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Verona
Verona
#About the Romantic City of Romeo and Juliet

The city of Verona in northern Italy is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. Even if you came to Venice in general, it is worth finding at least one day and dedicating it to this wonderful city.

The city of Verona has a long and significant history. But she was given the glory of the world, after serving as a backdrop to one of the most famous and sad love stories in history. This is the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet, the pair of lovers who became the most famous romantic couple in the world. Their story was immortalized at the end of the 16th century, when Romeo and Juliet, a play by the greatest playwright William Shakespeare, was considered one of the most famous plays in the history of the theater.

The story of the two is about the young couple in love, each of them belongs to one of two families in Verona, who are in an old and difficult conflict. When they discover that because of the hatred between their families, their love can not be realized, the two lovers decide to die, only to realize their love and to remain together in their deaths.

To this day thousands of tourists flock to see the famous terrace where Romeo and Juliet confessed their love for one another. The photograph with Julia's bronze statue and the visit to the pedestrian mall facing her home are a real tourist duty in the city. In the opinion of many, those who did not come to Julia's house - was not in Verona!

On the other hand, the identification of Verona as the city of Romeo and Juliet has dimmed quite a few of the other wonderful aspects of the city, which many consider "a gateway to Italy." This is because it presents to those coming from the north, the beauty, characteristics and character of Italy. And by the way, not many people know that the magic of Verona brought Shakespeare, the legendary playwright, to write not one but three plays that take place in it. Apart from Romeo and Juliet, the "Taming of the Shrew" and "Two Gentlemen in Verona" play in this wonderful and beautiful city.

The city of Verona is an excellent choice for those interested in a star trip to northern Italy and Tuscany. A star trip, based on a central place of residence, in an area where you wish to travel, allows you to go out for day trips and return to it every night. From Verona you can easily stroll to Tuscany, Venice, the Dolmites or Lake Garda.

See all the city attractions in the tag "Verona".


#History
The city of Verona is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its impressive historical sites and buildings, mainly Roman.

But despite many legends, myths and conjectures, it is unclear who founded it and what its name is, Verona. What is known is that the city was probably founded around 550 AD.

The heyday of Verona was recorded in the Middle Ages, between the 13th and 14th centuries, when it was ruled by the Scaligerian regime, the rich and powerful aristocracy, the Della Scala family. Strong fortresses, impressive bridges and magnificent castles were built in the city.

During World War II and although not considered one of the main cities in Italy, Verona was one of the most bombed targets. The main reason for this was the fact that it was sitting on the meeting between the two main axes in Italy - between the Venice-Milan road and the Rome-Brenner road on the border with Austria.

Today, Verona is considered a popular city for tourists, especially and naturally the city of Romeo and Juliet, among lovers of romance and love.


#Geography

Verona's central location is next to Lake Garda and the main transport route between Milan and Venice.

The city stretches from the banks of the Adige River to the foot of the Alps in the north. It is located great in northern Italy and close to Tuscany. It is easy to get out and reach within two hours, to the Dolmites in the north, Venice in the east, or to Lake Garda in the west.


#When To Visit?

The hot summer months of July and August are not as hot here as in southern Italy and you can earn events and activities that take place only in the summer. Opera lovers will then enjoy Verona's renowned Opera Festival. Book accommodation long in advance, because it is very difficult to get a room then vacant.

The calm and nature lovers will prefer spring and autumn, between May and June and between September and early October. These are the most convenient months to travel to Verona and the surrounding area. In the spring, the beautiful weather and nature surrounding the city are added to the comfortable weather.


#Transportation

From the airport, located 5 km from the city, there is a quick bus line that takes you to Verona Central Station, and you can also take a taxi to the airport terminal.

Those who have difficulties will certainly choose public transport, but those who can - the transportation within the city is mainly on foot. This is, in many minds, the best way to see Verona and experience the charming alleys of the city, its hidden corners and its magnificent squares.


#Accommodations

Most attractions and attractions in Verona are in the city center, which makes the area more expensive for overnight stays. It is recommended to stay near the city's main train station for those who plan to take a star trip outside the city. Car owners are advised to stay near the exit from the city, which will save time leaving Verona and make it easier to park.


#Saving
The Verona Card offers free entrance to the city's attractions. It can be purchased at museums and kiosks, at 15 euros for 24 hours. If you add 5 euro, it will be valid for 72 hours.


#Tips
Most of the city's museums and sites are closed on Mondays.

Many make a dash from Verona to Venice. The fast Eurostar train reaches the city of canals at one hour. Local train - about two and a half hours.


#Food
Verona's tradition of cooking includes a wide variety of dishes from local ingredients. Of course, like all over Italy, here too the pasta wins. But the Veronese and Northern Italian cuisine proudly offers the Gnoocchi, the popular dish based on mashed potatoes.

