Things To Do In Verona Italy

Verona has history all throughout its streets. Not only in its museums, but even simply strolling through Verona's streets one sees testimonies of distant times. 60 million years ago the entire area was under sea level. In the red marble of the streets and of the houses today, one can still find fossilised sea-creatures. From the ground you walk on to the tip of the tallest building, Verona is a very beautiful and clean city.

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Statue of Vittorio Emanuele II, first King of Italy after unificationA Gladiator posing with the kids in front of the ArenaThe ArenaThe ArenaThe "Liston" in Bra' Square
Statue of Vittorio Emanuele II, first King of Italy after unification
Statue of Vittorio Emanuele II, first King of Italy after unification | Source
A Gladiator posing with the kids in front of the Arena
A Gladiator posing with the kids in front of the Arena | Source
The Arena
The Arena | Source
The Arena
The Arena | Source
The "Liston" in Bra' Square
The "Liston" in Bra' Square | Source

Piazza Bra

Every time we would go to Verona, we would start our journey at Bra' Square. Piazza Bra is made up of several different parts.

  • The gardens area with a water fountain and a lot of benches where you can sit and enjoy the passer-by's.
  • The Philharmonic Academia preserves a great number of musical works both printed and handwritten and a precious and rare collection of antique musical wind and cord instruments.
  • The Philharmonic Theatre
  • The Mafffei Museum has a collection of Etruscan, PaleoVeneto, Greek, Latin and Hebrew epigraphs.
  • The Arena

The Arena is a Roman Amphitheatre that is the third largest amphitheater of its kind. It measured about 153m by 124m and was some 30m high. It has 44 marble tiers supported by 4 concentric galleries with 72 arches. It was able to contain roughly 30,000 people which was more then the population of the city of Verona back then. Festivals were held here in occasions of importance: jousts, tournaments, bull fights and weddings. On August 10th, 1913 there was a performance of Aida which held in occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi (an Italian Romantic composer, mainly of opera). Since then, every summer, with the exception of the World Wars, there has been an Opera Festival attracting people from all over the world. There wasn't a time we were in Verona that the Arena didn't have something going on.

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Juliet's balconyWalking in to see Juliet's balconyGraffiti left by lovers in the entry way to Juliet's houseMy husband wrote our names up there tooJuliet's balconyThe traditions says you will have good luck in love if you rub Juliets breast
Juliet's balcony
Juliet's balcony | Source
Walking in to see Juliet's balcony
Walking in to see Juliet's balcony | Source
Graffiti left by lovers in the entry way to Juliet's house
Graffiti left by lovers in the entry way to Juliet's house | Source
My husband wrote our names up there too
My husband wrote our names up there too | Source
Juliet's balcony
Juliet's balcony | Source
The traditions says you will have good luck in love if you rub Juliets breast
The traditions says you will have good luck in love if you rub Juliets breast | Source

Casa Di Giulietta (House of Juliet)

Whenever I think about Juliet, it's always the Shakespeare version of Romeo and Juliet.

Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

To actually stand under (or on if you pay for it) Juliet's balcony is amazing. In the courtyard of the House of Juliet there is a bronze statue of Juliet. Traditions have grown up around it saying that if you rub the breast of the statue, you will be fortunate in love. Every time we took our visitors to Verona we would stop to see the statue. The entry way is always changing with new writings and signatures on the walls. I'm not sure if they paint over the walls or how they manage to always have space for new signatures but with the thousands (if not millions) of visitors this place gets a year they would have to do something with it.

Above the greenery around the courtyard there is a resturant up there that has some amazing food and the atmosphere is great! While we were there, some friends of ours paid to have their names carved in bricks that were laid in the flooring. It would be amazing to go back and see what it looks like today.

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Part of a courtyard inside CastelvecchioThe walls of Castelvecchio"Battle of the Knights" in the Museum inside CastelvecchioSome original decorations of the residential sectionsThe roof of CastelvecchioThe bridge of CastelvecchioMy three kids sitting on the wall overlooking part of Verona
Part of a courtyard inside Castelvecchio
Part of a courtyard inside Castelvecchio | Source
The walls of Castelvecchio
The walls of Castelvecchio | Source
"Battle of the Knights" in the Museum inside Castelvecchio
"Battle of the Knights" in the Museum inside Castelvecchio | Source
Some original decorations of the residential sections
Some original decorations of the residential sections | Source
The roof of Castelvecchio
The roof of Castelvecchio | Source
The bridge of Castelvecchio
The bridge of Castelvecchio | Source
My three kids sitting on the wall overlooking part of Verona
My three kids sitting on the wall overlooking part of Verona | Source

Castelvecchio

The Castle was originally knows as San Martino in Aquaro because it had enclosed a church of that name which was demolished by Napoleon. It became old (vecchio) only after the construction of new fortifications on the hill of San Pietro. Napoleon constructed a barracks in the courtyard, closing it to the river and other bank being Austrian territory.

