Verona is a city in northern Italy’s Veneto region, with a medieval old town built between the meandering Adige River.
Verona is such a charming medieval town that inspired Shakespeare to set three plays here (The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet and The Two Gentlemen of Verona). A 14th-century residence with a tiny balcony overlooking a courtyard is said be “Juliet’s House." Though is not scientifically proven. The Verona Arena is a huge 1st-century Roman amphitheater, which currently hosts concerts and large-scale opera performances. It is unknown if Shakespeare ever visited Verona or Italy at all, but his plays have lured many visitors to Verona and surrounding cities. The city has been awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO because of its urban structure and architecture.
About halfway between Milan and Venice, Verona is one of Italy's most popular cities for tourists, who revel in its art, architecture, opera, and literary fame. It lies in the sweeping S-curve of the River Adige as it emerges from the Alps. Verona's Centro Storico, the historic center where visitors will find most of the attractions, is linked with the left bank neighborhoods by ten bridges.
Verona became a Roman colony in 89 BC and developed into an important town. There are several remains from this time, including the Roman amphitheater, and the city is equally rich in Romanesque churches from the 11th and 12th centuries. Verona was an important artistic center in the Renaissance and earlier, under the powerful della Scala family. Visitors can find them everywhere, referred to as the Scaligeri. The leading 15th- and 16th-century architects were Fra Giocondo and Michele Sanmicheli, who were responsible for several splendid buildings and the bastioned town walls.
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