The facade of the Duomo di Verona, the Verona Cathedral, in Verona Italy against a blue sky.
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4 Beautiful Churches in Verona Italy

Last Updated on: 12th August 2023, 05:20 pm

Verona, Italy is perhaps best known as the setting for Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy: Romeo and Juliet. There is so much more to Verona than the setting of Shakespeare’s story! The entire city center is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the churches in Verona are some of the most beautiful in Italy – from the famous Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore to the magnificent art in the Chiesa di Santa Anastasia. Verona is easy to get to from Venice, Milan, and even Florence! See below for information on planning your stay or day trip to one of my favorite cities in all of Italy: Verona.

Verona is truly one of the best cities in all of Italy for beautiful churches! Verona makes such an easy day trip from many other tourist cities in Italy – you can take a day trip from Venice to Verona, Milan to Verona, Florence to Verona, or Lake Garda to Verona, – it’s even possible to do a Florence to Verona day trip! – so you should absolutely add Verona to your Italian vacation or pilgrimage in Italy! On top of Verona’s proximity to other Northern Italian gems – the city itself is very easy to walk around, has great public transportation, and delicious food.

Skyline of Veronaa Italy showing beautiful Churches in Verona Italy and the River

Churches in Verona – History

Verona is a city rich in culture and history and is also just downright beautiful. I spent 3 days in Verona (2 nights) in June of 2019 and I honestly wish I’d spent a few more there! Verona is a city you can really explore while also relaxing – sitting in the beautiful central Verona town square, looking up at one of Verona’s church bell towers with an Aperol Spritz in my hand was one of those true “Life is Beautiful” moments for me!

The main reason I went to Verona, though – Aperol Spritz aside (but don’t neglect to try one!) – was for the churches in Verona.

Although the exact number isn’t known, it is estimated there are over 80 chapels and churches in Verona! Compare that Paris – a much bigger city with 197 churches in Paris! Many of these churches are located in Verona’s historic center, although a few are further out inn the neighborhoods and countryside.

Verona, Italy has a long and storied religious history dating back thousands of years. Although it is a small city today, at one time Verona was a true center of Christianity in the West and has played an outsized role in the history of the Catholic Church. Verona was an important bishopric in early Christian times and several early Christian martyrs are believed to be buried there – including Saint Anastasia whose church is one of the most beautiful in all of Verona!

After Christianity was legalized in the 4th century by Emperor Constantine, Verona became a center for Christian art and architecture. Some of Verona’s most famous churches were built during this time, such an the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore in the 11th Century and the Duomo di Verona (Cathedral of Santa Maria Matricolare) in the 12th century – which has a mix of Romanesque, Renaissance, and Gothic architectural styles.

Beautiful architecture in a church in Verona, Italy
Some of the beautiful Renaissance architecture in Verona’s Churches

Verona has also been home to several Renaissance religious figures whose importance is still felt today. Saint Angela Merici founded the Ursuline order of nuns, and Saint Giovanni Calabria, founded the Congregation of the Poor Servants of Divine Providence both came from Verona and both orders are still active today.

Today Verona still remains an important religious center, especially for pilgrimages and religious tourism. Like many cities in Italy, Verona hosts some important religious festivals as well – most notably the Feast of Saint Zeno in February and the Feast of the Assumption in August.

Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore in Verona, Italy, one of the best churches in verona. A church with a small covered porch and a rose window against a blue sky.
The facade of the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

The Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore is perhaps the most famous of the churches in Verona Italy. Although it is a little bit out from the center of Verona, it’s really worth seeing!

The Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore was first built in the 4th century (that’s only a few hundred years after Christ!), although the original building does not still stand – the Basilica was rebuilt between 976 and 1398 AD – that’s the church you can visit today! (Do you want to visit churches from the 4th century that are still standing – visit Armenia for some of the world’s oldest churches where people still worship today!)

The Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore is an absolute masterpiece of Romanesque architecture (my personal favorite style for churches!).

The Basilica has a gorgeous rose window, and famous bronze doors (more below). You can visit the crypt where San Zeno, the patron saint of Verona, himself is buried. Inside the church are magnificent frescoes and mosaics. The Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore has two bell towers: one from the early monastery in the 12th century, and one from the 13th century which is one of the tallest bell towers in Italy!

