Verona – The city of Romeo’s and Juliet’s love story

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Verona – Juliet’s balcony – AdobeStock_243110957

Verona: A magnificent chief town of the Veneto. It’s well-known for the Arena, the suggestive amphitheater of the Roman epoch. It was chosen as a background at the famous drama of Shakespeare.

This is an excerpt from the book “Venice and the Veneto

Best known for its Shakespeare associations, Verona attracts a multinational gaggle of tourists to its pretty piazzas and knot of lanes, most in search of Romeo, Juliet and all that. But beyond the heart-shaped kitsch and Renaissance romance, Verona is a bustling centre, its heart dominated by a mammoth, remarkably well-preserved 1st-century amphitheater, the venue for the city’s annual summer opera festival. Add to that countless churches, a couple of architecturally fascinating bridges over the Adige, regional wine and food from the Veneto hinterland and some impressive art, and Verona shapes up as one of northern Italy’s most attractive cities. And all this just a short hop from the shores of stunning Lake Garda.
The territory offers tourist destinations also in the naturalistic field: the lake of Garda, hills, and mountains.

Verona has an ancient historic center, very extensive and well conserved. Roman municipality of the 49 B.C., reserves important tracks of that prosperous period. The roman amphitheater, called the Arena, is one of the most famous outdoor theatres in the world. The Roman Theatre, the Gavi Arch, and the monumental gates (Porta Borsari and the Porta dei Leoni) are grand works to last millennia.

Noteworthy architectural works remain from the Scaliger’s Seignory and from the Austrian domination during the Risorgimento. There are also, palaces and squares of every epoch and style in warm soft colors.

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Artistic artifacts in Downtown Verona

The churches of the town are numberless and of great historical and artistic value. Some of the most important include the Basilica of San Zeno, a perfect example of Romanesque architecture. It’s dedicated to the Saint Patron of the town. The panels of bronze that adorned the wooden doors, are a work of the local sculpture.

The churches of San Fermo, Santi Apostoli and San Lorenzo date back to the same period. The Scaligers’ Seignory built the church of Sant’Anastasia, it is the home of fresco masterpieces by Pisanello and Altichiero. The church of San Giorgio is from Sanmicheli. He is an architect who worked at several of the most important palaces and fortresses of the city.

A small marble balcony records the most famous verses of Shakespeare’s tragedy. Romeo declares his love for Juliet, Shakespeare’s immortal heroine, as she stands on it. The building, which probably dates back to the XIII century, has a brick facade and large tribolate windows; following the tradition, it is the house where the beautiful Juliet lived. Her tomb is located instead in an old monastery and the place is imbued with an intensely romantic atmosphere.

The Arena di Verona

The other eternal symbol of Verona is the Arena. Performances at the Arena have an inimitable tone, a perfection of the staging, and musical shows. This is also thanks to the magnificence of the Roman ruins. Since 1913 has been attracting big crowds of spectators to one of the most prestigious opera seasons.

Every year the rich program includes works, concerts, and ballets. Verona offers also many folklore events between which the “Bacanal del Gnoco”, the Veronese carnival, arrived at the 475^ editions.

From the north-west, at south-east, the Adige river embraces the territory of the Scaligera province. Ten bridges connect the two parts of the town. In the Roman period, Verona had only two bridges: the Pons Postumius (doing not more exist), and the Pons Marmoreus. This last is also Ponte Pietra, destroyed during the Second World War. After the war, they rebuilt it using the original parts. Also the Ponte Scaligero, in the neighborhood of Castelvecchio, is very suggestive. The Seignory of Della Scala built it exclusively to pedestrian use and fortified for civic and military purposes.

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The territory around Verona

The territory around Verona is rich in the story. No Veronese town cannot boast at least one stately residence. At least a medieval castle or the memory of some important past events. Soave, Villafranca, Cologna Veneta Valeggio Sul Mincio, are some of the most significant examples of this heritage,

The fertile Veronese plain extends around those and other centers. The South part, called also “Basso Veronese”, is rich in products of agriculture, of handcrafting tradition and important firms. You should not overlook Its delicate and poetic landscape, especially during autumn.

The chain of Mount Baldo arises in the north-west of the town. Botanists and naturalists called it, “Hortus Europae” for the extraordinary variety of flora species, more of which endemic.

It appears on the lake of Garda like an incomparably beautiful balcony. You can reach the mountain easily with the new cableway. It covers the route between Malcesine and Mount Baldo with inequality of 1650 meters, in only 10 minutes.

Natural Park of the Lessinia

The north-east zone of the territory is occupied by the Natural Park of the Lessinia. It built in 1990, it exploits the naturalistic-surrounding importance of this plateau. It witnessed the settlement of Bavarian-Tirolose speaking Cimbric communities in the XIII century. Today it developed important summer and winter tourism. Some of its most interesting attractions are the Fossil Remains Museum in Bolca. It displays precious fossil fish of tropical climate, found in the “Pesciara”, a fossil deposit of the Tertiary Era. They are considered, in its kind, between the most important in the world; the Ponte of Veja, a big rocky arch recognized like a natural monument; the Molina Falls park which contains marvelous waterfalls and tiny green lakes, nature trails. The plateau offers, the possibility of strolls, excursions, mountain bikes, trekking, free-flying, horse-riding. During the winter season, it becomes a big ski area.

