The place where the tragic lovers Romeo and Juliet met and fell in love for a short time, Verona seems to be the perfect setting for a romantic, yet tragic ending. A pleasant place for leisurely stroll, Verona’s Roman-era ruins, fused with romantic wonders and feud encounters, is perhaps the secret formula that lures people in to city. Having been taken over by the Roman Empire in the First Century AD, it is astonishing to see that a lot of historical sights are preserved. The fall of the Roman Empire gave birth to the Republic of Venice in 853 AD, which was taken over by Napoleon Bonaparte. Taking after the Fall of Napoleon would be the Rise of the Austrian Empire, which left a legacy to the likes of city fortifications and an excellent castle. Do away with the complexities of Verona and just love the city for what it is. Love it more and understand it less, and Verona will reveal itself to you.
What to see & do
Right across the historic centre, you will find yourself in Giardino Giusti, one of Italy’s important renaissance gardens. It was named after a noble family that tended to the gardens and opened it to public in 1591. Its grottos, fire-breathing masks, fine sculptures, and well-maintained vegetation with soaring cypresses speaks for the elegance of the garden.
Dating back from 13th to 15th centuries, the Basilica di Sant’Anastasia is Verona’s largest church. It was built to replace the 8th century church that was destroyed by an earthquake in 1117. It also showcases local art; just take a look at its overwhelming frescoes with its pillars supported by two griffins. You should also not miss the smaller side door, which leads to a number of Gothic altercations and oil paintings around the side chapels.
One of the most recent popular choices of destination among tourists would be Juliet’s House, a popular romantic shrine. The house itself is old and contains a number of collection of Renaissance frescoes that were extracted from other demolished palaces; however it has no connection with Juliet herself. The balcony was only added in 1936 and was declared as Juliet’s House, which seems likely. The balcony overlooks a tiny courtyard that features Juliet’s statue. Despite the love struck atmosphere it offers, the walls are indescribably filled with graffiti and notes and love letters to Juliet are left all over the shrine, totally undermining its value.
Located on the banks of River Aldige, you will find the magnificent Castelvecchio. A 14th-century red brick fortified castle built in 1350 by Cangrande II but was severely damaged by Napoleon and World War II bombings, it was reinvented by the genius Carlo Scarpa that constructed bridges over exposed foundations, filled gap holes with glass panels, furnished with a balancing statue of Cangrande I. Castelvecchio is also home to Verona’s largest museum, which has a diverse collection of frescoes, jewellery, medieval, artefacts, and paintings by Pisanello, Giovanni, Bellini, Tiepolo, and Veronese.
How to get around
From the Verona-Villafranca Airport, you can reach the city proper by boarding a shuttle bus service that connects Verona Porta Nuova’s main railway station to the airport. The transport service begins at 6 o’clock in the morning up to 11 o’clock in the evening, and travel time to and fro the origin and destination takes about 20 minutes.
Upon arrival at the Verona Porta Nuova station, you can walk for 30 minutes down a long boulevard, past the old Roman Wall and a triumphant arch to reach the town centre, or the Verona Arena (Arena di Verona). You can also opt to ride a bus, services of which are operated by ATV. In particular, buses 11, 12, or 13 runs between Verona Porta Nuova and Verona Arena, with travel time estimated to be between 10 and 15 minutes.
How to get there
You can book a flight and reach Verona via Skyscanner, your must trusted source of cheap flights. You can reach Verona by flying into Verona-Villafranca Airport, named after Valarie Catullo and is sometimes referred to as Verona Catullo Airport. The airport is located 12 kilometers southwest of the city. Verona-Villafranca Airport is being served by airlines such as Aer Lingus, Air Dolomoti, Air France, Air Moldova, Alitalia, Blu-express, Blue Panorama Airlines, British Airways, easyJet, Flybe, Germania, Germanwings, Jet2.com, Lufthansa Regional, Meridiana, Monarch Airlines, S7 Airlines, Sun D’Or International Airlines, Transavia.com, Volotea, and Wizz Air. The aforementioned airlines fly to destinations such as Dublin, Munich, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Chișinău, Rome-Fiumicino, Tirana, La Romana, London Gatwick, Southampton, Pristina, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, Frankfurt, Cagliari, Fuerteventura, Naples, Olbia, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife-South, Manchester, Moscow-Domodedovo, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Amsterdam, Catania, Palermo, and Bucharest.