The Largest City in Veneto

By: Douglas Scott

Verona is located between the rolling plains of the Veneto, the Dolomite mountains, and Lake Garda. The ancient town and the centre of the modern city are a loop of the Adige River near Lake Garda. This wonderful city a long the Adige river, at the foot of the Lessini Mountains is today a National Park and has been the site of various human settlements for the past 300,000 years

Shopping in Verona is quite easy as the main shopping area are connected to the main tourist area.

Cafes and bars offer an alternative form of entertainment. There are many of these all over the city, but the most frequented ones tend to be in the historic city centre. The Caffe delle Erbe, more commonly known as the Mazzanti is definitely one of the most popular spots, both due to its location on the Piazza delle Erbe, by the ancient Roman forum and due to the trendiest of its clientele who like nothing better than to sit out side in the summer sipping aperitifs with big groups of friends, listening to they live music.

Verona, the largest city in the Veneto with a population of a quarter of a million people is world famous for the ill-fated love affair of Romeo and Juliet.

The building, is based on the 13th century design, was built on the remains of a Roman insula building. The elegant balcony which looks out over the court yard was renovated by Antonio Avena in 1935, while the much-photographed Juliet statue is by Nereo Costantini. Juliet's house is now the property of the state and is used to house temporary art exhibitions.

The Arena is an ancient Roman amphitheatre and is the scene of international performances during the opera, ballet and musical season which takes place every year.

The Torre dei Lamberti stands right on Piazza delle Erbe. It dates from the 12th century, but the bell-tower was added in the 15th century. The tower is 84m tall and is the highest building in the city. The views from the top is worth the climb, but don't worry, there is a lift so you do not have to use the stairs, all 368.

The Teatro Romano is known for its Shakespeare Festival starts in June through to August, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1998 with a week of English-language performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company, successful enough to have been repeated every year since.

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