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Verona Walking Tour

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Piazza Bra
The best way to discover any city is to walk around on foot. On this walking tour of Verona you will pass eleven important buildings and piazzas, as well as discovering hidden courtyards and some interesting restaurants. This isn’t a tour you need to complete at a marathon pace; in fact, it will only take around four hours from start to finish.
 
The walk starts at the Arena in Piazza Bra. One of the most important structures in the city, the Arena, one third of the size of the Coliseum, is in a very good condition. The Roman Arena was where games and spectacular events and triumphs took place, and with over 30,000 seats, it was also very noisy too. Today, the Arena seats 22,000, making it the largest open air theatre in the world.
 
Pass along Piazza Bra and into Via Roma towards the next important building, Castelvecchio. A large fortified mansion and a museum, the Castelvecchio now houses art and sculpture, from medieval times to the eighteenth century.  
 
As you leave Castelvecchio and travel to your left along Corso Cavour you come to the next point of interest, the Gavi Arch. Overlooking the river, the arch dates back to the first century BC, and was built to celebrate one of Verona’s most important Roman families – the Gavi’s. The arch was originally built on the road to Postojna, but it was moved several times before being rebuilt in its current location in 1932.
 
Continue along the Corso Cavour and stop at the church of St. Lorenzo, a twelfth century Romanesque Church, the church of the Holy Apostles and the Shrine of the Holy Teuteria and Tosca, with some excellent frescos.
 
Next is the Piazza Della Erbe, this is where you can stop and enjoy a snack or drink, and take in the atmosphere which was once the centre of the Roman Forum in Verona. Beautiful buildings, statues and fountains all grace the square, as well as shops, for those who need a break from walking.
 
Next, another famous piazza, the Piazza dei Signori, where you will see the Lamberti Tower, the Government Building, and the Palace of Reason. As you leave the piazza behind and head towards the river, you pass the gothic church of Santa Maria Antica, the last resting place of the Scala family.
 
The next point of interest, on the Via Cappello, is another of the city’s most popular sights, the House of Juliet. In reality it was home to the Cappello family, and today houses clothing from the 16th and 17th centuries, ceramics and of course frescoes relating to the story.
 
The final stop before returning to the Arena is the church of St. Firmo and Rustico. The two superimposed buildings, built in Gothic and Romanesque styles, are considered to be the most significant religious buildings in Verona.
 

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