The bronze doors of the Basilica di San Zeno oMaggiore, one of the most important churches in Verona Italy
The Bronze Doors of the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

The Bronze doors of the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore are considered masterpieces of European Romanesque art (my favorite era of architecture and art!) and were likely created by at least 3 different artists in their workshops.

The doors of San Zeno Maggiore are laid out to depict the message of Christian salvation, with the idea that “Christ is the door to eternal life.” On the left side if you look closely you may recognize scenes from the New Testament and on the right scenes from the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible. There are also four panels on the right that show stories from Saint Zeno’s life.

The Basilica di San Zeno has been home to some very important religious events – perhaps most famously the wedding of Romeo and Juliet in Shakespeare’s play (though I suppose that’s perhaps a fictional event!).

The cloisters of the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

Getting to the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

The Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore is about a 20-minute walk from the Old City of Verona. It is also in close proximity to bus routes 61, 31, 32, and 33 – all of which pick up in the center of Verona. (Be careful – it can be a little tricky getting back on the bus going the right direction from the Basilica – I had to try 3 times before I got it right!). There is a walkway along the river if you want to walk, which is quite nice and passes the Museo di Castelvecchio.

Admission to the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

Admission to the church for a tourist visit to the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore in Verona, Italy – as of September 2021 was: was €5 for adults, €4 for students, and free for children under the age of 18 and those with disabilities and their carers (at San Zeon, partial access via wheelchair is possible but some parts of the Basilica do have stairs). V

Visits to churches in Italy are also free for ‘Religious’ (Nuns, Monks, Priests, etc.). Like with many churches in Italy, it’s respectful for women to cover their arms (no tank tops) – though this isn’t enforced to the same degree as in places like Spain and even moreso in Greece.

To visit the Churches in Verona, Italy it is possible to buy a reduced-rate combined ticket for four of the main churches (San Zeno, San Anastasia, the Duomo, and San Fermo). I loved doing this and having my ticket stamped at each church! You should be able to purchase this special ticket at any of the four participating churches. It also came with use of the audio guide for the Verona churches, which I highly recommend!

Entrance to the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore (and the other main churches above) is also free with the Verona Card – which will also allow you to travel on Verona buses for free during the duration you choose for the card. If your main goal is to visit Verona churches, the combined ticket + individual bus passes will be much more economical, but if you are hoping to see various museums, Juliet’s balcony etc. then consider the Verona card.

A woman wearing a scarf and headcovering in front of a detail and fresco in the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
Cate admiring the the cloister in the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

Visiting hours for the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore (from April to September):

Monday – Friday: 9.00 am – 6.30 pm
Saturday: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm
Sunday, religious holidays: 1.00 pm – 6.30 pm

Tourist visits of the Basilica are not allowed during Mass. Mass is celebrated at the following times:
Working days: 8.00 am and on Tuesdays and Fridays also 6.30 pm. Saturday: 6.30 pm. Sundays and religious holidays: 8.00 am/10.00 am/11.30 am.

Duomo di Verona (Cathedral of Santa Maria Matricolare): Verona Cathedral

The facade of the Duomo di Verona, the Verona Cathedral, in Verona Italy against a blue sky.
Duomo di Verona Santa Maria Matricolare on a bright sunny day.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Matricolare, the Duomo di Verona, is one of Verona’s best churches and the seat of the Verona Diocese. It is considered part of the “Cathedral Complex” that in includes the Canon’s Cloisters, the chapel of Santa Elena, and the Bishop’s Residence. The architecture of the Duomo is beautiful but the real highlight is the works of art inside, in particular, a painting of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in a chapel on the left-hand side of the church, the Cappella Nichesola, that is attributed to Titian (although his most famous “Assumption” painting is hanging in Venice – since it’s so easy to travel from Venice to Verona you could easily see both!).

The Assumptions, by Titian, in the Verona Cathedral in Verona, Italy
Titian’s Assumption of the Virgin in a chapel in the Duomo di Verona

The Duomo di Verona was built in the 12th century after two earlier churches at the site were destroyed by an earthquake. The Duomo was consecrated in 1187 making it Romanesque in style (with some renovations over the years, including a Renaissance facade and roof and a Gothic side chapel). I highly recommend you visit the much smaller chapel of Santa Elena or Saint Helen across from the Baptistry and see preserved mosaics from the Paleo-Christian churches on the square.

