Things to do in Verona

Are you going on holiday to Verona in Italy? Want to know where the best sightseeing attractions in Verona are? Our guide to Verona gives you the facts & information you’ll want to know.

Verona is located in the north east of Italy in the Veneta region and is close by to the cities of Vicenza and Venice. The total population of Verona numbers about 220,000 and the town itself is situated close to Lake Garda, which is the biggest of the lakes in Italy. With a history of more than two thousand years as an inhabited settlement, Verona provides plenty of sites of historical interest to visitors. Some of the best sightseeing spots in Verona are mentioned below.

Verona Amphitheatre

The Roman amphitheatre in Verona dates back to the first century AD making it one of the oldest and best preserved amphitheatres in Italy. The Roman Amphitheatre in Verona is today used for opera performances during the opera season and has a holding capacity of 20,000 people. Admission to this sightseeing attraction in Verona costs €3 and is open daily from 9am to 7pm.

Verona Cathedral

The Verona Cathedral is the main building of historic and religious interest in the town and is located more or less in the centre of Verona. The original Cathedral dates back to the 12th century although it has been added to over the centuries. The main architectural influences present at this sightseeing attraction in Verona are Gothic and Romanesque.  The Cathedral is closed to the public on Mondays; however, for the rest of the week it is open from 10am until 5.30pm.  The interior of the Cathedral is decorated with the typical mosaics and marble floors one might expect to see at any Cathedral in a major Italian town. One of the artistic highlights of this cathedral in Verona is the statue of Jonah and the Whale from the bible.

Scaglieri Palace in Verona

This palace is one of the most imposing pieces of architecture in the city of Verona and is named after the Della Scala family who ruled Verona as a city state for several centuries prior to the unification of Italy as a modern state. This palace was the official residence of the Della Scala family during the 13th and 14th centuries, although it later became the headquarters of the city council. There is lots of renaissance art to be seen inside including portraits of dozens of previous Scaglieri rulers of Verona as well as several of their tombs.

Juliet’s house in Verona

Verona is the city in which the famous Shakespearean novel of Romeo and Juliet is set. Although the story is fictional, a house in Verona has come to be known as the house of Juliet complete with the balcony beneath which Romeo would have serenaded his love. Admission to Juliet’s house costs €4 and is open from 8.30am to 7.30pm.

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