The first minutes of our tour are spent admiring Piazza Brà,the most important square in Verona with its many historical buildings, nice cafés and restaurants along the wide sidewalk called ‘Liston’. On this square you find a summary of our history, with the roman Arena: the amphitheatre was built in the first century after Christ – a few years before the roman Colosseum – using the marble from Verona’ quaries.
You will walk to Porta Borsari, one of the roman gates and then reach Piazza delle Erbe, our colourful market square, that carries you back to the Middle Ages, to the time of Dante, the poet who first mentioned the rival families of the Montagues and the Capulets. The Piazza dei Signori is the most elegant square of Verona, with the palaces and the gothic tombs of the Della Scala family members. Narrow alleys bring you to the roman Stone Bridge, and also the roman Theatre can easily be seen from here: both are jewels dating back to roman times and older than the Arena.
In ‘fair Verona’ (Shakespeare’s words…) you will walk by the houses of Romeo and Juliet, two buildings of the 13th century in which mighty families lived: did the famous love story ever take place? Sometimes history is more fascinating the the legend itself..! From here, you can walk back to Piazza Brà following Via Mazzini, the best shopping area in town with many important and well known boutiques lining both sides of the street.
DURATION: 2 hours (for extensions, please visit our Rates page) MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION: walking tour. SUITED FOR: groups, schools, families, individuals, visitors with reduced mobility* *Some parts of our tour have uneven surfaces and there are few steps along the way.
No entrance fee is foreseen.
BUS: check out www.amt.it for entrance fee to the city and parking fees. CAR: Parking Arena, Parking Cittadella, Parking Isolo, Parking Centro. All Parking areas are more or less a 10-15 minute walk from the Arena (Piazza Brà).
THIS TOUR IS AVAILABLE IN: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, Rumanian, Portuguese, Finnish, Turkish and Japanese. Ask for the language you are interested in.
TO COMPLETE YOUR DAY: Basilica of S. Zeno, Church of S. Anastasia, the Cathedral, Museum of Castelvecchio, Gallery of Modern Art, Verona in Roman times, Verona in the middle ages, Verona at the time of Venetian rule. FOR WHOEVER HAS AN EXTRA DAY: Lake Garda, Soave, Valpolicella, the Rice Road Tour.