Another of the classic dishes of Verona is the risotto based on the local Amrona wine, which is a rich and wonderful dish of rice. This is a must-have for lovers of Italian and Veronese cuisine.

Another must in northern Italy is the polenta, which is often eaten here. For dessert you will probably want to taste "Julia's Kisses", which is a local and romantic dessert based on chocolate.


#Tip

In Italian restaurants and cafés there is no need to add a tip to a bill that says that tip is already included (servizio include).


#Shopping
Shopping in Verona is a great experience. It has full-fledged galleries filled with high-end shops of fashion, jewelry and cosmetics.

There are stores of young designers and leading fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Swarovski, Bulgari, Prada, Benton and Gucci. Even the finest shoes you should buy in the city, famous for its leather industry. There are plenty of antique shops, delicatessens and excellent food,

In the heart of Verona's tourist area is its main shopping area. The heart of Verona and one of the elegant shopping streets is Via Mazzini. It connects Piazza del Bara and Piazza delle Erbe.

In the city center you will find other major shopping streets, including Via Roma, Via Capello, Corso Fortuny Borsary and Piazza del Arba. In addition to fashion, you will also find gadgets, electronics, cosmetics and souvenirs stores.

Verona has wonderful neighborhood markets, with food stalls and clothing. The largest and most popular market is in Piazza del Erbe, where you will also find handicrafts and jewelry in addition to food and clothing.

Verona's excellent flea market takes place every third Saturday of the month in Piazza San Zeno.

Artworks in the city can be bought at a variety of prices, on Corso Santa Anastasia Street.

Shopping centers in the city and its surroundings are also lacking. From Le Corti Veneete, a 10-minute drive from the city's historic center, through La Grande Mela and its 130 shops and the lovely Grand'Affi.

Many outlet stores are located in the Franciacorta Outlet Village - an out-of-town out-of-town village with over 150 shops and cafes and restaurants.

Shopping recommendations in the city can be founding by clicking on the tag "Shopping in Verona".



#Entertainment

Nightlife in the city of Verona is not great. We would not be mistaken to say that this is not really a city of recreation into the night.

Want to dance? - At Alter Ego, you can dance on the weekends until the small hours. If you will like a club in the old quarter of Verona you can look at Berfi's Club.

Places of entertainment in the city you will find by clicking on the tag "Entertainment in Verona".


#Italy Country Code

+39


#Electric Outlets

The required electric plugs are Type F and L (see below link with photos).


A Closer Look at Verona:

https://youtu.be/LsykOK1eNBE


City Views:

https://youtu.be/g51cReFtSyU


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/nr6Naq76y6E


At Night:

https://youtu.be/iSdyJS_QRZI
Castelvecchio
Castelvecchio Museum
#About the Medieval Fortress of Verona

Castelvecchio Castle in the city of Verona is an ancient castle from the 14th century, considered one of the oldest and most recognizable buildings with the city. The fortress was built near the river as part of the defenses of the ancient city. It served as a military fortress in the 18th century, becoming an Austrian military base, and later a base for the Italians.

The fort, called Castelvecchio Museum, is wonderfully beautiful. It is located on the banks of the Adige River and is built of red bricks, which have given it its red color and became its hallmark.

The fortress was founded in 1353 by Cangrande II della Scala, the city's ruler at the time. During World War II it was severely damaged in the bombing. After the war, between 1958 and 1967, it was completely renovated by architect Carlo Scarpa. Today it is a significant part of the city's landscape.

There are 7 magnificent towers in the impressive Castelvecchio Museum, which is surrounded by a wall and contains 4 main buildings. The two main parts of the fortress are connected via a crossing. Above it is a high watchtower, a tower from which the magnificent Ponte Scaligero Bridge crosses the Adige River, on the other side.


#The Museum in the Fortress

The Mastio Tower in the center of the fortress now hosts the museum with works from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and modern art.

In 1925 the fortress was converted into a museum, and just as can be expected of Italy, you can also see an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, miniatures and ceramic works from the 12th to the 18th century.

Already in the courtyard of the museum, right at the entrance, you will see the statue of the first Cangrande, one of the Scaligerian princes. The man died in 1329 and his statue standing here presents him, as is customary, as a hero with a raised sword in his hand.

Also prominent is the famous statue of Cangrande II della Scala riding on his horse. The statue was brought to the museum from the Scaligerian cemetery complex.

Inside you will find fascinating and interesting works of art by the best artists of Italy in different periods, from the Middle Ages to the modern era.

It is worth finding the following works:

Holy Family by Andrea Mantegna.

Portrait of a Young Boy Holding a Child's Drawing by Caroto

Crucifixion and Madonna dell'Umiltà by Bellini

Madonna of the Quail by Pisanello

Portrait of a Young Woman by Rubens.

