7 Top Attractions in Verona, Italy… Beyond Romeo and Juliet

Verona, home of Shakespear's Romeo and Juliet, is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy.
Verona, a gem of the Veneto region

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Although it’s most famous as the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Verona has much more to offer than its connections to the star-crossed lovers! In fact, there’s little evidence that anything like the Romeo and Juliet story actually took place here… but it is indisputable that you won’t be short of sights in this beautiful city, even if you ignore Juliet’s “balcony” and “tomb.” (The city’s rich culture and history, in fact, even have landed it on the World Heritage list!).

Northern Italy is full of beautiful towns and UNESCO World Heritage sites,  and Verona is definitely on the top of the list of places to visit in Northern Italy. Located just a half hour away from Venice by train, it makes an excellent day trip!

Still not convinced? Here are 7 of our favorite sights in Verona.

Piazza delle Erbe

Piazza delle Erbe, one of Italy's loveliest piazzas

Piazza delle Erbe, one of Italy’s loveliest piazzas

By day, Piazza delle Erbe is home to a market (if one that sells mostly souvenirs and trinkets); in the evening, it fills with locals and tourists sipping Campari and enjoying aperitivi at the outdoor cafes. But no matter when you’re passing through the square, look around you! With its Renaissance-era palaces and lovely central fountain, this might just be the prettiest piazza in all of Italy.

Arena of Verona

Verona's ancient arena, site of its world-famous opera

Verona’s ancient arena, site of its world-famous opera

Built in the 1st century A.D., this amphitheater was Verona’s answer to Rome’s Colosseum (although actually, it predates the Colosseum by almost 50 years!). Still remarkably well preserved, today it’s home to Verona’s summer opera festival. (Check out our earlier post on attending opera in the arena of Verona!).

Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

The Basilica of San Zeno, a sight not to be missed in Verona

The Basilica of San Zeno, a sight not to be missed in Verona

This beautiful church dates back to the 4th century, although most of the current building was constructed between the 10th and 12th centuries. Other churches in Verona drew much of their inspiration from its early Romanesque style. Don’t miss the bronze door, with 48 elaborately-carved panels of scenes from the Bible, dating back to the 11th century.

Castelvecchio

The battlements of Castelvecchio, a medieval fortress and art museum in Verona

The battlements of Castelvecchio, a medieval fortress and art museum in Verona

With seven towers, a castle keep, and four separate buildings, Verona’s 14th-century fortress, Castelvecchio, is the city’s most imposing building. Today, it’s also home to a museum of art, sculpture, coins, and other artifacts, with a collection of paintings that includes pieces by northern Italian masters Mantegna, Bellini and Pisanello.

Porta Borsari

Just another ancient ruin in Verona: Porta Borsari

Just another ancient ruin in Verona: Porta Borsari

This ancient Roman gate, which once marked the southern entrance into Verona, is a great—and beautiful—example of the way in which ancient ruins are layered into the modern city of Verona.

Duomo of Verona

The Duomo of Verona

The Duomo of Verona

Verona’s main cathedral, or Duomo, is stunning. But don’t just see it from the outside: The interior of this 12th-century church is incredibly elaborate and filled with artistic gems, including a painting by the Italian master Titian.

Arche Scaligeri

The tombs of the Scaligeri family in Verona

The tombs of the Scaligeri family in Verona

Tombs don’t get much more elaborate than these! Just around the corner from Piazza delle Erbe, these five Gothic funerary monuments, considered some of the best examples of Gothic art in Itay, are hard to miss. They belong to members of the Scaligeri, who ruled Verona in the 13th and 14th centuries. Make sure you duck into the tiny, lovely church of Santa Maria Antica behind them.

33 Comments

  • holiday in bali says:

    easy to go there and how about public transport
    easy to fine there???..

    • Hi there, yes, the buses are pretty easy to navigate in Verona, although really the only one you would need is from the train station into the center. Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Moseph says:

    Hey, I first want to thank you for all these articles on this blog, has helped me hugely in planning my trip in June.

    Was wondering though, I really would like to go visit Verona based on this article, however I am worried that it might not fit my flight schedule.

