What to do and see in Verona, Veneto: The Best Things to do Good for Big Groups

February 15, 2022 Layne Dawes

So splendid was medieval Verona that its reputation alone inspired Shakespeare to set two plays here (Romeo and Juliet and The Two Gentlemen of Verona). Though its connection to the actual Capulets is tenuous at best, the so-called Juliet's House draws half a million tourists per year, many of them keen on reenacting the balcony scene. Don't miss the Roman amphitheater and the Palazzo Barberi.
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1. Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio)

Corso Castelvecchio 2, 37121, Verona Italy +39 045 806 2611 http://www.tourism.verona.it/en/enjoy-verona/art-and-culture/monuments-and-sights/ponte-scaligero
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Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio)

Connecting Castelvecchio and Adige, this powerful bridge was first built in the 1st century AD, destroyed during World War II, and rebuilt using parts of the original structure.

Reviewed By andycoldham - Crawley, United Kingdom

This was the highlight of my Verona holiday, the bridge is in fantastic shape considering its age, it is a great photo opportunity with fab views up and own the river. We loved it so much we came back again at night to get some night shots when its all lit up. Without a doubt my favourite spot in Verona.

2. Piazza delle Erbe

Piazza delle Erbe, 37121, Verona Italy +39 045 8077774 http://www.turismoverona.eu/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=35953
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Piazza delle Erbe

It's no wonder that this is one of the most historic and picturesque squares in Italy: in antiquity, it served as a Roman forum; today, it contains many historic buildings, sculptures with a popular and colorful market overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Reviewed By Colincfc - Maidstone, United Kingdom

Lovely little square with plenty of restaurants, shops & market stalls, can get busy at times, great area for having a drink & people watching

3. Piazza dei Signori

Verona Italy
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Piazza dei Signori

Situated behind the busy Piazza Erbe, this central square is dominated by a Dante statue made in 1865 plus two buildings built by Palladio, the Palazzo della Raggione and the Loggia del Capitanato.

Reviewed By sonsonator - Melbourne, Australia

Very close to piazza della Erbe, this piazza was the power centre of Verona and is also known as Piazza Dante. The figures atop the surrounding palazzos represent worthy Veronese citizens. It’s close to the Scaligeri tombs and is surrounded by restaurants.

4. Arena di Verona

Piazza Bra 1, 37121, Verona Italy +39 045 800 5151 [email protected] https://www.arena.it/arena/
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Arena di Verona

Built in the first century AD, this is one of the best conserved Roman amphitheatres, whose seating area is made up of 44 levels and can hold up to 22,000 spectators.

Reviewed By My2hotpans

If you are lucky enough to be in Verona during opera season and have any appreciation for the arts or architecture tickets are a must. Feel the majesty of watching a world class opera in an ancient arena. Feel more like a local bring a pillow pad for your sitting pleasure. Whatever show you are going to see be prepared to be throughly entranced, between the colorful array of costume detail, set design and shear vocal talent, you no doubt will be blown away. The arena will transport you to another time as the sun goes down and the players songs and dance burn into your memories with passion and fire.

5. Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

Piazza San Zeno, 37123, Verona Italy +39 045 592813 [email protected] http://www.chieseverona.it
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Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

Built in 1123-35, this ornate Romanesque church features adorned bronze doors and remarkable Cloister.

Reviewed By Parsha50 - Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

The ticket to visit the Basilica is very reasonable and you can have an audio tour as you walk around which is fascinating; the Basilica is dedicated to the Saint of Verona and the month of May is dedicated to him. Worth the visit as inside is serene and very special indeed.

6. Giardino Giusti

Via Giardino Giusti 2, 37129, Verona Italy +39 045 803 4029 [email protected] http://giardinogiusti.com/
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Giardino Giusti

A beautiful Italian garden in the heart of Verona. You can visit the garden and a part of the palace called the 20th-century Apartment.

