All that many people know about Verona is that William Shakespeare set his most famous play Romeo and Juliet in Verona. However, two things are known, William Shakespeare never visited Verona and Romeo and Juliet were just fictional characters. This should not take away from the magic of Verona and it is a town to fall in love with. Easy to get to, on the train line to Milan and Venice as well as on the main highway A4 and lots of places to stay. I recommend staying overnight and enjoying this wonderful city at night. Here are five things I love about Verona.
1. Verona is a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Verona was founded in the 1st century B.C. It flourished in the 13th and 14th century and was a part of the Republic of Venice from the 15th to the 18th century. Because of this history, it has a remarkable collection of antiquity, medieval and Renaissance periods.
2. Verona has an amazing Roman Arena.
The third largest in the world, the Verona Arena was built in the 1st century and and has a pinkish look. It is situated in Piazza Brà, a large square that is the main entrance point to the historic heart of Verona. Lots of cafes and shops are all around the area. While it originally was used for gladiator combats, today it is home for one of the greatest open air opera festivals in the world.
3. Verona has some of the most beautiful Piazzas in the world
Piazza delle Erbe was originally a Roman Forum, but now it is filled with both medieval and renaissance architecture. While in the day you can buy fruit and other produce as well as many souvenirs and clothes, at night it becomes happening with lots of cafes to hang out in as well as people just enjoying their time in the piazza.
4. Verona is Romantic
While Romeo and Juliet never lived in Verona, the romance in Verona would have you believe otherwise. One of the big sights in Verona is Casa di Giulietta or Juliet’s house. While we know that Juliet did not exist and she was fiction, it does not stop the hundreds of thousands of people coming to Verona and seeing this famous house and balcony. The Juliet house was was owned by the family dell Capello, dates from the 13th and has a courtyard and balcony on it. You can visit the house for a fee, but really, don’t bother. Stand in the courtyard and look at the balcony for free. While it is not real, it still is an experience. Notes plaster the walls, looking for love and you see many love padlocks attached to the gate, declaring their love and throwing away the key. So while you won’t meet Juliet, you will see lots of people who have not given up on love.
5. Verona has a beautiful River
Situated on River Adige, no visit is complete to Verona without seeing the river and more importantly its bridges. Ponte Pietra, which is a Roman bridge, and is the oldest bridge in Verona. Destroyed by the Germans on their retreat in 1945, it was rebuilt using its original materials. The other beautiful bridge that is a must is Ponte di Castelvecchio. Built around 1350, this bridge was built for the Scaligeris’ Family in case of the need to escape their castle. I recommend besides walking across these historic bridges, walk across some modern ones so that you can see the beauty of the bridges from the water.
Whether it is a day trip, or you are staying overnight, you will not be disappointed in Fair Verona.