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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
In the Middle Ages, Verona was home to the great poet Dante Alighieri during his exile from Florence. The 750th anniversary of his birth is an opportunity to rediscover the palaces, piazzas and libraries that he visited in those years.
The small Verona neighbourhood of Chievo, once known only for its dam on the Adige River, has boasted a top league football team for over ten years now. However, this sport fairy tale has not altered the spirit of the place.
Ever summer, the world's most famous opera festival is held in the Verona Arena. It's about the music, but especially about the magical location, which allows for majestic productions and crowd scenes.