Preserved mosaics in the Santa Maria Matricolare church in Verona, Italy
Preserved Mosaics in the Santa Maria Matricolare cathedral church

The Baptistry of San Giovanni is one of the many highlights of the Duomo di Verona – a rare octagonal baptistry, it was carved from a single piece of marble.

In the 14th century, Dante Alighieri visited the Duomo di Verona and mentioned the Verona church in his Divine Comedy. In the 16th century, the church was the site of the coronation of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.

If you are looking to attend Catholic Mass while you in are in Verona, I recommend doing so at the Cathedral of Santa Maria Matricolare. The mass is celebrated by the Bishop of Verona each morning and the Duomo is centrally located. Visits for prayer or mass are always free in Italy.

Getting to the Duomo di Verona

The Cattedrale di Santa Maria Matricolare, the Duomo di Verona, is located on the banks of the Adige river and is an easy 8-10 minute walk from the Piazza Erbe in Verona’s historic center. Walking is the best way to get there, though it is possible to take a car (limited parking) or bus number 70 (stop: Piazza Duomo).

Admission to the Verona Cathedral

The same admission prices as to the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore apply to the Duomo di Verona. The combined ticked for 8 euros can also be purchased here, and there is an informative audio guide included with a visitor’s ticket purchase. The Duomo di Verona is handicap accessible for those who use wheelchairs.

A seated man statue in the Duomo di Verona in Verona, Italy
This funny little guy holds up the holy water stoup at the entrance to the church.

Visiting Hours for the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Matricolare (April – September)

Monday-Friday: from 11.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. 

Saturdays: from 11.00 a.m to 3.30 p.m. 

Sundays and religious holidays: from 1.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Visits for tourists are not allowed during Mass. Mass times are as follows:

Working days: 7.00 a.m / 8.00 a.m / 9.00 a.m / 6.30 p.m
Saturdays and eves (of holidays): 4.00 p.m / 6.30 p.m
Sundays and religious holidays: 7.30 a.m / 9.30 a.m / 11.00 a.m / 12.30 / 6.30 p.m.

Chiesa di Santa Anastasia

The Chiesa di Santa Anastasia in Verona, Italy
The Chiesa di Santa Anastasia in Verona

Chiesa di Santa Anastasia in Verona, or the Church of Saint Anastasia, is the largest of all the churches in Verona and is a must-see for its art as well as its incredible ceiling (really – the ceiling is incredible!).

The Chiesa di Santa Anastasia dates back to the 13th century when it was built by the Dominican Order on the site of an earlier church dedicated to Saint Peter – a Dominican from the city of Verona and Verona’s patron saint.

The current church is Gothic in style and features a magnificent rose window on its façade, as well as an elegant bell tower. The ceiling is one of the highlights – it’s one of the most beautiful church ceilings I’ve ever seen! Over the centuries, the Chiesa di Santa Anastasia underwent several renovations and restorations, including a major restoration in the 19th century that aimed to restore the building to its original Gothic style.

The ceiling of the Santa Anastasia church in Verona, Italy
Some of the beautiful ceiling

On your visit, don’t miss the series of frescoes by Altichiero da Zevio, a 14th-century painter from Verona, adorn the walls of the chapel of Saint James, depicting scenes from the life of Saint James, as well as scenes from the life of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

The altar painting by Paolo Veronese, a famous Renaissance painter from Verona, is the other great treasure of the Church of Saint Anastasia. The painting, which depicts the martyrdom of Saint George, was completed in the 1560s and is considered to be one of Veronese’s most important works. Paolo Veronese’s funeral was held in the Chiesa di Santa Anastasia and he was buried in the church in 1588.

Admission to the Chiesa di Santa Anastasia in Verona, Italy

The same admission price to the Verona Cathedral and San Zeno Maggiore applies to the Chiesa di Santa Anastasia – including the Combined Ticket option. All admissions include the audio guide (highly recommended!). The Chiesa di Santa Anastasia is wheelchair accessible, and all persons with disabilities and their carers may visit for free.

Visiting Hours to the Chiesa di Santa Anastasia (April – September)

Tourist visits after April first are welcomed during the following hours:

Monday-Friday: 9.30 a.m.- 6.30 p.m. 

Saturdays from 9.30 a.m to 6.00 p.m. 

