‘Veronetta’ starts from Ponte Pietra, the Roman stone bridge, the oldest monument in town with the roman Theatre, superbly positioned not far away on the banks of the river. This theatre was built on the slopes of a hill following the example of greek theatres and at the summit a temple completed the structure. Nowadays all we see is Castel San Pietro, the barracks built by the Austrians in the 19th century. A staircase hidden between the houses leads upwards to the top of the hill and here you can catch your breath by admiring the awesome view in front of you: your guide will help you recognize the outlay of the roman city and identify the bell towers, the churches, the most famous monuments of Verona which are spread out below you.
Narrow alleys lead us downhill, the atmosphere is perfect for the many legends and stories that we are told took place here and we soon reach a church worth visiting: San Giovanni in Valle, well known for its beautiful cloister. Close to it, the church of Santa Maria in Organo is one of the oldest Benedictine monasteries in Verona. It is famous not only for the series of frescoes by Veronese painters of the late 15th-early 16th century, but mainly for the outstanding choir and vestry cupboards with their inlaid wood panels designed and carved by Fra Giovanni da Verona.
Only the very wealthy patrons of the church could afford to pay for this type of decoration and one of the best known families still lives around the corner in a palace with a beautiful garden.
The Giusti Garden was mainly laid out in the late 16th century and is one of the most famous Italian Renaissance gardens. The century old cypress trees, the fountains and the grottoes, amazed famous guests over the centuries, such as Mozart, who visited it in the late 18th century, after helding a concert using the great baroque organ in S. Tomaso church, just few steps away from here…
DURATION: 2 hours (for extensions, please visit our Rates page)
MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION: walking tour.
SUITED FOR: groups, families, individuals.
Entrance at Giardino Giusti and contribution to a few churches.
TOURIST BUSSES: 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, Portuguese, Finnish 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 and the Della Scala family, Verona in Roman times, the Venetian domination.
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.
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