It is no wonder that, for over two millennia, Verona has been such a well-known, visited and beloved location: fluttering between art, culture, food and wine, business and entertainment it is a city for all ages, all tastes and all seasons.
Imposing millenary monuments and solemn frescoed palazzos alternate with colourful buildings once used for public housing and can be found lined up along quiet streets or sunny squares. Churches with majestic and simple façades reveal exquisite decorations, secluded cloisters and treasures lost in time. Hidden gardens conceal ancient aristocratic houses in a green blanket, and majestic towers, often built over even older buildings, stand out against the sky. Fruits and vegetables have been traded in the market square for centuries, and the adjacent middle-age complex strongly confirms the dominant role that Verona had in medieval times.
Verona is a seductive blend of grandeur and simplicity, of the sacred and the profane, of glitz and popular everyday life, that never fails to amaze and delight. History and tradition are revealed at every street corner, marked by the peaceful flow of the river that embraces and protects it, giving way to the first signs of the Alpine foothills. Restaurants, wine bars and traditional taverns fit with grace and ease between the majestic patrician residences, or are hidden in tiny squares where time seems to stand still, revealing the deep bond that Verona has always had with good food. Verona fascinates every time and at every step; unexpected details, unexplored views and new perspectives surprise even regular visitors to the city.
In Verona there is always a front row seat for a unique show; an emotion that is repeated time after time.
The places of the Shakespearean tragedy are visited each year by millions of tourists, lovers, broken hearts and explorers who crowd in the courtyard of Giulietta’s home to admire the famous balcony or in the place where the tragic ending took place, Juliet’s grave, which houses the famous sarcophagus as well as an interesting collection of ancient frescoes.
“Verona (...) is a city of culture and art. In its urban structure and its architecture, Verona is an outstanding example of a town that has developed progressively and uninterruptedly over 2000 years, incorporating artistic elements of the highest quality from each succeeding period.”
This is just an excerpt from the description of the historic centre of Verona, added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in the year 2000. And it is true: over the centuries many styles have overlapped in a wonderful collage of different artistic expressions.
Verona is set inside a bend of the Adige river which limited its outer boundary. The cultural prosperity of Verona could therefore only develop, over the centuries, inside a limited area. It is thus quite natural that every corner, every house, every street, bears vestiges and traces of different eras, piled on top of one another in a delightful mishmash of styles.
In Piazza Brà alone, a single glance collects architectures spanning over almost two millennia.