Verona, after Venice, is the second most important art city in the Veneto Region and it is about 120 kilometres away. To the tourist who visit Verona remains important memories stemming from the splendour of ancient architecture that spreads throughout the city, from the alleys and squares around, but also from the flavours and tastes of a traditional cuisine. What immediately strikes of the city is without any doubt the absolute profusion of artistic, historical and cultural proofs focused on a single city.
Not to miss the Roman remains: the Arena, the third largest Roman amphitheater after the Colosseum (famous even today in the international jet set for its opera season, whose the first Aida dates back to 1913), the Arena of Capua; the Arch of Gavi (the latter built by the Roman architect Vitruvio Cerdone), the Door of the Corsairs and the Door of Lions which buildings date back to the first century a.D. The Stone Bridge and the Roman Theater (the oldest building in Verona), whose buildings date back to the end of the first century b.C.. Among the many sacred buildings of Romanesque and Gothic art, the Cathedral which houses, among other priceless treasures of art, a spectacular altarpiece by Titian and the Church of San Zeno Maggiore, the latter dating to the twelfth century, in which altar is placed a beautiful triptych of Mantenga – while, in the major altar, the body of the saint patron of the city is kept.
Near the Romanesque church of St. Maria Antica of the XII° century, there is the complex of Arche Scaligere: the monumental tombs of the Scaligeri, Cangrande, Mastino II° and Cansignorio, the gentlemen of Verona from 1260 to 1387. The elegant Lodge of Council, the beautiful buildings and doors signed by Michele Sanmicheli inhabitant of Verona, are only a few episodes of Renaissance that in Verona was particularly lush. The reference civil building is Castelvecchio, built at time of Cangrande of Scala, now is the Art Civic Museum.
Verona the city of love
It is also famous in the world for its love stories told by Shakespeare to the hampered passion between Romeo and Juliet and for Juliet’s house of the twelfth century – with its famous balcony overlooking the courtyard. Near Romeo’s house, there is Juliet’s tomb lying around an old convent. In the province of Verona, places like Soave, Negrar, Lazise, Villafranca, Valeggio and Malcesine on Mincio, immersed in a natural environment that, with their incomparable beauty, offer an abundant and fascinating model in the Venetian art.