12 Top Tourist Attractions in Verona

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Porta Borsari

The Porta Borsari of Verona was built in the Middle Ages by Borsari family. They were the most powerful noble family to dominate Verona at that time. One of the most well preserved Renaissance facades in Verona, it consists of an arched passageway into which is set three statues representing Justice, Peace, and Fame, all of which still survive. The creation of this arch was a key part of a municipal campaign for safety and order. It symbolizes that citizens should be observant, receptive to justice, and notable for their deeds. During the rule of the Visconti lords, the Porta Borsari would be closed at night, but during the rule of the Borsari family the order that it be open would ensure protection of Veronese citizens.

The door is currently located at Piazza Cavour, in the center of the city.

The Name Means …‥ Gate of the Borsari……

The gate was built in the 15th century.

It is decorated with three blocks of white marble and contains two vault niches.

The gate is located on the axis of the city, dividing Ponte Pietra from the main city.

The original arch has three arches supported by columns.

Giardino Giusti

The Giardino Giusti is a 24-hectare Italian garden, located in the north-western part of Verona. When it was first designed by Jacopo Guarini in the late 16th century, the garden included vineyards, plantations of fruit-bearing trees and oak trees, and an olive orchard. The garden was opened to the public in 1598, under the title of the “Gardens of the Roman Emperor….”

The gardens were extensively remodeled in the 17th and 18th century under the supervision of Luigi Ferdinando Marsigli. The Renaissance garden included sections of the “Orto dei Salici”, an orchard that was destroyed by the bubonic plague. In 1714, an orchard of cherry trees and pear trees was planted in the place where the “Orto dei Salici” once existed. In 1809, the garden was restored by Gaetano Bianchi, with the redesign of the “Orto dei Salici”, the “Orto di Maggio”, and the “Orto della Rotonda”.

Piazza dei Signori

Duomo di Verona

the largest and most wondrous cathedral of Verona, follows the design of Giotto, the master of the Renaissance. The Cathedral of Verona was consecrated on May 3, 1230 and in its present state was completely rebuilt in the following centuries. Inside, in the three naves, you can visit the tombs of Cangrande II della Scala and his son, Cangrande II della Scala the younger, and also those of Francesco da Carrara and his wife, Beatrice d'Este, the wife of Simone de' Bardi, who was the great patron of Dante, and the bronze bust of Dante's in the tomb window.

Lamberti Tower

This larder tower,which was once an oven for the bread, was built in the tower in the 14th century. Although it is not very tall, at 16 meters, but it is thought to be one of the most significant examples of the medieval tower in the city of Verona.

It is owned by the Monte delle Porte (Kindart tower) because it is not the oldest larder tower of Verona, but Lamberti Tower is very elegant in its simplicity. It is more likely to be confused with the nearby Oratorio di San Francesco (Oratory of St. Francis), to which it is also attached, with its beautiful and trim belfry. It is made entirely with rusticated stone, meaning blocks of stone that are indented in the direction of the face, to increase durability.The outside is covered with a thick coat of lime, which has helped to preserve the structure for centuries.

It is one of the most beautiful examples of the tower in the city, with abundant windows of which a significant portion are made of stained glass. These have been the subject of repeated restoration, which was followed in 1596 and in 1882. In 1946, a restoration was performed, revealing the original medieval form of the tower.

Castelvecchio

Nicknamed the “Rome of the North,” Castelvecchio offers a city with many layers of sights and stories to visit. Archeological findings show that the region was occupied since the 8th century A.D. taking advantage of the city’s strategic position, wide river port and connecting roads that linked important centers to the northern and southern parts of the empire.

In contrast with the nearby city of Verona which is famed for historical, theatrical and operatic significance, Castelvecchio has supplanted historical significance and most of inhabitants now live and work in the industrial area a suburb of Verona.

The Romanesque church built during the 11th century is notable for its frescoes, a restoration after the damages during World War II that had spread until the late 1970’s. On top of the beautifully decorated altar walls is the altarpiece of Saint George and the Dragon. In the central nave of Castelvecchio lies the tomb of St.Sebastian that features a statue holding a head of a dragon. The mascot or symbol of Verona, the lion, is also featured in the church’s coat of arms.

Casa di Giulietta

But, Juliet is not the only thing that will provoke you. Verona also offers a magical landscape, which can be seen at the Casa di Giulietta, which is one of the most famous places in the city of Verona. It is an ancient palace that was built on the place where Juliet greeted her Romeo for the first time.

Today, it is a house museum in which the furnishings of the time of the play are shown. And inside, you will find a very beautiful statue of Juliet. Giulietta is a young girl who has long hair, a perfect light brown skin and a book. She is sitting on a wicker swing reading and talking to her friend, Lisa. You will love the color of this unique statue.

Ponte Pietra

Ponte Pietra is a Roman bridge in Verona, Italy, and is the only Roman bridge on the River Adige. It is so named because the bridge lies in the place where the ancient Etruscan city of Atria used to be. Built in 21 BC, it was the biggest civil engineering project undertaken in Italy under Augustus and was built in light of the successful building of the Via Appia.

The bridge is 570 meters long and utilizes the typical roman arch bridge technique. The two middle piers of the bridge are smaller than the others to allow ships to pass underneath. It is known for being the largest roman bridge of the city and of the river Adige. This bridge was built to increase the traveling time between Verona and Patavium (Padua) to about three hours. Today, the bridge is surrounded by houses and is used to symbolically represent the city. The Molo della Madonna is situated on the northern side of the bridge.

Chiesa di Sant'Anastasia

Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

Piazza delle Erbe

One of the features of Verona’s approach to the ancient city center is the Piazza delle Erbe, or Field of Herbs. This is the spot of the Roman forum that once occupied the site.

The view of the city from the piazza is the reason you will see no-parking zone signs in this location to houselessly deter U-turns. Historically, the piazza’s name was more politically correct. The field of herbs referred to its popularity as a marketplace for herbs used for healing.

No herbs can be found on the piazza nor has the piazza been used for such purposes in a while. The piazza has also been a major public meeting hub since the days of the Roman Empire. An arch in the center of the piazza was the location where the Roman rulers announced the news on important occasions.

This central location allowed for access across the entire city. Today, the piazza is no longer used for public gatherings. It is only used for the park to park carriages. There is also an open space to enjoy the view of the city, and a monument near the piazza’s center.

Verona Arena

The Arena is a monument of Roman Verona. Today it’s used for concerts, exhibitions and other cultural activities.

It was built in 50 BC and rebuilt in the 16th and 17th century.

Visitors can admire the small amphitheater and the large amphitheater colonnades.