Verona Sights and Landmarks Guide, Italy
Verona, Italy is a truly ancient city and, therefore, holds a variety of sightseeing pleasures, which include ancient Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance structures as well as some more modern sights.
Verona was an important Roman city and even today many of the ancient buildings still stand:
The Arena di Verona is one of the largest Roman amphitheater still in existence today. It is also the most well-preserved and, because of that, the interior of the building is open to public view. The Arena was built in the 1st century A.D. and has been in use throughout the ages. Games, battles, plays, and jousting tournaments have all been held there. In 1913, the Arena was given the distinction of being the world’s largest operatic theater.
Address: Piazza Bra 28, Verona 37121 Italy
Phone: 39 045 800 5151
The Museo Archeologico del Teatro Romano is an archaeological site of a Roman theater that was most likely built in the 1st century A.D. Unlike the Arena, this theater was abandoned and destroyed by earthquakes and floods. However, in 1757, the value of the site was realized and excavations began. Much of the original structure has been unearthed and is now used to host artistic events. The theater can be reached via a 16th century building which features a frescoed exterior.
Address: Rigaste Redentore, 2, Verona 37121 Italy
Phone: 39 045 800 0360
Verona was a very busy city during the Middle Ages as well, and the city still maintains many of the beautiful Medieval structures:
The Casa di Giulietta, or House of Juliet, is the perfect destination for lovers. The 13th century building houses the Juliet statue by Nereo Costantini and is currently used to display temporary art exhibits. Visitors should also be sure to view the beautiful balcony.
Address: Via Cappello, 21, Verona 37121 Italy
Phone: 39 045 80 35645
Sant'Anastasia is a Medieval Gothic cathedral and the largest building in Verona. The cathedral’s construction began in 1290 and was completed in 1462. Because it took so long to complete, the building features some Renaissance artwork and architecture as well. The building features sculptures depicting the life of Christ and a very majestic interior. The cathedral houses several celebrated religious paintings and other works of art.
Address: Vicolo Sotto Riva, 4, Verona 37121 Italy
Phone: 39 045 800 4325
Santi Apostoli is an ancient Christian cathedral whose foundation dates back to the 8th century. The building was completed in 1194, but slightly remodeled in the 16th century and then again in the 20th century. Because of this, the building has a variety of art and architecture starting with the Romanesque and ending with the modern days. The Sacello dell Sante Teuteria e Tosca, the oldest church in the city, can be reached through the vestry of the Santi Apostoli cathedral.
Address: Piazza SS. Apostoli, 2, Verona 37121 Italy
Phone: 34 96 361 8551
During much of the Renaissance, Verona was experiencing an unusual peace and because of this there are some beautiful Renaissance Era attractions to see:
The Giardino Giusti, or Giusti Garden, is a beautiful Renaissance garden featuring a wooded hill, a lawn, and landscaped terraces. It was designed and is still maintained according to the style of the era with fountains, mythological statues, grottos, hedgerows, flowerbeds, and even a maze. Many famous men and women, including Mozart and Goethe, have visited this garden over the past four centuries.
Address: Via Giardino Giusti, 2, Verona 37129 Italy
Phone: 39 045 803 4029
The Palazzo Bevilacqua is used as a state building today, but it is still a beautiful example of an Italian Renaissance Era palace. Even though it was unfinished, lovers of art and architecture can still experience the arched windows, the busts of Roman warriors set on pillars, the carved stone floors, and the ornate, Grecian balcony.
Address: Corso Cavour, 19, Verona 37121 Italy
Phone: 39 045 806 8680
History and progress were still rampant in Verona during the last three centuries and there are many sights that relate to these changes:
The Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II was erected in 1883 in honor of Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoy who was the first king of a united Italy. This statue was placed in the gardens outside of the Arena and expresses the love that the people of Verona have for the leader that unified and freed Italy.
Address: Piazza Bra, Verona 37121 Italy
Phone: 39 045 680 1555
Construction on the Teatro Filarmonico originally began in the later Renaissance Era but was not completed until 1729. It features a beautiful, pillared exterior. After a series of destructive events, the building had to be rebuilt in its original style in 1969. The theater featured performances by a 14-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1770.
Address: Piazza Bra, 26, Verona 37121 Italy
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