About Chris O
Lives in London
Since Aug 2007
Hi. I’m Chris, an American freelance creative living in London. I keep busy working as a blogger, photojournalist, community manager, consultant, curator and more. The opportunities and challenges keep getting bigger, better and more meaningful for me every year! I’m having so much fun. Favorite destinations are many and my list of must-see places to visit seems to get longer the more I travel! I’m a huge fan of Lisbon, Istanbul and Queenstown – to name but a few preferred repeat locations. I also love heading back to the States every chance I find and cannot get enough of the Deep South – Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas – and Hawaii holds a particularly special place in my heart as well. And even though I’ve been based in London for years, it and the whole of Britain still yield myriad wonders for me.
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Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Performances, Operas, Arenas & Stadiums
Architectural Buildings, Speciality Museums
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Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Churches & Cathedrals, Sacred & Religious Sites
Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Ancient Ruins, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Castles, Historic Sites
Historic Sites, Theatres
The Bra is the largest piazza in Verona — and depending on how you define it, the largest in all of Italy. It is home to the 2,000 year old Verona Arena amphitheater and two of Verona’s most famous palaces (the Gran Guardia, and the Palazzo Barbieri, aka the town hall), not to mention a dazzling array of shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels. Whether commencing your day or winding it down, Piazza Bra is a great 'base' and a visit to Verona would be incomplete without a pass through it, at least.
This 2,000 year old Roman amphitheater is famous for the grand scale opera productions staged here every year. But its not just opera that brings ‘em in. Check to see what’s on at the Arena during your visit. From the latest pop sensations and biggest selling touring artist to the very best in opera, there’s usually something phenomenally spectacular on stage to experience. And even if opera or live concerts aren’t your thing, the chance to see this impeccably preserved ancient structure might well still be a highlight of your visit to Verona.
'Wherefore art thou Romeo?' Probably drowning in a sea of tourists taking photos of the balcony similar to the one from which Shakepeare’s Juliet pined so eloquently! If you can manage a time when this place isn’t teeming, this is a lovely and historic home that’s a delight to see.
Verona’s 'other piazza' (in reality there are several, and even a number of smaller piazetta-sized squares as well) — Piazza delle Erbe — is arguably the prettier of the two main piazzas. When you’re there, be sure to look up to enjoy the frescos on its buildings and to admire the nearby and iconic Torre dei Lamberti.
This 84-meter (275-foot) tower dating back to 1172 AD is the tallest medieval tower in town and offers commanding views across the city and surrounding countryside.
Also known as Piazza Dante because of its statue of Dante Alighieri, this stately 'piazza of the lords' is but a minute’s walk from Piazza delle Erbe and offers a chance to reflect on the beauty of the city while getting a sense of its history and centuries of wealth.
These five rather over-the-top tombs commemorate the lives of the Scaligeri family, rulers of Verona during the 13th and 14th centuries.
With its crypt famed as the setting for the marriage of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this 12th century Romanesque cathedral (the crypt dating back to the 900s) is also worth visiting for its outstanding architecture, ornate features, and beautiful cloister.
Built on a site that’s been consecrated since the late 4th century AD, Verona’s main cathedral is a must-see for fans of history, architecture, and religious art.
This limestone double-arched Roman era entrance to the ancient city is a beautiful reminder of the many eons Verona has seen.
An extension of the popular and equally awe inspiring Museo di Castelvecchio, this 1st century AD bridge was destroyed in WWII and rebuilt with pieces from its original structure. It is a marvel to behold this fortified span across the River Adige and a testament to the wealth and might of the Scaligeri family who reigned over Verona in the 13th and 14th centuries..
Verona’s massive 14th century fortress is today one of the city’s top attractions as a museum featuring 29 rooms of paintings, sculptures, weapons, and more dating from the 1300s to the 1700s.
Not to be confused the Verona Arena, this ancient Roman theater set beside the River Adige was built in the first century AD and yields a excellent opportunity to discover Verona’s fascinating past and maybe even catch a concert. Do not leave without paying a visit to the theater’s archaeology museum!