Verona - what to visit

Churches

Cathedral of Verona: Piazza Duomo, 21. Verona Cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta is the result of a number of parts that over the centuries were modifying the original church. The Cathedral is actually a complex of buildings: the church of San Juan and Santa Elena, the cloister of the canons, the Chapter Library, the square and the episcopate. It is believed that the first building was on the site now occupied by the church of Santa Elena about 380 and it soon became meager and added more buildings that were damaged by several earthquakes. The interior dates from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries as the construction of the side chapels and the choir. An extensive restoration was completed in 2002. Open from March to October from 10 to 17:30 Tuesday to Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 13.30 to 17.30h. From November to February 10 to 16h from Monday to Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 13:30 to 16h.

Church of Santa Anastasia: Via Don Bassi, 2. The church of Santa Anastasia is a good example of Italian Gothic style. Its construction dates back to the year end 1290 and is due to Theodoric, king of the Ostrogoths, the start of construction in 1261. It is located in the place where it ended Postumia Way of the Romans and is the largest church in Verona. It consists of three naves supported by twelve columns made stunning red Verona marble. The Pellegrini chapel is the famous fresco by Pisanello "San Jorge freeing the dragon princess" among other works of decorative art and magnificent architecture. November to February Open Tuesday to Friday from 13:30 to 17h, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 13 to 17h, from March to October from Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 18pm, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 13 to 18h.
Basilica of San Zeno: Piazza San Zeno, 2. The Basilica of San Zeno is for many the most beautiful church in Italy. The center consists of architectural church and monastery are built on an ancient Roman cemetery where the remains of Zeno, eighth bishop of Verona and of African origin. The origin is remote but due to intense cult that people had about the Frankish king Pepin Zeno decided to expand the church in 805, at a ceremony presided over by the king were transferred the remains of the holy bishop and his relics. After its destruction by the Hungarians the basilica was rebuilt by Emperor Otton and was the scene later episcopal consecration of St. Adalbert. Like many buildings in the region suffered severe damage and remodeling due to successive earthquakes. It is a majestic church, rich chromaticism, quality materials and perfect architectural lines. Open from March to October from 10 to 17:30 Tuesday to Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 13.30 to 17.30h. From November to February 10 to 16h from Monday to Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 13:30 to 16h.
Church of San Fermo Piccolo: Stradone San Fermo. This church is located on the River Adige in the place where the Saints Fermo and Rustico were martyred and V. century In 755 the bishop of Verona, San Antonio, buy relics paying its weight in gold and placed on the altar. Around 1100, the Benedictines built two churches, a lower or crypt to house the relics acquired by San Antonio and superior to religious celebrations. Over the years other buildings were added, the building we see today dates from 1350 and the relics were carried upstairs to preserve them from flooding. This church is a grand alliance of Roman and Gothic style, architectural features, sculptures, frescoes, reliefs and countless riches that make it worthy of a visit carefully. Open from March to October from 10 to 17:30 Tuesday to Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 13.30 to 17.30h. From November to February 10 to 16h from Monday to Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 13:30 to 16h.

Free admission for children under 11 years, single income € 2.50 for each church, € 6.00 full itinerary to visit all the churches protected by the association of churches of Verona and reduced price € 5.00 (students, tourist ticket Veronacard, etc.)

Squares

Piazza delle Erbe: built on the site of the ancient Roman forum, has magnificent architectural works and is surrounded by palaces and stately homes.
Piazza dei Signori: elegant, to your left is the Loggia del Consiglio, the Renaissance and to the right the Palazzo Comunale or Palazzo della Regione built in the twelfth century, an arc joining it to the Court and the Palazzo Palazzo del Governo background dating XIII century.
Piazza Bra: ancient place of trade in livestock, the Arena, the bar, the Municipal Palace and the Palace of the Grand Guard.

Doors and Bridges

Like any ancient city, Verona had also fortified to prevent invasions and assaults in different periods of its history, many of the entrances to the city were various remodels that made him lose its original quality. The most famous are the Portas Nuova, Palio and San Zeno Verona built by architect Michele Sanmichelli mid sixteenth century.
Unfortunately bridges are reconstructions that were performed after the Second World War, the reconstruction of the Roman bridge "Ponte di Petra" lasted nearly 20 years.

The most beautiful postcard

Undoubtedly the most beautiful and most visited site of the region is the Lago di Garda, Italy's largest and one of the largest pre-alpine lakes.
It is just 30 km from the city of Verona and is the largest in Italy, with an area of ??370 km2, glacial and famous for its mild climate thanks to the barrier that holds the bulk of the Dolomites to North. The valley in which the patient lies is between Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige or in the provinces of Brescia, Verona and Trento. The northern part of the lake is long and narrow, the central coast is low and wide with soft and is divided by the narrow peninsula of Sirmione.
The house belonged to the poet Vittorale Gabriel d'Annunzio, is preserved in time and its gardens are magnificent. On the island of the lake is the Villa Borghese Cavazza, near Gardone, an elegant private palace neo gothic style. In the peninsula of Sirmione, recent excavations uncovered a Roman settlement was supposed stay the poet Catullus. The beauty of the Veronese countryside, Mediterranean vegetation, crops with vines, olive and lemons, as well as its mild climate make it a popular destination.
Today as for thousands of years, is one of the most recommended to rest and even to overcome a convalescence by specific climate. The area most frequented by tourists is the Rivera Brescia, between Gargnano Salo and Sirmione peninsula and is a tourist destination internationally renowned for the quality of its services.
The Spa and thermal centers and lake rather than those of other regions Veronese as Lazise, Bardolino, Point San Vigilio, Torre del Benaco and Malcesine have deservedly achieved an international reputation.
All cities bordering the lake are linked by boat services, buses and trains and is very easy and convenient to get there from the capital city.

Another place worth visiting is the town of Vicenza, known as the "city of Palladio" where we can admire palaces, one more beautiful than the other works of the famous architect Palladio. The most iconic are the Villa Rotonda and Villa Valmarana, the highlight of the city is the majestic Teatro Olimpico we can not miss.

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