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Weekend Breaks to Verona

Planning a short break to Verona? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Verona. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Verona. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

La Casa di Giulietta

It’s believed that the house at No. 23 Via Cappello, was the home of the Capulets, the powerful Veronese family that Juliet belonged to. This thirteenth century building with its elegant balcony, with Juliet’s famous statue in the courtyard it is a must for all visitors in Venice.

Since 1905, the house has been property of the state and offers temporary art exhibitions, but the real attraction here is to capture a photo with the bronze statue of Juliet and become part of the tradition that calls for visitors to rub the right breast of the statue as they pass by.

La Casa di Romeo

This fourteenth century mediaeval building is identified with the House of the Montagues, Romeo’s family. Located via Arche Scaligeri, the main façades looks out onto an internal courtyard, adorned with arcades and passageways. Although, no visitors are allowed into this building you will be content taking a few photos of its exteriors and reading the plaques on the outer wall. Once there, you might want to enjoy dining at Osteria dal Duca, which has a very good, atmospheric and affordable dinning.

Castelvecchio

Built in the fourteenth century, by orders of Cangrande II della Scala, this castle stands beside the Adige River near the Ponte Scaligero. The design was conceived by the della Scala family as a defense against both outside invasions and popular rebellion. Since 1925, the castle was turned into an art museum, displaying masterpieces of Venetian painters and works of gold. You will find sculptures, relics and epigraphs from the 14th and 15th century on the ground floor and statues and paintings from the 15th to the 18th century on the upper floor.

Please notice that the museum is closed on Mondays. Guided tours are available and entrance is free on the first Sunday of each month, otherwise the entrance has a cost of 3.10 €.

Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

This beautiful Romanesque church was build between the 9th and 12th centuries. The bell tower, cloister, and the tower of the ancient abbey creates a magnificent structure. It also has a resplendent entrance and you don’t want to miss the stunning doors with nearly 50 panels of bronze. In the interiors, a very classical figure showing an enthrone Madonna with her Child and saints surrounding them. You will also find inside the church, a triptych by the famous painter, Andrea Montegna.

Arena di Verona

This Roman amphitheater was constructed in the first half of the first century AD outside the city walls, but later, in the third century the walls were extended to include this arena. It represents one of the greatest and most prestigious archaeological monuments in Europe and still today is very well preserved. For centuries it has been an important venue for entertainment, from gladiators fights to nightly games. Nowadays, theatrical performances are the main attraction. The annual summer opera festival, held during July and August, features names such as Placido Domingo, Jose Carraras and Franco Zeffirelli among others.

The Arena di Verona seats 20,000 but if you are interest in attending an event here, you must book in advance. For more information on the season program and for reservations, visit: www.arena-verona.com

Duomo

Located in Piazza del Duomo, the cathedral was built in the 12th century but was not completed until the 17th century. It has a mixture of Romanesque façade and gothic elements and its stellar work is the Titian's Assumption located at the 1st chapel. There is much to see here. You don’t want to miss the rood screen in front of the presbytery, with Ionic pillars, designed by Samicheli.

During the months of March to October the Duomo is open till 6pm and off season till 4pm. Entrance fee is 2€.

Piazza dei Signori

This Medieval and Renaissance square represents the most important place in the city. It is the political and social heart of Verona. The whole area is filled with magnificent buildings and fascinating history. Here you can find the Palazzo del Comune, the Palazzo della Prefettura, the Palazzo del Capitanio, the Loggia del Consiglio and the Domus Nova. After visiting and taking photos, take a short walk to Piazza Biade and Piazzetta Palladio, also filled with an interesting atmosphere.

Giardino Giusti

To enjoy a nice and relaxing atmosphere, head to famous gardens of Giardino Giusti. Many tourist come to admire the beauty of this fourteenth century garden designed by Agostino Giusti, kings, emperors and even Mozart have been here. Filled with statues, fountains, avenues of cypresses and a maze, its small size and complicated pattern make it one of the most unusual gardens in Europe. During your visit, you can climb up to the “monster balcony” for an exceptional view of the city.

Piazza delle Erbe

If you like markets, you definitely will want to visit this square. Once a Roman Forum, Piazza delle Erbe has many historical buildings with architecturally fascinating as well as a lively market in the center of the square. Surrounded by colorful fruits, vegetables and aromatic herbs, as well as collectible articles, this central point of the city also offers lots of pubs where you can relax and just have fun after a long day of tourism.

Il Carnevale di Verona

The spectacular carnival of Verona has now existed for over more than 470 years. After a terrible plague, which resulted in an increase in the price of flour, a local nobleman: Tommaso Da Vico, celebrated the end of the period of death and starvation by offering a plate of gnocchio (made of potatoes and flour) to the people of the city.

The festivity is held on the last Friday before Lent and it takes place mainly in Piazza San Zeno but it extends to other quarters of the city. It includes a grand parade of masks, a historical regatta on the river Adige and the distribution of the local dish.

For more information on this event, visit: www.ducatosantostefano.it

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