A perfect blend of Romanesque architecture, gorgeous Italian gardens, brilliant work of art, mystical music shows and a touch of magic from fictional tales of Romeo and Juliet; this city easily suffices your thirst for beauty and charm. Verona is the most visited tourist destination in the entire of northern Italy.
The Gothic rule started when Ostrogoths conquered the city in 489. It is said that Verona derives its name from Theodoric the great, who had built a majestic castle in the city. It remained under Gothicrule until they surrendered and the city was taken over by Lombards. In 1797 Verona was acquired by Napoleon who put an end on Venetian Republic and made Verona an Austrian Territory. With the commencement of the 6 week long war Verona became a part of Italy.
There are many monumental buildings and places to visit in Verona, as a result of which, it was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Most of these buildings date back to early medieval ages, destroyed by the earthquake in 1117 and restored to their present state. Most of these buildings are built in white marble and red brick – most popular in renaissances period.
The city houses some of the most prominent churches like the St. Anastasia- a great example of Gothic style architecture, San Zeno- Portrays fine Romanesque architecture, the cathedral- central structure of Verona, Church of San Fermo- To pay respect to the martyrs and many more. All these churches showcase exquisite art work from over centuries in the form of frescos, arches, paintings, lunettes, statues and the whole structure altogether.
To know more about the history of Verona and get closer to the lives of ancient Veronese one can visit the museums that range from African museum, Natural history museum, Castlevechhoi museum, museum of opera etc. The Castlevechhoi museum remains the most renowned of them all with the 13th century castle turned museum very close to Adige River.
Verona holidays have something for every kind of traveller. It doesn’t not disappoint any one- with the ever so romantic gardens to the shopping streets displaying latest trend, from medieval villages and mills to fictional sites like Juliet’s home, from most classy winery to rustic cheese making dairy.
Most of these monuments have an entry fee which range from EUR 2 to EUR 7 (or more in case of events) the same can be avoided by buying a Verona card. It is available in 2 variations- 5 euro for 24 hours and 20 euro for 72hours. The Verona card can be used for entry in following attractions:
- Roman Arena
- Lamberti Tower (extra one euro charge for elevator)
- Juliet's House (there's no charge to see the famous balcony)
- Juliet's Tomb and Fresco Museum
- Roman Theatre and Archaeology Museum
- Castelvecchio - Castle and Museum
- Cathedral (Duomo) Complex
- Church of Santa Anastasia
- Church of San Fermo
- Church of San Zeno
- Lapidary Museum
- Natural History Museum
- Radio Museum
In addition to the above it offers free transport services on ATV buses throughout the city and discounted ticket prices for various events happening around.