After WWI, part of the castle became a museum. Restored, it was at this point that the beautiful doors and windows from other destroyed buildings were inserted in the walls of the barracks.

During WWII, the castle was sight of the trial of Ciano, son-in-law of Mussolini, accused of having betrayed the Fascist cause. He was executed just up-stream. A little later it was bombarded, and the bridge was destroyed by the retreating Germans. The bridge was rebuilt with what original materials were possible and then further altered in 1958 by Carlo Scarpa.

Scarpa underlined the later construction of the barracks by separating it from the controlling tower and the XII century walls, and re-dug the moat. It was he who inserted the fountain and water courses which lead to the museum. He was the first to leave modern materials obvious in restorations, thus marking difference in period and rendering the intervention less invasive.

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The top of the Theatre, overlooking the stageA view overlooking VeronaTaking a break on the massive steps inside the TheatreMy three kids sitting on the wall overlooking VeronaA courtyard inside the TheatreInside the Archeological MuseumOverlooking the city of Love (Verona)
The top of the Theatre, overlooking the stage
The top of the Theatre, overlooking the stage | Source
A view overlooking Verona
A view overlooking Verona | Source
Taking a break on the massive steps inside the Theatre
Taking a break on the massive steps inside the Theatre | Source
My three kids sitting on the wall overlooking Verona
My three kids sitting on the wall overlooking Verona | Source
A courtyard inside the Theatre
A courtyard inside the Theatre | Source
Inside the Archeological Museum
Inside the Archeological Museum | Source
Overlooking the city of Love (Verona)
Overlooking the city of Love (Verona) | Source

Teatro di Verona

With the transfer of Verona to the valley, the original Verona, the hill of San Pietro, was transformed into a scenographic back-drop. This enormous theatrical complex was visible from the entire city. It was constructed in the early BC era and is one of the first Roman theatres to have been built in stone.

To enter the theatre you come in by way of a sixteenth century house built onto the stage walls. The theatre was built with stone quarried from the hill and then painted. The decoration and columns were in marble. The stage, with it's crowning decoration, has largely been lost with the exception of some lateral elements. For seating there are white stone steps that were divided vertically into five sections by red marble (integrated with red-brick during restoration).

There were a series of three scenographic terraces built, the lowest is where the 15th century monistary is today, and, at the summit of the hill there is a temple where the Austrian barracks stands today. The views from the terraces is just breathtaking. A perfect spot to stop and take pictures.

Today you can see a variety of things inside the theatre from the ancient Roman times that include statues, vases and mosaics. Also, if you are visiting on the first Sunday of the month, there is no admission fee to get into the Roman theatre.

The Giardino Giusti (Giusti Garden)

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One of the many fountains inside the gardensThe entrance into the gardensMy little guy trying to find his way through the mazeThe whole garden was set up like a mazeA view of the gardensLooking into the fountain at the fishIn the back of the garden looking towards the frontThe view from the top of the garden walls in the back
One of the many fountains inside the gardens
One of the many fountains inside the gardens | Source
The entrance into the gardens
The entrance into the gardens | Source
My little guy trying to find his way through the maze
My little guy trying to find his way through the maze | Source
The whole garden was set up like a maze
The whole garden was set up like a maze | Source
A view of the gardens
A view of the gardens | Source
Looking into the fountain at the fish
Looking into the fountain at the fish | Source
In the back of the garden looking towards the front
In the back of the garden looking towards the front | Source
The view from the top of the garden walls in the back
The view from the top of the garden walls in the back | Source

The Giardino Giusti (Giusti Garden)

Planted in the XVI century by the Giusti family behind their Palace, utilizing the hill and it's sand stone, it became famous to such a degree that the family became "Giusti of The Garden".

The lower part of the garden is a typical Italian garden. Decorated with statues and fountains and one of the first hedge labyrinths. My kids could spend hours in the hedge maze just running around trying all the different areas. There are beautiful flowers and many fruit trees throughout the garden.

Down the center of the lower garden a path of cypress trees draws the eyes to to the higher "wilder" section, which rests on the hill. At the center there is a great Grottesque Manerist mask which spouted tongues of fire. Above this there is a "Belvedere" with a view over the city. To the side there are grottos designed to provide echoes and to enable voices to be heard from other parts of the garden and they add odd perspective effects.

Other Things to do in Verona

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The most amazing buildings I have ever seenThe walking only street in VeronaShopping is a MUSTGucci, need I say more???Open Air MarketsStop and eat outside at one of the many different resturantsAn Italian cheese pizzaMy all time favorite Italian dish, GnocchiWhat is lunch without a glass of coke?
The most amazing buildings I have ever seen
The most amazing buildings I have ever seen | Source
The walking only street in Verona
The walking only street in Verona | Source
Shopping is a MUST
Shopping is a MUST | Source
Gucci, need I say more???
Gucci, need I say more??? | Source
Open Air Markets
Open Air Markets | Source
Stop and eat outside at one of the many different resturants
Stop and eat outside at one of the many different resturants | Source
An Italian cheese pizza
An Italian cheese pizza | Source
My all time favorite Italian dish, Gnocchi
My all time favorite Italian dish, Gnocchi | Source
What is lunch without a glass of coke?
What is lunch without a glass of coke? | Source

Other things to do in Verona

There is so much more to do in Verona. You can spend a whole day walking around looking at the architecture of the buildings or going shopping at all the name brand stores. My favorite store of all time is the Disney Store they finished in 2011. I got an Italian Mickey Mouse coffee cup (that of course sits in my display cabinet and will probably never get used LOL).

