This tour starts with a bus tour in order to have a look at the venetian city walls, with the three imposing Reinassance gates: Porta Nuova, Porta Palio and Porta San Zeno. As we cross the medieval bridge of Castelvecchio we will fill you in on the history leading to the year 1405 when Verona became part of the Venetian Republic and walking along Corso Cavour you will admire some of the most impressive examples of Renaissance and baroque architecture in town: Palazzo Canossa and Bevilacqua, Palazzo Carlotti, and many others.
Once we reach Piazza Erbe we could admire the colorful and lively market and the gorgeous Renaissance and baroque buildings surrounding it, as Palazzo Maffei. Verona in the venetian times was called ‘urbs picta’, the painted city and here you will understand why: many façades still are conspicuous thanks to their frescoes depicting religious or mythological scenes. The Mazzanti’s house is surely the best example of the wealth spent by the various families for this lavish decoration. Next to it, another square: Piazza dei Signori, political and administrative center of the city. Many buildings of different ages are to be seen and one in particular: the Loggia del Consiglio, built at the end of the 15th century, a perfect example of Renaissance architecture. Many narrow streets lead us to the Cathedral of Verona, transformed in Venetian times into one of the most beautiful symbols of ‘painted’ Verona. The interior is rich in paintings by local and foreign masters and the architecture blends with the frescoes. Finally we head towards Piazza Brà, a square born under the rule of Venice, and nowadays the biggest square of Verona.
DURATION: 2 hours (for extensions, please visit our Rates page)
MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION: the bus or car of the clients is necessary for this tour. The first part of the tour is by bus, after about 20 minutes we start our walking tour which ends in Piazza Brà.
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. Only steps reach parts of the Cathedral.
Entrance to the Cathedral.
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, Portuguese, Finnish and Japanese. Ask for the language you are interested in.
TO COMPLETE YOUR DAY: Basilica of S. Zeno, Church of S. Anastasia, Church of Santa Maria in Organo, Museum of Castelvecchio, 'Painted Verona'. FOR WHOEVER HAS AN EXTRA DAY: Verona, Lake Garda, Soave, Valpolicella, the Rice Road Tour.