Verona Italy

Dell Tours picked Verona, Italy as one of our top cities to visit in 2019! In this article, we’ll discover the best sights in Verona, Italy.

Introduction to Verona, Italy

Halfway between Milan and Venice, Verona is one of the most popular cities for Italian tourists, who enjoy art, architecture, opera and literary fame. It is located on the S-curve of the Adige at the exit of the Alps. The historic center of Verona, where most attractions are located, is connected to the neighborhoods of the left bank by ten bridges. Since Verona is so often dwarfed by its glamorous neighbor, Venice, tourists often try to see in one day, but there is so much to do that you want to spend more time in this charming city. Verona was 89 BC Roman colony and an important city. There are several remains of this period, including the Roman Amphitheater, and the city is also rich in Romanesque churches from the 11th and 12th centuries.

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Discover The Best Sights In Verona, Italy

Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore

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The great 11th and 12th-century Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore are considered the best Romanesque building in northern Italy. The beautiful facade alternated by layers of brick and white tufa is flanked by a slender Romanesque bell tower (1045-1178) and the battlemented defence tower fourteenth century after a former Benedictine abbey. As you walk through the elegant Romanesque cloister through a side door, do not miss to see the bronze doors of the main portal, with biblical and secular scenes featuring remarkable Romanesque reliefs. The interior has an unusual wooden ceiling from the 14th century and magnificent Roman capitals. The corridors feature frescoes from the 13th to the 15th century. In the choir, there is a marble statue of San Zenon, bishop of Verona from the 4th century, probably from the 14th century.

Piazza Delle Erbe

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The central element of the historical center of Verona is the Piazza delle Erbe, one of the most picturesque squares in Italy. It is located in the grounds of the Roman Forum and is today a fruit and vegetable market. In the center of the square, there is the 16th-century parlour, a four-columned canopy, formerly used for elections. To the north is a 1368 fountain with the Madonna di Verona, an ancient marble statue that was reused in the Middle Ages. At the northern end of the square is a marble column with the Lion of St. Mark, the emblem of the ancient Venetian rulers of Verona. In the northeastern corner is the Mazzanti House, originally built by the Scaligeri.

Arena di Verona (Roman Amphitheater)

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The Arena of Verona, one of the largest of its kind and one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres, was built under Diocletian around 290 AD. On the north side, only four arches survived the north, but the vaulted seat is intact and regularly used its 44 seats accommodate 22,000 spectators and are in July and August the opera festival grounds Verona, one of the most important European summer music events at the Bayreuth and Salzburg festivals. The sand forms a side of the wide Piazza Bra in front of the Palazzo Malfatti created by Sammichele. Next, to the long building of Gran Guardi, the old guardhouse of 1614, is the gate and tower of Portoni della Bra.

Castelvecchio And Ponte Scaligero

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On the banks of the Adige, Castel was built by the Scaliger 1354-1355, an impressive defensive fortification that surely reminds rivals the power of the Scala family. The magnificent Ponte Scaligero, a 14th-century bridge with no traffic, is one of the most popular hiking trails for families in the area. The main tower and the castle walls offer a view of the bridge, the city and the surrounding hills. The interior of the castle has been brilliantly restored by the architect Carlo Scarpa and turned into a brilliant exhibition venue, without compromising the integrity or history of the castle. Here you can see the collections of the Museo Civico d’Arte, with sculpture, crafts and painting by Veronese, with works by Bellini, Rubens, Montagna, Guardi, Tiepolo, Tintoretto, Pisano and artists of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries School of Veronese

Sant’Anastasia

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The gothic Sant’Anastasia church from the end of the 13th century rises above a small square in the heart of Verona. On the vestibule scenes from the life of San Pedro are carved into the stone and a fresco from the 15th century. Inside some of the grotesque marble sculptures on the left of Gabriele Caliari, the father of the artist Paolo Veronese, holy fountains. Do not miss the fresco of Saint George and the Princess of Pisanello.