Perhaps one of the most famous destinations in north-east Italy, well-known for sights such as the Roman Arena dating back to the 1st century AD, the Roman amphitheater looking over the city from the hill above, the 14th century Castelvecchio and its art museum, or Verona Cathedral, Verona is an ancient bastion of art, culture and history that dates back to a time when the world was a much larger place. The setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the city is a welcome change of pace from the more touristy destinations such as nearby Venice, and offers a unique look at Roman and Italian history presented through a much more intimate setting that the world-weary traveler will appreciate.
One of the most unique features of the city is the local resident’s passion for cavallo, which is a local specialty. Particularly pastisada de caval. Be warned, however! Cavallo is not for the faint of heart, as the meat comes from a very non-Western source: horse. In addition, the city is world-famous for its arenas, with the entire city being deemed a World Heritage Site that has often been referred to as “Little Rome” due to the sheer number of Roman buildings and structures that still exist. In fact, it is the arenas themselves which draw in millions of tourists every year, specifically the main Arena, as it is known. Every year there is an opera season, and performances are still held in this ancient amphitheatre, bringing in visitors from around the world. If you decide to make a trip here during the opera season, it is imperative that you book your rooms months in advance.
From Juliet’s Tomb to the famous balcony to San Giorgetta or the Basilica of St. Zeno, Verona contains enough sights and sounds to keep a visitor occupied for weeks, if not more. Regardless which time of year you decide to come, this is one of Italy’s finest cities.