The city of Verona, in northern Italy’s Veneto region is captivating and unassuming. Its 14th century Shakespearian association adds a fairy tale feel to a city which is full of history, culture, and literature, blended together in perfect harmony.
What makes Verona so famous?
Most famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, thousands of romantics’ flock to a residence with a tiny balcony overlooking a little courtyard said be Juliet’s House. Giulietta the most tragic lover of all time receives 4,000 letters from all over the world asking for relationship advice, each letter receives a response.
The streets of Verona are aligned with beautiful stores and in between there are botteghe which recall ancient crafts and forgotten skills. One would be happy to just wander the streets stumbling into an elegant coffee shop or salumeria. The warm hospitality of the locals compel you to enter, to sit, to buy and leave with a feeling of contentment.
Verona the city
Verona is surrounded by a number of walls which guard the heart of the city. Built over different historical periods they are evident all over the City, it is for this reason that Verona is listed as an UNESCO world heritage site. Adige; Italy’s second largest river dissects the city, however it is not the focal point though, it doesn’t take the importance of other river cities.
The other famous attraction is the Arena di Verona, a Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Bra (it holds a resemblance to the Colosseum), built in the 1st Century. Still in use today, it is internationally famous for the large-scale opera performances. One of the best-preserved ancient structures of its kind, in ancient times, it held nearly 30,000 people.
With so much history, the Veronese are proud of their heritage and it is evident as they stroll in the evening along the wide lista (marble footpath) displaying elegance, and enjoying an aperitivo.
Vita Italian Tours/Pronto Travel arrange private itineraries to visit the beautiful city of Verona. Guided tours, apartment or boutique hotel accommodation and sumptuous food and wine experiences. Contact us to find out more about visiting this truly romantic city.