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Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore Piazza delle Erbe
Casa di Giulietta Roman Arena
Verona 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 to behold.

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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