Verona: The Complete Guide

Verona Skyline

Verona stands out in the Veneto region, rivalling even Venice in its abundance of Roman sites and picturesque streets adorned with pink-hued medieval buildings. This laid-back city offers a wealth of attractions, surpassing other places in the region in terms of sheer sights. While the city’s allure extends beyond tourism, drawing strength from its economic success as a pivotal crossroads.

Shakespeare’s timeless tale of Romeo and Juliet further amplifies Verona’s charm, with visitors flocking to explore the settings of the iconic, albeit fictional, romance. Adding to its cultural significance, Verona hosts a prominent outdoor opera festival at the Roman Arena, transforming it into a magical venue. Unlike Venice, Verona’s prosperity doesn’t solely hinge on tourism; instead, its economic vitality is rooted in its strategic location at the intersection of key routes connecting Germany and Austria to central Italy, as well as serving as a gateway from the west to Venice and Trieste.

The city’s economic prosperity, in turn, fuels a vibrant street life, creating a lively atmosphere that is among Verona’s most attractive features. Beyond the allure of its historical and cultural treasures, Verona thrives as a dynamic hub where the spending power of its residents contributes to its enduring appeal.

TIP: If you are visiting Verona for just a day and want to make the most of your visit, you may want to consider taking a walking tour with a local guide. This is one of the most complete and best-rated city tours that covers the main, must-see attractions in about 3 hours. If you prefer exploring at your own pace read our Self Guided Walking Tour of Verona.

History of Verona

Dating back to prehistoric times, Verona’s origins can be traced to a modest settlement that evolved between the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE. It attained the status of a Roman municipium in the 1st century BCE, experiencing a swift rise in significance. The city underwent various occupations, including by the Ostrogoth Theodoric I in the 5th century, followed by the Lombards, and ultimately, Charlemagne in 774. Transitioning into an independent commune in the early 12th century, Verona flourished under the governance of the Scaliger family, reaching its zenith under Cangrande I, before succumbing to Venetian rule in 1405. From 1797, it became part of the Austrian Empire, later joining the Kingdom of Italy in 1866.

The historical nucleus of Verona encompasses the Roman town nestled along the river, boasting one of the most extensive collections of Roman remnants in northern Italy. Noteworthy relics from this era include the city gate, Porta Borsari, remnants of Porta Leoni, the Arco dei Gavi (reconstructed near Castelvecchio in the 1930s), Ponte Pietra, the Roman theatre, and the Amphitheatre Arena.

During the Middle Ages, the Scaligers undertook the reconstruction of city walls, expanding the territory significantly on both the west and east banks of the river. This spatial configuration persisted until the 20th century. At the heart of Verona lies the captivating ensemble of Piazza delle Erbe, adorned with a vibrant fruit and vegetable market, and Piazza dei Signori, featuring historic structures such as Palazzo del Comune, Palazzo del Governo, Loggia del Consiglio, Arche Scaligere, and Domus Nova. Additionally, Piazza Bra boasts diverse buildings spanning different epochs.

Verona’s surviving architecture and urban structure reflects the evolution of this fortified town over its 2,000 year history.

Visiting Verona for the first time and wondering what are the top places to see in the city? In this complete guide, I share the best things to do in Verona on the first visit. To help you plan your trip, I have also included an interactive map and practical tips for visiting!

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20 Best places to See in Verona

This complete guide to Verona not only tells you about the very best sights and tourist attractions for first-time visitors to the city but also provide insights into a few of our personal favorite things to do.

This is a practical guide to visiting the best places to see in Verona and is filled with tips and info that should answer all your questions!

Piazza Brà (Verona)

Piazza Bra Verona
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Piazza Bra, or more simply the Bra (from the German “breit”, meaning “broad”), is the largest square in Verona, located in its historical centre. The widening of the Bra began to turn into the square only in the first half of the sixteenth century, when the architect Michele Sanmicheli completed the Palazzo degli Honorij : […]
Location: Piazza Bra, Verona, VR, Italy | Hours: 24 Hours | Price: Free | Distance: 0.10km
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Arena di Verona

