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VERONA, the city of Love

The Verona Arena

arena verona

 

There is no world without Verona walls,
But purgatory, torture, hell itself.
Hence-banished is banish'd from the world,
And world's exile is death: then banished,
Is death mis-term'd: calling death banishment,
Thou cutt'st my head off with a golden axe,
And smilest upon the stroke that murders me

Romeo, Romeo and Juliet, W. Shakespeare

Verona is second, only to Venice, for historical, cultural and artistic treasures in Veneto.

Verona was founded by the Romans in 49 A.D. It was later a Christian centre in Northern Italy during the Carolingian domination. In 1136 Verona became an independent municipality. In 1136 Verona was the seat of the Vatican Conclave, according to the orders of Pope Urban III.

From 1277, the city was under the control of the Scaglieri family, until the domination of the Visconti in 1387.

In 1405, Verona submitted to Venice and only became independent again in 1796, when the Republic of Venice was invaded by Napoleon.

Verona, as well as Venice, attracts thousands of tourists every year. In particular, these are foreign tourists who are attracted by the stories and legends connected to the city, such as Romeo and Juliet, among others. 


If you decide to take a trip to Verona, there are some things you must visit:

The Roman arena is the architectural work for which Verona is world-famous. Unlike the Colosseum in Rome, this arena is very well preserved. It was built in 30 A.D. and it used to hold several different kinds of performances (matches, concerts, stage plays).The area is able to seat almost 30,000 people, and thanks to its well preserved shape and outstanding acoustics, the building hosts musical concerts between June and August.

The Basilica of St. Zeno is a masterpiece in the Romanesque style, built in honour of St. Zeno, patron saint of Verona. It is home to several important works of art, such as by Mantegna;

St. Mary Matricolare is the cathedral of Verona. The cathedral is a perfect mix of Romanesque and Gothic elements, in line with the artistic characteristics of the Veneto. On the façade there are sculptures and low relieves representing scenes from the Old Testament.
The tower was designed by San Micheli, one of the greatest architects from Veneto, together with Palladio and Sansovino. In the interior, composed of three naves, the church has many important works, such as the tomb of St. Aghata.

Juliet's Balcony in Verona

Romeo & Juliets

 

The Church of St. Lorenzo is in the old city centre of Verona near the Adige. The origins of the church date back to the IV century but it was completely rebuilt in the first half of the XII century due to an earthquake. The interior is composed of three naves, separated by high columns which form spans.

Palazzo Barbieri is the seat of the Municipality of Verona, located in Piazza Brà. It is neoclassical in style and was designed by the engineer Giuseppe Barbieri in 1836 and was finished in 1848. During the domination of the Asburgo, the palace was used for war.
It became the seat of Municipality after Veneto was annexed to Italy. During the 2nd World War, the palace was seriously damaged but it was quickly rebuilt by Raffaele Benatti and Guido Troiani.


Shakespeare's tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is based in, and intricately connected to Verona.

How to get there from Venice:

Verona is easily reached by train and by efficient public and private transport.
Public transport around Verona is provided by AMT.

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