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If you're in town the first Sunday of any month, note that entrance is free for the following sites: Castelvecchio Museum, the Roman Theater, and Juliet's Tomb.

Because there are so many churches in Verona, an admission charge has been imposed in an attempt to cover custodian charges and offer longer hours.

Verona by Cumulative Ticket

The VeronaCard, a biglietto cumulativo (cumulative ticket), will help you visit several of the city's sites for just one fee. Two versions of the card are available. The 10€ card, valid for just 1 day, allows you to ride the city's buses and enter its museums, monuments, and churches. The 15€ card offers the same places but allows you 3 consecutive days rather than 1. You'll find the VeronaCard for sale at the sites listed, or call tel. 045-807-7774.

Liar, Liar

You'll be able to spot the Arco della Costa (Arch of the Rib) by the enormous whalebone hanging overhead. It was placed here 1,000 years ago when it was said to have been unearthed during excavations on this spot, indicating this area was once underwater. Local legend goes that the rib will fall on the first person to pass beneath it who has never told a lie -- thus explaining the nonchalance with which every Veronese passes under it.

A Church Tip

Verona's churches have banded together as the Associazione Chiese Vive (tel. 045-592-813; www.chieseverona.it). Admission to any one church is 2.50€, or you can buy a cumulative ticket for 5€ for adults, granting admission to Sant'Anastasia, San Zeno, San Fermo, and the Duomo complex. Note: If you're only going to visit Verona's churches, this is the deal for you. Otherwise, if you want to see all or most of the city's attractions, stick with the VeronaCard.

Beautiful Views

The panorama from the Torre dei Lamberti is not the only perspective of Verona from on high. The view from the Roman Theater is beautiful any time of day, but particularly during the evening performances -- the ancient Romans knew a thing or two about dramatic settings. For other views, you can take a rickety elevator to the 10th-century Church of Santa Libera above the theater, or to the former monastery and cloisters of San Girolamo, which now houses a small archaeological museum. Above this is the Castel San Pietro, whose foundations date from the times of the Romans and whose terraces offer one of the best views in town.

Gardens

Close to the Castel San Pietro is the well-known, multitiered Giardino Giusti gardens (tel. 045-803-4029), whose formal 16th-century layout and geometrical designs of terraces, fountains, statuary, and staircases inspired, among many, Mozart and Goethe. The gardens are open daily from 9am to dusk; admission is 6€.

Shopping

Unlike in Venice, most of the people walking Verona's boutique-lined pedestrian streets are locals, not tourists. Come to Verona to spend some time doing what the locals do, shopping and stopping in any of the myriad cafes and pasticcerie. Shopping is mostly for the Veronesi, and upscale clothing and accessories boutiques line the two most fashionable shopping streets, Via Mazzini (connecting the Arena and the Piazza delle Erbe) and Via Cappello, heading southeast from the piazza and past Juliet's House. There's also Corso Borsari to check out, and Corso Sant'Anastasia (heading west and east, respectively, out of the Piazza delle Erbe), the latter having a concentration of interesting antiques stores.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.