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Verona: history and passions

The story of the unhappy lovers of Verona, the tragedy that inspired Shakespeare's play, recalls a literary folk tradition established throughout the centuries at Verona and written out by Luigi Da Porto in 1531.
The historically documented rivalry between the two noble families Montecchi and Capuleti echoes the civil wars taking place in the city and inspired the imaginary story of the two lovers. Throughout the centuries lovers from all over the world have come to Verona eager to identify the so-called "House of Juliet" with the real house of the young woman who answered Romeo from her balcony, and her tomb with the open sarcophagus in the old monastery of Cappuccini.
A walk trough the centre of Verona is a walk trough history and trough the numerous and important artistic evidences hold in this city.


Cities of art of Veneto Region

Taste, Art, History, Passion:
a theme for each direction


Padova: history and art ››

Cittadella: walled town ››

Treviso and the Marca ››

Venice ››

The lagoon and islands ››

Verona among history and passions ››

Vicenza and Palladio ››

The walled towns ››

The Brenta Villas ››

The Arena

The Monuments

The "Ponte di Pietra", "Arco dei Gavi", "Porta Borsari", "Porta dei Leoni" and especially the Roman theatre are the most important and best kept monuments of the Roman period in Italy, after the ones in Rome. Also the religious heritage is particularly rich: the ancient churches of St. Lorenzo and St. Stefano, the cathedral of St. Maria Matricolare, the big churches of St. Zeno and St. Stefano and many others.

The Arena is the symbol of the city: roman amphitheatre of the I century a.C. it has an elliptical form and its major axis measures 138 metres. During the Roman period about 22.000 used to watch the gladiators fight; in the following centuries all kinds of performances were held there: ballets, jousts, tournaments… In 1913 it opened its first Opera Season and is still nowadays the stage of an important Opera Summer Season.


The Scaligeri Segnory

Verona has also been the city of the Scaligeri Segnory and, from the city-state period, there are many fascinating signs. First of all, the Walls, “Castelvecchio” and the “Ponte Scaligero”. In “Piazza dei Signori” there are the signs of the Dalla Scala’ Segnory, such as the Palace built by Cancrande, the residence of the other Lords, the “Palazzo della Ragione” and the “Arche Scaligere", the monumental tombs of the Dalla Scala’s family. In lively “Piazza delle Erbe”, nowadays place of the town market, Palaces of different ages overlook the “Dalla Madonna Verona” fountain with a roman statue of the I century a.C.

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