Admire the beautiful city of Verona, Unesco enlisted world heritage site, walking along its streets and piazzas with a private guide in a 2.30 hours tour.
Our licensed guide will take you on a journey through time, from the Romans to the Middle Age. From the Arena, the most famous amphitheater built more than 2000 years ago and still in use today for international opera performances and concerts, to the Tombe Scaligere, commemoration of the Scaliger family who ruled Verona in the 13th-14th century.
Immerse yourself in today’s life of this ancient city: visit Piazza delle Erbe, setting of many historic buildings, sculptures but also of a colorful market overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetable, and Piazza dei Signori, hub of the University crowd at night.
Verona is of course well known also for its Shakespeare associations, for the tragic love between Romeo and Juliet. End your tour by the famous balcony and read the wishes of the lovers who left a love note pinned to the wall of Juliet’s house. If you feel particular inspired and you are single, you can also declaim the famous “ O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo? “, he might be hiding in Verona.
Meet your guide in front of the equestrian statue of Vittorio Emanuele II in Piazza Bra.
The Arena, with its gigantic dimensions of 140 meters in length and 110 meters in width, dominates Piazza Bra and is the world's best preserved Roman amphitheater. Built in 1st century AD, thanks to its great acoustics, still provides hours of good music and entertainment with seating for 30000 people.
Castelvecchio and Scaligero Bridge
The famous castle is the most important military construction of the Scaliger dynasty that ruled the city in the Middle Ages. The castle is connected to the left bank of the Adige river by a fortified bridge, Ponte Scaligero, which had the largest supporting arch span in the world when completed in 1356.
This arch, built in white veronese marble and dedicated to the “Gavia”, an important Roman family, in the 1st century, used to stand in the middle of Corso Castelvecchio, connecting the city with the capital, Rome. The French dismantled it as it was considered a hindrance to traffic and dumped the pieces under the arches of the arena. It was reassembled where it now stands, piece by piece, in 1932.
The Forum, centre of city life during Roman times, was situated here. The Piazza delle Erbe has continued to fill this same role for centuries: meeting place, home to the market, and also home to the city's administration The centre of the square contains the monuments that symbolise the different rulers of Verona: the most famous is the fountain, built using a Roman statue during Scaligeri rule and later known as the "Madonna Verona". On the far side of the square are the 14th century Gardello Tower and the Baroque Palazzo Maffei. The courtyard of the Palazzo del Comune leads on to the Lamberti Tower with its suggestive panoramic views over the city.
These remarkable funerary tombs commemorate the Scaliger family who ruled Verona in 13th and 14th century. The most representative monument of the Gothic art, the tombs are placed within an enclosure of wrought iron grilles decorated with a stair motif, referring to the name of the della Scala family, meaning "of the stairs" in Italian.
Considered the magnificent and refined living room of Verona, this square is also called “Piazza Dante”, for the statue of Dante Alighieri you can see in the centre. Ringed by elegant Renaissance buildings (the Palazzo della Ragione, the Palazzo del Capitano and Palazzo del Governo, the Loggia del Consiglio and the Domus Nova) assumes still today political and administrative functions during the day but it is also the chosen location of the university crowd.
This is the reason why most of the tourists visit Verona, to visit and listen to one of the most romantic and tragic love story written by Shakespeare. This building, originally dating back to the 12th century, was owned for a long period by the Dal Cappello family, whose coat-of-arms is carved into the keystone of the courtyard inner archway. Identification of the name Cappello with that of Capuleti began the popular belief was inspiration for his famous play from a true story of family rivalry and of the eternal forbidden love.
The tour ends nearby Juliet’s Balcony. Our guide will also give you more tips about Verona to get the best out of this splendid city.
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