The northern Italian provincial capital is one of Italy’s most beautiful cities, with scores of pretty palazzi, picturesque alleyways and historical monuments to discover. The dramatic events that Shakespeare immortalised in his tragedy are also said to have happened here: you can follow in the footsteps of Romeo and Juliet and stand under the famous balcony at “Casa di Giulietta” or visit Juliet’s tomb. However, Verona's most important landmark is the impressive “Arena di Verona”: the two-thousand-year-old Roman theatre is located in the middle of the historic city centre and is the third largest amphitheatre in the world.
In Italy, life takes place on the piazza (English: square). It shapes the everyday life of Italian villages and cities and, as a social meeting place, is a kind of extended living room for inhabitants. Piazze (squares) are usually surrounded by historical buildings and monuments that reflect the history of the respective location. The piazza is always the heart of a village or neighbourhood – where people come together to meet friends, do business, celebrate or simply enjoy life. The best place to immerse yourself in the Italian way of life is the piazza. Verona also has plenty of piazzas that are well worth visiting.
1. Take a trip to nearby Lake Garda
2. Discover unspoiled nature and the wildly romantic waterfall park near Molina
3. Climb Monte Baldo – Lake Garda’s highest mountain range at 2,000 metres
4. Ride a roller coaster at Gardaland, Italy’s largest amusement park
5. Go wine tasting in the nearby Valpolicella wine region
1. Stroll along the main shopping street Via Mazzini
2. Browse for local produce at the market stalls on Piazza delle Erbe
3. Buy souvenirs on Via Cappello near Casa di Giulietta
4. Buy special chocolates, coffee beans and sweets at “Antico Caffè Dante”
5. Discover selected antiques at Corso S'Anastasia
1. Eat risotto Amarone with the famous red wine from Valpolicella
2. Visit one of the many ice-cream parlours for a gelato
3. Drink coffee and watch people at a bar on Piazza dei Signori
4. Taste different ways of preparing polenta, which is traditionally eaten in northern Italy
5. Taste the locally produced Monte Veronese cheese
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