Verona Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing
(Verona, Veneto, Italy)
Verona's Romeo and Juliet related tourist attractions are sure to be at the top of many visitors' itineraries. Fascinating as they are, the city of Verona has much more to offer tourists, with top attractions including an impressive Roman Arena. Add to this a whole host of medieval and religious buildings, including a fine cathedral, and there's plenty to keep everyone happy.
It's worth bearing in mind that some tourist attractions do not open on Monday, or only open on Monday afternoon. Look out for special discount tickets if you plan to visit more than one of the major sights in Verona during your stay.
Address: Regaste Redentore 2, Verona, Italy, IT
Tel: +39 045 800 0360
Built in the 1st century AD, Verona's Roman theatre still gives us a glimpse of the original splendour of the building. Excavations started in the 19th century and continued until the 1970s, when the city council completed the task of restoring the theatre back to its former glory.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 08:30 to 19:30, Monday - 13:30 to 19:30
Admission: charge, free first Sunday of the month
Casa di Giulietta
Address: 23 Via Cappello, Verona, Italy, IT
Tel: +39 045 803 4303
Few visitors to Verona can resist a visit to Juliet's house - even though Juliet is a purely fictional character, Shakespeare's love story remains something of a legend in the city. The balcony on which Juliet is said to have spent many an hour is the main attraction and certainly looks the part. The building itself is from the 12th century and was owned by the Dal Cappello Family. Heavily restored during the last century, the original medieval house became more or less what we see today, including the famous balcony, Gothic door and paintings. Ever-popular with visitors, it's almost impossible to miss the bronze statue of Juliet in the courtyard.
Open hours: Monday - 13:30 to 19:30, Tuesday to Sunday - 08:30 to 19:30
Chiesa di Sant Anastasia
Tel: +39 045 592 813
Verona's largest church was the creation of Dominican monks back in the 13th century. It took almost 200 years to complete.
The exterior is in poor condition in parts, although the double wooden doors can't fail to impress. The interior of the Chiesa di Sant Anastasia has been somewhat better preserved, with some good examples of Gothic architecture on show.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 18:00, Sunday - 13:00 to 18:00
Cathedral of Verona
Address: Piazza Duomo, Verona, Italy, IT
Tel: +39 045 595 627
Dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, Verona's Gothic-Romanesque cathedral is one of the city's most noteworthy attractions and is made up of a number of different buildings, including the library, cloister and bishops' house. The fine double-arched doorway to the cathedral makes for a particularly splendid entrance into the church.
Open hours: daily - November to February, Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 13:00 and 13:30 to 16:00, Sunday - 13:00 to 17:00; March to October, Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:30, Sunday - 13:30 to 17:30
Address: Corso Castelvechhio 2, Verona, Italy, IT
Tel: +39 045 594 734
The 'Old Castle' of Verona once served as the fortifications which protected Verona from invading armies. It was also the home of the noble Della Scala family. Today, the castle is put to good use as a museum. The building has been renovated in the distinctive style of architect, Carol Scarpa.
Open hours: Monday - 13:30 to 19:30, Tuesday to Saturday - 08:30 to 19:30
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
Address: Piazza San Zeno, Verona, Italy, IT
Tel: +39 045 800 6120
This splendid attraction is dedicated to the patron saint of Verona, Saint Zeno. Indeed, his ashes are thought to be preserved within the basilica. As a good example of Romanesque architecture, the building excels. The basilica features a large rose window, which is popularly known as the 'wheel of fortune'. It also has some particularly fine bronze doors, which are best viewed from the church's interior, as well as the Mantegna Triptych which depicts the 'Madonna on the throne among the Saints'.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 08:30 to 18:00, Sunday - 13:00 to 18:00
San Giorgio in Braida
Address: Lungadige San Giorgio, Verona, Italy, IT
Standing proudly on the banks of the River Adige, Verona's Church of San Giorgio in Braida boasts a rich and varied history. Originally a Benedictine monastery back in the 11th century, the church was handed over to Venetian friars some 400 years later. The building that can be seen today was rebuilt by the famous architect of his time, Sanmicheli, and includes an impressive dome, marble-dressed facade and a bell tower. Inside, this attraction is home to some rather remarkable 16th-century examples of Venetian artists' work. The best-known hangs above the main altar - Veronese's 'Martyrdom of St. George'.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 07:30 to 11:00 and 17:00 to 19:00
Address: Via Arche, Verona, Italy, IT
Just a stone's throw from Juliet's house is that of her ill-fated lover, Romeo. Montecchi House, to give the house it's proper name, belonged to the powerful and rich Montecchi family.
The house is fairly well preserved and - legend aside - is an interesting example of medieval architecture.
Open hours: daily