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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
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.
The large Comet in Verona’s Piazza Bra signifies that Christmas is coming. In a magical atmosphere, the town offers crowded markets and exhibitions, including the traditional nativity scenes on show at the Arena.
A few kilometres south of Verona, Mantua has kept the rich heritage of the Gonzaga dynasty intact, with its magnificent buildings and "piazze" or squares as well as its important gastronomic traditions. This Italian cultural centre is also a popular shopping destination.