Verona in Italy is a popular holiday destination not just for Italians and other Europeans, but for people from all corners of the globe! Located along the Adige river in Veneto, northern Italy, the city of Verona is also a notable holiday destination because of its UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
Not much is known about the early formation of this great city, but it certainly has a lot of Roman influence hence the inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage Site listings.
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If you are planning a trip to Verona soon, here are five of the best tourist destinations you should be adding to your travel itinerary!
1. Parco delle Cascate di Molina (Molina Waterfall Park)
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Described as an “oasis of peace” the Parco delle Cascate di Molina is a waterfall park that is approximately 80,000 square metres in size. It dates back to around 30 million years and is one of the world’s outstanding areas of natural beauty.
Because of the powerful streams located here, a number of mills have been built in the area in the past to perform all manner of functions such as grinding mill, forging iron and pressing wool.
2. Museo di Castelvecchio (Castelvecchio Museum)
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Located in an old medieval castle (hence the name), the Museo di Castelvecchio features a range of interesting sculptures and paintings from the Romanesque period of Verona.
The castle was renovated by Italian architect Carlo Scarpa in 1959 over a period of 14 years and also contains other items such as medieval weapons, ceramics, and more. Worth a visit if you are interested in learning more about the area’s history.
3. Ponte Scaligero (Scaliger Bridge)
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Whilst you are in the vicinity of the Museo di Castelvecchio, you ought to catch a glimpse of the mesmerising Ponte Scaligero.
It is a fortified bridge that dates back to the early 14th century, and was supposedly a way for Cangrande II della Scala to escape from the castle in the event of attack or rebellion by the local people against his unpopular rule.
4. Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore (San Zeno Maggiore Church)
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Also known as the Basilica of San Zeno, the San Zeno Maggiore Church is one of Verona’s most-popular churches, and Paul from Venere highly recommends checking it out if you are in the area.
Built in the early 12th century, the San Zeno Maggiore Church is famous in that its crypt is well-regarded as the location for the marriage of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
5. Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi (Marcantonio Bentegodi Stadium)
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If you feel like you are in a sporting mood, perhaps you should head over to the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi!
The stadium is home to two local teams, the Chievo Verona and Hellas Verona of Serie A. First built in 1963, it features an array of solar panels on its roof that can produce nearly 1 megawatt of electricity.