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10 of the Best Tourist Attractions in Verona

Undoubtedly one of Italy’s most beautiful and romantic cities, Verona with its narrow streets and medieval terraces makes for an ideal short break. Assigned UNESCO World Heritage Site status, there are numerous historic sights and stories attached to the city, nicknamed “Little Rome”. Here, we have picked the top 10 things to do in Verona to ensure you don’t miss any of the best bits during a trip here.

Verona, Italy

Verona, Italy

  • Verona Arena, dating back to the 1st century AD, is an ancient Roman amphitheatre and just one of the many structures which contributes to the city’s World Heritage status. Incredibly well preserved, visit the arena and step back in time in this majestical building. It is still used today for opera performances and if your visit coincides with a performance, you are in for a treat!
  • Giardino Giusti is highly regarded as one of the most beautiful gardens in the country. Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, admire the views and enjoy the beauty and serenity in these renaissance gardens.
  • Get ready to shop ‘til you drop along Via Mazzini, often referred to as Verona’s ‘Golden Mile’.  Running between Piazza Bra and Piazza delle Erbe, the street is filled with luxurious brands and high end boutiques. With an excellent atmosphere and frequented by locals and tourists alike, it’s worth a wander, regardless of whether you actually intend to buy anything! For a more artsy experience, head to Corso Santa Anastasia instead

    Duomo di Verona

    Duomo di Verona

  •  Built between 1117-38 on the ruins of an earlier basilica lays the Duomo di Verona, one of the city’s most prominent landmarks. Both the inside and outside of the cathedral are visibly impressive, particularly the marble, Romanesque facade and it proves to be one of the most popular churches to visit in the city.
  • Pick up some gelato and pull up at a pew for a spot of people watching at one of the many piazzas dotted around the city. With the sun beating down and an enjoyable buzz in the air, it’s a great way to take a few minutes to relax amidst the sightseeing.
  • The setting of Shakespeare’s most famous love story, Verona has long held associations with Romeo and Juliet.  Casa di Giulietta, with its iconic balcony in the forefront, is located just off Piazza delle Erbe and is said to be the home of Juliet. A bronze statue of Juliet lies in the courtyard and a small museum can be found inside whilst love struck visitors snap photos of themselves atop the balcony.  Visit early in the morning or late afternoon for your best chance of an uncrowded experience!
  • Learn the history of the Scaligero family who once governed Verona with a visit to the impressive Castelvecchio and Scaligero Bridge. Your time here will be enriched by the onsite museum and art gallery, filled with a variety of impressive works from archaeological finds to sacred art, weapons and armour.
  • Plan an excursion outside the city for a wine tour in Valpolicella or Soave. Less than 20 minutes away, relax in the beautiful rolling vineyards, breathe in the musk of the cool cellars and taste the excellent produce.
  • The tiny chapel, San Giorgetta, located next to Sant’Anastasia Church is often overlooked. Search it out and pay a visit however as this beautifully decorated chapel in renaissance style is well worth seeing.
  • At 84 metres high and with 238 steps to climb, when you reach the top of Lamberti Tower you are awarded with incomparable views across the city. Those who are unable to tackle the stairs won’t miss out either, as there is also a lift that will have you at the top in no time.

High on the list for many travellers, Verona is an idyllic city with plenty to see and do. Stick to this list during your visit to ensure you really get the best from your time here.

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Kerri Ware is a travel blogger and writer for economycarhire.com, a provider of car hire Italy. Feel free to follow us on Twitter @economy_carhire.

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