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Verona is located in the picturesque north eastern Veneto region of Italy.

It is without doubt one of Italy's most charming towns, and is known for its impressive summer opera season. Verona has long been a thriving and affluent city, and today its medieval streets are packed with high end boutiques and fashionable restaurants. There's plenty to see and do, from a visit to ‘Juliet’s balcony’ from a stroll through the ancient Roman ruins that characterise much of the city. Verona is also within easy reach of Venice, Padua and the stunning Lake Garda.

Verona was a significant town in Roman times and boasts a whole plethora of archaeological sites. The most impressive of these is the Roman Arena, now the venue for the summer opera season. Exploring the pretty streets around the arena is a delightful way to spend an afternoon. The city’s churches and museums contain some wonderful works of art, and the ruins of the Roman theatre across the river offers some great views.

Verona's Centro Storico (historic centre) is located within the town walls, nestled in a curve of the River Adige. Here you will find the eye-catching 14th century arches of the Portoni della Bra. Just inside the walls is the Piazza Bra, a distinctive open plan space that is dominated by the stunning Roman Arena. Via Mazzini is a stylish pedestrian street that is paved with decadent Verona marble, and will take you straight to heads straight to the Piazza Erbe, arguably Verona's most famous square.

While it is highly unlikely that Shakespeare ever visited the city, his source for the story of Romeo and Juliet is said by some to have been inspired by a similar story of feuding families living in Verona. So, there is a tenuous connection, but it is unclear whether Verona has a direct link to the work of the great bard or not. In any case, Verona has embraced the Shakespeare association with great fervour, and the city is awash with merchandise and references to his moist famous tragedy. There is a popular Shakespearian tourist trail, and you can even post a letter to Juliet at Juliet’s Tomb’ or, bizarrely, email her at her famous balcony. The city organises a number of special events connected to the tale of the young lovers, particularly on and around Valentine’s day on February 14th, this is a very popular time to visit this most romantic of cities.

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