Verona has a long and fascinating history that makes it a wonderful choice for anyone looking for a cultural escape. The city was founded in the 1st century BC and has managed to protect many historical monuments and beautiful buildings from a variety of periods, making it a true delight to discover.
It also has strong links with Shakespeare, having been the setting for Romeo and Juliet and has an excellent programme of theatrical, operatic and musical performances throughout the year. What makes a holiday to Verona more than just a city break, though, is its proximity to Lake Garda.
It's just a short drive to the Italian Lake District where you can explore the shores of Lake Garda at your leisure by hiking, cycling or taking a boat trip on the water.
Top sights in Verona
Verona is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with numerous noteworthy landmarks in its centre. The following are a few of the most famous monuments in the city.
• The Arena - This Roman amphitheatre was constructed in the 1st century AD and is very well preserved. During the opera season, it is used to stage performances - this runs from June to August, so plan your trip for these months if you're keen to see a show.
• Ponte Pietra - Dating from the 1st century BC, this is the oldest bridge in Verona - although the structure has collapsed and been rebuilt several times over the years. On the left bank of the River Adige you can still see the original Roman arches, though.
• Castelvecchio - This medieval castle on the banks of the River Adige was restored in the mid-20th century and converted into a museum, making it one of the city's top visitor attractions. The castle itself is very striking, while its rooms and halls contain paintings, sculptures and exhibitions of artefacts like weapons.
• Piazza Erbe - One of Verona's most picturesque squares, Piazza Erbe is surrounded by ornate palaces that were once inhabited by the city's noble families, while its centrepiece is the Madonna Verona Fountain.
• Juliet's House - This medieval palace, which was owned by the Dal Cappello family, has been named Juliet's House, although it was not the inspiration for the setting of Shakespeare's famous tragedy. A balcony was added in the early 20th century and is a favourite photo spot among fans of the playwright.
If you are extending your city break in Verona for a week or more, you'll have time to explore some of the spectacular surrounding countryside. Lake Garda is a popular day trip from the city, where you can discover outstanding areas of natural beauty and visit a few of the ancient villages that dot its shoreline.
Another option if you're keen to spend a few days of your trip outside of the city is to head into the mountains - the Lessinia region and Monte Baldo are easy to reach from Verona, with both these areas offering amazing views over Lake Garda and home to numerous hiking trails where you can really get back to nature.
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