A Roman City Beyond Romeo and Juliet
Being regarded as one of the world’s best places to fall in love, owing to the legendary literary catastrophe of Romeo and Juliet, it seems impossible to miss Verona. It has nothing short of jaw-dropping attractions which will sure awaken the inner historian side in each visitor. Located in the centre of Northern Italy, more or less an hour away from Venice, it is easily accessible by bus, train, car and plane. This city of love is rich with stunningly well-preserved medieval and Renaissance monuments. Listed as UNESCO World Heritage site, it presents far more intriguing attractions than just the star-crossed lovers, made famous by Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.
Arts, history and cultures combined have made each monument and Verona as a whole an exclusively must-visit destination in the world. Verona’s tourist-attraction sites are in abundance. Among the many fascinating sites are Verona Arena, Juliet’s house as well as Piazza delle Erbe. The Verona Arena was a Roman amphitheater, built in the 1st century, where all gladiator fights were held and is still a functional venue for Verona’s opera season. Perhaps the much-celebrated place to sightseeing in Verona is the Juliet’s house. This quaint Gothic-architectural house, with a bronze statue and the famous Juliet’s balcony in the courtyard, is the main attraction for tourists to finally feel the catastrophic love of Romeo and Juliet, though fictional. Another must-sightsee attraction is Piazza delle Erbe where tourists stroll to unearth the beauty of this lively heart-of-Verona square.
Tourists’ “romantic visit” to Verona would be incomplete without savouring some of its famous cuisine. Though Italy’s world-famous dishes are of pasta and pizza, Verona is more well-known with its risotto. Given the fact that rice is widely grown in Verona explains the reason behind risotto being its famous dish. Another popular dish in this city is polenta, a savoury cornmeal porridge, eaten hot with salami, cured meat and cheese. Apart from that, the uniquely unusual horse and donkey dishes are as popular as risotto and polenta too. It is believed that after one battle, dated back to many centuries ago, countless dead horses cluttered on the ground and the starving people had to eat them instead, so they say. Regardless, with recipes handed down from one generation to another, horse meat dishes are ready for those adventurous diners looking for uniquely tasty food.
The tourist attraction in Verona does not end with just monuments and cuisine as Verona is also known as a wine-producing region in Italy. The wine-producing areas are Valpolicella, Soave, Bardolino, Custoza and Lugana, reachable within twenty-minute ride from Verona city centre. Tourists will be amazed with mesmerizing hillside landscapes and enormous vineyards. Winery and wine-tasting tours are probably a must-do to tourists, particularly to those oenophiles. What’s more, in April, Verona hosts a five-day wine festival called Vinitaly. Not only that, there is a whole heap of varied festivals and events held in Verona throughout the year such as ‘Verona in love’, ‘Carnevale’, opera season in June to August and many more. Needless to say, Verona guarantees a delightful and charming sightseeing experience to visitors.