The setting for one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays, Verona is about so much more than tragic lovers. This charming Italian city is compact enough to traverse on foot, and there’s lots to explore. It is also close enough to both Venice and Lake Garda to allow you to visit either or both of these destinations, while the influences from the European countries than border northern Italy have permeated both the culture and the cuisine. If you love skiing or hiking, then head for the Dolomites, which can be reached in under two hours by car.
If you’re a fan of all things architectural, then Verona will certainly not disappoint. The city showcases medieval, Renaissance and Roman structures, including a well-preserved amphitheatre and the Borsari Gate. The Austrians as well as the Romans once ruled here, and there are remnants of both cultures scattered across the city.
Piazza Bra is the best place to start discovering Verona - it’s home to the aforementioned amphitheatre that still hosts regular concerts. If you love to experience an ancient amphitheatre, you’ll be delighted to learn that Verona has another, in the form of the open-air Teatro Romano that is located just across the river. This venue also holds regular dramatic and musical performances, so it’s worth checking out what’s on in advance of your stay.
Casa di Giulietta is possibly Verona’s number one attraction, at least in terms of visitor numbers. Every day people pack into the courtyard at Juliet’s house to view and photograph the balcony that starred in one of Shakespeare’s most famous works. While no-one is certain as to whether the location really inspired art, it is considered a must-see by many visitors.
If you’re searching for a romantic break, then one of the 5 star hotels in Verona might just make you feel as if you are starring in your own romance - although hopefully with a happier ending. If you’re travelling on a tighter budget, then cheap hotels provide a safe, comfortable base in which to stash your stuff as well as to relax and recuperate after busy days spent exploring the city streets.
If you’d like to see a genuine Italian garden, then Giardino Giusti might appeal to you. It’s also a welcome and peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. The art museum at Castelvecchio Castle is also a must for anyone who admires Renaissance art.
Why not check out our range of Verona hotels, so you can see for yourself what this charming city has to offer?