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Verona: the city of lovers

Verona

History

Verona is a very old city, whose territory has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The first proper residential settlement was funded by the Romans, and it remained part of the Empire until the V century, when it was conquered first by Longobards and by Franks afterwards.

Verona was one of the first Italian cities to become a free Comune and it flourished under the dynasty of Scaligeri, until it became part of the Venetian Republic.

In 1815, the city was incorporated in the Austrian Empire, but in 1866, it became part of the Reign of Italy. During WWII, Verona was one of most hit Italian cities by the bombings.

Nowadays, Verona is an important productive area in Italy, as well as home to an important university and a famous touristic destination.

Things to visit in Verona

Verona, thanks to its long history and numerous foreign dominations, is a city with a lot of art and culture. There are monuments dating back to the Roman, Medieval and Modern times, as well as many monuments and places of interest, which contribute to the magical atmosphere of the city.
Below you will find a list of attractions you can’t miss.

The arena

The arena is an old Roman amphitheater and it is the symbol of the city. It used to be the fourth biggest amphitheater in the world after the Colosseum, the one in Capua and the one in Milan. Even though it’s a very old monument, the Arena keeps hosting shows, especially musical events related to the Opera singing.
(You can find more information about the events here)

The bridges

Verona is crossed by the river Adige, and for this reason it has many old bridges which give romance to the city. Many of them were destroyed by the Nazis during WWII, but they have been rebuilt with the exact same stones, as they were picked up from the river bed. The most beautiful ones are surely the Ponte di Pietra, dating back to Roman times, and the Ponte Scaligero.

Juliet’s house

You can’t think of Verona without thinking about the love story between Romeo and Juliet, immortalized by William Shakespeare. A palace dating back to the XIII century has been identified as Juliet’s house: you can even see the balcony from which their love was born. At the center of the courtyard, there is a statue of Juliet.
(Here you can discover more about it)

Piazza dei Signori

A very important square in Verona is Piazza dei Signori, which has always been the administrative center of the city. At the center of the square there is a statue of Dante, who took shelter in Verona after his exile from Firenze. The buildings in the square are all connected through arches and porticoes, which give the place its unique aesthetic.

Food and wine tradition in Verona

Veronese families have always been famous since the Roman Empire for the food they were serving to their guests. Even though the ingredients are poor, Veronese people managed to create delicious and unique dishes, which became an art during the years.
Below you can find a list of traditional Veronese dishes you absolutely have to try.

Risotto Tastasal

It’s a typical risotto made in Verona, whose name refers to the process of salting the fresh cuts, which are the main ingredient of the sauce.

Lesso and Pearà

It consists in stewed meat and vegetables, which are served with a puree of bread crumbs and pepper. The Pearà is a sauce whose main ingredient is pepper, which gives it that particular taste.

Pike and Polenta

Pike is a very common fish in the Garda lake, that’s the reason why it can be found in the cuisine of many surrounding areas. In Verona, pike is usually served with polenta.

Anatra col Pien

It’s a very old recipe, which is a fundamental part of the Veronese tradition. The duck is prepared with a filling of bread and various aromas that make it very tasty.



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