The city of Verona is rich of Roman antiquities (the city is also known as little Rome), nevertheless it is mostly famous as the setting of the love story Romeo and Juliet.
The symbol of the city is the great Roman Arena (Arena di Verona). Located in the biggest square, Bra Square, this Roman amphitheater dates back to the 1st Century AD and is the third largest of the world. Extremely well-preserved and every year it still hosts concerts and operas between July and August.
Juliet’s House with its Balcony is a must-see. It is a mystery if this house has ever belonged to a Capulet family, nonetheless this lack of evidence only increases its romance and attraction. A short distance away you can also visit Juliet’s Tomb.
The oldest square of the city is Piazza delle Erbe (Square of the Herbs) former Roman city’s forum which still maintains a lively atmosphere. On one side of the square, a Venetian lion stands on a column as an everlasting reminder of Venice supremacy and influence over Verona. In the square the medieval Torre dei Lamberti (Lamberti’s Tower) is also located. Close by is situated Piazza dei Signori (Lords’ Square) which used to be an important center for politics and administration, nowadays especially at night, it is a lively students’ meeting point.
Castelvecchio (Old castle) which was both a residence and a fortress, built by the Scaligeri’s family who ruled the city between the 1262 and 1387, is nowadays a museum. Outside the fortress the Castelvecchio or Scaligeri Bridge crosses the river Adige.
Relevant and worth a visit are also Arche Scaligere (Scaligeri Tombs), located in a small court of the Church of Santa Maria Antica, are outstanding example of Gothic art: these tombs are encircled by wrought-iron fences.
Nearby the Pietra Bridge is located the Duomo (Cathedral), started in the 12th century, the construction lasted hundred years and encompasses gothic and roman style.
The biggest church of the city is the Basilica di Sant’Anastasia which has been built between the 13th and the 15th century therefore many artists have worked to its decoration, its facade is unfortunately incomplete. It represents a great example of gothic architecture, worthy of attention is also the Giusti Chapel with a fresco of Pisanello.
The Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore consecrated to the patron saint of the city presents a Roman style, its great Bell tower has been built between the 9th and 12th century. The rose window in the facade is decorated with statues depicting human sequences and it’s known as Ruota della Fortuna (Wheel of fortune). The main altar hosts a great Renaissance triptych of Andrea Mantegna.
Located inside the oldest city walls the Roman Theatre dates back to the 1st century AD, but has been discovered only in the 19th century, it includes a Roman museum and, such as the Roman Arena, it also hosts plays during the summer months. Nearby the marvelous renaissance garden Giardino Giusti is also located.