Verona, Italy

The Ponte Pietra of Verona by night. Photo © Sacred Destinations.

Verona is one of the most beautiful cities in Northern Italy. Located 70 miles west of Venice, this golden-hued and prosperous city on the river is famously the home of Romeo and Juliet (you can even visit a "House of Juliet"), but religious and cultural travelers will likely be more smitten with Verona's ancient Roman architecture, multiple medieval churches, and plentiful Renaissance art.

Verona Cathedral
Dating primarily from the 12th century, Verona's cathedral features fine Romanesque carvings, some Early Christian artifacts, and a lovely painting by Titian.
San Zeno Maggiore
The most important medieval church in Verona, San Zeno was founded in the 5th century and rebuilt in the 12th century. It has fine bronze doors and many other important artworks.