Verona, a city in northern Italy's Veneto region is inhabited by approximately 265,000 people. Verona is the second largest in the region and the third in northeast Italy, with its metropolitan area covering 1,426 km. Verona has several twin towns, sister cities, and partnerships around the world. Owing to the city's rich heritage, it is one of the most popular destinations in Italy, where thousands of tourists flock every year to see annual fairs, shows, and operas, among other attractions. Verona has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its urban structure and architecture. Medieval structures are present in Verona, some of which date back to as early as the 4th century. Verona is home to some of the most notable poets, composers, and artists whose works are famous around the world. The long list includes Aleardo Aleardi, Paolo Bellasio, composer of the Renaissance, and "Veronese" painter Paolo Caliari.
What to see & do
Only a few cities in the world can claim to be as romantic a place as Italy's Verona. It is home to the world's most charming hotels and ancient ruins. As if that were not enough to entice people to visit this place, the city has a Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet setting to it, making it an ideal romantic destination for anyone seeking a perfect place to fall in love with. Verona has a lot to offer than a romantic destination though; it has some of the world's oldest structures dating back to the Roman times, which will give you a vintage vibe of the place.
The Verona Arena - built hundreds of years ago, this Roman amphitheatre used to house the gladiator's spectacles within its brick walls. The arena maintains its structure that has a central stage, surrounded by a tier of concentric seats. Today, the arena is used as a background for concerts and other musical events.
Juliet's balcony - the Capulet's house in Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, this attraction is easily recognized by visitors from different parts of the world. Romeo and Juliet's tragic love story took place in this setting: a facade with brick exteriors, a courtyard, and a balcony where the most memorable scenes in the novel took place. This tourist spot is a must-see destination in Verona for anyone who wants to wake up their romantic senses.
The Cathedral of Verona - one of the oldest structures in Verona, this cathedral was built on the remains of pre-Christian churches, dating back to as early as 1187. The cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic and Romanesque architecture, with pillages made of red marble, and Renaissance’s statues displayed inside. The cathedral is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays, and from 1:30 pm to 4 p.m. during public holidays.
How to get around within Verona
Bus services in Verona connect different parts of the city's central area. It requires a single ticket that can cost around €1.30. Specific buses run between Verona Porta Nuova and the Verona Arena, while other buses operate from Porta Nuova to Castelvecchio and Porta Borsari. Tourists can also opt to rent a bike they can use for exploring the city. It has a registration cost of € 30 annually, €5 weekly or €2 daily, and is free for 30 minutes.
How to get there
Tourists can fly to Verona through airlines that fly into Verona-Villafranca Airport and Catullo Airport. These airports fly from several destinations such as Frankfurt, Munich, London-Gatwick, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Fiumicino, and Moscow. From the airport, you can take a train, shuttle bus service, or you can rent a car to reach Verona.
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