It's symbolic monument is the Arena, the amphitheatre with almost 2000 years of history. While the palaces and courtyards are connected to the mythical Romeo and Juliet, Verona continues to enchant the whole world.
The second city of art in the region, Verona displays its artistic, cultural, and natural treasures with pride. Thanks to its particular geographical location, it has been the most important commercial crossroads of northern Europe since antiquity, a place where populations and diverse histories converge.
The Roman establishments, the era of liberty, and the rule of the Scaligeri, Venetians, and Austrians: history permeates the architectural and artistic history of Verona.
Every dominion left its impression and became superimposed on the previous one. Today Verona "is vibrations, irradiation, colour, art becomes scenery and confuses itself with the place, a mirage of a romantic city", written by Guido Piovene, famous writer and journalist from Vicenza.
It is a city that seduces, just like the gentle river Adige that crosses through the city, forming a C-shaped loop, almost holding the city in a symbolic embrace.
Verona preserves a mainly medieval appearance, but where it is possible to see the views from high up, one can perceive that its streets are still obviously part of a Roman urban structure.
There are still magnificent traces remaining from this dominion such as the Arena, which is the backdrop of the celebrated Piazza Bra. This is where the gladiators battled in the past. Today the most famous open-air theatre on the international stage, it hosts one of the most prestigious lyrical seasons in the world.
It is impossible to mention all of the masterpieces of Verona, which can be discovered gradually, perhaps by losing oneself in the city's streets that sometimes become a labyrinth for even the most capable tourists. Its frescoed palaces, bridges, churches, and squares accompany the visitor in an amazing journey through history.
However one cannot go to Verona and not visit the Casa di Giulietta (Juliet's House), the romantic heroine of Shakespeare's tragedy. This is the basis for which Verona has constructed its fame as the "city of love".