Verona's Historical Religious Buildings (Self Guided), Verona

Churches and cathedrals are famous for their architecture and also provide local, national, artistic, and historic significance. Tourists enjoy visiting churches due to the treasure packed inside stained glass, stone and wood statues, historic tombs, richly carved furniture, and objects of both artistic and religious significance such as reliquaries.
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Verona's Historical Religious Buildings Map

Guide Name: Verona's Historical Religious Buildings
Guide Location: Italy » Verona (See other walking tours in Verona)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: Helen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • San Lorenzo Church
  • Santi Apostoli
  • Santa Eufemia
  • Sant'Anastasia
  • Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta
  • Sant' Elena
  • San Giorgio in Braida
  • Chiesa di Santo Stefano
San Lorenzo Church

1) San Lorenzo Church

The San Lorenzo Church is an ancient place of worship that was built over the ruins of a sixth century church. The Romanesque structure was constructed during the twelfth century using some of the materials from the Roman arena. It has three naves, a transept, and five aspes.

The brick and tuff building has Norman style towers that lead to women’s galleries, winding staircases, a cantilever entrance way, and a side doorway that leads to a beautiful courtyard. The interior of the building is perfectly lit by small splayed windows.

Italian churches are known for their beautiful design and the works of art inside of them. Visitors will enjoy frescoes, the altarpiece created by Domenico Brusarzio, and the wooden altar created by Girolamo Benaglio. There are also funeral monuments of the Nogarola family. The church was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1117 and restored after the last war.

From March to October, the church is open from 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday and from 1 pm to 6 pm on Sunday. They are open from 10 am to 1 pm and 1:30 to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and from 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday from November to February.
Santi Apostoli

2) Santi Apostoli

Churches in Italy represent a perfect merging of faith, art, history, and design. From a church that was built in the first century to a cathedral that was consecrated during the Middle Ages, one can literally see the history of Christianity unfold before their eyes. These stunning places of worship each have a rich story to tell and also display beautiful works of art from leading artists of the day. You will literally feel as if you have walked into a museum when you visit a Veronese house of worship.

Although consecrated in 1194, the Santi Apostoli is an ancient church whose origins began in the eighth century. The church features Romanesque design and consists of three naves, a raised roof, and a red marble entrance. The interior of the church features three aspes and two chapels. The church was renovated in the sixteenth and twentieth centuries. Visitors will enjoy the frescoes that date back to the sixteenth century, a crib from the fifteenth century, and many other treasures.

There are several attractions that are a just a stone's throw away that you can enjoy after visiting the Santi Apostoli. They include the Monumento a Aleardo Aleardi, the Palazzo Bevilacqua, the Byblos Art Gallery, the Itaca Gallery, the Astra, the Museo d'arte, the S. Lorenzo, the Piazza Bra, and the Gran Guardia Nuova.
Santa Eufemia

3) Santa Eufemia

Quite an interesting religious site and frequently visited by people from all parts of the globe, the church of Sant'Eufemia is an ancient church in Verona. The church was remodeled in 1140. A church at the site was likely present by the 11th or 12th centuries, although the main layout we see today was completed only in the 14th century. In the interior, altarpieces were completed by Brusasorci and Giovanni Domenico Cignaroli. In the 14th century Spolverini chapel, there is a canvas and frescoes by Giovanni Francesco Caroto. The Gothic bell-tower contains six bells in F rung with the Veronese bell-ringing art.
Sight description based on wikipedia

4) Sant'Anastasia (must see)

The Sant’Anastasia is one of the biggest churches in Verona. Construction began on the structure in 1290 and was completed in 1481. It was designed by Dominican friars Fra’ Benvenuto and Fra’ Nicola da Imola. The place of worship was built over an old church that was dedicated to Saint Anastasia. It is located in the oldest part of the city and is a very popular church.

The building reflects a Gothic design and features three naves. The exterior façade of the building is brickwork and has stained glass windows and two belfries. The interior of the church is decorated with sculptured reliefs and statues that represent well-known saints and the life of Jesus. The tomb of Guglielmo di Castelbarco is near the church entrance.

Verona churches are well known for the beautiful artwork displayed in their cathedrals and the Anastasia continues this tradition. Visitors will enjoy paintings of Saint Martino by Francesco Caroto and the Annunciation by Michele Giambono. Admittance to the building is free with a VeronaCard.

Why You Should Visit:
If you like church architecture, this is definitely one to visit as it's the most important Gothic-style religious monument in Verona.
The basilica has recently benefited from a lot of cleaning and restoration work, particularly inside where the artworks are spectacular.

