Verona Landmarks and Monuments

(Verona, Veneto, Italy)

Picture of the anicent Arena amphitheatreVerona has acquired a reputation as one of Italy's wealthiest and most beautiful cities. Some of its major landmarks and monuments hark back to the days when it enjoyed a lavish Roman lifestyle, or to the medieval age when a handful of the richest families in Verona fought for supremacy and a chance to show off their wealth.

A stroll around the city reveals their legacy, taking in landmarks that include everything from lively piazzas bordered by grand houses and palaces, to the tombs in which they were buried.

Photo of the seating inside the Arena di Verona

Arena di Verona

Address: Piazza Brà, Verona, Italy, IT
Tel: +39 045 800 3204
Verona's famous Roman amphitheatre is one of the best-preserved around today and is highly rated. Built in 30 AD to accommodate more than 20,000 people, it's an incredible place just to stand and imagine just what Roman life must have been really like. Even today, the Arena is one of the city's most visited landmarks and welcomes crowds of visitors - not to gladiatorial battles, but to more peaceful cultural events and opera performances. The acoustics are particularly good.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 09:00 to 19:30 (reduced opening hours on performance days), Monday - 13:45 to 19:30
Admission: charge

Piazza delle Erbe view

Piazza delle Erbe

The Piazza delle Erbe has always played a central role in the life of Verona. Nowadays, it's a lively outdoor marketplace, with a small 14th-century fountain at its centre.

In days gone by, this area was the actual site of the Roman Forum and the place where citizens went to watch chariot racing, literally in their thousands.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Picture showing the Loggia del Consiglio

Loggia del Consiglio

Address: Piazza dei Signori 5, Verona, Italy, IT
Originally the home of Verona's City Council, the Loggia is a fine Renaissance building.

It was the last new building on the Piazza dei Signori and was intended to showcase the city's high status. Look out for the statues of well-known Veronese citizens from days gone by, including the writer, Pliny.
Open hours: daily
Admission: charge

Photo of the Torre di Lamberti

Torre di Lamberti

Address: Cortile Mercato Vecchio, Verona, Italy, IT
Tel: +39 045 803 2726
Visitors certainly can't miss Verona's most famous landmark, the aptly named 'Tower of the City', as it stands right in the middle of the Piazza delle Erbe and measures in at 84 metres / 275 feet in height.

The 11th-century version of the tower was somewhat smaller than the tower which can be seen today, thanks to extra height being added when it was restored in the 15th century. The clock is a later addition still. The two bells once used to call the council to their meetings and warn the citizens of fires even have their own names - Marangona and Rengo.
Open hours: Monday - 13:30 to 19:30, Tuesday to Sunday - 09:30 to 19:30
Admission: charge

Picture showing Juliet's Tomb

Juliet's Tomb

Address: Via del Pontiere 35, Verona, Italy, IT
The red marble sarcophagus in which Juliet is said to have been buried is an impressive landmark. And yet, its precise history still remains clouded in mystery. The ancient sarcophagus was discovered in the grounds of the former convent as recently as 1937. With no cover, it was thought to be that referred to in a number of 19th-century documents. Juliet's Tomb offers Verona tourists plenty in the way of atmosphere. Little wonder, then, that it has become a popular wedding venue for romantic couples from all over the world.
Open hours: Monday - 13:45 to 19:30, Tuesday to Sunday - 08:30 to 19:30
Admission: charge

Image of the Ponte Pietra

Ponte Pietra

An illuminated Ponte Pietra at night makes a wonderful sight. An ancient wooden version of the bridge originally spanned the River Adige, only being replaced by a stone reconstruction in the 16th century. Sadly, the Second World War inflicted some serious damage to the bridge, leaving only one arch standing. Thankfully, renovation work was soon carried out and, in 1959, the bridge was once again opened.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Scaligeri Tombs

Address: Via Arche Scaligeri, Verona, Italy, IT
Tel: +39 045 803 2726
Inside a fence and guarded by a magnificent wrought iron gate is the cemetery belonging to the noble Scala family of Verona. The most striking landmarks at the Scaligeri Tombs are the three elaborately carved Gothic arches, or canopies, which mark the tombs of Cangrande I, Mastino II and Cansignorio. The oldest dates back to the early 14th century. The nearby Torre dei Lamberti offers a good birds-eye view over the monuments.
Open hours: June to September, Monday - 13:30 to 19:30, Tuesday to Sunday - 09:30 to 19:30
Admission: charge