Verona is a beautiful city in the Veneto region in the north of Italy. It is easily reachable by train from Bologna and Venice, and I suggest you do reach it…there is much to see in Verona.
From the train we walked into the city past one of the old entrances, Porta Nuova, built between 1533 and 1540.
It is an easy 10 minute walk from the station to the Piazza Bra where the most famous of Verona’s sites is found…the amazing Roman Amphitheatre. It was built in the 1st century and is the 3rd largest arena in Italy, holding up to 25,000 spectators. It is still used today for performances.
The next place we visited was the incredible Castelvecchio, the 14th century complex built as a residence and fortress with a bridge crossing the Aldige River.
We walked further along Corso Cavour and passed several impressive buildings.
Porta Borsari is a 3rd century (possibly earlier) gate in the original Roman walls, which no longer exist.
Piazza delle Erbe is the main piazza in Verona. It is filled with a market, which I think takes up far too much space and quite ruins the area, but it seems popular.
From the piazza, through the Arco dell Costa is another impressive area, Piazza dei Signori. It is dominated by the very stern Dante Alighieri.
There is a section of the original Roman road at one side of the piazza.
Verona is a great combination of old and new. There are sophisticated shops and restaurants and lots of beautiful things to see. Here are some random things I spotted on my wanderings.
In another post I will show you the very lovely church of St Anastasia and that balcony.