The historic city of Verona in Italy has charming pastel candy-colored buildings in northern Italy’s Veneto region. It was founded in the first century B.C. and is located at the foot of Monte Lessini. Verona is the second most important art center in the Venato region outside of Venice.
Verona has a medieval old town built between the Adige River. It’s famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” A 14th-century residence with a tiny balcony overlooking a courtyard is said be “Juliet’s House.” The Verona Arena is a huge 1st-century Roman amphitheater, which currently hosts concerts and large-scale opera performances.
Verona has developed progressively and uninterruptedly for over 2000 years. The top row of the Roman Amphitheater offers a panoramic view over the town and on a clear day the Alps are visible. The amphitheater continues to serve as an opera house and as a venue for an annual Shakespeare Festival. It was completed in 30 AD.
The Giardino Guisti is one of Italy’s most famous gardens and offers a beautiful view from the “monster balcony.” Verona flourished under the 124 year reign of the Scaliger family in the 13th and 14th centuries and as part of the Republic of Venice from the 15th to 18th centuries. Several seminal stages of European history have been preserved in this magical city. Tour the museums to view masterpieces from the medieval and Renaissance periods.
Think about Shakespeare embellishing Romeo and Juliet’s love story in this romantic city. Visit the old homestead and perhaps your romance will flourish as you gaze at Juliet’s famous balcony.
Consider enrolling in Villa Giona’s cooking school in Verona, associated with the Allegrini Winery. Verona has a long and strong history of wine production with high quality and high productivity. On the Veronese Riviera, Lake Garda is a great place for a Vino con Vista, this area is synonymous with the Bardolino red wine zone and winery tours can be arranged at the Enoteca del Bardolino and at the Wine Museum of the Zeni estate.
The Valpolicella appellation was declared 2009’s wine-making region of the year by Wine Enthusiast. Amarone and Recioto wines were upgraded to DOCG status. In April of each year, Verona hosts “Vinitaly.” It is the country’s largest wine exhibition where you can taste thousands of wines from around the world www.vinitaly.com.
To learn more about Verona and Northern Italy visit www.vino-con-vista.com