    I am leaving from Milan Bergamo, but before this I have 2 nights to spend in an area of my choice in Northern Italy. Originally I was planning on Verona because I was planning on a day trip to Venice as well. Then leaving from Verona to Bergamo on the day of my flight.

    Do you think this is possible/optimal, or where else would you recommend staying if I wanted to see Venice, but still be close to Bergamo

    Much Thanks!

    • Hi Moseph,
      We’re happy to help! Verona is definitely possible, but of course makes for a full day! Alternatives might be a day on Lake Como or Maggiore; Padova (where the Basilica di San’Antonio and Giotto’s amazing Cappella degli Scrovegni are wonderful); Vicenza, with the architecture of Andrea Palladio; or even Milan. Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Khor says:

    Hi, i am planning to visit Verona in this coming September. We will leaving from Milan for a day trip to Verona and back to Milan again leaving to Switzerland. I know there are two types of train to Verona.. One is Regional which is a slower train but cost cheaper compare to another one. May i know i can buy the train ticket online or buy it on the day we travel? Which train station leaving from Milan?

    • Hi Khor,
      The most central station in Milan that the train to Verona departs from is Milano Centrale. You can buy the ticket on the day you travel, but if you’re fairly sure of your itinerary, it’s best to buy it in advance. That’s because you can get better, cheaper fares in advance. It’s also because, in some instances, routes sell out on the day of travel (although this is more rare).
      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • JANNAT says:

    hi,
    a friend and i are planning to go to Verona in October this year, for 3-4 nights,
    1. we would really appreciate if you could suggest us where to stay because we need a very safe n comfy place since we are both girls, we want a mid ranged hotel not very expensive just decent enough and safe.
    2. also will it be possible for us to make a day trip to Venice and Florence like one day up down ??

    Its our Dream Trip..please help !!

    Grazie 🙂

    • Hi there Janna,
      We’re happy to help! Verona is a very safe city, so no need to worry there; just try to pick something central for convenience’s sake. We especially like B&B Corte delle Pigne, which is well-priced and very central but still on a tranquil side street, but there are lots of options in Venice—we’d recommend taking a look on Tripadvisor, especially at the B&Bs listed (as B&Bs tend to be better value in Italy than most hotels).

      For day trips, a day trip to Venice is going to be much easier than to Florence, as it’s only a half an hour away by train. Of course, you can also do Florence, but it’ll make for a longer day; it takes 1hr 45 mins at the fastest route, including a train change.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Lynn says:

    Is it safe for a woman to walk around alone in Verona?

  • I am still confused about the train from venice to verona. Best way to take a group of 15 on the train? Does train have a handicapped ability for one student on a scooter? Can she get around Verona on her scooter? Train website is confusing as to price of the ticket also.

    Can you help?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Marilyn! We would suggest looking into renting a small bus with a driver to easily move from Venice to Verona as many companies offer discounted rates for medium to large sized groups. Group tickets can be purchased with Trenitalia for regional trains with 10% discount, but should be purchased in person at least 15 days beforehand. Keeping in mind that very few towns in Italy are particularly handicapped-accessible, Verona should be a manageable city to get around, but please be aware that there are many cobblestones. Do let us know if you have any questions!

  • sara says:

    Hi there, I am looking to move from London to Verona. Could you give me some areas in and around Verona that would be worth considering in terms of living? Also, do you need a scooter/car in this city?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Sara, if you’d like to move to the city center you should be just fine getting around by walking or by taking the bus. We’d recommend these links (1 & 2) with great information regarding the neighborhoods of Verona, depending on what you’re looking for! Be sure to let us know about your experience 🙂

  • brian says:

    Hi,
    We arrive in Venice and are going to Florence and Verona. We are in Italy for 12 days not counting air travel. My wife wants a leisure trip. I think we could also see Bologna and/ or Milan. What do you think. Would we be able to see all the sights in these cities or would this schedule be to hectic.

    Thanks, Brian

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Brian, we think 12 days should be enough to visit all the cities on your list as you usually only need a day or two to visit Verona, Bologna and Milan. Let us know if you have any questions!

