Bucket List: What are the top tourist attractions to visit in Verona?
Verona, located in northern Italy, is one of the main tourist destinations in the country. Some say that this beautiful city may have derived its name from an Etruscan name, Vera. Other sources say that Verona may have been the name of a Roman family; if not, it could come from the Latin word ver, spring.
Another source of where the city’s name originated in the legend confirms that the Gallic chieftain named Brenno, its founder called it Vae Roma. Over time, this name turned to Verona.
This historic city is two of William Shakespeare’s plays—Romeo and Juliet and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Yearly, tourists flock to Verona for its annual fairs, unforgettable shows, artistic heritage, and celebrating a favorite Shakespearean play.
To create beautiful memories in Verona, here’s a list of the best things to do in this city:
Utter your prayers from the Verona Cathedral
Also known as the Duomo of Verona, this cathedral was established in the 12th century. This cathedral’s intricate designs and precious gems give it a heaven-like aesthetic.
This Roman Catholic cathedral is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary under Santa Maria Matricolare.
Visit one of the world’s oldest libraries.
Located within the Verona Cathedral is the Chapter Library. It is one of the world’s oldest libraries that continues to function today. In this library, one will find unique and almost ancient books such as the Verona Codex, a list of Roman dioceses, an older version of the Latin Psalter, and many more.
Find solace and acquire knowledge from the “Queen of ecclesiastical collections” by browsing the Chapter Library shelves.
Buy souvenirs from the Piazza Delle Erbe
During Roman times, this area was used as a forum where performances were watched back in the days. Today, Piazza Delle Erbe has marketplaces abundant in souvenirs and trinkets.
Its west side features the Baroque Palazzo Maffei, symbolic statues of different Greek gods. Take picture-perfect photos and bring memories back home when visiting Piazza Delle Erbe.
Visit the Scaliger Tombs
Five Gothic Funerary monuments showcasing some of Italy’s most beautiful Gothic art are available for the public. These monuments belong to the notable members of the rulers of Verona during the 13th and 14th centuries.
Commemorate the city’s fallen rulers from a long time ago and appreciate the city’s unique art by visiting this one-of-a-kind place.
Watch performances at The Arena
The Arena is an amphitheater similar to Rome’s Colosseum, which it predates by almost 50 years. This well-preserved Arena is a venue to live concerts, opera, and festivals, to name a few.
Not so long ago, it hosted several shows of international rock and pop bands, such as Evanescence, Adele, Alicia Keys, One Direction, and Paul McCartney. Verona is definitely more enjoyable with music and shows!
Visit the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
This fascinating church, which dates back to the eighth and ninth century is well-visited due to its beauty and grandeur. The architecture of this building draws inspiration from medieval Europe, making use of semi-circular arches.
Another reason this church is famous is it’s the setting of Romeo and Juliet’s marriage. Take beautiful photos with new captions at the venue where Verona’s famous lovers exchanged vows.
Enjoy art from the Castelvecchio.
This square fortress dates back to the middle ages, being the most important military construction of the Scaliger dynasty. It was constructed using red bricks, which creates a beautiful and imposing contrast with the rest of the city landscape.
Today, it is the venue of the Castelvecchio Museum. Lovers of history, art, and beautiful things are sure to appreciate and enjoy this landmark brought to you by Verona.
Take instragrammable photos at the Porta Borsari.
Porta Borsari is an ancient Roman gate that used to be the entrance to the city of Verona. Its facade was built using local white limestone that gives it its traditional and regal look.
This view is perfectly instagrammable. Don’t be afraid to grab your eclectic garb to make you stand out.
Try Italian recipes that use horsemeat.
Many Italian recipes make use of horsemeat. A stew called pastissada, a steak recipe called carpaccio when raw, or bresaola when cured, and classic sausage in horsemeat recipes are available for your abundant consumption in Verona.
Have a Romeo and Juliet Tour
Who hasn’t heard of these famous lovers? If you are a fan of their tragic story, Verona has numerous must-visit places for you. For the first stop, consider Casa di Romeo. This house of bricks of dear Romeo resembles a medieval castle. Close to our gentleman’s home is the House of Juliet. Many guests write notes on the wall of Juliet’s home, an act of writing letters to her.
What is this love story without the tragic death? On the floors of San Francesco al Corso Monastery lies the remains of the lovely Juliet. Rumors say that good luck comes upon those who rub the right breast of Juliet’s bronze statue. Try your luck by making time for Romeo and Juliet’s past.
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