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VISITING VERONA

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The essentials…….

 
1. Arena di Verona in Piazza Brà (2,00 km – 20 minutes by foot): situated in piazza Bra’, the amphitheatre of Verona was built in the first half of the 1st century A.D. After the Colosseum and the Capuan amphitheatre, the Arena is the third largest of its kind in Italy. Its elliptical shape enhances the acoustic quality of the performances and also allows seatingspace for thousand of spectators, expecially during the Opera Festival in summer.
 
2. Casa di Giulietta (2,5 km – 27 minutes by foot): As testified by the coat of arms on the internal arch-way of the court-yard, this house belonged to the “Dal Cappello” or “Cappelletti” family. The building, dating back to the 13th and renovated in the last century, features the balcony where Romeo promised his beloved Juliet eternal love in Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. Young couples are still very moved by the right of this house and unmarried people touch Juliet’s statue (a kind of good-luck ritual) in the hope of finding the love of their life.The interior of the house can be visited and you can stand on Juliet’s balcony.
 
3. Porta Leoni (2,6 km – 27 minutes by foot): this gate is one of the Verona’s oldest Roman remains as it bears an important inscription dating back to 49 A.D. The inscription therefore testifies to the very birth of the Roman city. The archaeological site nearby reveals the foundations of the look-out towers, remains of the walls and of the original paving-stones of the Roman road.
 
4. Piazza Erbe (2,4 km – 28 minutes by foot): Piazza delle Erbe has always played a central role in the life of Verona. Nowadays, it's a lively outdoor marketplace, with a small 14th-century fountain at its centre. In days gone by, this area was the actual site of the Roman Forum and the place where citizens went to watch chariot racing, literally in their thousands.

5. Torre dei Lamberti (2,4 km – 28 minutes by foot): Piazza Erbe is dominated by the tallest of Verona’s towers, the Torre dei Lamberti, built by the powerful Lamberti Family in 1172. It belongs to a whole group of towers which rose next to the Palazzo del Comune. It is 84 metres high and hosts two famous bells, the Rengo and the Marangona, which kept time and regulated city life. The view of the city from this tower is spectacular (visitors can go up by stair-way and lift)

6. Piazza dei Signori (2,5 km – 28 minutes by foot): in what is known as Verona’s “drawing-room” (Piazza Dante for the Veronese) stand Dante’s
meditative statue. The buildings which surround it are the Administrative Headquarters of the Province and the Prefecture and were initially Cangrande’s residence, built in the 14th century. It is here that Dante found refuge. Dante repaid his noble host’s generosity by including the Lord of Verona as one of the characters in Heaven in his “Divine Commedy”. 
 
7. Arche Scaligere (2,7 km – 29 minues by foot): suggestive funerary monuments of the Della Scala Family whose members seem to “joust” on
the top of their tombs. These magnificent pieces of fine gothic sculpture, bristling with pinnacles, contain the bodies of Cangrande I, Mastino II and Cansignorio, all represented in stone on horse-back on the top of each tomb.
 
8. Chiesa di Santa Anastasia (2,9 km – 30 minutes by foot): Verona's largest church was the creation of Dominican monks back in the 13th century. It took almost 200 years to complete. The exterior is in poor condition in parts, although the double wooden doors can't fail to impress. The interior of the Chiesa di Sant Anastasia has been somewhat better preserved, with some good examples of Gothic architecture on show.

9. Duomo di Verona (3,0 km – 31 minuti by foot): dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, Verona's Gothic-Romanesque cathedral is one of the city's most noteworthy attractions and is made up of a number of different buildings, including the library, cloister and bishops' house. The fine double-arched doorway to the cathedral makes for a particularly splendid entrance into the church.
 
10. Ponte Pietra (4,00 km – 35 minutes by foot): the bridge was built over a natural ford in the river, originally in wood, and later in white and pink stone. The original roman arches can still be seen from the left bank of the Adige, as can the remnants of the Roman wall which contained the river. The bridge collapsed several times over the ages and was rebuilt in the style of the times.
 
11. Teatro Romano (4,2 km – 36 minutes by foot): this theatre, built as it is against the hill-side and erected towards the end of the 1st century B.C., must have been simply breathtaking sight in Roman times. Thanks to the traces which gradually rise along the hill-side, the visitor is offered a splendid view of the city: on your way up you’ll encounter altars, inscriptions dedicated to the gods, marble decorations and beautiful mosaics.
 
