The Land of Romeo and Juliet – Verona Italy

The Land of Romeo and Juliet – Verona Italy

Verona in Italy is a beautiful city that offers a lot of stuff to do and see and admire! The birthplace of the William Shakespeare set Romeo and Juliet, also offers so many mesmerizing views to behold. From ancient Roman ruins (including an incredibly well-preserved arena) to a medieval castle, from stunning piazzas to historic churches, Verona is bursting with sightseeing opportunities. And, oh yes, it’s one of the most beautiful cities in Italy and every bit as romantic as you’d expect!  Verona is a city situated on the banks of river Adige in Veneto, northern Italy, with over 265,000 inhabitants. It is one of the main tourist destinations in northern Italy.  With its marvelous artistic heritage, several annual fairs, shows, and operas, such as the lyrical season in the Arena and the ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans, it is the second most beautiful city of Italy, ranking just a bit below Venice. The city has been awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO because of its urban yet traditional structure and architecture.


The precise details of Verona’s early history remain a mystery. The origin of the name Verona is also unknown. One theory is it was a city of the Euganei, who were obliged to give it up to the Cenomani in 550 BC. With the conquest of the Valley of the Po, the Veronese territory became Roman at about 300 BC. Verona became a Roman colony in 89 BC, and then a municipium in 49 BC; Verona had the franchise in 59 BC.


The city hosts a huge number of tourist attractions. Arena de Verona the Verona Arena is a Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Brà in Verona, Italy. It is one of the best preserved ancient structures in the city and is internationally famous for the large scale opera performances given there.


Moving around you will also find Lake Garda, also known as Lago di Garda or Lago Benaco in Italian, is the largest lake in Italy. It is a popular holiday location and is located in Northern Italy, about half-way between Brescia and Verona, and between Venice and Milan. Glaciers formed this alpine region at the end of the last Ice Age.


Christian churches on the same site had been destroyed by an earthquake in 1117. Built in Romanesque style, the cathedral was built on September 13, 1187. Here you will also find Castelvecchio, a castle in Verona. It is the most important military construction of the Scaliger dynasty that ruled the city in the Middle Ages. Its construction was started in 1354 and the patterns followed were Italian Gothic architecture and Gothic architecture. Also, located in the eponymous medieval castle is the Castelvecchio Museum. It was restored by the architect Carlo Scarpa, between 1959 and 1973, and this restoration has enhanced the appearance of the building and its exhibits multiple times. It was initially opened in 1925.


The Castelvecchio Bridge or Scaliger Bridge is a fortified bridge in Verona, northern Italy, constructed over the Adige River. The segmental arch bridge featured the world’s largest span at the time of its construction. The Renaissance architecture styled bridge was built in 1354.


In the north only, Piazza delle Erbe is a square in Verona, northern Italy. It was once the town’s forum during the time of the Roman Empire. The attractions here include the fountain, surmounted by a statue called Madonna Verona, the Torre dei Lamberti, the Casa dei Giudici, the Mazzanti Houses, the Casa dei Mercanti and the reminiscent of medieval tower-houses.


Then there is the Scaliger Tombs, also known as Arche scaligere which is a group of five Gothic funerary monuments in Verona, Italy, celebrating the Scaliger family, who ruled in Verona from the 13th to the late 14th century. These are a series of tombs built in Gothic style, most of which are in the shape of a small temple and covered by a baldachin.


Apart from these, there is also The Basilica di San Zeno which is a minor basilica of Verona, Northern Italy. Built in 1135, its fame rests partly on its architecture and partly upon the long held tradition that its crypt was the place of the marriage of the protagonists from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It is also known as San Zeno Maggiore or San Zenone and is dedicated to Saint Zeno of Verona.


The church of the Scalzi is another religious building in Verona, named after the Discalced Carmelites who commissioned it. The order had arrived in Verona in 1663 and was initially housed in a Dominican monastery. Also, San Fermo Maggiore is a church built in Romanesque style in central Verona. A church at this site may has been traced to the 8th century, and by the 11th century a second story and bell tower was added by the Benedictine order. Santa Maria Antica is a Roman Catholic church situated in the city. The bell tower of the church contains three bells cast during the 17th century and rung in the Veronese syle. Built by architect Michele Sanmicheli, San Giorgio in Braida is a Roman Catholic church in Verona, northern Italy. It was built in the 16th century in the medieval quarter of Veronetta. And of course, not to forget is the Arco dei Gavi, an ancient structure in Verona, built by the gens Gavia, a noble Roman family who had their hometown in Verona, at the beginning of the Via Postumia, the Roman road leading to the city. All in all, it’s a must visit for all those who wish to admire the scenic beauty of Italy and of Verona.


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