This city is the setting for one of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays, Romeo and Juliet. And you can see its Roman origins in the ancient ruins scattered throughout the centre, leading to the city’s inclusion on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List. The entire city centre is encircled by the River Adige and rolling hills -just a couple of minutes walk from the city- that offer stunning panoramic views. The Arena di Verona is an open-air theatre that dates back to the Roman period; its summer Opera Festival is famous all round Europe. Verona is also a world wine capital and the fourth most popular travel destination in Italy. It is just 20 minutes away from Garda Lake, a paradise for windsurfing and sailing aficionados, with picturesque villages directly on the water, surrounded by olive trees.
The oldest church in the Veneto region, one with a Roman necropolis in its crypt, one with separate areas for women, one where roses are blessed, and then the hermitage in the hills.
From the walls to the forts on the hills and from the Arsenal to the Santa Marta former military bakery, now home to the University – the grand legacy of the Austrian dominion over Verona.
Piazza Erbe, via Mazzini, Piazza Bra: most tourists visiting Verona congregate here, maybe without realising that they are just a few metres away from discovering some architectural gems that have been immortalised also by Hollywood.
Five ways to survive in Verona when it’s exceptionally hot and you can’t escape to the lake or the mountains.
The new funicular, recently opened in Verona, transports passengers to the city’s most panoramic viewpoint at Castel San Pietro in under a minute. The perfect opportunity to discover nearby attractions such as the Roman theatre and the Archaeological museum.
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