Nestled in the Veneto region of Italy, is the romantic city of Verona. Its historic city centre is home to one of the most famous, ancient amphitheatres in the country, Arena di Verona. Stylish cafes, fashionable shops and museums line medieval lanes, where Italians enjoy coffee and gelato while chattering animatedly. Verona City Centre is also home to Juliet’s House, where Shakespeare is said to have gained his inspiration for the timeless classic Romeo and Juliet.
Verona City Centre may be lesser known than its neighbouring counterpart Venice, however, it is just as intriguing to explore. Historians, opera fans and theatre goers will relish a tour of Arena di Verona. The impressive arena dates to 1st century AD and showcases elaborate operas each summer. Every year over half a million people view opera or pop concert performances in this one-of-a-kind stunning location. Opposite the arena lies Piazza Bra, lined with cafes, restaurants, shops and several notable houses. Nearby, Piazza delle Erbe is home to the distinctive Torre dei Lamberti, frescoed Mazzanti houses and the ancient Town Hall. Visitors can climb to the top of Torre dei Lamberti. The bell tower viewing platform offers incredible views of the city and river. No visit to Verona City Centre would be complete without a visit to Casa di Giulietta or Juliet’s House. See the costumes worn by actors in the movie Romeo and Juliet, or re-enact the iconic balcony scene from Shakespeare’s memorable play.
Verona City Centre is compact and easy to navigate on foot. Gain bearings from Torre dei Lamberti and Arena di Verona. If arriving into Verona by train, it’s a 15-minute walk from Porta Nuova Station into the city centre. Buses operate from the railway station to Verona Arena at Piazza Bra with various landmark stops along the route. The city has a bike hire scheme which offers the perfect way to explore medieval lanes and riverside locations. Taxis also operate throughout the city.
The area of Verona City Centre has existed since 550 BC or earlier. The surrounding region incorporated a popular trade route in Europe which ran from north to south and east to west. Due to its location, the city became a key strategic base for the Roman Empire. These days Verona’s rich history is still evident in its buildings, museums, music and stories, enjoyed by millions of visitors each year.