Verona is a city straddling the Adige river in Veneto, northern Italy, with approximately 265,000 inhabitants and one of the seven chef-lieus of the region. It is the second largest city municipality in the region and the third of northeast Italy. The metropolitan area of Verona covers an area of 1,426 km2 and has a population of 714,274 inhabitants. It is one of the main tourist destinations in northern Italy, owing to its artistic heritage, several annual fairs, shows, and operas, such as the lyrical season in the Arena, the ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans.
Verona has a humid subtropical climate characteristic of Northern Italy's inland plains, with hot summers and cool, humid winters, even though Lake Garda's quasi-Mediterranean climate has a partial influence on the city. The relative humidity is high throughout the year, especially in winter when it causes fog, mainly from dusk until late morning, although the phenomenon has become increasingly less frequent in recent years.
Because of the value and importance of its many historical buildings, Verona has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Verona preserved many ancient Roman monuments, no longer in use, in the early Middle Ages, but much of this and much of its early medieval edifices were destroyed or heavily damaged by the earthquake of 3 January 1117, which led to a massive Romanesque rebuilding. The Carolingian period Versus de Verona contains an important description of Verona in the early medieval era.
Top Sights and Attractions in Verona
I've listed these Verona attractions in the order I recommend for a visit, but you can also do it in reverse starting in Piazza Bra. To save money on tickets to attractions and museums, buy a Verona Card.
• Piazza delle Erbe: Piazza delle Erbe is a good place to start a visit to Verona. Originally the Roman Forum, the rectangular piazza is in the heart of Verona's historic center and is surrounded by beautiful medieval buildings and towers.
• Piazza dei Signori: From Piazza delle Erbe walk through Arco della Costa, an arch with a whale rib hanging from it, into Piazza dei Signori, a small square surrounded by monumental buildings.
• Lamberti Tower: Lamberti Tower, Torre dei Lamberti, is a good place to get an overview of Verona. Climb the stairs to the top (or pay an extra euro to take the elevator most of the way) and you'll have fantastic views of the city and beyond.
• Juliet's House, Balcony, and Statue: Verona's most popular site is the balcony said to be Juliet's in Romeo and Juliet. The house said to be Juliet's house is in a courtyard off Via Capello.
• Roman Theater and Archeological Museum: The 1st century Roman theater and archeological museum are reached by crossing the river on the picturesque stone bridge, Ponte Pietra.
• Duomo di Verona - the Cathedral Complex: The Romanesque Cathedral or Duomo of Verona is a complex of buildings that includes a 12th century Baptistery, the Canons Cloister, and Saint Elena Church and remains of a 4th century paleo-Christian basilica.
• Roman Arena: Verona's Roman Arena is the third largest in Italy (after the Roman Colosseum and the arena in Capua). Built in the 1st century, the arena holds up to 25,000 spectators.