- Cityscape Piazzas, porticos, palazzos
- City life Romance and ruins
Shakespeare chose to set his smouldering tragedy, Romeo & Juliet, in this green- and honey-coloured historic city, and no wonder: these are streets to fall in love in.
The Romans once rested their shields and spears in Verona, leaving behind an impressive cultural and architectural footprint: mediaeval palaces, fresco-festooned churches and of course, the ancient Arena, where some of Italy’s finest opera seduces the ears. The other senses aren’t neglected here, either: sample polenta or peperita (boiled beef with a spicy cheese sauce); gaze at the glittering Adige river and the city’s stash of statues and mosaics; touch the statue of Juliet by her balcony. And if (if) you should long for adventures further afield, Venice is only an hour and a half away by train…
Do go/Don’t go
Late summer is sizzling hot; visit in spring or autumn if you want to explore the city on foot without wilting. It’s also romantic here in winter.
Planes Valerio Catullo airport is 5km southwest of Verona, with plenty of domestic flights, as well as European stop-offs such as London, Manchester, Barcelona and Amsterdam (www.aeroportoverona.it). There’s also Brescia’s airport, 40 minutes away from Verona by car (www.aeroportobrescia.it).
Trains Verona Porta Nuova is the city’s main station, close to the city centre in the square of Piazzale 25 Aprile (www.trenitalia.com).
Automobiles Only bring a car if you want to explore the lakes; driving in the city itself is a pain; walking around it is a pleasure.