  • Diane says:

    Hi i will bi in venice for 3 days and would wish and go to see verona for a whole day cause its beaifull by seeing your sight. Could you please tell me if there is day trips excursions to verona and which train is best to catch from venice and which station should i stop in verona to see most places . Thanks

    Regards diane

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Diane, we suggest you to take the train to Verona Porta Nuova (the main station) so you can easily visit the city’s main sights. Let us know if you have any questions!

  • Jim Black says:

    we are in Verona now. It’s our fourth trip to Italy, and I have to say, I find Verona the most exciting. Venice and Florence are great, but Montova and Verona should be experienced. The Verona Marathon was run today, so the city is packed with young people. So many sights to see, but the best part is mixing with the friendly people.

  • Lyn says:

    Hi Guys.
    My sister and I will be visiting Italy next year as part of our tour of Europe. We are travelling by car and will be staying overnight in Ravenna. Would it be worthwhile to visit Verona on our way to Venice? We would only have about 2 or 3 hours to stop and visit. If we did, where would be the best place to leave the car? Can you walk from place to place easily (we are in our early 60’s) or is there a hop-on-hop-off tourist bus that will take you around?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Lyn

      We would definitely recommend a quick stop in Verona, it’s a lovely town to visit and you can get a good feel for it in a few hours. You can actually book your parking space online near the arena in advance which might be a good idea, that way you don’t have to worry about spending your three hours driving in circles. You can do that here: http://www.arena.it/en-US/parking-next-to-Arena.html#.VMd4OmSsUZI

      There is a hop-on hop-off bus too, which starts right by the arena.

      Enjoy your trip (and sorry for the delay in our response!)

  • Jill says:

    Hello!
    Planning on going to Verona from Venice and then onto Lago Garda….
    First: at the central train station in Verona, is there a place to leave my luggage for the day?
    Second: I believe there is a bus from Verona to Lago di Garda….is this true? If so, do you know from where it departs?
    Grazie!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Jill,

      It seems that there is a luggage drop off at the Verona train station (see here) There’s also a bus from Verona to Lake Garda departing from either the Verona airport or Verona city center at Porta Nuova. Or, you can take the train! Trains run about once per hour from Verona to stops along Lake Garda like Peschiera and Desenzano. It takes from 20 to 40 minutes. Have a great trip! 🙂

  • Ralph Melfi says:

    Looking for itinerary and cost for one day tour in Verona for 4 adults. Arrive by train from Venice in early AM on a Monday in May and need to leave by train at end of day to Parma.
    Thank you.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Ralph,

      Unfortunately, we are not currently offering any services in Verona at this time. However, we have many day tours here for you during your stay in Venice. You can find our Venice tours here. You can find trains from Verona to Venice on http://www.trenitalia.com. Have a great trip!

  • Pooneh says:

    Hi
    I am traveling with my husband and 6 year old from Venice to Verona by train leaving after lunch and coming back at night. We just plan to see Juliets balcony and one or two other sights. Can we walk to the attractions from the train station?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Pooneh,

      Verona is a great day trip from Venice – we’re sure you’ll love it! You can walk from the train station, though it will take about 20 minutes and might not be ideal for the little one. Instead, you can go by taxi or by taking one of the many buses stopping right in front of the Station to Piazza Bra, the main square in front of the Arena. Another option is to use Verona’s free bicycle service. You can get keys from train station tourist information office at the train station and use the bicycles from 9:00 to 17:00. Unfortunately the number of bicycles is limited and you cannot reserve them, but it could be worth a try. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Jessica says:

    Hi there. My boyfriend and I are thinking of vacationing in Verona for a few days in October. Are there any local festivities around that time and how would you suggest spending 3 days travelling in and around Verona? Thanks much!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Jessica,

      Though we don’t know of a specific festival going on in October in Verona, sagre, or local food festivals, are common throughout the autumn in all of Italy. You might find one during your time there. Still, Verona is a great place to spend a weekend! After seeing all the sights in the city, you could day trip to nearby Mantova or Lake Garda, or even to Venice!

  • Yvonne laverty says:

    Hi We are going to Verona on 27th November for 4 days. What is the best day trip at that time.thanks

  • Luke says:

    Hello, great little write up! Where is the top picture taken from? It’s a great view and I’d like to check it out.

    Thanks Luke

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