Sirmione Lake Garda – AdobeStock_181253525
Lake Garda area

The north-west boundaries of the provincial territory are the shores of the Lake Garda; that its light and colors combine the fascination of the Mediterranean landscape with the atmosphere of nordic fiords. The east shore is known as Riviera degli Ulivi. It offers culture, story, and traditions. The Romanesque churches, Scaliger castles, residences in the Venetian style, and nineteenth-century fortifications testify it. It is the ideal place for the sojourn of people fond of sport and active holidays. It’s perfect for practicing, sailing, canoeing, windsurf, fishing, and immersions. Also so much cheerfulness with the fun-fairs, natural parks, and fields from golf.

Verona gastronomy

The rich gastronomy offers the better of an area where the alpine environment has softened by the Mediterranean influence. The wines and the extra-virgin oil are, with the freshwater fish, the principal products of the gardesana zone. Verona has a great tradition of good food. It’s in the hands of the restaurant owners and inn-keepers of the city and the province.

Some of the typical dishes are the gnocchi (potato dumplings), pasta e Fagioli (pasta and beans soup), the “papardele coi fegadini”, the boiled beef with “pear”, the “pastrissada de caval” and the pandoro cake. Also, the nearby towns offer a variety of dishes such as the risotto from Isola della Scala (risottos with meat, grana cheese, aromatized with rosemary and cinnamon), the tortellini of Valeggio, the asparagus of Arcole, the cheese of Villafranca; all these dishes are accompanied with delicious wines, the most famous of which are the Valpolicella, the Amarone and the Recioto, the Bianco di Custoza, the Soave and the Recioto di Soave, the Arcole and the Lessini Durello.

Where to stay in Verona
Coronavirus: in China tricolor buses in support of Verona
Press release by the Municipality of Verona
Hangzhou Bus promoting Verona – Photo © Ferrovie.it

In China solidarity with Verona is getting stronger. From Hangzhou, twinned with our city since last September, the messages of closeness are almost daily and there is no lack of concrete initiatives. One of the last, in chronological order, arrived on the morning of March 23 by email, with a photo of the new image of the line number 1314 of the bus for the public transport service in the Chinese city. The vehicles on this line are a real hymn to Italy and in particular to Verona, all covered with the tricolor, with the recognizable outline of the Arena and the writing “Forza, Italia!” which stands on the sides.

Concrete Help already provided to Verona

After sending, in the last few days, more than 4 thousand masks to face the evolution of the coronavirus epidemic and the proximity letter sent to the Mayor, Federico Sboarina, from the highest public office in Hangzhou, Zhou Jiangyong, as Secretary Party, the testimonies of solidarity and closeness with Verona also continue in China.

With the effects that, once the Covid-19 emergency ended, they could prove positive for Verona on the tourism front.2020 is indeed the year of Chinese tourism in Europe.
The new tricolor fleet that runs through the streets of Hangzhou also goes in the direction of keeping interested in our city high, waiting for the emergency to pass and the package of initiatives planned on the occasion of the twinning to revive the respective tourist areas.

Hangzhou Bus promoting Verona – Photo © Ferrovie.it
“Marry me in Verona” project

Two projects started to promote the Scaliger city on Chinese soil.
In December, a massive marketing campaign conducted in the center of Hangzhou with the setting up of a permanent exhibition space dedicated to the Scaliger city, to what it offers in terms of culture, tourism but also economic and business opportunities.

This follows the trend of civil marriage. In the Chinese tradition, celebrated by investing important resources, also abroad.

With this in mind, the “Marry me in Verona” project has found depth, which every year sees more and more foreign couples promise eternal love in Juliet’s House rather than in the Notaries’ Chapel, or in one of the many locations available for the celebrations.

Thanks to the twinning, “Marry me in Verona”, is now popular in the Zhejiang region. It’s a tool for the municipalities and a truly unique opportunity for Chinese citizens who want to marry.

Hangzhou (9 million people) and Verona (350,000): Twin cities

“The proximity of the city of Hangzhou to our community is truly important support. – says the Councilor for Culture and Tourism, Francesca Briani.
A fixed point, from which to start again when the coronavirus emergency will be over and, little by little, we will be able to return to our daily lives, working primarily for the economic recovery of the territory.

The DMO (Destination Management Organization) is working on the tourist exchange with a massive campaign to make known to the millions of citizens of Hangzhou the best of our city and its extraordinary potential.
A complete promotion of the “Verona System” extended to the whole region.

Ample emphasis on the brand of Giulietta and Romeo and its link with Verona, as well as the strategic position in which Verona is located in the Veneto region but also nationally.

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