Archi­tec­ture is an inter­weav­ing of styles from dif­fer­ent eras. This fusion will impress roman­tics and aes­thetes.

Basil­i­cas and cathe­drals, built and paint­ed by great mas­ters, are real trea­sures in stone, over which time has no pow­er. Every cul­tured per­son will appre­ci­ate their beau­ty.

And while walk­ing, you can enjoy nature and the humid air that the wind brings from Lake Gar­da.

Religious sites

Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore

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The tem­ple, found­ed at the begin­ning of the 10th cen­tu­ry, is con­sid­ered the best exam­ple of the Romanesque style in Italy. The facade is made of pale pink mar­ble and yel­low tuff. This alter­na­tion of mate­ri­als cre­ates the effect of dis­creet radi­ance even on a cloudy day. The walls are rich­ly dec­o­rat­ed with bas-reliefs, and a giant rose win­dow lets in as much nat­ur­al light as pos­si­ble.

The inte­ri­or dec­o­ra­tion is lux­u­ri­ous. Par­tic­u­lar atten­tion should be paid to the altar, stained-glass win­dows and the crypt where the first bish­op of Verona, Saint Zeno, rests. His relics are exhib­it­ed in a glass sar­coph­a­gus.


cathedral cathedral

The Romanesque cathe­dral was built in the 12th cen­tu­ry, and already in the 15th cen­tu­ry it was rebuilt. A nave appeared, cor­re­spond­ing to the main canons of Goth­ic. The white mar­ble facade is the epit­o­me of puri­ty. The por­tal above the entrance is dec­o­rat­ed with scenes from the Old Tes­ta­ment, pic­tures of hunt­ing, as well as fig­ures of the heroes of epic sto­ries: the knights Roland and Olivi­er. Above the por­tal is an image of the Vir­gin Mary.

Inside, you should see the fres­coes “The Ado­ra­tion of the Magi”, “The Entomb­ment” and Titian’s mas­ter­piece “Ascen­sion of the Vir­gin Mary” (1525). The mosa­ic floor and red mar­ble columns sup­port­ing the high ceil­ing leave a strong impres­sion.

Basilica of Santa Anastasia

basilica san anastasia

The tem­ple on the cen­tral square of the city glo­ri­fies the patroness of Verona, Saint Anas­ta­sia, who saved dozens of Chris­tians from exe­cu­tion. The basil­i­ca appeared at the end of the 13th cen­tu­ry. The façade is ascetic, its only dec­o­ra­tion being scenes from the life of St. Peter, carved in stone above the entrance.

But the inte­ri­ors of the church are an exam­ple of lux­u­ry and splen­dor. The mar­ble floor, columns and vault­ed ceil­ing look solemn. Fig­ures of hunch­backs perched on a bowl of holy water. The main dec­o­ra­tion is the fres­co “Saint George Releas­ing the Princess” by Pisanel­lo.

Basilica of Santa Maria Antica

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San­ta Maria Anti­ca is con­sid­ered the old­est church in Verona. It was built in the 12th cen­tu­ry on the site of a 7th cen­tu­ry tem­ple destroyed by an earth­quake. To show the con­ti­nu­ity of reli­gious build­ings, the archi­tect kept a frag­ment of the black and white mosa­ic floor in the new basil­i­ca.

Almost 100 years lat­er, a palace was built next to the tem­ple by order of the Scaliger clan. So San­ta Maria Anti­ca became the home church of the rulers of Verona. In her court­yard is the sar­coph­a­gus of Cana Grande I del­la Scala, the most pow­er­ful mem­ber of the fam­i­ly.

Basilica of San Lorenzo

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The church, found­ed in the 8th cen­tu­ry, was rebuilt sev­er­al times, but it man­aged to main­tain its orig­i­nal appear­ance. It belongs to the ear­ly Romanesque style with ele­ments of Byzan­tine and Romanesque archi­tec­ture.

