Verona, founded over two thousand years ago, crossroad of many cultures: Celt settlement, mighty city during the roman empire; duchy of the Lombards und county during the Holy Roman Empire; an indipendent city-state in the Middle Ages, the most important city of the Della Scala family also chosen by Dante Alighieri, the famous poet, as his “home away from home”; vital under the Venetian Republic and focal point of the fortifications of the Habsburgs in northern Italy; nowadays world capital for opera performances. Are you ready? You will not forget this walk!
The first minutes of our tour are spent admiring Piazza Brà
,the most important square in Verona with its many historical buildings and many bars and restaurants along the wide sidewalk called ‘Liston’. On this square you find a summary of our history since at the same time you see the roman Arena
, the medieval city walls the ‘Gran Guardia Nuova’ completed during the austrian occupation. Look towards the Arena: the amphitheatre was built in the first century after Christ – a few years before the roman Colosseum – using a very precious building material: the marble from Verona. This same building material gave Verona the nickname of ‘urbs marmorina’ (the city built out of stone) at the time of the Scaligeri domination. You will walk to Porta Borsari
, one of the roman entrances to the city and then reach Piazza delle Erbe
, our market square filled with color, sound and inviting smells. You will be carried back to the Middle Ages, to the time of Dante Alighieri, the poet who wrote the ‘Divine Comedy’ in which the two rival families of the Montagues and the Capulets are mentioned. The tour through the old part of town continues so we move on to Piazza dei Signori
, a very elegant square of Verona, and to the 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 see the houses of both Romeo and Juliet
: two buildings from the XIVth century – in which mighty families lived – well kept even after more than 700 years. Did the famous love story take place? It is known throughout the world and the boundary between reality and imagination is slim so you will have to decide what to believe once you find yourself in the famed courtyard. We finish the tour here or we walk back to Piazza Brà following Via Mazzini
, the best known shopping area in town with many important and well known boutiques lining both sides of the street.
MAIN POINTS OF INTEREST
TYPE OF ITINERARY
MAXIMUM DURATION: 2,5 hours 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.
IN-DEPTH VISIT OF VERONA
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.
We reserve the right to slightly modify this itinerary if necessary. ASSOGUIDE is not responsible for changes in the opening hours of the various attractions. Check the exact tariff based on your specific requests at the TARIFFS
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