The museum also has beautiful jewelry and a collection of weapons from the Middle Ages.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/hMKOubIBoos


A Tour:

https://youtu.be/jz-Cq0h1LAU?t=1m25s
Arche Scaligere
Arche Scaligere
#About the Tomb of the Family of the Rulers of Verona

Near the Piazza dei Signori in Verona you will see Arche Scaligere. It is a stylish Gothic burial complex, where the graves of the Scaligere tombs are located. This family is the famous della Scala family, whose sons ruled the city of Verona, in the late Middle Ages and especially in the 13th and 14th centuries.

The complex features 5 designed tombs, built in Gothic style. This noble family tomb was set up at the entrance to Santa Maria Antica, the small church they used to visit and confess their sins. This Romanesque church was established in the 7th century and renewed in the 12th century.

Notice the structures of these tombs, covered with embroidered cloth, built in Gothic style and reminiscent of small temples. Many say that these impressive tombs overshadow the beautiful church next to them, which was completed in the 12th century and became the family church of the princes of della Scala.

By the way, those who want to know about the strength of the Scaligere family, who ruled Verona in the years 1260-1387, can visit the Castelvecchio Fortress built by them.


#What Will You See Here?

You are standing in the family estate of the Scaligere, in the courtyard of the ancient Church of Santa Maria. The five princes of the della Scala house are buried in the pointed iron buildings in front of you. These princes are all noblemen who ruled the city during the 13th and 14th centuries and brought Verona in the Middle Ages to the height of its glory.

Above the church door is the sarcophagus of Cangrande della Scala, who died in 1329. Nearby you can see a replica of this noble statue. The original is found in Castelvecchio Fortress.

On the left are the painted monuments of Giovanni, who died in 1359 and the sarcophagus of the First Massino of 1277.

Under the canopy, in the railing, you can see the sarcophagi and statues of Mastino II and Cansignorio, who died in 1351 and 1375, respectively.

Above them you will see the remnants of the armor, with a ladder - the family symbol. This is the symbol of this strong lineage, a symbol often repeated in the iron railings of the compound.

Apart from sarcophagi decorated with reliefs, you will see three burial boxes in the compound, topped by stylish marble canopies, carved and decorated with sculptures. Pay particular attention to the replica of the Cangrande II della Scala, mounted on his horse.


#Detective Activity for Kids

Try to find as many examples as possible, on the molded iron grilles, with the repeating example of the ladder, the family symbol. Who found the most?


View from the Outside:

https://youtu.be/mWvW4JUY4oU


A Tour:

https://youtu.be/jDftUzRjBOQ
Arena di Verona
Verona Arena
#About the Huge Amphitheater of the City

The Verona Arena (Arena di Verona) is a Roman amphitheater, which, like the Colosseum in Rome, was used in ancient times for gladiatorial battles, games, circuses and tournaments. The huge building was built in the year 30 AD and has been well preserved to this day. With 22,000 seats, it is no wonder that during the Roman period it was considered one of the largest stadiums in the world.

This is not just another ancient site from the Roman period, or even an ordinary Roman arena. Verona's Arena is considered the well-preserved Roman amphitheater - the third largest in the world. Even if there is no performance, it is recommended to enter and be impressed by it from the inside as well.

As one of the most preserved Roman amphitheaters there, and thanks to its excellent acoustics, the Arena is still used for concerts, operas and classical concerts known all over the world. In July and August, each year there is the Verona Opera Festival, one of the largest summer events in Europe.


#What Will You See Inside?
With 72 impressive stone arches, 44 rows and 22,000 seats, Verona's amphitheater is the third largest in the world

The entrance is a double archway called the Portoni di Bra. This arch remains as a remnant of the 14th century city walls. Here you will reach a large triangular piazza surrounded by large buildings from a variety of historical periods. At the entrance you will see the Lystone, a wide 18th-century sidewalk made of fine red marble, brought here from the quarries in the mountains near Verona.

The dimensions of the elliptical structure are 110 by 140 meters. In the past it was even larger, but during an earthquake in 1183, parts of it were muted and it is the size that remains. Many other stones were taken from here to build churches in the Middle Ages and other periods.

The orchestra area was restored in 1913 and has since been used for concerts during the summer season. Every year, Verdi's opera "Aida," whose plot takes place in ancient Egypt, is performed here.


#History of the Arena

Verona's amphitheater is the third largest in the world, indicating the importance and strength of Verona in the Roman era.

The Arena, which was then built outside the walls of the city, is built of red bricks or a type of pink-white marble.