Sundays:  from 1.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. 

You are welcome to attend Mass at the Chiesa di Santa Anastasia – note that tourist visits are not allowed during Mass. Mass times are:

Working days: 6.30 p.m
Saturday and eves of holidays: 6.30
Sundays and religious holidays:
9.00 a.m / 11.00 a.m / 12.10 / 6.30 p.m

Chiesa di San Fermo Maggiore

The Chiesa di San Fermo Maggiore in Verona Italy
The back of the Chiesa di San Fermo Maggiore in Verona, Italy

The Chiesa di San Fermo Maggiore dates back to the 11th century when it was founded by monks from the Benedictine order. The Chiesa di San Fermo Maggiore is a mix of Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture due to many renovations over its long history. It’s front is a lovely mix of stones that gives it a striped pattern that is truly beautiful!

The Chiesa di San Fermo Maggiore actually contains two interconnected churches, built during different periods. The lower church, dating back to the 11th century, is built in the Romanesque style, while the upper church, which was added in the 14th century, is built in the Gothic style. The two churches are connected by a staircase – be sure to explore both levels!

In the lower church, you’ll find incredible frescoes dating back to the 12th century. The frescoes depict scenes from the life of Christ and are some of the most important examples of Romanesque art in Italy.

Frescoes of the Life of Christ in Verona, Italy
Romanesque Frescoes

The upper church is a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance architecture and contains beautiful frescoes and paintings by some of Verona’s most famous artists. Don’t miss the altarpiece by the 15th-century painter Pisanello, which depicts the Madonna and Child with saints.

The cloister of the San Fermo is remarkable. It was built in the 16th century and features beautiful Renaissance architecture and frescoes depicting scenes from the life of Saint Benedict.

Altarpiece in San Fermo Maggiore, one of the best churches in Verona, Italy
Altarpiece in San Fermo Maggiore, Verona

Visiting Hours to the Chiesa di San Fermo Maggiore

Admission prices to the Chiesa di San Fermo are the same as the three churches above, and included in the Combined Ticket. Unfortunately, the San Fermo Church has a lot of stairs due to having an upper and lower level and is not accessible.

You can visit the San Fermo Church during these open hours:

Monday/Friday:  10.00 a.m- 6.00 p.m.

Saturday: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.  

Sundays and holidays: from 1.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.  

For mass or prayer, you may visit during the following hours:

Working days: 8.30 a.m
Saturday and eves of holidays: 6.15 p.m
Sundays and religious holidays:
9.30 a.m / 11.00 a.m / 6.15 p.m

The front of the church of San Fermo Maggiore in Verona Italy
The striped front of the Church of San Fermo Maggiore

If You Only Have One Day in Verona, Italy….

One day in Verona is really not enough time to see everything this amazing city has to offer, but I understand that sometimes one day is all you have (see how I spent one day in Milan here!). Here are some suggestions for how to make the most of your one day in Verona, Italy:

  1. Start your day at Piazza Bra: This is the main square in Verona and central for visiting some of the best Verona churches and sites. Take some time to admire the Roman amphitheater, known as the Arena di Verona, which is one of the best-preserved Roman structures of its kind. (With more than one day it’s worth it to tour the Arena di Verona!).
  2. Visit the Duomo di Verona (Cathedral di Santa Maria Matriculare): The Duomo di Verona or Verona Cathedral is located in the heart of the city and you should prioritize this church for your one day in Verona. Take a moment to admire the stunning Gothic architecture, Chapel of Saint Helena with preserved ruins, and Titian painting!
  3. Explore the historic center: After visiting the Cathedral, take a stroll through the historic center of Verona, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This area is full of narrow streets and beautiful buildings, including the Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s House), which is said to have inspired Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
  4. Visit the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore: As this is one of the most important religious sites in Verona and features stunning Romanesque architecture, prioritize getting to see San Zeno on your trip even if you only have a short amount of time.
  5. Enjoy some local food and wine: No trip to Verona is complete without sampling some of the local cuisine. Stop at one of the many trattorias or osterias in the city and try some regional specialties, such as risotto all’Amarone. Don’t forget to pair your meal with a glass of Valpolicella, the famous red wine from the surrounding area.
  6. Take in the view from Castel San Pietro: For a stunning view of Verona and the surrounding countryside, take a short hike up to Castel San Pietro. This hilltop fortress offers panoramic views of the city and is a great spot to watch the sunset.