Arena Di Verona
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The Verona Arena is a Roman amphitheatre located in the historic centre of Verona , an icon of the Venetian city together with the figures of Romeo and Juliet . It is one of the large buildings that have characterized Roman architecture and one of the ancient amphitheatres that has come to us with the […]
Location: Arena di Verona, Piazza Bra, Verona, VR, Italy | Hours: 8.30am-7.30pm Tue-Sun, 1.30-7.30pm Mon | Price: adult/reduced €10/7.50 | Verona Card with Arena Priority Entrance | Distance: 0.20km
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Museo di Castelvecchio (Old Castle Museum)

Castelvecchio, Verona
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Castelvecchio or Castle Vecchio Museum,  is a medieval fort located in the historic centre of Verona, and constructed in 1354. It is currently used as the seat of the civic museum ; it is the most important military monument of the Scala family . It used to be called the castle of San Martino in […]
Location: Castelvecchio, Corso Castelvecchio, Verona, VR, Italy | Hours: 1.30-7.30pm Mon, 8.30am-7.30pm Tue-Sun | Price: adult/reduced €6/4.50, free with VeronaCard | Distance: 0.30km
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Arco dei Gavi, Verona

Arco Dei Gavi
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The Arco dei Gavi is an ancient structure in Verona, northern Italy. It was built by the gens Gavia, a noble Roman family who had their hometown in Verona, at the beginning of the Via Postumia, the Roman road leading to the city. In the Middle Ages, during the communal age of Verona, the city’s […]
Location: Arco dei Gavi, Corso Cavour, Verona, VR, Italy | Hours: 24 hours | Price: Free | Distance: 0.30km
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Ponte Scaligero

Verona Ponte Scaligero
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The Ponte di Castel Vecchio or Castel Vecchio Bridge or Scaliger Bridgeis a fortified bridge in Verona, northern Italy, over the Adige River. The segmental arch bridge featured the world’s largest span at the time of its construction (48.70 m). It was built (most likely in 1354-1356) by Cangrande II della Scala, to grant him […]
Location: Ponte Scaligero, Corso Castelvecchio, Verona, VR, Italy | Hours: 24 hours | Price: Free | Distance: 0.40km
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Porta Borsari, Verona

Verona Porta Borsari
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Porta Borsari is an ancient Roman gate in Verona, northern Italy. It dates to the 1st century AD, though it was most likely built over a pre-existing gate from the 1st century BC. An inscription dating from emperor Gallienus’ reign reports another reconstruction in 265 AD. The Via Postumia (which here became the decumanus maximus) […]
Location: Porta Borsari, Corso Porta Borsari, Verona, VR, Italy | Hours: 24 Hours | Price: Free | Distance: 0.40km
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Piazza Delle Erbe (Verona)

Piazza Delle Erbe Verona
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Piazza delle Erbe (Market’s square) is a square in Verona, northern Italy. It was once the town’s forum during the time of the Roman Empire. Piazza delle Erbe is ringed with buzzing cafes and some of Verona’s most amazing buildings. The northern side of the square is occupied by the ancient town hall, the Torre […]
Location: Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza delle Erbe, Verona, VR, Italy | Hours: 24 Hours | Price: Free | Distance: 0.70km
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Torre dei Lamberti

Lamberti S Tower (verona)
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The Torre dei Lamberti is an 84 m high tower in Verona, northern Italy. Construction of the tower was started in 1172. In May 1403 the top of the tower was struck by lightning, but the restoration works didn’t start until 1448 and took 16 years. During that time, the tower was enlarged: The more […]
Location: Torre dei Lamberti, Via della Costa, Verona, VR, Italy | Hours: 10am-6pm Mon-Fri, 11am-7pm Sat & Sun | Price: adult/reduced incl Galleria d'Arte Moderna Achille Forti €8/5, with VeronaCard €1 | Lamberti Tower Entry | Distance: 0.70km
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Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s House)

Casa Di Giulietta VERONA
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Juliet’s House (Casa di Giulietta) is a main symbol of Verona. It is a medieval palace in Verona , located in via Cappello , a short distance from the central Piazza delle Erbe . The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet found confirmation in Verona and fantasy mixed legend and reality, so much so that various […]
Location: Casa di Giulietta, Via Cappello, Verona, VR, Italy | Hours: 1.30-7.30pm Mon, 8.30am-7.30pm Tue-Sun | Price: adult/reduced €6/4.50, free with VeronaCard | Distance: 0.70km
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Arche Scaligere