An earthquake that occurred in 1117 destroyed the outer arches of the Arena, leaving only a meager remnant that can be seen on the northwestern edge of the amphitheater. The ruins that surrounded it were used in the Middle Ages as a huge source for stone construction. From here stones were taken to new buildings and misery dominated the glorious amphitheater of yesteryear. It was only during the Renaissance that the central part of the Arena was restored.

In the 18th century, the Arena was again used for theater and entertainment. In 1913 the opera Aida by Verdi was performed for the first time. Since this premiere, the performance of this opera here has become a tradition of many years.

And in general - every summer there are spectacular opera performances to which viewers from all over the world flock to watch and listen to the Italian operas in an authentic, powerful, great place with excellent acoustics.


#Tips

The Verona Opera Festival takes place here during July and August. It is considered one of the most prominent music events in the summer of Europe. Book ahead of time!

Tickets at the last minute can be bought, if left, on the morning of the show at the Arena ticket office. They occupy the back of the Arena and without a reserved place. The price is only 12 euros.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/78INR6VD2WY?t=1m39s&end=2m33s


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/hVZbPsYJ05I


Opera in the Arena:

https://youtu.be/cUN5qAnW0Ho


Adele Performning in the Arena:

https://youtu.be/O0IBihG-xY0

North Italy

Il Leone
Il Leone Shopping Center
#About the Great Shopping Area

In Il Leone Shopping Center west of Verona, outside the city of course, you can buy many products at great prices. There are entertainment products, electronics, gadgets, computers and lots of fashion stores.

In this area you will find quite a few fashion bargains, especially during sale season, but even in without the sales, especially in the big and cheap brands such as H&M and Zara.
Via Mazzini
Via Mazzini
#About the Prestigious Pedestrian Street of Verona

If you have money for luxury shopping, Via Mazzini is the place for you. Here are all the Italian elite brands, known in Europe and around the world are located. Via Mazzini is one of the most elegant shopping streets of Italy and the place for luxury designer shopping in the city.

On the wide and elegant Mazzini pedestrian street, you will find many Italian fashion designers' shops, one of the most expensive in Italy. Shopping in the Via Mazzini pedestrian mall is therefore a hobby for the rich and wealthy people. All the rest are satisfied with ice cream and window shopping, and here and there they also find some bargains.


#Tips

Those interested in finding bargains are invited to do so in the less branded clothing stores and boutiques. In some of them, you will find equal, not very expensive designs.

In the sale season you can get real bargains here, although everything is relative ...


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/MtRhnM_8GYE


Search for the Baby:

https://youtu.be/TkGluOMocgQ
Santa Maria Antica
Santa Maria Antica
#About the Romanesque Church in Verona

The small church of Santa Maria Antica is a Romanesque church that was built in the 7th century and rebuilt in the 12th century.

In the church there is a small bell tower, in a pure Romanesque style, with cobblestone windows and a brick-covered turret. In its head are three bells that were cast during the 17th century, in the Baroque era, and next to it is a transom, in a Veronese style.

The present church was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1117. What survived the 7th century building is the fragments of the black-and-white mosaic floor.

The inner space of the three-story church changed around 1630 to the Baroque style. But a restoration that took place at the end of the 19th century restored the Romanesque design to the original space. It is divided between columns with arches (sesto rialzato) and a roof with many supports, supported by cross-arches, just like in the Basilica of San Zeno.

In the church there are two long apsis, with central cotto and apsis with two frescos, from the 14th century.

Outside you can see the small windows of the church and its bricks and cotto. The side door is dominated by the Cangrande II della Scala arch, the most impressive arch of the Scaligeri family. Excavations uncovered a cemetery near the church, which contained fifty tombs from the 11th century, some of which extended from north to south and some from east to west.

The present structure of the church was dedicated by the Patriarch of Aquileia and served as the private chapel of the Scaligeri family, the ruling noble family of Verona. It is located next to their family cemetery, which has been here since the 13th century.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/jDftUzRjBOQ
Verona
Teatro Romano
#About the Roman Theater of the City

The Teatro Romano, on the other side of the Ponte Pietra Bridge, is an ancient Roman theater that, in addition to an archaeological museum, offers a wonderful view of Verona as well.

The Teatro Romano is considered to be the oldest Roman building in the city. It was built during the rule Roman emperor Augustus. and was first excavated between 1904 and 1939.

The theater is located on the hillside below Castel San Pietro, the imposing fortress at the top of the hill overlooking the entire city.

Today the theater has been renovated and in our day there are many concerts and performances, ballet, classical music and jazz. In Verona there are many cultural and artistic festivals every summer and the theater is the summer home of the Verona Jazz Festival.

One of the fascinating sides of the Teatro Romano is the fascinating archaeological museum. A variety of remains from the Roman Empire are presented here, including sculptures, vessels, decorated columns and magnificent mosaics.

