This time we chose to talk you not about a visit to a metropolis, but about one of the small art jewels making part of our amazing country:
The city of Verona!
The city, located in the north-east of Italy at 115 km from Venice, is part of UNESCO heritage, and is known to the most for the novel Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, who chose this Italian city to set his famous love story and the two young protagonists, at the end of 1500.
And in Verona – even if the history was not real and characters were invented by the English author – there is the “Casa di Giulietta” (Giulietta’s House) with a balcony where she looked out, in the story, to see the beloved Romeo, and to talk about love with him.
A bit like the house of Sherlock Holmes at 221B of Baker Street in London; and like this one, is a destination for pilgrimages, in this case of people in love.
The legend says that, touching the breast of Juliet statue in the courtyard where the small balcony overlooks, you’ll be lucky in love for sure; not like the two young lovers.
But Verona is not only this, it is a beautiful town of ancient Roman origin, cut in two by the river Adige, where you can admire a splendid Arena – second in Italy only to the immense Colosseum in Rome.
But few people know that this Arena is the best preserved ancient amphitheater in the world, as it was restored starting from the end of 1600, while other great works and temples of the ancient Roman era were partly stripped and dismantled to build other architectural works.
The Verona Arena was built during the Emperor Augustus era, and was probably completed around 30 AD.
From any angle you look at it, it’s really amazing!
Piazza delle Erbe was at the time of the Romans the headquarters of the Forum, a place where the commercial, religious and political life of the city took place, and where you could easily meet people you wanted.
In medieval times it was rebuilt with beautiful buildings with colored facades, according to that time, which can still be admired today.
La Torre dei Lamberti is another symbolic monuments of Verona, located near Piazza delle Erbe: is 83 meters high, and from its top you can admire a beautiful 360° view of the city.
The summit can be reached on foot or by elevator, for less trained people!
The Arche Scaligere are tombs of the family that dominated Verona from 1262 for over 125 years, the Della Scala family or, “Scaligeri“.
This family did not have noble origins, but they managed to govern Verona and to leave their testimony with majestic works like this:
the Arche Scaligere, located in the historic center of Verona, are a gothic style funeral complex with inside the family tombs, including the one of Cangrande that is mentioned by Dante Alighieri in “Divina Commedia” – Paradise.
If you like the Gothic style, don’t miss it!
Also Castelvecchio is located near the historic center of the city, and was an ancient military fortress of the Scaligeri, now a civic museum, with beautiful battlements typical of the bridge, which served as an “escape” in the event of external attacks.
In my opinion, it is even more interesting to visit Castel San Pietro, that you can reach by the funicular, but pay attention to the timetable:
timetable showed on the site is not updated! The funicular access is closed at 4:45 pm during the winter season, and if don’t have updated info you could miss the last ride…
The Castle is located on the homonymous hill, and was built where the ancient Romans built a temple.
This has later become a military fortress, and from this point the river and the entire city of Verona were dominated, and could be easily hit using artillery, if necessary…
That’s impressive, if you consider that we are talking about the city of love of Romeo and Juliet … but the military occupations are only a past memory, so now:
Make Love Not War! 🙂