Verona, the second largest city of the Veneto Region after Venice, has one of the nicest medieval centers in Italy. It's centered around the Piazza delle Erbe, once the city's Roman forum and still sporting nicely preserved frescoes on the façades of the surrounding houses.
Verona is the setting of three Shakespeare works: Romeo and Juliet; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; and The Taming of the Shrew. The Roman arena is a place where you can see these plays and other events.
Tourists especially like to visit Juliet's balcony (rubbing the right breast of Juliet's statue, located in the foliage below the balcony, is a popular activity, especially for those wishing to get married). The popularity of this activity causes palpitations among Verona's leadership; they're frantically looking for ways to make money from all the gawkers and may come up with a way to separate you from a few Euros for a gander at yonder balcony.
The Piazza delle Erbe has a tower called the Torre di Lanberti which you can climb to get great views down into the piazza and spreading out to include all of medieval Verona, like this.
Below is the map showing the main attractions in this part of Verona.
Map of Verona's Historic Center
Hold your mouse over the markers to identify them on the map. Zoom the map using the controls on the left to see the attractions in more detail.
Verona Travel Tips
Clock tower, Piazza Delle Erbe
Verona has a train station which is about a 20 minute walk from walls of the historic center (the area around Piazza Bra and the Roman Arena). Verona is on the Torino to Trieste Line. See a Rail Map of Italy.
To check the weather and historic climate for Verona, see our Verona Weather and Climate Charts.
Arena di Verona Opera Performances
Recommended Places to Stay
Best Western Hotel Armando - Quiet location, recently remodeled, near the Arena. Modern decor and free internet. Adjacent restaurant, Al Bersagliere is excellent.
Relais De Charme Il Sogno Di Giulietta - Great user ratings make this one the Lux choice for romantics wanting to be near the vibes of Casa Giulietta.
Another highly-rated luxury establishment is the Hotel Gabbia d'Oro in the old town.
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For those who may want to stay longer in Verona or nearby in the Veneto countryside, renting a large villa or an apartment in town might just fit the bill. HomeAway lists over 350 user-rated Verona Vacation Rentals in its catalog.
Verona's Top Attractions
Piazza delle Erbe - Verona's fruit and vegetable market is now dedicated to mostly useless tourist trinkets, the the square is still magnificent. Take a walk (or the lift!) of to the top of the Lamberti tower to get an overall perspective on medieval Verona.
Casa di Giulietta - go ahead and rub the right bronze breast of Giulietta for luck in love if you're so inclined. The courtyard, where you'll see the Juliet's statue and the famed balcony is free. Going into the house costs.
Verona Arena - Roman era Arena in which modern performances are still held. See above for how to get tickets. You can also visit inside the arena, best done with a Verona Card, since €6 is a bit steep for what you'll see. Get your Verona Card at the Arena ticket office and start from there. You'll pay €10 for a day of free museums and local buses, €15 for three days.
Verona Castle - Very interesting place to walk around in. Museum has a ton of religious art, which can get tedious after a while, but entrance allows you to walk the ramparts.
Verona Duomo - Visit the ornate romanesque church, then go slightly below ground to take in the earlier "pagan" temple. You'll have to pay to get in unless you have the Verona Card.
Take a look around Verona. It's Romantic. Especially when you add music: Romantic Verona Video