Perhaps most famous for providing the backdrop to Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece Romeo and Juliet, Verona is a city full of romance, culture and superb architecture. A stroll down the streets of Verona is a walk through history, with traces of Roman, medieval, Venetian and Austrian influence apparent in the city’s beautiful churches, grand squares and wondrous palaces.
Flights to Verona take around two hours, making it the perfect destination for a short city break, or you can spend a week here exploring the city and the surrounding areas.
Why choose Verona?
The city itself is an intriguing mixture of culture that dates back to the Romans all the way up to present day. Whether taking in the history of Old Verona or exploring the parts of the city where two star-crossed lovers met their untimely demise, the beauty and elegance of this UNESCO World Heritage Site makes it worthy of a holiday in its own right.
It is also a gateway to the nearby Lake Garda, one of Italy’s most gorgeous natural wonders. Panoramic views of this awesome body of water are simply breathtaking, whereas the quaint villages of Valeggio sul Mincio, Borghetto and Custoza offer a glimpse at old Italy and a great chance to immerse yourself in an almost unchanged culture. Garda’s banks are awash with places of interest, castles, cultural experiences and outdoor adventures, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy.
Relive Shakespeare’s tragedy
No trip to Verona would be complete without a trip to the areas in which this tale of true romance unfolded. The Capulet House - Casa di Giulietta - is a tower-shaped building which once belonged to the Dal Cappello family. In this thirteenth century courtyard you can see the famous balcony where Romeo and Juliet first professed their undying love for one another. The tunnel through which you entered the house is lined with love notes to Juliet from tourists from all over the world. Leave your heart here as Romeo did and await the reply of Juliet’s secretaries.
Old Verona contains an abundance of Roman architecture and monuments that are of such pristine quality that only Rome can truly rival it. The Amphitheatre, the Roman Theatre, Ponte Pietra, the Arco dei Gavi and the Roman Bridge are all incredibly preserved and take you back two thousand years as you stroll through these ancient streets. As well as the fine Roman influence, you will also see handwork of the Venetians, with their ornately decorated palaces and the sensational artworks that hang in the Castelvecchio Museum.
Standing out from the Piazza Bra, you will find the formidable yet impressive Arena. Here, the Romans would have cheered on everything from theatrical performances to gladiatorial battles. The third largest structure of its kind in Italy, Verona’s Arena is a truly remarkable monument to one of the most powerful ancient Empires of all time.
Indulge in the Piazza delle Erbe
Lined with exquisite cafes and restaurants, this old Roman forum contains some of the most fascinating buildings in all of Verona. During the day you will also find a bustling market here where you can pick up lovely local wares and stroll amongst the fabulous facades that surround the square. After stopping for a delicious lunch at one of the square’s many eateries, take in the likes of the Palazzo Maffei and step through the Arco della Costa which supports a suspended whale rib that will drop onto the first person to walk under this famous arch, according to legend.
The surrounding area
While the city itself makes the flight to Verona more than worthwhile, its location in the Italian Lake District means it has more to offer - ideal if you'll be spending longer than a few days here. Lake Garda is around a 30 minute train journey from the city, so it's easy to reach the countryside if you fancy a few days away from the urban hubbub. Lake Garda is the largest of Italy's lakes and is a wonderful place for all kinds of outdoor activities, from hiking and cycling to sailing and climbing. It has a temperate Mediterranean climate, which makes it a popular place to visit at any time of the year. As well as its glorious outdoor spaces, Lake Garda boasts numerous towns and cities that are wonderful to explore. Gardone Riviera, Castelnuovo del Garda, Desenzano del Garda, Salo and Arco are just a handful of the places you can visit after arriving on a flight to Verona. There are also some excellent spas here, where thermal springs provide a natural rejuvenation and modern wellness facilities have been developed so you can be pampered before you fly home.
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