Juliet: Who are you? Why do you hide in the darkness and listen to my private thoughts?
Romeo: I don’t know how to tell you who I am by telling you a name. I hate my name, dear saint, because my name is your enemy. If I had it written down, I would tear up the paper.
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
World renowned for giving rise to the legend of the love between the Montagues and Capulets, Verona is a city surrounded by the immortal charm of the tragic story. A splendid city of art, inherently elegant and innately lively, Verona offers visitors many attractions, historic sites, culinary experiences and countless shows.
Brief historical overview
The city of Verona has been awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO because of its urban structure and architecture, which blends various artistic elements and historical periods spanning over 2000 years.
Verona is a city steeped in history, much of which is still visible; Extraordinary is the preservation of many ancient Roman monuments, from the iconic Arena to the Roman Theatre, from the Ponte di Pietra (stone wall bridge) on the river Adige to the triumphal Arco dei Gavi (Gavi arch). The city is an open-air museum that bears witness to the important relationship between Verona and the Roman Empire.
Located at the intersection of Via Augusta, Via Gallica and Via Postojna, Verona became a major strategic and commercial center and enjoyed a great cultural and artistic development.
When talking about Verona one cannot omit to mention the noble family of the Scaliger (or Della Scala) who ruled for over 125 years and to whom the city owes much to its prestige, for their significant interventions such as the magnificent Castelvecchio, the Scaliger Bridge and the many residences spread over the territory.
In 1405 the city decided to transfer itself to Venetian rule, confident that the “Serenissima” would bring power and wealth. It is the glorious period of the Renaissance palaces, of the artistic treasures and the construction of the Palazzo della Gran Guardia.
After the Napoleonic conquest, Verona was later annexed to the Habsburg Empire, who fortified the city as part of their Quadrilateral network by strengthening the line of its walls. Verona became part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1866, and has since always being considered one of the most important cities of art in the North of the peninsula.
Discover more on our guided tour about the city's main landmarks, Verona's major events, the shopping, the activities for the whole family, the tastes and flavors of tradition and the itineraries between Lake Garda and the Dolomites.