2007-06-22

Trip planning: Day trip to Verona (from Milan)

Sights

- Arena, at Piazza Bra
- Piazza delle Erbe
- Piazza dei Signori
- San Zeno Maggiore
- Castelvecchio
- Via Mazzini

- Most sights in Verona are closed on Mondays.

(Extracted from Time Out: Verona)
The Arena is the most obvious sign of the ancients, dominating the entrance to the thumb-shaped old town in piazza Bra. The largest Roman amphitheatre in northern Italy, the Arena was capacious enough to seat the city’s whole population of 20,000 when it was constructed in about AD 30.

A short distance north-west, by Ponte Scagliero, is the Castelvecchio (‘old castle’) of Verona’s della Scala family, the medieval rulers.

The heart of the city is formed by the adjoining squares piazza delle Erbe and piazza dei Signori, a short walk north-east from piazza Bra [through Via Mazzini].

Of the many churches in Verona, the most atmospheric isn’t the cathedral, but San Zeno Maggiore. It was built in the 12th century to house the remains of African St Zeno, Verona’s first bishop and patron saint.

Transportation

Trains from Milan leave for Verona frequently and take 1.5-2 hours to reach Verona's train station, which is 1.5 km south of the old city. Take a bus or just walk for around 20 minutes along Corso Porta Nuova.

Around €14 one way for fast trains. Slower trains cost much less.

Verona Card

For €8 (1 day)/€12 (3 days), Verona Card allows free entry to museums, churches and monuments in the city and travel free on AMT bus services. Buy it at the Money Exchange Office near the Tourist Information Centre at the train station.

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Verona - City of Art and History
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