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"Verona - what you really should see" Top 5 Page for this destination Italy Things to Do Tip by iandsmith

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  The white marble of the Porta Nova gate
by iandsmith

In a town full of attractions, the first thing that hits you are the gateways, five in all from the 16th century that are entry points through the well -preserved 12th and 13th century walls, those about which Romeo lamented, "There is no world without Verona walls.".
The arena, 3rd largest from Roman times and 2nd largest remaining, is being refurbished although concerts have been held in it for years. Originally designed to hold around 22,000 it is better preserved than any other.
Then there is Castelvecchio, an impressive 14th century edifice that houses one of Italy's finest art galleries, so displayed to draw attention not only to the collection but to the striking views of the castle while an outside walkway has vantage points over the mediaeval Ponte Scaligero and the river Adige.
The Giardino Giusti should be another location on your list. These standout Renaissance gardens were laid out in 1580 and in the 17th century were rated by some as the finest garden in Europe.
The Piazza Erbe, now relieved of its temporary stalls and spruced up by the town fathers has a fountain in the middle whose statue dates from Roman times. The Palazzo Maffei at the northern end and the Casa dei Mercanti on the west are the most notable buildings apart from the nearly 84-metre high Lamberti Tower, from the top of which you can see the Dolomites, always assuming the pollution permits of course!
Next you might want ot look at San Zeno Maggiore (1123-1135) one of the finest examples of a Romanesque church anywhere, notable for its alternate layers of pink brick and white tufa, not to mention the 48 bronze door panels, some dating from 1038, and the bell tower which was started in 1045 and rises to 72 metres.
Whatever you choose, my advice is avoid Juliet and see all the real attractions that Verona has to offer.

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  • Updated Jun 15, 2003
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