Verona - The City of Love
Verona is not
as famous as the other Italian towns like Rome, Pisa, Florence
or Venice. But this town treasures the most famous love story
in history: Love Story of Romeo and Juliet. William
Shakespeare has immortalized the town of Verona in his famous
novel featuring the love tragedy of lovers Romeo Montecchi
e Giulietta Capuleti perhaps, better known worldwide simply
as ''Romeo and Juliet''.
While in Verona you will be surprise to see that
Casa de Giulietta, or Juliet's house is an actual
house, with an actual balcony, just like you imagined while
reading the play. The background is perfect with ivy growing
off of the neighboring walls, and the balcony is the perfect
height for any Romeo to try and romance a Juliet. Romeo's
house is only a short walk down the road, but it's not as
impressive as Julietís.
Despite the debate
as to whether the characters actually existed, tourists continue
to flock to the famous balcony, and to participate in the strange
tradition of rubbing the right breast of the bronze statue of Juliet
for good luck.
Verona is located in
the Veneto region of north-eastern Italy, approximately 70 miles
west of Venice. The city
was originally a Roman settlement, but along with other such cities,
it suffered a major decline during the fall of the Roman Empire.
Verona became a city-state in the 12th century. In 1405, it became
part of the Venetian Republic. Following a period of Austrian rule,
officially an Italian city during the Unification of Italy in 1866.
Today, Verona is the largest city on the mainland of the Veneto,
and it is a major agricultural and industrial center.
Verona is known as Piccolo Roma which means little Rome
and aptly so. Verona also known as Urbs Nobilissima, and it is the
second biggest city in Veneto (after Venice). During its golden
era in the 13th and 14th century, the city flourished as a capital
of culture and art. Verona is situated on the foothills of the Alps
and at the mouth of the Adige valley. The city is blessed with music
especially when it hosts the summer opera festival every year (July
to August) in the Roman Arena.
Verona is often called "the gateway of Italy". Verona
has lots to offer, right from its monuments, squares, churches to
its ancient treasures that present the history and art through the
centuries. The city is most famous for its Roman Amphitheatre,
the Arena, completed around 30 AD. The Arena is the third largest
in the whole of Italy, after Romeís Colosseum and the Arena at Capua.
The splendid and famous ĎArena of Veronaí can hold the seating capacity
of around 22,000 people. Itís used today to house the opera, fairs
and various other events.
this beautiful town you come across many historical buildings,
among them is the Castelvecchio,
or the old castle, which was built in the 14th
century and contains a fine art gallery. Castelvecchio had
witness the several wars that took place throughout the years.
Even Napoleon had his hands on this castle for a period of
time. Constructed entirely of stone and featuring a massive
clock this castle houses a museum where you can find all sorts
of artifacts from its original time period.
The Piazza delle Erbe is considered one of the
most historic and beautiful squares in Italy, while the Piazza
dei Signori contains buildings built by Andrea Palladio.
In addition to this Verona has lot to offer, the Romanesque
basilicas, the gates (Porta dei Leoni), the bridges (Ponte
Lapideo or Ponte Pietra and Ponte Scaligero), while standing
on these bridges gives you a beautiful view of Verona.
Verona has been
named a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its value
and importance for many historical buildings, rich artistic
and cultural heritage.
Eat & Drink: A
trip to Verona would not be complete without experiencing
the local cuisine of the Veneto. Verona is home to both world-renowned
restaurants and the more traditional trattorias, where
typical regional dishes such as bean soup and the handmade
pasta "bigoli" can be enjoyed. Polenta and risotto
are plentiful in Verona restaurants. Verona is at the heart
of great wine-making areas and produces notable Valpolicella,
Bardolino, Soave, Custoza, and Lugana.
in Verona at Via Mazzini, Via Roma, and Via Capello
is absolutely wonderful, except it's quite expensive. This
area is known for its elegance and expensive designer clothing
and it shows. You can find some great gift items that are
much lesser in value, but still great gifts in general.
city of Verona and the surrounding areas offer guests a wide
variety of accommodations in all price ranges. While Verona
is often a day-tripper destination, one can get a much better
feel for this city by including at least one overnight stay.
By Air: The Verona Valerio Catullo Airport (VRN) is located
12km from Verona's city center.
By Train: Italy's national train company, Trenitalia, services
Verona. The main station is the Verona Porta Nuova, which offers
lines to Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence and more.
By Car: Verona is accessible by the Serenisssima Highway (A4)
and by the Brener-Moderna Highway (A22).
Verona, this splendid city is truly a city for all seasons, and
one which welcomes its visitors to explore all that it has to offer.
Plan your next vacation to Italy! And enjoy a memorable holiday
in one of the most monumental, artistic, elegant, romantic and full
with interesting sight-seeing town.
Come and witness the memory and the image of the balcony onto which
Juliet stepped out to talk to her beloved Romeo; the tomb on which
their bittersweet affair was finally burnt out, the tormenting reminder
of a beautiful yet tragic love story will linger on above all. A
story and a tradition have given Verona the name "city of love".
Contributing Writer: Swapnil Gunjal, Travel Writer