These are just a few of the many things to see and do in Verona. If you have more time, consider visiting some of the other churches, museums, and historic sites in the city, or taking a day trip to nearby Lake Garda or Padua.

Getting To and From Verona, Italy

The great news about Verona, Italy and the beautiful Verona churches is that it’s very easy to travel to Verona from almost anywhere in the North of Italy.

One of the reasons I return to Italy again and again is its great train system with very reasonable tickets (I once got a 1st class ticket from Milan to Verona for under 30 Euros!).

It’s possible to take a day trip to Verona, Italy – and it’s possible to take a day trip from Verona, Italy! Here is more specific information about how to get to Verona from Venice, how to get to Verona from Milan, and traveling from Lake Garda to Verona, Florence to Verona, and the best day trips from Verona if you make it your home base like I did on my 2019 trip!

Venice to Verona Day Trip

The Grand Canal in Venice
The Grand Canal in Venice – a quick day trip from Verona!

One of the most popular day trips from Venice is a Venice to Verona day trip – you can also combine this day trip with a stop in Padova (Padua) – another amazing city in Italy and one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Italy because of the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua!

To get from Venice to Verona on a day trip – the best way to travel is by train.

Head to Venice Santa Lucia train station, which is located in the city center, right near the Grand Canal. You will want to take a train to Verona Porta Nuova train station. The good news is there are usually multiple trains an hour headed there – so you can leave almost any time of morning – and the journey only takes 1 hour! I recommend you buy your ticket online ahead of time – it’s easy to do on Trainline.com, the website I use throughout Europe to easily find train tickets.

Be sure to sit by a window seat for your Venice to Verona day trip – there’s some beautiful countryside you’ll pass by!

Once you arrive at Verona Porta Nuova train station, take a local bus or taxi to the city center. The bus station is located just outside the train station.

When you’re ready to head back to Venice, simply take a train from Verona Porta Nuova train station to Venice Santa Lucia train station.

This whole process works in reverse as well for a Verona to Venice day trip! While I really enjoyed my stay in Venice the last time I went because you can really get a sense of it apart from the cruise ship and day-trip crowds, it can also be nice to stay outside of Venice to head in early in the morning or later in the evening. Either way you do it: Venice to Verona or Verona to Venice, this region of Italy is well worth your time!

Lake Garda to Verona Day Trip

It’s also a quick trip to travel from Lake Garda to Verona for a day trip. If you have access to a car, the journey is only about 30-40 minutes from Lake Garda to Verona (or vice-versa – Verona to Lake Garda). There are also several buses that travel the route from Lake Garda to Verona – and these only take about 1 hour! The train is even quicker – but of course you have to follow the train’s schedule.

From the south side of Lake Garda, take a train from Desenzano del Garda train station to Verona Porta Nuova train station. The journey takes about 20-30 minutes, depending on your starting point and the train schedule.

Florence to Verona Day Trip

Many people take day trips from Florence to Verona – or from Verona to Florence. I don’t necessarily recommend the latter. Florence has so much to see and do it is simply worth way more than a day, and staying in Florence can help you avoid the crowds by going later or earlier to attractions.

A day trip to Verona from Florence can be a great way to see a different region of Italy and break up a week in Florence!

The easiest and most convenient way to get from Florence to Verona is by high-speed train. Multiple trains a day run from Florence Santa Maria Novella train station to Verona Porta Nuova train station, taking from 1.5-2 hours to reach Verona.

I highly recommend that you book your tickets in advance on Trainline.com – since there are fewer daily trains from Florence to Verona and Verona to Florence, it’s important to know you have a guaranteed ticket for your journey!

Milan to Verona Day Trip

Milano Train Station with Blue Sky Spending One Day in Milan
Milano Centrale Station has a long history and is actually one of the most interesting buildings in Milan!

The trip between Milan and Verona takes between 1.5 to 2 hours – and like most of the Verona day trip recommendations here, the train is absolutely the best way to go! Milano Centrale is the main train station in Milan and it does get very busy with commuters – especially on weekdays. I recommend that you buy your tickets ahead of time online, but you can also use the kiosks or buy directly at the train station.

