In terms of a holiday destination, there are so many reasons why Italy is our favourite country and why it is high on many people’s lists of places to go. As a location it has it all – beautiful white beaches with crystal clear seas, the hustle and bustle of incredible historical cities, ancient monuments, mountains to ski down and stunning lakes – the list is endless! And we haven’t even mentioned the food!
One of the incredible places in Italy that is a must visit for any traveller is Verona – a gorgeous riverside city in Veneto a northern region of the country. Visitors to this lovely destination are in good company, as both Goethe and Mozart had holidays here in their time, perhaps drawn by the city’s picturesque sites and romantic vibes. For those who aren’t sure why Verona has received its romantic reputation look no further than Shakespeare’s most famous romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Not only was this play set in the city, but guests can even visit “Juliet’s Balcony” on a tour of the real homes and hangouts of the families from which Shakespeare took so much inspiration.
Here are our tips on the other unmissable things on a trip to romantic Verona.
Music lovers and history buffs can unite in awe at Verona’s stunning Roman amphitheatre which is truly unmissable. Ancient and astoundingly large you may think that this impressive structure is simply a monument of the past, but this is certainly not the case as concerts are still held here throughout the year. Italians and visitors from all across the globe travel to the city to see a Verona opera in this spectacular venue- indeed there is even an opera festival held in the city every September. To see a traditional opera in this arena, surrounded by candlelight and in the warm Italian open air should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Verona’s castle sits on the side of the River Adige and has done since its construction in 1354. It was one of the main modes of defence for Verona and makes for a very impressive and imposing sight. Within the castle, there is actually a museum which explains its history to visitors in an interesting and entertaining way. Also, almost as famous as the castle itself is the bridge connected to it and decorated in the same style. Its red bricks make the bridge stand out from the rest of the city and provides an excellent photo spot. In fact, if capturing beautiful photos is something you enjoy be sure the actually cross the bridge and take a picture of the castle from the other side of the river.
Centro Storico (Shopping In The Historic Centre)
Of course, there are so many other incredibly impressive historical landmarks to see in Verona, but rather than list all of these we would like to mention the historic centre as a lovely destination to pick up some beautiful local items to take home with you once you’ve done all your sightseeing. Here you can find an impressive mix of high street and designer shops. Italian fashion is world famous with names such as Valentino here in Verona. You can also find more traditional shops for special little items you might not find back home, and of course bars where you can grab an Italian coffee and watch the world go by. Centro Storico is a people-watching paradise!
Here we have only scratched the surface of places to go and things to see in wonderful Verona but remember, if you can’t see it all during your first visit, you have the perfect excuse to go back!