From ancient times the remains of the walls of the top of the stage can be seen in the theater, as well as the hole where holes were originally used to pull the curtain lines. You can see in the auditorium the sitting-room, which is decorated with marble, on which the orchestra players sat.


#Tips

It is worth arriving here at sunset or in the evening and enjoying a wonderful view of the Adige river that winds around the city of Verona.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/5wGBc7CqdJ4


Shows:

https://youtu.be/PD897Yv55zA


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/cGdeuucPe7I


Casa di Giulietta
Casa di Giulietta
#About the Most Famous Terrace in the Literary World

Near Piazza delle Erbe, Via Cappelo is Casa di Giulietta, undoubtedly the most famous house in the city and the romantic attraction of Verona.

According to tradition, this is the home of Miss Juliet from the famous Romeo and Juliet Shakespearian play. Juliet, a medieval beauty, loved Romeo, the son of a rival family. The end, caution, spoiler, is not good!

Inside the courtyard of the house you can see the stone terrace where Juliet stood, according to the stories, while Romeo sang serenades of love. Today there are countless tourists coming to the city for this famous terrace, but then this lyrical encounter was a secret affair, since the two families had a fierce rivalry. When the story is revealed and they are required to separate from each other, the two decide to take their lives and die together, loving eachother forever.

Thanks to the Shakespearian play, written by the greatest playwright in the history of the theater, the two lovers Romeo and Juliet are known all over the world. Many tourists come here to be close to where one of the greatest and tragic love stories in history took place.

In fact, the Gothic palace before you is the home of the Capello family, which has remained standing since it was built in the 13th century.

Do not let the fact that this balcony and the window next to it were created in the 1930's spoil you the wonderful story. These were created here, as part of a renovation of the building, in which antique furniture and paintings that perpetuated the story of Romeo and Juliet were also brought here.


#Hands On the Statue of Juliet

One of the attractions here is the statue of Juliet that everyone caresses. This bronze statue was created by the Italian sculptor Costantini. Do not be embarrassed to discover that the most glowing part of the statue, that is, the most touched part, is the breast of the fair lady ...

The reason? - The Italians believe that if they put their hand on Juliet's breast, they will have health, good luck and eternal love. It is not certain that this will indeed happen, but there is no doubt that if you wait for your turn to do so, you will get a unique photograph, with no hint of rudeness, because everyone is doing it here.


#About the Story of Romeo and Juliet
Mixing between art and life, fiction that has come out of control, boundless love or a life that does not live without a soul mate - no matter how we look at it, it is the greatest love story of all time.

The story of the two lovers Romeo and Juliet has for centuries occupied the greatest artists, writers and composers. The audience flock to productions, following the books, the songs, the operas and the paintings, and never cease to be interested in all that concerns the greatest love of all, with the lesson on the side.

In house number 21 on Via Cappelo in the city of Verona, somewhere in northern Italy, lived according to the belief Juliet Capulet, a member of the Capulet family. Italian writer Luigi Deporto is the one who wrote about her and her lover Romeo in 1524. No one knows if the story actually took place, but it became so well known that everyone believed it, without a doubt.

About 70 years later, William Shakespeare of England will also write his most famous version of the story, about the lovers of the rival families, the Capulets and Montagues, whose families forbade them to meet, fall in love or marry, and therefore gave up on their lives.

Tourists in Verona continue to visit the house in Verona. It also serves as a museum that explains and gives a glimpse into the life of almost 500 years ago, in Italy of those times.


#About the Historical Context of the House
You are in the house of the Capulet family which is a kind of Gothic palace built in the 12th century. On one of the arches of the house with the famous terrace appears the symbol of the nobility of the Capello family, to which the house belonged. The street is also called Via Cappelo today.

The connectionof that Capello family with the Capulet family from the Romeo and Juliet came much later. This connection occurred when the drama turned the two into a world story. Either way, in the 19th century it was widely believed that this was the home of Juliet, the heroine of the tragedy.

The Shakespearean tragedy takes place in the city of Verona around the 14th century. Verona of those days was immersed in a fierce struggle between the German Kaiser, who heads the Second Reich and controls the Holy Roman Empire, and the Christian Pope, the leader of all Catholics. Romeo's family, the Montague family, belonged to the Pope's supporters, the so-called "Gualfim." Juliet is a member of the Capulet family. It was a family that supported the German emperor and was on the opposite side - the Ghiblins.

From this argument and historical context, between the emperor's supporters and the papal supporters, the controversy, the rivalry and the hatred between the families, led to the death of the lovers.


#Tips
Come in the middle of the week, because on weekends and holidays is very crowded place.

Inside the house is a small and insignificant museum, the entrance to which allows you to be photographed on the balcony.

