We start our tour in front of the Arena, masterwork of roman engineering and symbol of the city. Its history spans 2000 years: from roman times, when the gladiators fought for their lives, to the present use of the amphitheatre as an open air theatre for opera performances. A visit inside the Arena is a must! The past will envelop you… you will imagine being a roman citizen rooting for your favorite gladiator or bowing at the entrance of the emperor.
Let’s now walk along the Cardo and Decumano: at the meeting point of the two main roads of the roman city we find the Forum, today a lively market called Piazza delle Erbe. The temple dedicated to the Capitoline Triad was here, a building rarely seen outside Rome and the statue of Minerva, nowadays called Madonna Verona to be visible in the centre of the square, is proof of the existance of the temple. Now we stroll along the narrow streets and through the courtyards to observe the many still visible parts of roman Verona and this walk leads us to the Roman Stone Bridge: it is the oldest roman monument of Verona and the view towards the Roman Theatre, built well before the Arena, is awesome. This part of the city is magical: from the bridge you can look in all directions:the river, the hills, the colours of brick and stone blend together and leave you speechless. As we return towards the Arena you will discover other corners, mostly unknown to most visitors, such as Porta Iovia and Porta dei Leoni or the remains of the city walls of Emperor Gallieno.
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.
Entrance to the Arena.
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, Russian, Rumanian, Portuguese, Finnish, Turkish and Japanese. Ask for the language you are interested in.
TO COMPLETE YOUR DAY: the Roman Theatre, the Archeological Museum, the Museum of Excavations, the ruins of the roman villa in Piazza Nogara (advance reservation necessary). FOR WHOEVER HAS AN EXTRA DAY: Lake Garda, Soave, Valpolicella, the Rice Road Tour.