Arche Scaligere (Verona)
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The Arche scaligere or Scaliger Tombs are a group of five Gothic funerary monuments in Verona, Italy, celebrating the Scaliger family, who ruled in Verona from the 13th to the late 14th century. The tombs are located in a court outside the church of Santa Maria Antica, separated from the street by a wall with […]
Location: Scaliger Tombs, Via Santa Maria Antica, Verona, VR, Italy | Hours: 24 hours | Price: 24 hours | Distance: 0.80km
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Loggia del Consiglio

Loggia Del Consiglio (Verona)
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The loggia is located in Piazza dei Signori, in front of the Palazzo della Ragione. In Renaissance style from the second half of the 15th century, it was used for city council meetings during the domination of the Serenissima. It is spread over two floors: on the ground floor there is, interspersed with 3 marble […]
Location: Loggia del Consiglio, Piazza dei Signori, Verona, VR, Italy | Distance: 0.80km
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Piazza della Signoria 

Verona, Piazza Dei Signori
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Piazza dei Signori , also known as Piazza Dante , is a square located in the historic center of Verona , adjacent to Piazza delle Erbe. The square was born in the Middle Ages from the development of the Scaliger palaces , and from the very beginning assumed political, administrative and representative functions. The square […]
Location: Piazza dei Signori, Piazza dei Signori, Verona, VR, Italy | Hours: 24 Hours | Price: Free | Distance: 0.80km
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Palazzo Miniscalchi

The Palazzo Miniscalchi, adjacent to the 19th-century, Neoclassic style Palazzo Miniscalchi-Erizzo located on via Garibaldi, is a late-Gothic style palace with a facade on Via San Mamaso in central Verona, region of Veneto, Italy. The palace presently houses a museum and the Foundation for the Miniscalchi-Erizzo Museum. Access to the museum is through the Via […]
Location: Fondazione Museo Miniscalchi Erizzo, Via San Mamaso, 2/A, 37121 Verona, VR, Italy | Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday 10-13 | 14-18 (last entry 17.15). | Price: Full 5 € Reduced: 3 € (holders of Verona Card, CTG card and ESU card) | Website | Distance: 0.80km
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Duomo di Verona

Italy Verona Cathedral
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Duomo di Verona or Verona Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Verona, northern Italy, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the designation Santa Maria Matricolare. It is the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Verona. It was erected after two Palaeo-Christian churches on the same site had been destroyed by an earthquake in […]
Location: Verona Cathedral, Piazza Duomo, Verona, VR, Italy | Hours: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Price: Adult €3,00 | Distance: 1.00km
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Sant'Anastasia, Verona

Santa Anastasia Verona
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Sant’Anastasia is a church of the Dominican Order in Verona, northern Italy. In Gothic style, it is located in the most ancient part of the city, near the Ponte Pietra. The current church was started in 1280 and completed in 1400, designed by the Dominican friars Fra’ Benvenuto da Imola and Fra’ Nicola da Imola. […]
Location: Sant’Anastasia, Piazza S.Anastasia, Verona, VR, Italy | Distance: 1.00km
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Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore

Basilica Di San Zeno
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The Basilica di San Zeno is a minor basilica of Verona, northern Italy constructed between 967 and 1398 AD. Its fame rests partly on its Romanesque architecture and partly upon the tradition that its crypt was the place of the marriage of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It stands adjacent to a Benedictine abbey, both dedicated […]
Location: Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, Piazza San Zeno, Verona, VR, Italy | Hours: 8.30am-6pm Mon-Sat, 12.30-6pm Sun Mar-Oct, 10am-1pm & 1.30-5pm Mon-Sat, 12.30-5pm Sun Nov-Feb | Price: €3 | Website | Distance: 1.10km
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Ponte Pietra (Verona)

Ponte Pietra A Verona
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The Ponte Pietra (Italian for “Stone Bridge”), is a Roman arch bridge crossing the Adige River in Verona, Italy. The bridge was completed in 100 BC, and the Via Postumia from Genoa to Aquileia passed over it. It is the oldest bridge in Verona. It originally flanked another Roman bridge, the Pons Postumius; both structures […]
Location: Ponte Pietra, Verona, VR, Italy | Hours: 24 hours | Price: Free | Distance: 1.20km
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Museo Archeologico al Teatro Romano