After the house you can stroll along the river and do shopping in the nearby Via Mazzini pedestrian street.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/3ydmNCgqMWs
Giardino Giusti
#About the Renaissance Garden of Verona

Giardino Giusti, established at the end of the 15th century, is a charming garden considered one of the most beautiful gardens in Italy. It is located in the ancient Veronetta district of the city, a quarter that had been inhabited since the Middle Ages.

With gardens, squares, pools, fountains, sculptures, staircases and a landscaped natural area, Giardino Giusti is a wonderful example of what is called the Renaissance Garden. In fact, it is considered one of the best Renaissance gardens in all of Italy.

Interesting and unique here are the Grotto, which are pleasant acoustic caves, as well as the Labyrinth, one of the oldest mazes in Europe. Alongside all these there are walking and rest paths and decorative corners and a view of Verona.

Over the years, the Giusti Garden, originally designed as a backdrop for the nearby Palazzo Giusti, has won a host of famous critics who visited Italy. Over the years it was visited, among others, by the poet Goethe and the composer Mozart.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/SQnzUZNNHow


A Tour:

https://youtu.be/4IjwH6mLkCk
Piazza Bra
#About the Main Square of Verona

Close to many attractions in Verona, Piazza Bra is one of the city's largest and most impressive squares. This square is a major starting point for exploring the city. Around it are some of Verona's famous tourist destinations, such as the city's Arena and more.

In the Piazza there are many cafes where you can have a good breakfast or a coffee break among the various sites.

A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/I9_beLnLyiY
Piazza dei Signori
#About Dante's Magnificent Square

The Place de la Republique is Piazza dei Signori, a magnificent and important square in the city of Verona. The square was once the administrative center of Verona.

Beneath the big gate in the square you'll see the bone of a whale suspended from above. According to legend, this object will fall on the head of the first righteous man to pass through the gate. What is interesting is that for over 250 years the bone is still hanging there. Are there no righteous people in the world?

In the center of Piazza dei Signori stands the statue of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. This is one of the greatest people from the city, and he wrote the famous poem "La Divina Commedia" at the beginning of the 14th century. This poetic poem is considered the greatest in Italian literature and a leading cultural asset in world literature.

There are various architectural styles, along with a number of ancient gates, such as the Arco della Costa.


#Buildings of the Square

In Piazza dei Signori you can see several public buildings built over the years. Among them you should pay attention to:

Palazzo del Comune - See the building decorated with pink and white marble stripes. This beautiful and unique building is in a Renaissance style and was built in the 12th century.

Palazzo del Tribunale - This is the building that is connected to the city palace and next to it is a large brick tower. The building, built in the 14th century, is located in the Scavi Scaligeri archaeological complex, which contains remains from the Roman and Middle Ages periods. Today there is a gallery with high-level temporary photography exhibitions.

Palazzo del Podesta - This white marble building was built in the 13th century by the Scaligeri family, the medieval rulers of Verona. Its facade has a classic entrance gate and decorative teeth. Above the gate notice the board with the winged lion, a symbol of Venetian rule.

Loggia del Consiglio - Here you are asked to make a small investigation among the locals and discover it ... Take time for this detective exercise. It's fun... did you find it? - Excellent! This terrace is the reason why the square is called in Italian "Square of Representatives." It is a building built in 1485, as a place where members of the city council stood, during ceremonies and large public events.


#Tips
In recent years, excavations were conducted beneath the square that exposed a Roman street, with mosaics and various interesting remains. You can see them if you enter the large courtyard next door.



A Tour:

https://youtu.be/mRHg30gD84o
Porta dei Borsari
#About the Roman Entrance Gate

Take note of the Porta dei Borsari, which means "tax collection gate", because of the taxes (dazio) collected here, from those who transported goods into the city.

Originally the Roman city gate, built in the first century AD on foundations from the 1st century BC, was reconstructed in the year 265. The original gate included a fortified and rectangular structure that included an inner courtyard, watchtowers and paths for the sentries that guarded it.

Above the gate that remains today, you will see a two-story wall with 12 arched windows, some inside small niches. On the side, note the columns of the Corinthian columns that support Architrave, the first occurrence above the column capitals and the Pediment, the triangular element at the front.

In the days of the Roman Empire, Porta dei Borsari was one of the most important gates of the city and served as an example of many defensive gates built over the years throughout the empire. The Roman name of the gate was Porta Iovia, because of the temple of Jupiter, Iovianus, which was nearby.

In the Middle Ages it was called the gate of San Zeno. The gate has inspired many important architects over the years.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/Fw9jbuEavtU


Street Performance Nearby:

https://youtu.be/qPfs7bMG9Po


A Tour:

https://youtu.be/jz-Cq0h1LAU?end=1m24s
Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore
#About the Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore Verona

The Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore is one of the largest and most impressive churches in Verona. The church is no less than a Romanesque masterpiece and many see it as the finest Romanesque building in northern Italy.

