Jul 25 2014 / Destinations

Photo Friday: Best of Verona

A holiday to Verona can be as fun-packed or as relaxed as you fancy. The city is beautiful enough to wander around for days, the local fare is sumptuous and the wines delicious. But if that isn’t enough, Verona offers lots of activities to keep you occupied. Here are a few snaps of the best places to peruse on your Italian adventure.

Piazza delle Erbe

Piazza delle Erbe

Want amazing architecture, superb statues and an atmospheric market? Or simply a place to go and sip coffee and feel like you’re having a real Italian experience? Then head to Piazza delle Erbe as it offers all this and more!

Juliet’s Balcony

Juliete's Balcony
If you’re an old romantic then a trip to Juliet’s Balcony is a must! It’s set in a picturesque courtyard filled with loved-up couples, as the building is rumoured to have been the home of the Cappello family – the apparent inspiration for the Capulets.

Opening hours: 8.30am-7.30pm Tue-Sun, 1.30-7.30pm Mon

Prices: Adult €6/reduced €4.50 or with Verona Card

Roman Theatre and Archaeological Museum

Roman theatre and museum
If you like history, head to the ancient Roman theatre for some live music in surroundings steeped in history. Then take a wander around the Archaeological Museum and discover all the amazing artefacts, from mosaics to statues.

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 8:30­-19:30; Monday­ 13:30­-19:30.

Prices: Standard € 6.00 – Reduced € 4.50 (groups minimum 20 persons and students 14-30 years old) – € 1.00 (Schools and young people 8 – 13 years old ) €1.00 the 1st Sunday of the month for everyone (from January to May and from October to December) – Free entrance  with the Verona Card.

Roman Arena

Roman arena

 

The imposing Roman Arena offers a trip back in time, and it’s one of the best examples of an ancient amphitheatre around today. But it’s also great if you want to listen to opera in an amazing outdoor setting.

Opening hours: 8.30am-7.30pm Tue-Sun, 1.30-7.30pm Mon

Prices: Opera tickets €21-220, adult/reduced €6/4.50, or with Verona Card 

Castelvecchio Bridge

Castelvecchio Bridge
If you like your bridges structurally tough, then the Castelvecchio Bridge is bound to impress. This fortified bridge dates back to 1354, but was destroyed by the retreating German troops in 1945 only to be faithfully reconstructed.

The Church of San Zeno

San Zeno church

This isn’t the biggest church you’ll find in Verona, but it is a particularly pretty one. And if that isn’t enough to tempt you in, the crypt is also rumoured to be the place of Romeo and Juliet’s marriage.

Opening hours: 8:30am-6pm Tue-Sat, 12:30-6pm Sun Mar-Oct, 10am-1pm & 1:30-5pm Tue-Sat, 12:30-5pm Sun Nov-Feb

Prices: Adult/child €2.50/free, combined Verona church ticket €6 or with Verona Card 

Verona Cathedral

Verona Cathedral

When two churches fell down in an earthquake in 1117, the cathedral was erected in their place. This soaring lovely white structure is a top place to spend your sightseeing time, whether you look at the altar paintings or exquisite carvings.

Opening hours: Daily – November to February, Tuesday to Saturday – 10:00 to 13:00 and 13:30 to 16:00, Sunday – 13:00 to 17:00; March to October, Monday to Saturday – 10:00 to 17:30, Sunday – 13:30 to 17:30

Ponte Pietra

Ponte Pietra bridge

Another bridge, but this time a little more romantic, the Ponte Pietra also suffered a hit in WWII and was reconstructed. It still provides a picturesque spot to cross the River Adige.

Giardino Giusti

Giardino Giusti

You need to visit the Giusti Palace and Garden, as the green space is considered to be one of the most beautiful Renaissance gardens in Europe. There’s flora, fauna and even a hedge maze!

Scaliger Tombs

Scaliger Tombs

For amazing examples of Gothic architecture, track down the five funerary monuments of the Scaliger family. Harking back to the 13th and 14th centuries BC, their careful carving and grandiose appearance is sure to impress.

Opening hours: 9:30am-7:30pm Tue-Sun, 1:45-7:30pm Mon Jun-Sep

Prices: Admission incl Torre dei Lamberti by lift/on foot €4/3

Need I remind you to bring your camera? You’ll be kicking yourself at every new photo op if you don’t! And, as you can see, there are plenty…

Opening hours and prices are valid at time of posting.

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