Walking the Adige River, Verona (Self Guided)

The Adige river adds to the romantic ambience of Verona. Near the river's banks, one will find fascinating cloisters, museums, theatres, and gardens which are just a few of the city's well preserved treasures.
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Guide Name: Walking the Adige River
Guide Location: Italy » Verona (See other walking tours in Verona)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Author: Helen
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Ponte Aleardi

1) Ponte Aleardi

Ponte Aleardi is a Roman landmark near the Adige which was built in 1879 after the construction of the Ponte Navi. Ponte Aleardi is the greatest link between the center of Verona and the Cimitero Monumentale.
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Cimitero Monumentale

2) Cimitero Monumentale

Cimitero Monumentale is a monumental cemetery that was designed by Giuseppe Barbieri in 1829. The burial ground was built to consolidate several burial places into one location. It was also constructed to adhere to Napoleonic rules that all burial places must be located outside the city. It is the final resting place of Emilio Salgari, Umberto Boccioni, Lionello Fiumi, Berto Barbarani, Michele Sammicheli, Carlo Montanari, and Franz von Scholl.

The site reflects a Neo-Doric influence. The square-shaped structure is divided into four sections and has a monumental entrance and beautiful sculptures. It is said the inspiration for the many sculptures comes from Antonio Canova who designed the statues for the tomb of Pope Clement XIII. Most of the tombs are numbered to make finding them easier.

Nearby attractions, within 37 to 60 kilometers, include the Tomba di Giulietta, Chiesa di San Fermo, the Ponte Navi, and the Porta Leoni. The Accademia, Mastino, Colomba D'Oro, and San Luca Hotels provide affordable lodgings for tourists. In addition, they are located no more than 93 kilometers from the Cimitero Monumentale. It is open from 9 am to sunset in the winter and from 9 am to 6 pm the rest of the year.
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Museo Civico Di Storia Naturale

3) Museo Civico Di Storia Naturale

There is so much to see and learn when you visit Verona’s many museums. The city’s galleries display art, history, archaeological findings, technology, radio, and natural history. There are even museums dedicated to its most famous lovers, Romeo and Juliet. One particular exhibition hall worth visiting is the Museo Civico Di Storia Naturale, located inside of the Palazzo Lavegola Pompei, a building designed by Michele Sanmicheli.

Museo Civico began in the 1800s when Giuseppe de Cristoforis donated his collections to the city. In addition, many of the museum’s items come from the townspeople who donated them to the gallery. The edifice is the perfect place to be if you enjoy looking at specimens from millions of years ago. It is also a good learning experience for children.

The exhibition hall displays plants, animals, fossils, and minerals. It is best known for the fossils of Bolca, the most well-preserved marine fossils in the world. The collection is the only one of its kind in Italy. In addition, items from the Paleolithic and Neolithic sites in the city are displayed in the museum. They are open Saturday to Thursday, from 9 am to 7 pm, from October, and from 10 am to 5:30 pm from May, June to September.
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Castel San Pietro

4) Castel San Pietro (must see)

Verona has some of the most beautiful castles in the world. They were built to allow their inhabitants to protect and defend themselves, but also provided a luxurious standard of living that few outside the palace walls ever experienced.

The Piazzale Castel San Pietro is an ancient fortress built atop the ruins of a viscount’s castle. It was built by Giangaleazzo Visconti in 1398 and was originally joined to the continuous wall around the Socorro. It sits on top of a hill that provides an excellent panoramic view of the city, especially when the sun is going down. Some of the buildings you will see from the San Pietro include the Santa Sofia, San Leonardo, and the San Mattia Castles.

One of the advantages of the San Pietro is that is fairly close to several attractions. The Museo Archeologico del Teatro Romano, the SS. Siro e Libera¸ the San Giovanni in Valle, the Mostra Permanente Africana, the Palazzo del Vescovado, the Ponte della Pietra, the Sant'Anastasia, the San Giorgio in Braida, the Santa Maria in Organo, the Sant' Elena, the Duomo Santa Maria Matricolare, and the Biblioteca Capitolare are just a few of the sites within walking distance of the castle.

Why You Should Visit:
You can't go inside the castle – it's all about the views across Verona which are well worth your trouble. Picture perfect!

Tip:
Stop at the Re Teodorico restaurant for cold drinks before leaving and enjoy the view from there as well.
You can take the funicular up and walk down, although hiking up the stairs is doable as well if you are fit.
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Teatro Romano

5) Teatro Romano (must see)

Well-known for its many concerts, music performances, and ballets, the Teatro Romano seats 25,000 people. Having actually been built during the first century, it is one of the oldest monuments in Verona.

For centuries, the ruins of the theater were buried underneath residences constructed on the property. In 1834, Andrea Monga bought the houses and began the renovation process. It is because of his efforts that the structure was saved.

In 1904, the city purchased the area and continued renovations until the 1970s. Although most of the structure was lost due to the ravages of time, the cavea, tier of seats, several arches of loggias, and parts of the stage and the old theater survived. One can truly take a step back in time when visiting the Teatro Romano and imagine its many great performances.