In fact, the church is the oldest building in Verona that has been preserved to this day. It was established in the 4th century, as a modest church, erected over the tomb of Zeno. Zeno was one of the first bishops of Verona and the patron of the city.

In the 9th century the old church was replaced by a larger church. But in the severe and famous earthquake that struck Verona in the 12th century, the Basilica of San Zeno was badly damaged. It is the same earthquake, incidentally, that destroyed parts of the city's Arena. Immediately after the earthquake the church was rebuilt - for the third time. The construction of the building this time began in 1045 and lasted about nine whole decades!

Since its establishment, the Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore has served as the religious center of Verona. Between the walls of this church were married, according to the Shakespearean play named after them, Romeo and Juliet.


# What Will You See Here?

The façade of the great Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore is a beautiful central façade, in ivory tones from the tufa layers, surrounded by a thin Romanesque Campanile from the years 1045-1178.

To the right of the church you can see the bell tower, dating to the 12th century. Also note the round rosette window decorating the church.

At the entrance to the elegant Romanesque church, you pass through a gate on its side. But note the bronze doors on the front gate and the unusual Romanesque reliefs on them, depicting various Biblical and secular scenes.

Inside the church, the inner space looks like a central hall with two wings, separated by a row of arches.

Notice the unusual wooden roof of the church. This roof is from the 14th century. At the aisles note the frescoes, created in the 13th to 15th centuries.

In the choir area you will see a marble statue from the 14th century. The statue is of St. Zeno, the Bishop of Verona and the one after whom the church is named.

No less special is the design of the tall and beautiful altar, on which you can see a Triptych, a three-part piece.

The wonderful Triptych on this impressive altar is called the Madonna and the Child with Angels and Saints. It was created by the artist Andrea Mantegna in the 15th century and is considered the Holy Mother, surrounded by various Christian saints.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/WEmaEDUDNOk


A Tour:

https://youtu.be/HBoKsJoTKys
Piazza delle Erbe
#About the Favorite Square Near the Tower

One of Verona's main squares, Piazza delle Erbe, is a bustling square filled with various stalls selling local food and a host of nice products. Here, from the Middle Ages and especially in the 14th century, it was one of the city's largest markets.

But the ancient roots of this square reach to the Roman period, which was here as much as the heart of the Roman Forum.

The square of Piazza delle Erbe, in Egnlish "spice square," is really the heart of the city of Verona. It is in a meeting of its main trade streets, Via Mazzini, Verona's shopping street and via Capello, leading to Juliet's House.

The square is surrounded by a series of important buildings, with an impressive fountain in its center, all of which were built at the time and preserved to this day in their entirety.


#What Will You See Here?

The square has various monuments that symbolize the rulers of Verona over the years. Take note, for example, of the impressive Verona Madonna fountain, dating back to the reign of the Scaligerian family in the Middle Ages. This fountain, dating back to 1368, features an ancient marble statue from the Roman period, a statue of the Madonna di Verona.

In the center of the square you will see a small stage with a pillar next to it. The covered platform, which stands on four pillars, is called Capitolo. From which the representatives of the government in the 16th century came to announce the decrees and laws of the rulers of Verona to the public.

Have you noticed the Venetian marble pillar, topped by the winged lion statue? What is the symbol of the Venetian city of Venice in Verona, you ask? - This is a symbol of the rule of the Venetian Republic here, which lasted for many years.

The colorful square is surrounded by palaces, such as the Palazzo Maffei, the impressive Baroque palace. Nearby is the Palazzio Della Ragio, where you can glimpse the changing art exhibitions.

In the compound of this palace stands the famous Lamberti tower, or "Torre dei Lamberti". This tower, 83 meters high, is made of stone and was built in the Middle Ages. It has a great view of the entire city.

In the northeastern corner of the square you will see the Casa Mazanti, a house originally built by the Scaligerians, the city's medieval rulers. Notice the Renaissance frescoes, which, like many houses of the time, adorn this structure.


#The Market in the Square

The Piazza delle Erbe is the largest and most popular market in Verona. You will find a variety of food stands, clothes, jewelry and handicrafts.

It is recommended to arrive at the market stalls on the square on Saturdays and Sundays, together with the locals who come to spend time and choose between the selections of vegetables and fruits, handicrafts and the like.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/WRSkvu-FjCc


The Market in the Square:

https://youtu.be/l2UxHgXo5ck
Ponte Scaligero
#About the Bridge Built as an Escape Route For the Ruler

The Ponte Scaligero Bridge (Castelvecchio Bridge) connects the fortress of Castelvecchio and the left bank of the Adige River. It is behind the fort, near Verona's Arena and Piazza Bra.

