a person thinks of the most romantic cities in the world, they usually think of
Paris or Venice. If you want to take a break from these bustling cities,
though, there is no place like Verona.
“The Guardian”puts Verona and
surroundings on the top positions in its ranking of most beautiful places to
visit, worldwide. It will be a pleasant stay no matter what are the reasons for
your travel, surrounded by history, great local
foodand the best wines in the world.
this city leaves quite an impression. Verona streets could be a perfect set for
a movie about the Middle Ages with its tiled roofs, similar to tiles of milk
and bitter chocolate, marble sidewalks (yes, in Verona, sidewalks are made of
marble!), towers, Roman ruins, churches, and cathedrals. The heart of the city
is entirely in a bend of the river
Adige, that, during the centuries, functioned as a natural defense against
invasions. Several bridges cross Adige and all of them have history, like the
most ancient: Ponte di San Pietro,
the only Roman bridge in Verona, is more than 2,100 years old!
we mention the Romansin Verona, we have to mention the Arena. This building is included in the
World Heritage sites; it is one of
the largest and better-preserved amphitheaters survived to this day. In the
summer, the Arena di Verona becomes an opera house, throughout the last hundred
years the most famous singers of the time graced us with there performances
here. The prestigious Lyric Summer
Festivalcalls thousands of people into the city from all over the world.
The Cathedral, in which Titian’s
masterpiece, "Assumption of the Virgin Mary," is stored, will simply
will see the beautiful, medieval Piazza
dei Signori, the fountain of the Madonna
di Verona, the castle of the Scaligeridynasty and their amazing "hanging sarcophagi" - the scaling
arches. The family of Della Scalamanaged
Verona for many years. The three greatest rulers of this family, Cangrade,
Mastino and Cansigniori, installed sarcophagi with arched pompous Gothic
tombstones. Three of these monuments are set next to the small church of Santa
Maria Antica, in which the rest of the Della Scala family rest.
this city, Dante Alighierilived for
13 years and, surely, the Gothic church of St. Elena heard his voice, where he
held a conference.
can admire the famous striped Tower of
Lamberti. This tower has come a long way before becoming the tallest
building in Verona. Its history began in the XII century and, at the beginning
of the XV century, a lightning bolt damaged the top. After 45 years, the city
decided to reconstruct the tower but at the same time, to build it taller; gradually,
it reached a modern height of 84 meters. The stripes of its walls demonstrate
the process of "growth" of the Lamberti tower: the lower part
consists of a mixture of bricks and tuffs, the middle part is exclusively
brick, and the octagonal bell tower is made of marble.
is a city of magnificent palaces;
ancient basilicas, famous arches, and bridges, but this city earned the name of
“the City of All Lovers” thanks to Shakespeare’sheroes, Romeo and Juliet. You will see "Romeo’s
House", a medieval mansion, or you can visit Juliet’s famous
courtyard, on Stella Street. Here you can also see the balcony, where,
allegedly, one of the most romantic scenes in the play took place. Shakespeare
immortalized the families of the Capuletand the Montagues, who once lived
in Verona. Lord Byronattests the
importance of the play for Verona and of how the locals ended up identifying
that place as the one where the balcony scene happened. In fact, it is an
interesting thing to know, that it was the city’s administration (which now
owns the house of Juliet), in order to match Shakespeare and not disappoint the
tourists’ expectations, ordered to install a balcony on the building.
The house is open for tours. Tourists can even
glance into Juliet's bedroom. On the second floor in front of the visitors’
eyes there is a bright huge hall completely decorated with ancient ornaments
and frescoes. While walking in this enchanted place, the ancient music of a
minuet flows from the ceiling. In the grand hall there is a fireplace over
which Capuleti's coat of arms was the masquerade, where Romeo first saw Juliet
and was delighted with her beauty. Every year, on September 16, Juliet's
birthday, there are costume balls. Come and visit the city of lovers yourself!