For most people, Verona is the setting of one of the most famous
love stories ever told - William Shakespeare's
making it one of the most
popular holiday destinations for lovers and romantics. Shakespeare
said, 'There is no world outside these walls...' and tourists will
indeed feel like they are lost inside another world when they enter
the gates of the historic city of Verona.
With beautiful red-tiled rooftops juxtaposed by leafy green
trees and the sparkling Adige River that flows through this UNESCO
World Heritage Site, Verona is one of the most picturesque
destinations in the country. Sadly though, much of the exquisite
ancient architecture and ancient Roman monuments were destroyed by
a powerful earthquake that rocked the city in 1117, which led to a
massive Romanesque rebuilding (evident in structures like the
ancient parish of San Giovanni in Valle).
Visit Juliet's house and balcony and rub her statue for good
luck, stroll across the Ponte Pietra bridge to admire the views
over the Adige River, visit the remains of a 3rd-century Roman gate
at the historic Porta Borsari, visit the statue of famed poet Dante
Alighieri in the Piazza dei Signori, or marvel at the crumbling but
still functional Arena di Verona, an enormous Roman amphitheatre
dating back 2,000 years and still boasting the largest opera stage
in the world. The best time to visit the Arena is during the
'lyrical season', in the summer, where operas take place inside
this ancient theatre on balmy summer nights.
The areas surrounding Verona provide some of Italy's most
breathtaking scenery, and a trip to Valpolicella or Soave to sample
the renowned wines is something wine-lovers will not want to miss
out on; while nearby Lake Garda to the west of Verona is a popular
tourist destination, and whose shore is home to a number of
exclusive hotels and resorts.
After a long day of enjoying the romance, history and splendour
of the city of Verona, climb the steps on the hill above the Roman
Amphitheatre to the Castell San Pietro (St Peter's Castle) for
spectacular views over the city - the perfect setting for a
romantic sunset picnic.