The inte­ri­or has remained unchanged since the 12th cen­tu­ry. Its dom­i­nant fea­ture is red and white columns. The altar is dec­o­rat­ed with a fres­co “Vir­gin Mary with St. Lawrence”. Inside the basil­i­ca is the tomb of the once pow­er­ful fam­i­lies of Nog­a­ro­la and Triv­ell.

“Romeo and Juliet”

Juliet’s house

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An out­ward­ly incon­spic­u­ous house built in the 13th cen­tu­ry, at the sug­ges­tion of local author­i­ties, became the mate­r­i­al embod­i­ment of a scene from Shake­speare’s dra­ma. It was on the bal­cony of Capel­lo’s fam­i­ly nest (at the Eng­lish writer Capulet’s) that Romeo ardent­ly con­fessed his love to Juli­et.

Tourists in an end­less stream go to the court­yard to see the same bal­cony and touch the right breast of the bronze young lady — they say it brings good luck. Those who are not doing well on the per­son­al front write a note ask­ing for help in find­ing a soul mate and leave it in the gap between the bricks of the famous house.

Romeo’s house

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Just 150 meters from Juli­et’s house stands the fam­i­ly house of the Nog­a­ro­la fam­i­ly, built in the 14th cen­tu­ry. Fans of Shake­speare and his immor­tal play are sure that Romeo lived in it.

This fact does not affect the own­ers in any way, so no one is allowed inside. Tourists can see the house only from the out­side. It is a sym­bio­sis of Romanesque and Goth­ic styles. The medieval build­ing is made of red brick, the upper part of the facade is crowned with bat­tle­ments, sim­i­lar to those found on the fortress walls.

Juliet’s tomb

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An oblig­a­tory stop on the way of the tourist route of Shake­speare fans is Juli­et’s tomb. It is locat­ed in the for­mer Capuchin monastery of San Francesco al Cor­so. In the mid­dle of the medieval crypt stands a large red mar­ble sar­coph­a­gus in a very deplorable state.

Once the name­less tomb was locat­ed in the court­yard, but after the release of the famous nov­el “Corinne, or Italy” by Ger­maine de Stael, in which the writer men­tioned Verona and famous lovers, a real pil­grim­age to the grave began.

Tourists chipped off pieces of the tomb­stone, which were then insert­ed into jew­el­ry. To pre­vent van­dal­ism, the author­i­ties decid­ed to move the tomb to the build­ing. Now it is part of the muse­um expo­si­tion of the Muse­um of Fres­coes.


Piazza Bra

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This is the largest square not only in Verona, but in all of Italy. The perime­ter is framed by his­tor­i­cal build­ings and palaz­zos of the 17th-19th cen­turies, as well as the ancient Roman amphithe­ater Are­na di Verona. The main dec­o­ra­tion is a mon­u­ment to King Vic­tor Emmanuel II.

Porta Leoni

Porta Leoni

Once this gate was part of the fortress of Por­ta Leoni, built approx­i­mate­ly in the 1st cen­tu­ry AD. The for­ti­fi­ca­tion has repeat­ed­ly saved the inhab­i­tants from ene­my raids. A frag­ment of an ancient Roman build­ing has been well pre­served to this day. Its upper part was once adorned with mas­sive white stat­ues. Alas, they were irre­triev­ably lost in the Mid­dle Ages.

The name Por­ta Leoni is trans­lat­ed as “lion’s gate”. The thing is that the gates were locat­ed near the tombs of the nobil­i­ty, dec­o­rat­ed with fig­ures of mar­ble lions — a sym­bol of noble ori­gin.

Arches of the Scaligers

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These are the tombs of three promi­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Scaliger fam­i­ly, who ruled Verona in the XIII-XIV cen­turies. Masti­no II, Can Grande I del­la Scala, Can­signo­rio and sev­er­al oth­er mem­bers of a noble fam­i­ly are buried here.