Best Day Trips from Verona

The Valpolicella Wine Region in Verona, Italy
Vines in the Valpolicella Wine Region near Verona

Because Verona hotels and hostels are beautiful and affordable, Verona makes a great home base for exploring the rest of the North of Italy! Some of the best day trips from Verona are to:

Padua: A university town with a rich history, you can day a day trip from Verona to Padua in less than an hour by train, and Padua is similar to Verona in that it is a really walkable city. The two unmissable experiences in Padua are visiting the Scrovigni Chapel with its magnificent frescoes by Giotto (must get tickets in advance!) and the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua.

If you can go on a Saturday, the Padova Market is fabulous! The market takes place in the area around Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza della Frutta, and Piazza dei Signori in the historic city center. There is also the Mercato delle Erbe, a covered market open every day except Sunday.

Soave: A picturesque medieval town known for its excellent wine, Soave is only a short distance from Verona. Wander the narrow streets, visit the castle, and taste the local wine.

Mantua: This charming Renaissance city is located about an hour from Verona and is home to beautiful palaces, churches, and museums. Don’t miss the Palazzo Ducale and the Mantua Cathedral – another incredible pilgrimage site in Italy!

Valpolicella wine region: Known for its delicious red wines, the Valpolicella region is located just north of Verona. Take a wine tour, visit local vineyards, and taste some of the region’s famous Amarone wine. This day trip will probably be most comfortable with a car since you’ll want to leisurely explore the various wineries! Or better yet – take a tour! Lots of tours depart from Verona to explore the Valpolicella wine region!

Where to Stay in Verona, Italy

Verona makes a great home base for a week or weekend in Italy and I found it to be more affordable than. the ‘big’ cities like Venice and Florence. Verona offers a wide range of accommodation options, from budget-friendly hostels to luxurious five-star hotels. Here are the best areas and hotels to consider for your stay in Verona:

Historic center: Staying in the historic center puts you within walking distance of almost all the churches above and other major things to do in Verona, including the Arena di Verona, Piazza delle Erbe, and Juliet’s House. If you are only in Verona for one day, then stay in the historic center.

Some recommended hotels in this area include Hotel Accademia ($$$), located right in the city centre in a beautiful historic building. It has a 9.9 rating for location on booking.com (the website I use every time I book a hotel) and offers a buffet breakfast that includes mimosas – yum!

The Corte Realde Suites ($$) on the Piazza delle Erbe is in the heart of Verona on the main square (a great place to sit and enjoy an Aperol Spritz!).

If you’re looking for an apartment with a kitchen and a balcony the Lady Capulet Apartments ($$) are in the historic center and offer all that and more – plus with beautiful design!

Lion Statue in Verona, Italy
The centerpiece of the Piazza delle Erbe in Verona, Italy

Borgo Trento: This neighborhood is just north of the historic center across the river and is known for its upscale shops and restaurants. It’s also close to the Giardino Giusti, one of the most beautiful gardens in Verona!

For an upscale stay with a refreshing saltwater Thassalotherapy pool – stay at the Relais Fra Lorenzo ($$) in Borgo Trento! The hotel also has a free shuttle right into the Historic Center of Verona!

For an affordable vacation apartment, try the Casa di Gina ($$), which is rated very highly, has an elevator (no schlepping luggage up 3 flights of stairs!), and it only a 10 minute walk or so from the center.

For a budget option, the B&B Mameli 41 has a 9.1 rating and offers private bathrooms, Wifi, and pastries for breakfast – all for under $100 a night when I looked!

Hostels in Verona, Italy

A room in the Hostello in Verona, Italy – Verona’s best hostel

Sometimes when I’m traveling solo I like the chance to mingle with other travelers and choose a hostel to stay at. In Verona, the Hostello looked so inviting I had to try it and I was glad I did! They offer female-only dormitories and mixed dorms with beautiful decoration and architecture, bathrooms right in the doors, and a delicious filling breakfast (and don’t forget – laundry!). They also offer free walking tours of Verona.

I enjoyed my stay and recommend it!

Verona, Italy surprised me with its beautiful architecture, friendly people, delicious food – and most of all the churches which I will never forget. To this day visiting all four of Verona’s churches is one of my top 10 travel experiences I’ve ever had and I can’t wait to go back! I hope you include Verona on your Italy itinerary and find as much spiritual meaning (and fun!) there as I did!

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