The theater is well-known for its Shakespeare Festival held from June to August each year. Jazz concerts in May, plays in June, and ballets in August are just some of the treats to enjoy. Admission is free on the first Sunday of each month. Other attractions near the theater include the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Spoleto, the Basilica di San Salvatore, and the Tower's Bridge.

Why You Should Visit:
To enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the city, lots of Roman ruins of columns and arches, plus mosaics and frescos – all in one place!
One admission ticket gains access to both the Teatro Romano and the Museo Archeologico right above it.

Tip:
If you brave the climb up the seven flights of stairs, make sure you have your ticket with you or you'll be denied access at the top.

Opening Hours:
Mon: 1:30-6:45pm; Tue-Sun: 8:30am-6:45pm
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Museo Archeologico al Teatro Romano

6) Museo Archeologico al Teatro Romano (must see)

The Archaeological Museum was founded in 1924 and hosts archaeological finds both from Verona and its surrounding areas (epigraphs, sculptures, mosaics, bronzes, etc.) as well as pieces from other collections.

About 600 works of art are exhibited in the museum and some 150 more can be seen displayed within the external cloister and the Theatre area whereas some thousands of pieces are preserved in store-rooms.

The whole complex of buildings and cloisters of the former Jesuates convent is itself a monument worth visiting. Many finds, inscriptions, and sarcophaguses are located in the Museum cloisters and in the Theatre external area.

Why You Should Visit:
Worth going for the route that takes you between courtyards, a grand building and the Theatre in an imaginative 5-story exploration of fantastic Roman artifacts, statues, and mosaics.

Tip:
Views from the museum's terrace are sublime at sunset.

Opening Hours:
Mon: 1:30pm-7:30pm; Tue-Sun: 8:30am-7:30pm
Last admission at 6:30pm
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Chiesa Santa Maria in Organo‎

7) Chiesa Santa Maria in Organo‎

Verona is a city with a rich history and that richness shows in its history, art, and its places of worship. In fact, many of the churches in the city contain museum-worthy artwork. The Chiesa Santa Maria in Orango is such a place.

The eighth century place of worship was designed by Michele Sanmicheli. It is the former home of a Benedictine abbey and parish of the Patriarchate of Aquleia. The church was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1117 and also during the fifteenth and sixteenth century. Located on the Piazzetta Santa, it is the oldest house of worship in the city and a very popular tourist attraction.

The interior of the church features a Latin cross plan with a nave and two aisles and contains the artwork of Girolamo Savoldo, Domenico Morone, Francesco Morone, and Antonio Balestra. Giovanni da Verona designed the bell tower and Nicole Goelfine and Francesco Caroto designed the frescoes. It has one of the oldest organs in the region. The exterior of the building, which was never finished, is tuff, white brick, and marble.

Operation hours: Daily 8 am - 12 pm, 2.30 pm - 6 pm (opening at 9 am on weekends).
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museo Africano

8) Museo Africano

Verona is a city that is well known for its many museums. In fact, most of the city’s galleries are located within walking distance of each other. One recommended exhibition hall that one should visit when in the city is the Museo Africano.

The Museo Africano was created by the Comboni Fathers, a group of Colombian missionaries, in 1938. The objective of the museum is to promote knowledge of Africa through the display of musical instruments, objects of worship, games, artwork and other items that reflect the daily life of African people.

In addition to the exhibits that feature work from countries such as Gabon, Nigeria, and other sub-Saharan countries, the gallery also offers several education programs such as MaskAfrica - Mask yourself too!, Animals on Stage, and Toys of the World Four to educate students about the dark continent.

Over 20,000 items, including a film library, are available for visitors to enjoy. To truly appreciate the tour, it is recommended that patrons purchase the museum guidebook that gives an overview of African culture, religion, and family. The museum is located on Vicolo Pozzo and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm on Sunday. They are closed on Monday.
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Giardino Giusti

9) Giardino Giusti (must see)

Located near a palace with the same name, the Giusti Garden is an exquisite collection of cypress trees, fountains, moss and water lilies. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful gardens in Italy. The grounds were constructed in the 16th century and were converted into the design that we see today in the 19th century.

You must view the estate in person to truly appreciate its beauty. Italians are known for creating some of the most attractive Renaissance gardens in Europe and the Guisti lives up to that reputation. Mozart, Goethe, and royalty all visited the oasis and walked past the eye-catching maze of flowerbeds and through the cypress-lined paths. Visitors will enjoy the marvelously landscaped lawns and sculptured hedgerows, gorgeous terraces and staircases, marble statues, and fountains.

It is difficult to imagine that such a beautiful space could not only experience extensive damage during the Second World War but recover from it so effortlessly. From the summit of the hill, one can enjoy a beautiful of the surrounding city.

Why You Should Visit:
Beautifully maintained, calm, and interesting place that is kept historically accurate.
The upper levels give good views over the town; the palace rooms can also be toured.

Tip:
Don't miss the secret passage behind the Pavillion (red building at the top left) as the views from the left-hand side across the garden are particularly nice.
There's nowhere to get a drink inside the garden, but hidden just around the corner in the Via Carducci is a very reasonably priced café.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-7pm

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Verona's Famous Spots

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Verona's Religious Buildings

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Verona's Museums and Galleries

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Verona for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Verona has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Verona, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.