This city is the setting for one of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays, Romeo and Juliet. And you can see its Roman origins in the ancient ruins scattered throughout the centre, leading to the city’s inclusion on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List. The entire city centre is encircled by the River Adige and rolling hills -just a couple of minutes walk from the city- that offer stunning panoramic views. The Arena di Verona is an open-air theatre that dates back to the Roman period; its summer Opera Festival is famous all round Europe. Verona is also a world wine capital and the fourth most popular travel destination in Italy. It is just 20 minutes away from Garda Lake, a paradise for windsurfing and sailing aficionados, with picturesque villages directly on the water, surrounded by olive trees.
Main City Rome
Surface 206.63 km²
Torri del Benaco is a beautiful village right on the shore of Garda Lake that is nestled among the ubiquitous olive trees. Yachting Club Torri is not only a favourite spot for windsurfing and sailing lovers, but is also a sailing school that offers weekly programmes for children and more intensive weekend courses for adults. They’re all taught by some of the best Italian and international sailing pros. And literally one step from the club is the local beach and lounge bar, decked out with all the comforts visitors could ever need for swimming in the lake, relaxing, sunbathing and sipping icy drinks as the sun goes down.
The Arena di Verona with its great opera programme, Romeo and Juliet, Lake Garda and the wonderful surrounding hills are all splendid; but don’t forget that Verona is also a wine capital. To try some of the best bottles in the world, served with excellent food, try the Antica Bottega del Vino, one of the oldest establishments in town. A successful mix between a wine cellar that’s open to the public and an osteria with its own long history. The place has one of the largest and richest wine lists in Italy. Wine lovers must try a glass of the local Amarone, perfect with a filetto di manzo all’Amarone.
For people who don't like hot weather, the arrival of fall is a cure-all, but for anyone who only feels good in the warmth of the summer sun, fall is synonymous with aches and ailments. One thing is certain, however, whatever you may think of fall, it's the best season to visit the spa.
Verona isn't the first place that springs to mind when you think of a spa. A hundred or so kilometers to the east, near Padua, you'll find the well-known spa town of Abano, which over the decades has developed a city within a city around its hot springs, including pools, hotels and health centers. Within the Alto Adige region, the Merano spa resort can be found, a big specialized complex, boasting a North European style, with spas and fitness rooms. Both of these are just an hour away by train.