Get yourself an audio-guided tour for a small admission fee to get familiar with the history of the place and the artwork.
Alternately, consider buying either a VeronaCard or a ticket that allows you to visit the 4 largest places of worship in Verona (they both give a nice discount).

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 9am-6pm; Sundays & Holidays: 1-6pm (Mar-Oct); Mon-Sat: 10am-1pm / 1:30-5pm, Sundays & Holidays: 1-5pm (Nov-Feb)
Sight description based on wikipedia
Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta

5) Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta (must see)

Italy's cathedrals are known for their beautiful works of art and the one in Verona, built on the former site of two Palaeo-Christian churches, lives up to this reputation. It is is a Romanesque and Gothic style church that dates back to the 8th century.

The house of worship features stunning design and works of art such as the Assumption by the artist Titan and the Adoration of Magi by Liberale da Verona. The design of the curved choir and apse and the sculptured baptismal font can only be fully appreciated in person. There are also many ancient Christian artifacts that visitors will appreciate. In addition, the Capella Mazzanti houses the sarcophagus of St. Agatha.

The exterior of the building features a two-story porch decorated with sculptures by Master Nicolo, Gothic windows, and an unfinished bell tower by Michele Sanmicheli. The interior of the church has one nave and two aisles that are divided by red Marble pilasters. Inside the church are many works of art by local artists. The west bays are decorated with frescoes by Giovanni Maria Falconetto.

Do visit the beautiful Baptistery of St. Giovanni in Fonte at the back of the Cathedral complex, with a huge octagonal baptismal font covered in scenes from the Bible.
The excavation area showing the old Roman remains is also interesting, and there are good explanations on the audioguide.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 10am-5:30pm; Sun & Holidays: 1:30-5:30pm (Mar-Oct); Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm; Sat: 10am-4pm; Sun & Holidays: 1:30-5pm (Nov-Feb)
Sight description based on wikipedia
Sant' Elena

6) Sant' Elena

Cloister of Sant'Elena is a part of the Cathedral complex. It was built at the same time as the first basilica. The most precious work of Sant'Elena is a stational Cross from the XIV Century. The interior is a polychromatic triptych in stone dating back to the 14th Century and depicting the Madonna, St. John the Baptist, St. John the Evangelist and a faithful follower. There is also a 15th-century wooden choral box.
San Giorgio in Braida

7) San Giorgio in Braida

The San Giorgio in Braida is a Roman Catholic Church located near the Adige River. The church sits atop the ruins of an eighth century place of worship that was dedicated to St. George. It was converted into a Benedictine monastery in the eleventh century. It was built between 1536 and 1543 by architect and engineer Michele Sanmicheli, one of the greatest of his era. He also designed the Palazzo Pompei, the Palazzo Canossa, the Palazzo Bevilacqua, the Cappella Pellegrini, and the Ponte Nuovo.

Italian churches are not only known for their beautiful design, but also for works of art inside of them. The building has one nave and eight chapels that are divided into two parts by two pillars. It is topped by a Renaissance dome and bell-tower also designed by Sanmicheli.

The house of worship houses Paolo Veronese’s Martyrdom of St. George, Tintorette’s painting of the Baptism of Christ, and statues of St. George and St. Lorenzo by Giustiniani. In addition, the church is decorated with works of art from artists such as Caroto, Brusasorci and Girolamo dai Libri. The church is near the Villa InCanto Opera Lirica, the Villa in Canto, and the Church Santa Maria in Organo.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Chiesa di Santo Stefano

8) Chiesa di Santo Stefano

Located on the banks of Adige River, the Chiesa di Santo Stefano, was the Cathedral of Verona until the eighth century when it was renovated to repair extensive deterioration. The church sits atop the ruins of a church that was built in the fifth century. An earthquake destroyed the building in 1117 and the cathedral was rebuilt. The church was named after St. Stephen who was a deacon of the early Jerusalem church.

The Chiesa di Santo Stefano contains many beautiful works of arts and frescoes by the artist Pasquale Ottino, who also designed the altarpiece. The house of worship is home to the Enunciation and Coronation of the Virgin, by Martino da Verona.

The church reflects a Romanesque design. The exterior of the building is brick and tuff and has a rose window, large arches, and one large central cross. The bell tower is octagonal in shape and made of brick. The interior of the church has three naves and a gallery. There is also a chapel, built between 1618 and 1621, that was dedicated to the Saints Innocenti. Other attractions within walking distance include the Ponte Pietra, the Palazzo del Vescovado, the Teatro Romano, and the Chiesa di San Giorgio in Braida.

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