Verona (Italy) – The city of Romeo and Juliet.
Looking for some romance, fun and history this vacation? The city of Verona beckons you! The picturesque city has history woven into its streets, walls and buildings, and love etched into its cultural fabric.
From poignant words of love at Juliet’s home to historic symbols reflecting awe-inspiring architecture and wonderful boutiques urging unabashed fun, a Verona trip is all you seek and more!
Verona in History
It was an ancient tribe, perhaps Raeti or Euganei, that gave the world the city of Verona in the 1st century B.C. The marvellous city found its glory during the rule of the Scaliger family between 13th and 14th centuries. Its glory was re-established during the period of its Venetian belongingness, between the 15th and 18th centuries.
Tourists visiting the city experience its culture, heritage and beauty, through its monuments. Verona has been able to save its glorious monuments from the ancient period through the Medieval times
and the Renaissance era.
The geography of the city places Verona near Lessini Mountains in northern Italy. The Lessini Mountains are situated on the river Adige.
Places to Visit
Verona experienced earth’s most captivating love story, that of Romeo and Juliet’s. The world still continues to feel the joy, pain and innocence of their love. The everlasting romance is not the only taste of the city though.
There is romance hidden in the city’s magnificent buildings and beautiful ruins that speak of multiple centuries well-lived. Ruins, buildings and architecture grace every inch of the city, conveying the cultural strength of the city.
Here are some places that are a must-visit during your Verona travel.
The abode of Shakespeare’s Juliet Capulet is a famous tourist attraction that pulls lovers from across the world. Juliet’s Balcony is the spot of romantic trysts of lovers. It was from this balcony that Juliet was wooed by Romeo.
The building, however, belongs to 12th century. The Del Cappello family was the original owner of the Juliet’s home. The building served as a hostel during their time. Juliet’s Balcony was, in fact, a later addition, to attract tourists. It was the Cappello family that inspired the creation of the Capulet family.
Tourists visiting Juliet’s home strike a pose at the Balcony and spend time in her garden. They pour out their love in words on the walls.
Address – Juliet’s balcony:
Via Cappello 23, Verona
Address – Juliet’s Grave:
Corso Porta Nuova 2, Verona
The Juliet’s Monument gracing the yard of Juliet’s home, is a demure woman with a hidden strength, perhaps drawn from her love for Romeo. The bronze statue is believed to bring love-luck to those that rub the statue.
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Arena di Verona (or) The Verona Arena
The Arena di Verona is the city of Verona itself in stones. Nearly 20 centuries of human history is locked in the walls of this amphitheatre that is still functional.
The monument witnessed gladiator fights during the Roman era. Spectacular sports events were held within the monument during the Medieval times. It was in 1913 that the Verona Arena became functional as an open-air theatre for opera performances.
The amphitheatre today can seat 25, 000 people and is the largest amphitheatre of true Roman theme in northern Italy. This monument of global import also serves as the host for the yearly summer opera festival that draws people from all corners the world.
The architecture of the amphitheatre is breath-taking. The structure consists of 3 concentric circles. Seats are arranged at various tiers for spectators. The arena is structured in the centre – an arena that has witnessed the deadliest to the most melodious of performances in history.
From intense gladiator combats to beast fights and grand sports events and popular opera, the Arena di Verona has seen far more than one’s imagination.
The Arena di Verona construction consists of squared marble. Veronese marble has been used for the tiers. Cells, galleries and secret passageways are present beneath the tiers, some of which are not open to tourist visits.
The Arena di Verona is a 1st century construction that reflects time itself. The amphitheatre is one of the most well-preserved monuments with rich historical significance.
Experience the Arena di Verona and its events in true glory! For information on events and tickets, visit here.
When histories rub shoulders: The Juliet’s Balcony is only at a 10-minute walking distance from the historic Arena di Verona.
The Castel San Pietro – Funicular
Enjoy a stunning view of Verona from atop! Situated right in the centre of Verona, the Castel San Pietro Funicular (cable lift – tikets here) leaves you gasping with its aerial view of the city. The travel to this breath-taking view is only a few minutes from the ground!
The Panoramic Terrace gives you a thrilling view of the entire city. The entire landscape of Adige river and the hills of Verona along with the monuments and their architecture is a sight to behold. The Panoramic Terrace also hosts many interesting public events in the evenings.
The Streets of Verona
The streets of the city are a marvel in themselves. The unique pattern of Verona’s streets is reflective of the original themes of the Roman urban times. The streets are interspersed with Romanian gates and bastions, which continue to be symbolic of the city’s strong defence system.
The streets of Verona are best experienced on foot.
The uniqueness of the streets and monuments lies in their restoration. The architectural richness of centuries has been carefully preserved through the use of existing restoration guidelines. These guidelines align with the Italian tradition of the 19th century.
The restoration principle is respectful of the architectural heritage requiring the process to be in a pattern that is urban while fulfilling restoration criteria. Some monuments, for example, adhered strictly to past documentation and reused original materials for restoration.
Shopping in Verona
Verona has something for everyone.
For the fabric-savvy, the city has numerous boutiques showcasing a range of style, from simple to the designer variety.
Looking for luxury? Verona has stores of Gucci, Valentino and Burberry among other luxury fashion brands to satisfy your fashion palette.
Fine works of leather and perfumes are another signature element of the city’s streets. Verona’s skill in leatherworks goes back to centuries. The richness of heritage and skill are evident in the superior quality of shoes here.
To titillate your senses with the magic of perfumes that is purely Verona, try the luxury Maison 22.22 from Les Folies Du Parfum.
For satiating your taste buds, Verona has an impressive range of cuisine. From dried herbs, fresh pasta to indigenous cheese, breads and delicacies, the city offers a sumptuous palette for gastronomic pursuits. Local liquor and wine are also available.
Verona is a city for romantics at heart. The city is ideal for exploration for lovers, couples, adventurers, aficionados of rich culture, and connoisseurs of good food, wine and luxury. Make your vacation unforgettable with the city of Verona.
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