World Heritage Site
Verona is the second largest city in Veneto region of Italy with population of around 714 274 inhabitants. It is located almost halfway between Venice and Milan, close to the eastern side of Lake Garda. Verona is one of the main tourist destinations due to its artistic heritage, annual fairs, shows and operas. Three of Shakespeare’s plays were set in Verona: Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Taming of the Shrew. The city has been awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO due to its urban structure and architecture.
Verona is renowned for its beautiful and historic architecture which represents the best artistic qualities from each period in its history. The Roman ruins are among the finest in northern Italy. Verona’s original Roman theatre, The Arena was excavated in the middle of 19 th century and is now used to stage spectacular music concerts and opera. It is the second largest Roman amphitheater after the Colosseum in Rome.
The best known site in Verona is, of course, Juliet’s House (Casa di Giulietta), which is located in a small, attractive courtyard close to historic center of the city. Originally, the house was a small medieval palace owned by the ‘Dell Capello’ family. The world-famous balcony that was immortalized by Shakespeare in his play was not part of the original building and was added in the 1930s in order to enhance the increasingly popular tourist attraction.
Verona has a humid subtropical climate peculiar to Northern Italy’s inland plains with hot summers and cold, humid winters, although Lake Garda’s almost-Mediterranean climate has a partial influence on the city. The relative humidity is high throughout the year, especially in winter when it causes fog.
Location: Veneto region
Nearby sights: Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza Bra, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
How to get there: Take a city bus: line 11, 12, 13 which all go from the station to Piazza Bra
Nearby hotels: Hotel Martini, Il Sogno di Giulietta, Hotel Piccolo