The arch­es, made in the Goth­ic style, stand on columns, which gives the impres­sion that they are float­ing in the air. The tombs are locat­ed in the court­yard of the church of San­ta Maria Anti­ca, which served as a pri­vate chapel dur­ing the reign of the Scaligers.

Arena di Verona

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The amphithe­ater, built by the ancient Romans in 290 AD, is the third largest in Italy. Of great­est inter­est is its north­ern part — it is best pre­served. Tourists can see pris­tine arch­es and authen­tic places for spec­ta­tors.

The are­na is built of pink mar­ble, has 44 rows and can accom­mo­date up to 20,000 spec­ta­tors. It is an active con­cert venue. Every year in July, the world-famous opera fes­ti­val Verona Opera Fes­ti­val is held here.

Piazza delle Erbe

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This cham­ber square is con­sid­ered the most beau­ti­ful in the city. It was built on the site of the ruined Roman forum, which was replaced by a veg­etable mar­ket. The name Piaz­za delle Erbe is trans­lat­ed as “Green­er’s Square”.

In the cen­ter of it is “Berli­na” — a canopy on 4 columns of the 16th cen­tu­ry, which was used to announce impor­tant deci­sions and hold pub­lic meet­ings. In the north­ern part there is a mar­ble col­umn, dec­o­rat­ed with a lion — a sym­bol of the for­mer rulers of Verona. In the cen­ter ris­es the foun­tain of the Verona Moth­er of God of the XIV cen­tu­ry.

Also on the square is the Maz­zan­ti House, dec­o­rat­ed with fres­coes, and the Baroque Palaz­zo Maf­fei. The Lam­ber­ti Tow­er (84 m) is the archi­tec­tur­al dom­i­nant of the square. At its top there is an obser­va­tion deck with a panoram­ic view of Verona.

Castle of Castelvecchio

Samok Kastelvekko

The fortress was built in the 8th cen­tu­ry to pro­tect the city from the riv­er. Dur­ing the reign of del­la Scala, it was rebuilt and became their fam­i­ly res­i­dence. The citadel is divid­ed into 3 parts: the roy­al court with a tow­er and a draw­bridge, an armory and a court­yard.

In the 1970s, a muse­um was opened on the cas­tle grounds. It con­tains works of art from the Renais­sance and the Mid­dle Ages: paint­ings, sculp­tures, weapons, ceram­ics and minia­tures. After view­ing the expo­si­tions, you can walk along the upper tier of the bat­tle­ment, where the orig­i­nal gar­den is laid out.

Palace of Maffei

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The lux­u­ri­ous palace was built in the 15th cen­tu­ry by the influ­en­tial Maf­fei fam­i­ly. Ini­tial­ly, it was 2‑story, but soon the own­er decid­ed to add anoth­er lev­el — the ren­o­va­tion dragged on until the 17th cen­tu­ry. Despite lengthy recon­struc­tion work and sev­er­al suc­ces­sive archi­tects, the façade has retained its har­mo­ny.

Made in the Baroque style, it is replete with dec­o­ra­tive ele­ments: bas-reliefs, arch­es, semi-columns and bal­conies. The upper tier is crowned with 6 stat­ues of ancient gods, and the snow-white fig­ure of Her­cules was bor­rowed from an ancient tem­ple. The inte­ri­ors are not infe­ri­or to lux­u­ry. Among the paint­ings, fres­coes and stat­ues, a spi­ral stair­case with­out sup­ports lead­ing from the base­ment to the roof stands out.

Ponte Pietra

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A mas­sive arched bridge across the Adi­ge Riv­er con­nects the his­tor­i­cal part of Verona with the Roman Are­na. Built around 89 BC. e., it is the only ancient viaduct that has sur­vived in Verona to this day.

The length of the struc­ture is about 120 m, one of its parts rests against the watch­tow­er. The bridge is con­sid­ered a pop­u­lar place for walk­ing, from where you can admire the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings.

