The present Verona derives from the roman city founded in the 1st century B.C. inside the bend of the river Adige. The roman origin of the city is testified by its architecture, urban planning, and by many historical buildings. However, Verona offers also many interesting places that date back to Middle Ages. Due to the historical interest of its buildings, Verona was named in 2000 a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Verona is one of the main touristic destinations in northeast Italy. It has at least two main "emblems": the Arena and William Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet".
In the city, you can visit some places related to "The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet". The most famous (and fake) one is Juliet’s house, with the lovers' balcony. Shakespeare also wrote a less well-known play called "The two gentlemen of Verona" and his love for the city and its surroundings (many of his plays take place or reference close-by cities like Venice, Padua and Mantua) is one of the reasons why the city of Verona has been organizing the Festival Shakespeariano (Shakespeare Festival), now in its 67th year. The festival takes place June through August at the Roman Theater of Verona, which was built on the slope of San Pietro's hill in the first century b.C. The Roman Theater is the center of the Verona Summer Theater Festival, with the plays of the Shakespearian Festival, but also the Ballet Festival was added and the Verona Jazz Festival. The program is available here.
The city and its province offer many other interesting activities and places to tourists: at least ten churches (e.g., St. Zeno abbey), ten museums (e.g., Verona’s Natural History Museum contains one of the most valuable collections of fossils and archaeological remains of Europe), amazing natural sites (e.g., Lake Garda, Giusti garden, Adige’s park, Colombare’s park, Regional Natural Park of Lessinia), famous wines San Vigilio on Garda Lake (Amarone, Valpolicella, Soave, Bardolino, Custoza and Lugana), typical food (e.g., risotto, horse meat, our typical aperitif: spritz with Aperol), night life (e.g., visit Piazza delle Erbe in the evening or at night).
We suggest to visit Castel San Pietro, Lamberti Tower, and Ponte Pietra in order to enjoy amazing landscapes of Verona.
You can find other information about Verona, its tourist attractions and itineraries visiting the following sites:
You can get a tourist map of Verona, realized thanks to the contribution of the Province of Verona, at the Verona Tourist Information Office (IAT), at the Train Station and in Bra Square, right in front of the Arena.You might also want to take the opportunity to visit the EXPO in Milan, which is easily reachable by train (see also here).