Although it is worldwide known as the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Verona has much more to offer than the stage for a romantic tragedy. But even if you don’t want to visit Juliet’s balcony and tomb, you won’t feel that you are missing the city. Just the opposite. Verona, just half an hour away from Venice by train it offers the opportunity to spend a wonderful day, visiting, at least these six places that we have selected for traveltourandmore.com customers.
- Piazza delle Erbe
By day, Piazza delle Erbe is home to a market (if one that sells mostly souvenirs and trinkets); in the evening, it fills with locals and tourists sipping Campari and enjoying aperitivi at the outdoor cafes. But no matter when you’re passing through the square, look around you! With its Renaissance-era palaces and lovely central fountain, this might just be the prettiest piazza in all of Italy.
- Arena of Verona
Built in the 1st century A.D., this amphitheater was Verona’s answer to Rome’s Colosseum (although actually, it predates the Colosseum by almost 50 years!). Still remarkably well preserved, today it’s home to Verona’s summer opera festival.
- Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
The Basilica of San Zeno dates back to the 4th century, although most of the current building was constructed between the 10th and 12th centuries. Other churches in Verona drew much of their inspiration from its early Romanesque style. Don’t miss the bronze door, with 48 elaborately-carved panels of scenes from the Bible, dating back to the 11th century.
With seven towers, a castle keep, and four separate buildings, Verona’s 14th-century fortress, Castelvecchio, is the city’s most imposing building. Today, it’s also home to a museum of art, sculpture, coins, and other artifacts, with a collection of paintings that includes pieces by northern Italian masters Mantegna, Bellini and Pisanello.
- Porta Borsari
This ancient Roman gate, which once marked the southern entrance into Verona, is a great—and beautiful—example of the way in which ancient ruins are layered into the modern city of Verona.
- Duomo of Verona
Verona’s main cathedral, or Duomo, is stunning. But don’t just see it from the outside: The interior of this 12th-century church is incredibly elaborate and filled with artistic gems, including a painting by the Italian master Titian.
There is no better way to visit all these places than on board of one of the luxurious and comfortable vehicles of tourtravelandmore.com and guided by one of our experts, whose deep knowledge of all the cities included in our catalogue will enable you to enjoy not only of the touristic places but also of these off the beaten track corners.