"Verona, a living museum" Verona by JLBG

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Verona is a living museum with monuments from the Ancient Romans' period, from the Gothic period and from the Renaissance period. However much of its fame is coming from Shakespeare and its play "Romeo and Juliet", though Shakespeare has, most likely, never been to Verona !

Verona has been a wealthy ancient Romans' city. Nowadays, a large arena and a theater are what remains the most visible. Most other remains are either destroyed or buried.

During the feudal period, Verona lived a tumultuous history. The Della Scala family, "I Scaligeri" took power of the city and of the whole area around the Lago di Garda for a few centuries. Verona was then at its peak. The Scaligeri favored the development of arts and built many important buildings. Dante Alighieri lived several years in Verona, at the court of Cangrande 1st, to whom he dedicated a part of the "Divina Commedià". Other artist that lived at the Scaligeri court were Giotto, Altichiero and Petrarca.
Later, the Visconti from Milan took power before Venice, took power in 1404 and brought another period of prosperity. For a short time, Napoleon 1st ruled the city which later became part of the Austrian Empire as a strategic part of their defense line. It finally became Italian in 1866.

In 2005, it was the seat of the 1st VT European meeting. Travelogues of this meeting are to be found at my Valeggio sul Mincio page.

  • Last visit to Verona: May 2005
  • Intro Updated May 22, 2005
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  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2010 at 1:45 AM

    Thank you Jean-Louis for nostalgia for this Italian city! I was in Verona with a very short visit in far 1996 and didn't see too much. But I well remember the Arena and the Juliette's balcony! Though like you I very doubt it was that very one, haha!

  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2009 at 2:02 AM

    Great page. Ciao!

  • Feb 28, 2008 at 7:00 AM

    Nice tips! I have to visit Italy again one day! volopolo

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2007 at 6:37 AM

    lovely page (love the fossil) we'll be there soon

  • VincentJJ's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2007 at 8:34 AM

    Just been 2 Verona, but expected more....! (Page will come..)

  • Vulindlela's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2007 at 1:45 PM

    How beautiful! Your tips are great.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2006 at 1:01 AM

    Interesting tips! I am hoping to visit Verona in August, and if I do I will surely be on the lookout for those ammonites in the arena.

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2006 at 12:46 PM

    I returned to your Verona pages and slowly purused all your photos which just might be surpassed only by your detailed writing. You do great justice to the city of my father. Grazie, Carol

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2006 at 3:59 AM

    Verona-indeed a living museum. You made some nice pictures, Light and darkness on the buildings. Greetz

  • May 31, 2006 at 7:15 PM

    Grenoble to verona--Jean-Louis, Can you tell us how many hours from Grenoble to Verona... travel in early July Grenoble-Venice.. plan to stop in Verona for one night en route to Venice...pourriez-vous recommender un hotel a Verona Merci,

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