The Italian city of Verona was the setting for one of the world’s great love stories: Romeo and Juliet. Today Verona is home to several Romeo and Juliet–linked landmarks. Here are a few to check out during your visit.
Lamberti Tower (Torre dei Lamberti)
Via della Costa, 1, Piazza delle Erbe, Verona, Verona, 37121
The original tower was built by the powerful Lamberti family in 1172, but the top was damaged by lightning in 1403. Forty years later, the tower was restored and expanded into the tallest in Verona. Today, the Lamberti Tower is one of the most popular attractions in the Piazza delle Erbe—home to the Baroque Palazzo Maffei, crenellated Casa dei Mercanti, and frescoed Mazzanti houses—and is included in walking tours of Verona along with the Roman arena in Piazza Bra, the Castelvecchio bridge and museum, and the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore.
Things to Know Before You Go
The views from the top of the tower are the best in Verona, so be sure to bring your camera.
You can reach the top via the 368 steps inside of the tower, or the glass-sided elevator.
Kids especially love the vertiginous climb up to the scenic platform.
The tower is accessible to wheelchair users via the elevator.
How to Get There
Verona is located in Italy’s Veneto region, halfway between Venice and Milan and just west of Padua. Piazza delle Erbe and the Lamberti Tower are in the historic center of Verona, about a 30-minute walk from the train station or 15 minutes by bus.
When to Get There
The best time to visit the tower is morning or late afternoon, when the light is perfect for taking photos of the view. Verona is known as the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and the city holds its Verona in Love festival each year around Valentine’s Day, with special events and exhibitions.
The Bells of Torre dei Lamberti
The Lamberti Tower was originally built as a city watchtower to warn the citizens of impending disasters such as fire or attacks by the Venetians. Two bells were installed in the tower: the smaller, the Marangona, was used for fire alerts; the larger, the Rengo, was used to call citizens to arms or to call city council to meetings.
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