The bridge was built in the Middle Ages by the ruler of the city, the Cangrande II della Scala, of the Scaligero family. In building the bridge, he prepared for himself a way out of the fortress, in case of a siege or a fortified fortification against an enemy on the gate.

For many years, since the Middle Ages, the bridge has survived earthquakes and prolonged wear and tear, but the bridge, which has survived all the ravages of nature, has not survived human vandalism. During World War II, the bridge was blown up by the German army when they fled Allied troops attacking from the south. Only after the war was the bridge be restored.

It is very pleasant to walk on this bridge, especially in the evening and see the view of the river and the beautiful city. Along the entire length of the bridge you will see stalls where artists sell works of glass, wood, ceramics and handicrafts. There are also a number of street food stands and drinks.



A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/3cd9xzVuWto
Duomo di Verona
#About the Great Cathedral of Verona

The Grand Cathedral, known as the Duomo di Verona, is the name of the city's main church.

The construction of Verona's cathedral began in the 12th century and lasted for hundreds of years. This is a large and impressive church, whose front is built in a stylized mix of Gothic and Romanesque styles. From the inside it is even more impressive.

The altar of the church is decorated with a painting by one of the greatest painters, Titian. It is described as the ascension of Jesus to heaven.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/dDo1pXTBirU


Torre dei Lamberti
#About the Medieval Fortress

The Torre dei Lamberti, located near the city's main square, Piazza delle Erbe, offers a great view of Verona and the entire area. To the tower, which rises to a height of 83 meters, many come to watch this view.

The tower was built in the Middle Ages. It rises to a high height, allowing for a wonderful panoramic view around the city of Verona.

This tower, Torre dei Lamberti, is a nice romantic place, especially near sunset. The magnificent view of the city and its surroundings, seen from the top of the tower, is simply wonderful.


#Tips
If you are fit you will have no problem climbing stairs. Those who are not fit will be able to board the elevator.

The Piazza delle Erbe next to the tower is a bustling square filled with various stalls, including local food and a host of nice things.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/tAuBVk7MHK4


The Landscape Around:

https://youtu.be/SFzDOAmlos4
Castelo San Pietro
#About the Fortress Above the City of Verona

From its superb vantage point, on a hill overlooking the city and the surrounding area, the San Pietro Fortress or the Castelo San Pietro in Verona is a high fortress above the city.

This fortress was built during the Venetian rule in the city. Even if the climb to it is not easy, it is nice to climb to the Venetian fortress on foot, through the stairs leading to the summit. The bonus for the effort is a pass through the ancient Teatro Romano, a Roman theater that is still used for performances and concerts.

You can also reach the Castelo San Pietro with the funicular, which gives a nice experience, especially for children.

You can enjoy the magnificent view from the fortress, and you can also enjoy the coffee shop and the restaurant next to it. In any case, Castel San Pietro will probably give you the most spectacular pictures of Verona and they will be right above, like a bird.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/wSItGUbEIsM


The Funicular to the Fortress:

https://youtu.be/lnizViiTFiQ


Verona from the Castle:

https://youtu.be/jqbwsYwNgrM
Tomba di Giulietta
#About Juliet's Famous Grave

You are in Juliet's tomb, the beautiful female side of the romantic couple Romeo and Juliet, the tragic heroes of one of the most famous stories in history.

The grave of the heroine of the Shakespearean tragedy that took place in Verona in the 14th century is less known in the city. Relative to the familiar house of the heroine of the novel between the famous lovers of Western culture, the tomb is less popular among tourists, although it seems to be even more exciting.

The tomb is located near the monks' quarters of the church of San Francesco El Corso. Here lived the monk who married Romeo and Juliet, before they took their own lives. Thanks to him, the couple, who had married and love each other, received the blessing of the Church and God. Even though the two did not receive the consent of the families for their love.

Next to th e tomb you will also see the statue of Shakespeare, the playwright who made the story of Romeo and Juliet became known throughout the world and the eternal novel of all time.


Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/96dNEK6hFDg


The moment of separation of Romeo and Juliet from the 1968 film:

https://youtu.be/lAd686quD_Ma
Al Duomo
#About the Restaurant with Surprising Dishes

Austria Osteria Trattoria Al Duomo is a restaurant that the people of Verona love, which is evident in the menu which is in Italian only.

The menu here includes interesting dishes such as steak made of horse meat, or spaghetti with meat sauce (bigoli pasta sugo d'asino) and even ravioli with swordfish. Familiar or simpler dishes are goat cheese coated with bread crumbs, served with grilled vegetables. The wine section has a selection of wines that you can order in the glass.

The restaurant is decorated here with Mandolins and other stringed instruments that hang on its walls. For those who love this style, on Wednesdays you can also enjoy live performances of mandolin players here.
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