San Zeno Basilica

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Basic info

Type of attraction


Italian name

Basilica di San Zeno


Piazza San Zeno, 2, 37123 Verona

+39 045 592813

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How to visit


Single Entrance
Price: 4,00€

Visit only 1 of the 4 churches.
Purchases only on site. Valid only for the same day.

The 4 Churches Itinerary*
Price: 8,00€
Senior over 65: 7,00€
Student: 7,00€

*Includes: Verona Cathedral, Basilica of San Zeno, Basilica of Saint Anastasia & Church of Saint Fermo.
*Purchases on site & online.

Family Tickets
Children under 18: Free**

**If accompanied by 2 paying adults.

Free access
Opening times

November to February
Monday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 1 pm – 5:30 pm
Religious holidays: 1 pm – 5:30 pm

March to October
Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 1 pm – 6:30 pm
Religious holidays: 1 pm – 6:30 pm

Closing days


Piazza San Zeno, 2, 37123 Verona

Public transports

From Catullo Verona Airport:
Bus 199
+ 15 min walk to Stradone Porta Palio B:
Bus 33, 32

Bus 199
+ 2 min walk to Bus Terminal B2:
Bus 11 + 9 min walk

From Verona Porta Nuova Bus Station:
Terminal B3: Bus 24, 21, 93, 94 + 14 min walk

Terminal C2: Bus 98 + 19 min walk

More details

  • Door Bronzes of Saint Zeno: with 48 plates created by various artists (12th and 13th centuries). Pay attention to the four Brioloto’s plates, depicting the life of Saint Zeno (centre of the right door). Scenes from the Old and the New Testament are also represented.
  • Porch: work of Nicholaus in 1138. Known for its two lions at the entrance and the sculpted depictions of St. Zeno, the Creation, the life of Christ, the Hunt of Theodoric the Great.
  • Altarpiece: a triptych by Andrea Mantegna (1460). A representative masterpiece of its era, revealing great compositional skills through the use of perspective and light.
  • The Smiling St. Zeno: the iconic statue of the Saint Patron of Verona.
  • Frescoes: such as “Saint George slaying the dragon”-
  • Crucifixion“: a tempera on panel by the school of Altichiero da Verona.
  • Rose Window: in a “Wheel of Fortune” configuration. Created by Brioloto and decorated by Adamino da San Giorgio.
  • Tower: a present-day reminder of the ancient monastery (13th century).
  • Bell tower: its distinctive slender shape is kind of a landmark.
  • Apse & Wooden Ceiling: both in gothic style.
  • Cloister: dates from the 10th century. Houses the Shrine of St. Benedict.
  • Crypt: houses the urn of Saint Zeno. Main arches were decorated by Adamino da San Giorgio. There are 49 columns with adorned capitals and frescoes resembling Giotto’s style.

c. 371–80 – Death of Saint Zeno (patron Saint of Verona).

9th century – Construction of the Basilica and the adjacent monastery.

807 – Relics of the St. Zeno are moved to the Basilica.

1117 – A significant earthquake results in extensive destruction.

1138 – Restoration and expansion works.

1045-1178 – Construction of the Bell Tower.

13th century – Entrance arches of the crypt are decorated by Adamino da San Giorgio.

1398 – Reconstruction works of the Basilica are completed.

19th century – Benedictine abbey is destroyed in the Napoleonic wars.

the surroundings

  • Castelvecchio Museum (1 km)
  • Castelvecchio Bridge (1 km)
  • Palace of Gran Guardia (1,3 km)
  • Verona Arena (1,4 km)
  • Church of St. Eufemia (1 km)
  • Pizzeria Vesu’ Express (63 m)
  • Trattoria ai Piloti (80 m)
  • La Basilica (90 m)
  • Vescovo Moro (170 m)
  • Civico2 Tripoli (270 m)