There are open air markets all times of the year. My favorite time of year in Verona is right before Christmas when they have the Kriskindlemart going on. So many incredible hand made items!

There are places to eat around every corner. Most of them have sitting areas outside. It is great to sit in the fresh air and watch everyone going by. The Italian food is so good and so very different then what we American's eat. The pasta over there is, of course, my favorite but the Gnocchi is definitely my number one!

There are some really beautiful churches to include the Church of San Bernardino Da Siena, the Church of San Zeno, San Giorgio in Braida, and the Can Fermo Maggiore.

Like I said at the beginning, having just one day in Verona is not enough time to do and see everything there is. Verona is the city of love and I have to admit, I fell in love with Verona.

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A markerDisney Store -
Via Mazzini, 25, 37121 Verona Province of Verona, Italy
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B markerJuliet's Balcony -
Via Cappello, 23, 37121 Verona Province of Verona, Italy
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C markerGiusti Gardens -
Via Giardino Giusti, 2, 37129 Verona Province of Verona, Italy
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D markerRoman Theatre -
Teatro Romano, Via Regaste Redentore, 2, 37129 Verona Province of Verona, Italy
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E markerCastelvecchio -
Corso Castelvecchio, 2, 37121 Verona Province of Verona, Italy
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F markerPiazza Bra' (The Arena) -
Piazza Bra, 28, 37122 Verona Province of Verona, Italy
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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well there you go! When I finally do visit Europe I will be prepared thanks to this great hub. I appreciate the tour!


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Great tour of Verona! I agree with billy. This is a great article and so thorough and detailed. You really know the city. I have been to Italy but not Verona. My interest is now piqued and I definitely want to go there. Your article is a real inspiration. Thank you!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

billybuc - When you do finally visit Europe you will have to go to Verona!!! It's a magical city :) Thanks for the comment!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

suzettenaples - Verona was the city we would go to when we had nothing else planned for the day. We lived only 35 minutes away (or so) and every time we went we saw something new! Even just walking up and down the Adige River was amazing. So glad you found my article an inspiration :) Thank you for stopping by and the comment :)


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meloncauli 4 years ago from UK

Very useful hub. Have never been to Italy but have always wanted to go. Have heard its one of the most expensive European holidays. Enjoyed this article and voted up.


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

meloncauli - Yes, it is very expensive there. The worst part for us was paying for a hotel. In Italy you normally pay per person not per room like here in the US. Paying for 5 of us in Euro ended up costing us a lot. Maybe you will get there one day :) It is a beautiful country!!! Thanks for the comment and the votes!


Julia 4 years ago

I enjoy visiting Italy with you.


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krsharp05 4 years ago from 18th and Vine

What a gorgeous tour I just took! It sounds like the trip of a lifetime. Your details are so rich and the photos are such a nice addition. I love to say the Italian words out loud. Beautiful hub. -K


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Thanks Julia :)


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

krsharp05 - I Love speaking Italian too. It's such a beautiful language. Kind of hard to get the hang of those, I must admit! I'm glad you enjoyed your tour :) Thanks for stopping by and the comment :)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I'm sorry I missed Verona on my last trip to Italy. I'll check this hub again on my next trip there. Voting this Up and Useful. Shared.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I'm sorry I missed Verona on my last trip to Italy. I'll check this hub again on my next trip there. Voting this Up and Useful. Shared.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I would love to visit Verona Italy. I enjoyed your article. Beautiful city. Thank you


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

alocsin - Verona is a must see if you are going to be in the area. Lake Garda is right there too which is another must :) Thanks for the votes and sharing!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

always exploring - It is a beautiful city with so much to do and see :) I'm glad you enjoyed my hub! Thanks for the comment!!!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

I've not been to Verona, but your Hub makes me feel like I've just taken a mini vacation. You are a super tour guide! Thanks for transporting me to this wonderful Italian city. Loved the photos and map capsule. Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

lindacee - I'm glad you enjoyed your mini vacation through Verona! :) Thanks for all the votes and the comment :)


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Italy is a great place to visit, Cassylu. Went to Venice and Rome...missed Verona, and it sounds very much like the rest of Italy, full of history and culture. Thanks for this sharing!! I vote up and share too.


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

midget38 - Verona is a lot like the rest of Italy. It's beauty is in and out of the city. Next time you get to Italy you should check out Verona! Thanks for the comment and the votes and shares :)

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