“Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.” Bertrand Russell
For years, the beautiful town of Verona based in northern Italy has been a tourist destination. Mozart and Goethe named it as the perfect holiday hotspot. With the gorgeous architecture and the temperate weather. This place is ideal to spend a few days to take in the sights and relax. Even the center of town is compact and walkable, and will not let you need any public transport.
So let us explore the top 5 things to do in Verona, Italy…
Juliet’s balcony is hidden only a few hundred meters away from the Piazza delle Erbe. This is actually why most tourists flock to this city of tragic love stories named Verona. And did you know that for the famous play of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Shakespeare did indeed take inspiration from a true story of forbidden love, family rivalry, and feuding? Yes, all of this did happen in Verona during the 1300s after all!
Piazza Delle Erbe
There is really no excuse for you to not wander through this beautiful square as it is based right at the heart of the city’s historic center. Take time to soak in the beautiful architecture of the square, which includes the intricately frescoed walls of the Mazzanti houses, the town hall which is based on the north side with the amazing Torre dei Lamberti, the square’s oldest piece which is the fountain, and the Palazzo Maffei which is constructed in the Baroque style and is recognized by the statues of the Greek gods. One thing you must do in Verona is to visit this place at all costs!
The Verona Arena is a gigantic piece of Roman architecture that is truly unmissable. It is situated in the Piazza Della Bra (a funny name, I know). This arena is famous for playing host to the Arena Opera Festival from June to September. To name just a few of the famous operas played here – Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Orff’s Carmina Burana. This arena was one of the biggest of its kind in the world and could seat 30,000 spectators during circa 130-1100 AD. Often did it happen that the games played here were so incredible that it led to attracting a huge number of crowd in the city.
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Castelvecchio was situated just outside of the city walls on what was probably once a Roman fortress site. This is a square-shaped fort which during the Middle Ages. The most powerful military construction base in the area. Let me tell you, this castle is not particularly decorative as it was designed to be functional and is now home to the Castelvecchio Museum and Gallery. The castle and museum are perfect for half a day’s entertainment and can easily be accessed from the town in Verona.
The Teatro Romano was completed in 100BC and is even older than the arena. Although it is all now reduced to a set of ruins. A few parts of it have still partially been reconstructed in order to be a cultural center during the period of summer. The Teatro consists of a semi-circular seating area which is close to the river and easily accessible. On the other hand, it also has a more expansive area of Roman ruins set behind the theater itself and into the hillside. So don’t think twice, this place is definitely worth a visit!
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