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We have already talked about Verona, its annual events and its traditional dishes.
Now, we would like to suggest you to plan a trip to discover all the art treasures the city has to offer, together with one of the richest and most delicious cuisines of our country.
48 HOURS IN VERONA
Situated in a meander of the mighty Adige River, Verona is one of Italy’s most beautiful and interesting cities.
Our in-depth exploration of Verona starts at the superb Roman amphitheatre in the centre of the city, renowned simply as Arena. It is one of the best-preserved ancient monuments of this kind, surviving pretty unscathed for almost 2,000 years and after all the measures taken since the 17th century to restore.
The Arena of Verona, an all year travel destination, is home of the city’s famous Opera Festival, one of the most important season of the Italian operatic calendar. Along with Romeo and Juliet, the amphitheatre is also a symbol of the city.
Walking through the streets of the old town centre, we arrive at Juliet’s house, with the famous balcony of Shakespeare’s tragedy. A hundred meters away, the neighbouring Piazza delle Erbe is the most ancient square of Verona and it was the site of the Roman forum. Surrounded by Medieval buildings, it has been abuzz with colourful stalls of fruits and vegetables.
Strolling along the alleys, we reach the banks of the Adige River and the Ponte Pietra, an ancient Roman bridge. Although rebuilt after the damages caused by the Second World War, it remains an important witness of the architectural style of that period.
Heading to the Duomo, take some time to admire the “Assumption of the Virgin” of Tiziano, priceless painting dated back to the Renaissance that adorns one of the side chapels of the cathedral.
Our tour finishes at the foot of the hill named Colle San Pietro, where is situated the Roman Theatre and Shakespeare dramas are performed during summer. From the top, get fine views of the city and surrounding hills.
To organize a trip to Verona, you can contact the Tourist Info Point – IAT visiting the website www.tourism.verona.it