Walking Verona, Italy
The setting for Shakespeare’s famous 'Romeo & Juliet,' Verona offers many more sights and activities than those related to the ill-fated couple. The impressive 2,000 year old Roman arena is a must-see sight year-round, and especially so during the summer when the city's opera performances take place inside. Verona is a beautiful and walkable city with a scattering of interesting churches to visit, and along the way there are marble-paved streets linking several lovely piazzas that almost beg you to stop and have a coffee.
Because of the value and importance of its many historical buildings, Verona has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Verona preserved many ancient Roman monuments, no longer in use, in the early Middle Ages, but much of this and much of its early medieval edifices were destroyed or heavily damaged by the earthquake of 3 January 1117, which led to a massive Romanesque rebuilding.
Verona can be an excellent day trip from nearby cities like Venice, Milan, and Padua, but it’s also a destination in and of itself and makes as good a good base to explore Italy's north as Milan. It’s also well-loved by Italian wine enthusiasts, since the famous Valpolicella region lies just to the north.
Verona is not large, and the historic central area is even smaller, so it's easy to explore on foot, which is a huge bonus, but that also tends to lead to higher prices on accommodation that's right in the middle of everything. If you visit Verona from another city, either for a few hours or a full day, and you are arriving by train, you'll have a 20 minute walk from the railway station to the entrance to the Old Town where most things of interest to tourists are located. On the way you will pass the remnants of ancient fortifications and the original city wall and part of the modern city's business district. If you'd rather save your feet, there are also buses which run regularly from the station to the Old Town.
Rail Travel Times:
Milan to Verona: 1 hr 23 mins (booking required): 2 hrs 4 mins
Venice to Verona: 1 hr
Innsbruck to Verona: 3 hrs 8 mins (booking required); 4 hrs 55 mins
Florence to Verona: 1 hr 30 mins (booking required)
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