What to do in Verona
Most people come to Verona for Juliet’s balcony, but this isn’t the only reason to visit this charming place. There’s plenty to soak up in this city with Renaissance architecture, a Roman amphitheatre and the cobbled streets that bring out it’s Italian charm. Verona is historical, warm and friendly. If you are pressed for time, you can enjoy Verona in one day. If you’d like to take your time, you can enjoy Verona for a weekend. Here’s the top things to check out while you’re in Verona.
This is the most popular place to visit in Verona. The Verona Arena is located in the main square of Verona, Piazza Bra, the arena is a beautifully preserved reminder of Roman rule. Its construction predates the Colosseum by about 50 years, and unlike the Colosseum, it’s still in regular use. Although the ancient structure once held 30,000 people, today the numbers are held to just half of that for safety purposes. Each summer people fill the ancient stands for concerts and operas. For tickets just check the performance schedule on the Verona Arena’s Web Site.
A stroll along Via Mazzini offers a wide array of shops, from luxury designers to local artisans. Stop off for some Gelato and keep an eye out for the side streets, there’s some quaint restaurants to be discovered down them.
Check out Juliet’s balcony. You can also enter the house for a small entrance fee and actually stand on the balcony yourself. Don’t forget a quick grope to the bosom of the Juliet statue.
Torre dei Lamberti
For a great view of Verona, climb Torre dei Lamberti, just off Piazza delle Erbe. Before leaving the square in search of the Ponte Pietra, make sure you take a peek at the whale rib hanging from Arco della Costa. Legend has it that the bone will drop on the first person to never tell a lie.
You can visit Romeo’s House too. A medieval house next to the Arche Scaligere. Romeo’s House can be a bit disappointing: it’s difficult to find, a poor notice indicates its belonging and it’s not accessible since it’s a private property.
Piazza delle Erbe
You must visit a plaza. The Piazza delle Erbe is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful plazas in the country. What makes the Piazza delle Erbe worth seeing is its ornate central fountain and the surrounding palaces that stem from the Renaissance era.
The Scaligeri family ruled over Verona during the 13th and 14th centuries. After you’re done shopping at the Piazza delle Erbe market, wander around the corner to see what many consider the finest example of Gothic art; the burial site of the Scaligeri family.
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