“There is no world without Verona walls, but purgatory, torture, hell itself.
Hence “banishèd” is banished from the world, And world's exile is death … Heaven is here, where Juliet lives.”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.
Verona, a veritable artistic masterpiece that fascinates one and all, is visited each year by hundreds of thousands of tourists, who flock here to enjoy the wealth of art and architecture here, first and foremost the Arena and Juliet’s house, and to experience one of the famous annual events, such as the opera season in the Arena, a magnificent Roman amphitheatre and one of the best preserved in Italy.
It is usually love at first sight - Verona's historic and cultural legacy has seduced painters, poets, travellers and illustrious personalities of all ages.
Verona lies on the banks of the river Adige, forming here a double meander that made it a logistic hub for all forms of overland and river transport in north-east Italy.
Verona is still a major railway and road junction linking central and north-west Italy with the Brenner pass.
The town itself has undergone complex development, with a clear division between the Roman part, which surrounds the old town centre, and the more modern part, which includes the inner ring road with its Renaissance fortifications completed under Austrian domination.
As you stroll through the streets you will be struck by a series of historic remains from different eras, appearing unexpectedly around each corner.
The strong visual impact of the Gothic buildings’ red brickwork is tempered by the skilful use of ancient white marble from Rome, as in the paving of Piazza delle Erbe.
This work is the result of the Della Scala family’s policy of returning to imperial splendour, with the white Madonna Verona fountain dominating the square, made of parts from the ancient Roman spas.
Verona is a blend of works of art, history and culture, as well as a mingling of skills and delights that fascinate all year round.