Museo Archeologico Al Teatro Romano
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The archaeological museum at the Roman theater is a large museum complex located in the Veronetta district of Verona , near the bend of the Adige river ; it is made up of Palazzo Fontana, which serves as the entrance to the large area, the archaeological site of the Roman theater in Verona and the […]
Location: Teatro Romano, Rigaste Redentore, Verona, VR, Italy | Hours: 8.30am-7.30pm Tue-Sun, 1.30-7.30pm Mon | Price: adult/reduced €4.50/3, with VeronaCard free | Website | Distance: 1.30km
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Giardino Giusti

Casa Di Giulietta VERONA
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These 16th-century, sculpted Renaissance gardens are immaculately maintained and intricately designed, with its grass kept as neatly trimmed as the cypress trees and box hedges. There’s a lot of garden to wander around here, but make sure you venture up the steps, even if it looks like a long way up – once at the […]
Location: Via Giardino Giusti, 2, Verona, VR, Italy | Hours: 9am-7pm | Price: adult/reduced €8.50/5 | Distance: 1.30km
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Castel San Pietro

Vista Verso Caste San Pietro
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Castel San Pietro is located on Colle San Pietro (Saint Peter’s Hill) is a hill, which rises a few hundred meters above the Roman Theatre. It was inhabited since Roman times of Verona and continued to be inhabited during the barbarian invasions from Alboino and Rosamund, by Pepin, by Berengar, King of Italy. On the […]
Location: Castel San Pietro, Piazzale Castel San Pietro, Verona, VR, Italy | Hours: You can only visit from the outside. | Distance: 1.40km
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Best Time to Visit Verona

Visiting Verona in Spring (April to June): During the Spring the city experiences mild temperatures, blooming flowers, and moderate crowds. This season often features cultural events and festivals.

Visiting Verona in Summer (July to August): Summer in Verona brings warm to hot temperatures and is the peak tourist season, with larger crowds and the famous opera festival at the Roman Arena.

Visiting Verona in Autumn (September to October): Verona in Autumn offers mild temperatures, colorful foliage, and decreasing crowds after the summer peak. Cultural events and festivals may extend into early autumn.

Visiting Verona in Winter(November to February): Winter in Veronabrings cool to cold temperatures, making it the off-peak season with fewer tourists. While there may be fewer events, the city retains its charm.

Consider your temperature preferences, comfort with tourist activity, and interest in specific events or festivals when planning your visit to Verona, as the city offers a pleasant experience throughout the year.

 

 

 

Average Temperatures in Verona

  • January 10°C 6
  • February 12°C 9
  • March 16°C 7
  • April 20°C 11
  • May 24°C 14
  • June 30°C 13
  • July 33°C 11
  • August 31°C 11
  • September 26°C 11
  • October 22°C 11
  • November 14°C 14
  • December 10°C 8

How to get to Verona

Travelling to Verona by Air: For travellers arriving at Verona’s Valerio Catullo Airport in Villafranca, located 12km away, several transportation options are available to reach the city centre. A regular ATV bus operates every 20 minutes from 5.55 am to 11.35 pm, providing a cost-effective option at €4.50. This bus takes passengers from the airport to the train and bus station. Alternatively, taxis are available for approximately €25. Flights to Brescia, situated 52km away, are serviced by a daily shuttle bus to the station, taking approximately one hour and costing €11 for a one-way trip. Taxis from Brescia to the city are more expensive, typically around €90. Tickets for both bus services can be purchased on board.

Travelling to Verona by Train: Upon reaching the main train station, Verona Porta Nuova, the city centre is easily accessible with a fifteen-minute walk. Exiting the station, turn right, staying on the right-hand side of the road, then take a left at the main junction onto the broad Corso Porta Nuova. This street leads directly to Piazza Brà, located just inside the old city walls.

Travelling to Verona by Car: Conveniently, there are well-signposted car parks located just before Piazza Brà and at Piazza Isolo in Veronetta for those traveling by car.

Travelling around Verona by Bus: For those who prefer not to walk, buses are available, with tickets costing €1 from machines near bay A or from the tabacchi inside the train station ticket hall. Tickets can also be purchased on board for €1.20. These tickets are valid for any number of journeys within an hour. Alternatively, VeronaCard holders enjoy free bus rides (refer to the box opposite for more details).

 

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