The Arena Square
Verona would not be Verona without its Arena. Nor the square where it proudly stands. The open space is a de facto foyer of unforgettable charm welcoming all those who attend shows and concerts at the grandiose amphitheatre. But Piazza Bra, or more simply 'La Bra', is much more.
Its name derives from the Longobard breit, evolving to the Veronese braida, meaning 'widening', since it is the largest square in the entire city. It dates back to the 16th century but took on the appearance we know today in the 18th century.
Once you cross the Portoni della Bra, the ancient gateway to the city, you will find yourself in front of the Liston, a paved promenade along a succession of elegant, colourful buildings, all with wide porticoes. Since 2012, the polychrome of the Liston has been accentuated by new sunshades, designed by Franco Zeffirelli, all matching the façade of the building to which they are attached.