Fountain of the Madonna of Verona

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The foun­tain in Piaz­za delle Erbe was built in the 14th cen­tu­ry by order of the ruler of Verona del­la Scala. The con­struc­tion is a bowl of a round­ed shape, in the cen­ter of which is placed a mar­ble fig­ure of the Vir­gin Mary in full growth.

There used to be deals here. If a mer­chant need­ed silk or a batch of olive oil, he sim­ply went to the foun­tain with the Moth­er of God. Since then, a belief has appeared — if you throw a coin into a bowl of water, then luck will accom­pa­ny any busi­ness and affairs.

Piazza Signoria

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The small Piaz­za del­la Sig­no­ria is framed by ancient medieval build­ings. Hous­es with arch­es, columns, cov­ered gal­leries attract tourists who want to take spec­tac­u­lar pho­tos. The main attrac­tion of this place is the mon­u­ment to Dante Alighieri. The author of The Divine Com­e­dy came to Verona at the invi­ta­tion of the Scala fam­i­ly and lived for 13 years in the Podes­ta Palace in Piaz­za Sig­no­ria.

In ancient times, this square was the polit­i­cal cen­ter of the city. Once there was a city coun­cil, a court and the “Palace of Cap­tains” — the place where the gov­er­nors sent from Venice sat.


Forti Gallery of Contemporary Art

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The gallery occu­pies a beau­ti­ful 14th-cen­tu­ry Palaz­zo del­la Ragione. The build­ing stands out from the rest of the build­ings with an unusu­al striped facade. The muse­um grew out of the pri­vate col­lec­tion of the great art lover Achilles For­ti and then replen­ished with pri­vate dona­tions.

The expo­si­tion presents about 1.5 thou­sand works cre­at­ed main­ly in the 19th cen­tu­ry. Among the mas­ter­pieces are the cre­ations of Gio­van­ni Fat­tori, Medar­do Rosso and Ottone Rosai.

Archaeological Museum

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The muse­um, found­ed in 1923, occu­pies the ancient build­ing of the monastery of St. Gero­lamo. Its funds con­tain more than 10 thou­sand arti­facts found in Verona and its envi­rons. These are ceram­ics, sculp­tures of ancient Greek gods, coins, jew­el­ry, house­hold items and mosaics. A sep­a­rate room is ded­i­cat­ed to epi­taphs. Ste­les and altars are placed in the court­yard.

The muse­um com­plex also includes the church of St. Jerome. It is remark­able for the fres­coes of the ear­ly Chris­t­ian peri­od, among which the trip­tych with the Madon­na of the 15th cen­tu­ry stands out.

Natural attractions and parks

Garden of Giusti

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Locat­ed behind the palace of the same name, the Giusti Gar­den gives you cool­ness even on the hottest day. The green area is a maze of paths and hedges. The water­front part has a gar­den and a grot­to over­look­ing the city. Giusti is not a large park, but it is con­sid­ered one of the best cre­ations of Renais­sance land­scape design.

Lake Garda

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The largest lake in Italy is locat­ed at the foot of the Alps in the sub­urbs of Verona. Its shape, rem­i­nis­cent of a for­mi­da­ble medieval weapon, gave such an unusu­al name to the reser­voir. The pic­turesque sur­round­ings are con­sid­ered an elite resort. And along the banks of the Gar­da there are cham­ber towns with a long his­to­ry.

Sigurta Park

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The park is locat­ed near Lake Gar­da. In 2013, he was rec­og­nized as the most beau­ti­ful in Italy. Built in the 15th cen­tu­ry around the estate of the same name, Sig­ur­ta Park acquired its fin­ished appear­ance only in the mid­dle of the 20th cen­tu­ry.

Over 600,000 sq. m. there are alleys of conif­er­ous and decid­u­ous trees, count­less flower beds of con­tin­u­ous flow­er­ing, a pond with lilies and fish, a pet­ting zoo, a labyrinth of hedges, lawns, bench­es and gaze­bos. From the green hills you can see the sur­round­ing area.


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