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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
I first left Verona after high school. The city where I was born and raised was stifling me, I found it too provincial and, in any case, I wanted to see the world, discover new places, hear different languages, experience new cultures.
I returned to the city about ten years later. With a wealth of experience and a few more years behind me, I began to look at Verona with new eyes. I rediscovered it, as if I were seeing it for the first time, and I fell in love with it. I never left again.
The Giusti Garden (Giardino Giusti) is hidden away inside a 16th-century palazzo in the Veronetta neighbourhood of Verona. It's an oasis of of flowers, planted beds, cypress trees, fountains, statues and even a labyrinth, which enchanted Mozart and Goethe.
The star in Piazza Bra, the exhibition of nativity scenes in the Arena and the meeting place for Christmas greetings in Piazza Erbe on the night of Christmas Eve are all part of tradition. However, Christmas in Verona has much more to offer these days. With over two million visitors, it is one of the most important destinations in Italy.