12. Castel San Pietro (4,0 km – 39 minutes by foot): it is  in this strategic point that Verona was founded. This green hill, crowned by cypresses, is home to the remains of the first settlements dating back to the 7th century B.C. From this magnificent vantage-point, visitors can enjoy the view of the whole city spreading out, with its network of Roman Roads, its walls, tall towers and steeples and part of the Arena and the Scaligeri Bridge.
At the top of the hill stands the Austrian Fortress erected in the 19th century and which can be reached by a stair-way near the Roman Theatre. 
 
13. Porta Borsari (2,3 km – 23 minutes by foot): in Roman times, if you went along the via Postumia, you would have had to enter the city of Verona through Porta Borsari. It used to be called Porta Jovia in the days of the empire, because of the nearly temple dedicated to Jupiter Lustralis and was later named Porta Borsarii because the so-called Bursari taxed travellers entering and leaving the city.
Porta Borsari was, in fact, a fort with look-out towers, an internal court-yard and a garrison of soldiers but today only the façade is visible.
 
14. Arco dei Gavi (2,2 km – 17 minutes by foot): this arch, built in white veronese marble and dedicated to the “Gavia”, an important Roman Family, used to stand in the middle of Corso Castelvecchio. The French dismantled it as it was considered a hindrance to traffic and dumped the pieces under the arches of the Arena. It was reassembled where it now stands, piece by piece, in 1932.
 
15. Castelvecchio (2,1 km – 17 minutes by foot): the great and most spectacular medieval edifice in Verona. It was constructed on the banks of the river Adige by Cangrande II della Scala in 1354 in order to defend Verona’s inhabitants and also to have a possible escape-route northwards where his Austrian relatives lived
 
16. Ponte Scaligero (2,5 km – 19 minutes by foot): with its creuellated, red-brick walls and soaring arches, the Scaligeri Bridge is assymetrical and slopes down towards the Adige’s left bank, so as to facilitate a quick “getaway” to the country-side.
 
17. Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore (3,1 km – 18 minutes by foot): this splendid attraction is dedicated to the patron saint of Verona, Saint Zeno. Indeed, his ashes are thought to be preserved within the basilica. As a good example of Romanesque architecture, the building excels. The basilica features a large rose window, which is popularly known as the 'wheel of fortune'. It also has some particularly fine bronze doors, which are best viewed from the church's interior, as well as the Mantegna Triptych which depicts the 'Madonna on the throne among the Saints'.

 
but not to be forgot…….
 
18. Tomba di Giulietta (2,7 km – 25 minutes by foot): in a small, dark crypt beneath the farmer convent of San Francesco al Corso you will find a red sarcophagus in which Juliet is said to have been buried. This spot, linked to the tragic story of the two lovers, is indeed hightly suggestive. 

19. Casa di Romeo (2,7 km – 30 minutes by foot):  it is an authentic medieval structure with crenellated walls and a gothic portal which belonged to the Cagnolo – Nogarola family. The house can not be visited, but a nearly restaurant encloses some of the house’s rooms, said to have been occupied by the Montecchi. 

20. Cimitero Monumentale (2,7 km – 29 minutes by foot): along the Adige river, opposite the Ponte Aleardi, stands Giuseppe Barbieri's neoclassical entrance to the Monumental Cemetery.
 
21. Chiesa di San Fermo (2,9 km – 27 minutes  by foot): a delighful blend of different architectural styles makes this churc one of the mmost important buildings in Verona. Benedectine friars built the church in 1065 on the site where Saint Fermo adn Saint Rustico were martyred. From 1260 the Monastery of San Fermo was the home of the Grey Friars and they made radical changes to it, trasforming the original Romanesque architecture into Gothic. Traces of these changes, which manly affected the elaborate series of apses, have been visible to the naked eye. Only lower church perserves the layout of the original construction.  
 
22. Giardino Giusti (3,4 km – 36 minutes by foot): in front of Giusti's palace, it is one of Italy's most elegant gardens, costituting an important example of Renaissance garden design. Designed in 1580, it is a carefully balance of artifice and nature. The forma lower garden, with its geometrical boxwood hedges, contrasts with the upper one, which is "wilder".The two level are connected by a stone terrace.Its famous cypress-lined lane was to enchant Goethe, when he visited Count Giusti in 1787.
 
23. Chiesa di San Giorgio in Braida (3,3 km – 35 minutes by foot): standing proudly on the banks of the River Adige, Verona's Church of San Giorgio in Braida boasts a rich and varied history. Originally a Benedictine monastery back in the 11th century, the church was handed over to Venetian friars some 400 years later. The building that can be seen today was rebuilt by the famous architect of his time, Sanmicheli, and includes an impressive dome, marble-dressed facade and a bell tower. Inside, this attraction is home to some rather remarkable 16th-century examples of Venetian artists' work. The best-known hangs above the main altar - Veronese's 'Martyrdom of St. George'.