The Verona Churches
Verona is full of beautiful churches, some of which are among the most significant in Italy. These are the ones that really should not
For the location of these Verona churches and other Verona sights you can visit our
Verona map page.
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
The most magnificent of all Verona’s churches, built in the 12th
century and dedicated to the patron saint of Verona, Saint Zeno. The
church is to be found in Piazza San Zeno and entrance costs €4.
facade is often described as being magnificent but I find it to be a
little austere for my tastes - still beautiful in its own way though. The adjacent 14th century bell
tower was mentioned in Dante’s Divine Comedy.
Especially lovely is the Rose Window known as the Wheel of Fortune Window. The statues that make up the window show the hardships you can expect to enjoy as you struggle through life.
the outside is not beautiful, in a spectacular kind of way, it is
definitely not the case with the interior. The church is filled with
The splendid frescoes dating from the 13th and 14th
centuries, an amazing inner brass door with panels depicting biblical
scenes, a marble statue of Saint Zeno and an extremely important, early
Renaissance, work by Andrea Mantegna.
Church of San Lorenzo
San Lorenzo Church in Corso Cavour dates from the 12th century and is
one the most important of the Verona churches. The overall impression
of this church is one of austerity and the highlight is probably some of
the 13th century frescoes and the 16th century altar painting by
Domenico Brusasorci .
You need to pay to get in – which is around
€3. A good idea is to buy a ticket for €5 that allows you to enter all
the main churches of Verona. Ask the local tourism office for details.
Santa Maria Antica
Santa Maria Antica, near Piazza dei Signori, was the local parish church of the absolutely awful
The church was built in the 9th century and then rebuilt in the 12th century after an earthquake.
of any visit are the tombs of the Scaligeri family - pretty weird to
say the least but then this was not your average family. There was no
space in the church for these extravagant tombs so they are outside and
are most certainly worth a visit.
Situated in Corso Sant’Anastasia, is this enormous church, completed
in the 15th century it is one of the most significant Gothic churches in
Don't miss the two stoups inside the church which are
held up by two hunchbacks. They really have such expressive and sad
faces. I ended up feeling very sorry for them - much to the amusement of
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