Verona has a two-thousand-year heritage and is the second city of the Veneto region as per vivacity and economical activities. Its arena, the legend of Romeo and Julietand its sophisticated beauty, attracts people from all over the world. It’s a well known international touristic city.
How to get there
Verona is located approximately 163 km from Eraclea Mare. Take the highway at Noventa di Piave towards Venice – Padova – Vicenza. Exit in Verona Sud and then drive towards the city center.
Things to see…
- Piazza Bra;
- The famous Arena, built in the 1st century, one of the most important and well-preserved Roman amphitheatres, which hosts a famous opera season during the summer months;
- The Arche Scaligere, the monumental tombs built by the nobles on the churchyard of Santa Maria Antica
- Juliet’s house, where legend would have it that Juliet Capulet (immortalised by William Shakespeare) lived;
- Palazzo Maffei – a sumptuous baroque building – and the Gardello tower;
- The courtyard of the Old Market with the splendid gothic staircase with two flights of stairs known as the Scala della Ragione;
- Piazza delle Erbe with the Madonna Verona fountain in the center, whose Roman statue is one of the city’s oldest symbols;
- Piazza dei Signori with the Council’s Loggia, Palazzo degli Scaligeri and Palazzo del Capitano;
- The Roman Theatre, which dates back to Augustus’ time, and the Archaeological Museum;
- Juliet’s tomb and the Fresco museum;
- Castelvecchio, the biggest and most important Veronese-style construction built in the mid-14th century (when the city lords started to doubt the loyalty of the citizens) and its museum.
NEARBY PLACES OF INTEREST…
The Veronese fortifications
This fortified medieval complex known as “Il Serraglio” was built in separate parts as per forms and functions; the wall, castles, towers etc. were designed to form a single defence system. The Castle of Valeggio, Castle of Villafranca, the Castle of Nogarole Rocca, the Veronese-style Torre of the Isola della Scala, the castle of Salizzole and the Castle of Sanguinetto belong to this system.
Pieve della Valpolicella and the Villas
The itinerary includes a visit to th parish Church of San Giorgio in Romanic style with a suggestive cloister and th parish Church of San Floriano. Among the most noteworthy of the many Valpolicella residences are: Villa Rizzardi with its National Park, Villa Navare, Andrea Palladio’s Villa Santa Sofia and Villa della Torre.
The Molina Waterfall Gardens and the Veja bridge
The waterfall gardens cover an area of 150.000 m2 with wonderful waterfalls and little green ponds, natural paths and enchanting corners. The Botanical Museum and the Fossil Museum at Sant’Anna are well worth a visit. Visitors can also admire Verona’s most spectacular natural phenomenon, the Veja bridge, or rather the architrave of an ancient karst cavern, where important prehistoric remains were found.
The Soave area
Situated to the south of the eastern Lessinia, Soave is one of Italy’s most beautiful and best-preserved walled cities. The Castle and the walls were finished in 1369. The Palazzo della Giustizia, Palazzo Cavalli and Palazzo Scaligero are well worth a visit. Soave gives its name to the white wine famous all over the world. At a few kilometers’ distance, at Villanova di S. Bonifacio, the Abbey of San Peter the Apostle, one of the most interesting Romanic churches in the Verona area, is worth a visit.