Located in the Veneto region in Northern Italy, Verona is only half an hour’s drive from Lake Garda, is also surrounded, to the north and east, by the hilly landscapes of the famous Valpolicella and Soave wine districts.
Verona is a lively city with the Old Town, framed by the River Adige to the north, east and west, as the picturesque centre for cultural activities, tourism, shopping and nightlife. You will find most of the best restaurants here too. Known by most for its Roman amphitheatre, the Arena, one of Italy’s largest and the home of its annual summer opera festival, Verona also boasts one of Italy’s finest Romanesque churches as well as one of the country’s most beautiful Renaissance gardens. The city’s old castle, Castelvecchio, is a famous attraction in its own right too, built by the powerful della Scala family in the Middle Ages and restored in the 20th century by world-famous architect Carlo Scarpa.
Arguably, however, the reason behind Verona’s thriving tourist industry has less to do with architecture or history than with literature – William Shakespeare’s romantic and tragic play about the young lovers Romeo and Juliet is set in the city, and such is the power and resonance of this story that every year a stream of tourists flocks to Verona to visit the famous courtyard and balcony at Casa Giulietta (Juliet’s House) on Via Cappello in the Old Town.