"Verona - home of Romeo & Juliet" Verona by Willettsworld

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Verona was once an important Roman city of northern Italy that still today offers visitors a wonderful insight into their history. The city is littered with Roman remains which are only rivaled by Rome. These include the city's centrepiece: the Arena, built in AD30, which is the world's third largest and still is used for staging concerts and opera productions; the 1st century AD Arco dei Gavi over looking the river Adige; the wonderful Porta dei Borsari and Porta dei Leoni gateways; and the riverside 1st century BC theatre.

During the medieval period the city was ruled by two families who both left their mark on the city. The Scaligeri began their 124 year reign in 1263 and their legacy remains in their ornate tombs and in the Castelvecchio. In 1387 Verona fell to the Visconti's of Milan who built the city's defensive walls.

Verona is split into two distinct areas. Firstly that of the area around Piazza Bra which contains the Arena, Castelvecchio and Palazzo Barbieri - the city's main municipal building. And secondly, the areas around the two squares of Piazza Erbe and Piazza dei Signori.

But Verona is prehaps most famous for the tragic story of two lovers (Romeo and Juliet) from rival families that was originally written about by Luigi da Porto in 1524 before William Shakespeare made it famous 60 years later.

  • Last visit to Verona: May 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • IreneMcKay's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Very interesting page. Lovely photos. Irene

  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    Good page. I have to go back to Verona soon.


  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Quality stuff, thanks for sharing. (Though I think the Germans may have "mined" the bridge!). Cheers, Ian

  • jo104's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2005 at 1:37 AM

    "But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun." It must have been a wonderful feeling to be here. Jo

  • BarryAir's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2005 at 6:20 AM

    Very well written! Excellent work here...Barry in Louisiana

  • mad4travel's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2005 at 10:32 AM

    Nice verona pages. I went there a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. Greetings from very near Welwyn Garden City! (even tho my home location says London)

  • Sep 13, 2005 at 9:22 AM

    Great info and photos here - I only saw the Piazza Bra by night - and it was lovely then - daytime looks good too though :)


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