Verona is a gorgeous historic city in the Veneto region with wonderfully-preserved ancient monuments and ties to one of Shakespeare’s most famous stories.
Verona dates back to the ancient Roman era, and still has some Roman structures in regular use. The city also has Medieval- and Renaissance-era buildings, making the historic center - the centro storico, in Italian - both picturesque and fascinating. The Verona Centro Storico was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 2000.
One of the main attractions of Verona is its Roman amphitheater, which dates from the 1st century AD and is still in use today as the venue for opera and other performances. Other Roman structures in the city include a 1st-century BC theater and a stone bridge crossing the Adige River that runs through the city center. The former Roman forum is the Piazza delle Erbe, on which there is now a market.
Verona was the setting for Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” and although the balcony on the house known as Juliet’s House was added much more recently, it remains a popular attraction in the city. Other sights of note in the historic center include the Basilica of San Zeno and the statue-lined walkways of the Giardino Giusti.
The historic center of Verona is easily explored on foot, and there are walking tours focused on Roman-era Verona for the history buffs or “Romeo and Juliet”-centered tours for the theater aficionados. It’s also the perfect home base for day trips into the nearby Valpolicella wine country.