The city is often known outside Italy for the Romeo and Juliet tragedy written by Shakespeare, but there is so much more to this beautiful city. Verona and its urban centre are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city is a museum in the open air where you can find remains from the Roman, Scaligeri, Republica di Venezia, Napoleon, Asburgic emperor, and fascist periods. A full guide to the city, itinerary and guided tours can be found on VERONA GUIDE. Here some of the monuments you shouldn’t miss:
Porta Borsari and Porta Leoni – these were the two gateways of the city in the Roman period, during Gallieno's reign. The Arena – probably the most well preserved Roman amphitheatre. Every year there are concerts, important performances, and the famous lyric, or opera season. The accommodations near the area are the Romeo apartment, the one with the most striking view,Ca Vendramin, housed in a 14th century palace in a very quiet area, and the Casa Arena apartment, the best choice if you are on a budget but like the comfort of being just 20 metres from the Arena. Ponte Pietra – this is the only intact Roman bridge of the city. Destroyed during the Second World War, the bridge was rebuilt with the original materials. Passing by the Ponte Pietra towards the Roman theatre you will find the Dolce Vita apartment; this is one of the most romantic areas of Verona. Roman Theatre – is from the first century A.C, and the same period as the Arena. During the summer it is the venue of many concerts and the "estate teatrale veronese". Arco dei Gavi – this was probably a Roman gateway where the Postumia road passed through. Piazza Erbe – in the past, this was the Roman forum, the centre of life at that time. Now in many parts of the piazza, and in particular next to the Porta Leoni, you can see the underground Roman ruins of the old town. Here you will also find delle Erbe B&B, situated in an elegant, historical palace, and inside the most elegant area of the centre.
Basilica of San Zeno – this is one of the oldest churches of Verona, and considered to be one of the best monuments of romantic architecture in Italy. Duomo – the main church. It was built on the ruins of two Paleochristian churches during the 12th century, following a major earthquake that hit and destroyed a great part of Verona.
Piazza Erbe – many of historical buildings, palaces, frescos, and monuments in the square come from this period. Piazza dei Signori and cortile del Mercato vecchio – here you will find the Palazzo del Podestà, Dante Alighieri's statue, the Loggia del Consiglio, the old Palazzo del Comune, or town hall, with the Lamberti Tower, the highest and biggest of the historical centre at 83 metres, and from where you can enjoy a fascinating panorama. Torre del Gardello –this is one of the most well preserved towers of the city. Scaligeri Graves – this funeral monument in a gothic style contains the grave of Cangrande della Scala. This is a very picturesque area, especially around the delle Erbe B&B, the most luxurious and elegant property of the centre. Castelvecchio – was built by Cangrande II della Scala as a defence to protect against the uprising of the towns citizens. Today it is a museum, the Museo Civico, the most important museum of the city. The municipal walls – the exact age of these walls is not known as they have been modified and rebuilt many times throughout history, but it is thought they are from the 12th century, and the more visible parts from Scaligeri period.
Michele Sanmicheli, one of the most important architects of Verona, is a name associated with this period. He gave the city a strong impression and style though its architecture and inspired many buildings during his life. Porta Nuova – the gateway that leads you to the Piazza Bra, home of the Arena. The closest accommodation to this point is Elsa B&B, a compact, romantic, and sweet attic apartment. Porta Palio – this gateway leads you in Corso Cavour, one of the most elegant and beautiful streets of the centre. Porta San Zeno – a gateway near to the San Zeno church. There are also many famous palaces such as Palazzo Maffei in the Piazza Erbe, Palazzo Canossa in Corso Cavour, Palazzo Bevilacqua and Palazzo Pompei.
Arsenale– the site of the old warehouse and stables of the Austrian emperor, there are also many other buildings of this period. San Pietro Castle – an Austrian barrack, from here you can enjoy one of the best views of the city. You can reach the castle on foot, passing by the stone bridge and the steps near the Roman theatre. Gran Guardia palace – this is a masterpiece entrusted to the engineer Giuseppe Barbieri during the Venetian period, but the work on the building started during the Asburic period. Now it is an important venue for exhibitions and events. The Romeo apartment is situated behind this building. Barbieri palace – the site of the town hall, built in a neoclassical style by the engineer Barbieri. The small square to the side, Piazzetta Municipio, is where you will find the Arena apartment.