Reviewed By gabrieleguidoni - Zurich, Switzerland

Giardino Giusti is a stunning 16th century Italian Renaissance garden part of the Manneristic palace of the “Giusti” family and designed by Agostino Giusti, Knight of the Republic of Venice and prominent figure of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, in 1570 over a previously existing 14th century garden. Featuring a splendid park of terraces climbing upon the hill and overlooking the historical center of Verona, the garden is located 7 min walking far from the wonderful 1st century BC Roman Theater in the “Isolo” quartier of Verona, so named as it was an island whose external river branch (“canale dell’Acqua Morta”) has been buried after the 1882 flood. This idyllic and bucolic oasis of peace presents all the inspirational features of the renowned “Boboli Gardens”, Medici’s gardens at Palazzo Pitti in Florence, and is open every day from 9.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. (adults €10,00; 0-10 years old and disabled people free entry, students €5,00; Reduced price for Verona Card holders). Tip: Amongst the cypresses geometrically placed along the main track there is the so-called “Goethe’s Cypress”, a cypress older than 600 years and mentioned by the famous German writer in his book “Italian Journey” (1817) as he saw it during his visit in Verona in 1786.

7. Arche Scaligere

Via Santa Maria in Chavica near Piazza dei Signori, Verona Italy http://www.comune.verona.it/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=9692
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Arche Scaligere

Reviewed By L9034OAcarlosb - Lisbon, Portugal

A display of power from ancient Verona 's most powerful family, the Scala (hence Scaligheri), this complex of tombs is outside, symbolizing, I think, the whole family's heart and wealth, as well as their bodies, their physical persons, belonged, not to the family itself, but to the city. To Verona. If this is not a love display, than I have no idea what it is... Architecturally speaking, these are stunningly beautiful, and a living proof that, as far as fair Verona is concerned, beauty is not indoors, but rather, outside. Enjoy.

8. Verona's Cathedral (Duomo)

Piazza Duomo in the Citta Antica, Verona Italy +39 045 592813 [email protected] http://www.chieseverona.it
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Verona's Cathedral (Duomo)

Reviewed By Steveage - Rexburg, United States

In the Sant’Elena church (a section of the overall church) you can see the flooring from the 4th century! This church was named after Saint Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine. There's a baptismal font, gorgeous carving, here since the 12th century.. 1,000 year old frescoes, paintings throughout the church are incredible, all added Medieval, Renaissance, Mannerism and Baroque. Beautiful columns from the 11th century are in one of the first rooms after you enter. I don't remember what I paid for the audio guide, but it was well worth it! It's only 3 euros to get in, with the audio guide included.

9. Porta Borsari

Via Diaz and Corso Porta Borsari angolo con Via A. Diaz, 37100, Verona Italy
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Porta Borsari

Reviewed By DrSpaceBoy - Vienna, Austria

An ancient Roman gate dating back to the first century BC and AD, with a mostly intact inscription as well. Another place of marvel of old times to see in Verona.

10. Museo di Castelvecchio

Corso Castelvecchio 2, 37121, Verona Italy +39 045 806 2611 [email protected] http://museodicastelvecchio.comune.verona.it
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Museo di Castelvecchio

This impressive castle built in the 14th century houses a fine art gallery.

Reviewed By tizS_11 - Rome, Italy

This castle is one of the gems in the city of Verona. It is full of wonderful paintings from the medieval period to the 1700s magnificently displayed! You should not miss the following masterpieces: 1. Peter Paul Rubens’ “Portrait of a Lady” made for the Duke of Mantova 2. Pisanello’s “Madonna of the Quail” (this Madonna has the most beautiful face and hair in the history of Italian art!) 3. Mantegna’s “Holy Family.” Of course to see his masterpiece (the Correr altarpiece) you should walk to the nearby Basilica of San Zeno 4. Luca Giordano’s “Diana & Endimione” and “Bacchus e Ariadne” 5. Tiepolo’s “Heliodorus” 6. And finally the monumental equestrian statue of the smiling ruler of Verona Cangrande from 1300s. Some of these paintings were stolen in 2016 then found in Ucraine, and luckily returned intact to the Castelvecchio Museum. The castle also offers great views of the Adige river and the beautiful Scaliger Bridge! The bridge was bombed during WWII but then rebuilt. It is an amazing bridge. Visit the castle and its collection. You won’t regret!

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