may not be as well known around the world as other Italian
cities but it surely is not for the lack of things to see and
do. A visit to Verona is like taking a step back in time. If there
is one thing you can say about this city, it's that it is full of
history. From the city centre to the hills and beyond the walls, you
can find places and things of historical value.
Most sights in Verona are closed on Mondays. If you are planning on
visiting most of the tourist attractions, make sure you purchase a
Verona Card, which will get you into the main monuments and churches.
The Verona Card can be purchased at sights and tobacconists, and also
can be used as a ticket on the bus.
Within the city centre, you can visit numerous churches, the most
notable of which is the Cathedral of Verona. Also called Santa Maria
Matricolare, its facade is a juxtaposition of both Romanesque and
Gothic elements. Other churches to see within the area are San Giovanni
in Fonte, San Lorenzo, San Fermo, Santa Anastasia, Sant'Eufemia, and
Santa Maria in Organo. Churches are not limited to within the centre.
Actually, perhaps the most famous church in Verona — San
Zeno Maggiore — can be found outside the walls. This church
is a must see for any visitor.
Italy is well known for its piazzas, or squares. In Verona,
you will find these and more. Perhaps the most famous of these is
the Piazza delle Erbe, or Square
of Herbs. A variety of historical buildings and sculptures await you.
It also serves as a one-stop shop for almost anything. Of course,
as the name implies, the most aromatic of herbs are found here for
sale. Other notable squares are the Piazza dei Signori, Piazza Bra,
and Via Mazzini.
True blue romantics should not miss out on the chance to see Casa
di Giulietta (Juliet's House). Myth says that if you rub the right
breast on the bronze statue of Juliet, you will have good luck. For
the die-hard romantic, Tomba di Giulietta (Juliet's Tomb) is located
close by. Opera and musical lovers should go straight to the Roman
Arena, or Arena di Verona. Reminiscent of the Colosseum in Rome,
the Roman Arena in Verona holds about 20,000 people. Made of marble,
it has 44 tiers of steps. Even though part of the outer facade was
destroyed in the 1117 earthquake, the Roman Arena is still a sight
Feast your eyes and souls within the walls of the Castelvecchio
Museum. Previously used for military purposes, this castle is
impressive by itself. The medieval setting makes the artwork within
all the more precious. Other museums to visit are Museum Miniscalchi
Erizzo, Palazzo Forti, Maffeiano Lapidary Museum, and the Museo Archeologico.
With all these wonderful sights to see, it is no wonder Verona
is host to thousands of tourists each year.
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