Verona - Verona guide, attractions and pictures
is an ancient city in the Veneto region and the second largest after Venice
. Verona is situated on the river Adige and the surrounding hills give the city a most romantic feeling. Maybe this is the reason Shakespeare chose Verona for the set of his Romeo and Juliet, although he never visited Verona.
Verona has a lot of Roman remains, one of them the magnificent Arena di Verona
built in the 1st century AD. The Arena is the third largest in the world after the Colosseum
and the amphitheatre in Capua near Naples. The Arena was used for gladiator battles, theatre and public executions. Today Arena di Verona is used for opera performances and the most frequently played is Verdiís Aida. The Arena can hold 25,000 people. It has elliptical shape and is 139m (456ft) long and 110m (361ft) wide.
Piazza delle Erbe
was built on the spot of an ancient Roman forum. It is one of the focal points in Verona. Piazza Erbe has colorful market and is always busy. The piazza has been a market place for 2,000 years and today is lined with art galleries, boutiques and elegant cafes. The fountain at the centre of Piazza Erbe was installed in 1368 and on the top is the statue of the Madona of Verona
, which in fact is a Roman statue. On the north side of the square a column with the Venetian lion on top symbolizes the Venetian rule under which Verona fell in 1405.
Piazza dei Signori
is situated right next to Piazza Erbe and a 19th century statue of Dante looks down on the piazza. Dante was a guest of the ruling Scaligeri family in the early 14th century during his period of exile from his native Florence. He dedicated his Paradise
(the last chapter of the Divine Comedy
) to the ruler Cangrande I.
The Duomo Santa Maria Matricolare
is a magnificent 8th century church with Romanesque portals and cloisters. The highlight of the Duomo is the first chapel which has Titianís Assumption
painted between 1535-1540. The faÁade of the cathedral features 1200 scenes from the life of Christ.
Casa di Giulietta
- (The House of Juliet) is also in the city center. The romantic marble balcony at Villa Capuleti where Romeo supposedly climbed is in fact in a restored 13th century inn. The house on #27 Via Cappello
is not linked to the romantic legend of Romeo and Juliet at all but is a popular tourist attraction.
is a medieval castle built by Cangrande II in the mid 14th century. Today this magnificent castle is turned into an art gallery with aerial walkways and corridors designed by Carlo Scarpa. The art gallery contains Roman, early Christian and Renaissance Art. Ponte Scaligero
links the castle with the other part of Verona spanning over the river Adige. The bridge is a localís favorite spot for stroll and a perfect place for admiring the sunsets and the Alps in the distance.
is one of the many bridges linking the two banks of the Adige river. This Roman bridge is in close proximity to Teatro Romano
(Roman Theatre), a semi-circle amphitheatre built in the 1st century BC. Today little of the original arena survives but it is a favorite spot for admiring the Verona skyline and a venue of the annual Shakespeare festival.
A monastery above the Teatro Romano is now converted to Museo Archeologico
(Archeological Museum). The museum have a very nice setting above the city of Verona offering breathtaking views and displays mosaics depicting gladiator battles, a bronze bust of emperor Augustus and many ancient works of art. A lift takes the visitors from Teatro Romano to Museo Archeologico.
San Zeno Maggiore
was built in the early 12th century and is one of the finest examples of ornate Romanesque church. The facade has reliefs of biblical scenes and an impressive rose window symbolizing the Wheel of Fortune. The three part altar depicts the Virgin and the child and was painted by Andrea Mantegna (1457-59). The Campanille (bell tower) is 72m (236 ft) high. The church has fine cloisters built in the late 13th century.
Arena di Verona
Where is The Arena di Verona: Piazza Bra;
Where is Teatro Romano: Rigaste Redentore 2;
Where is Museo Archeologico: Rigaste Redentore 2;
All three sites are open daily from 8:30 AM to 7:30PM, Monday from 1:30 PM.
Ponte Romano, Verona, Italy
Piazzale Castel San Pietro, Verona
Ponte Scaligero, Verona
Arena di Verona
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