Set in the scenic Veneto region in northern Italy, Verona is best known for being the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Now it’s not likely that The Bard ever set foot in fair Verona. This however, did not stop the city from making the most of its affiliation with the famous play, and among the many attractions of a city filled with charming squares and elegant buildings, you’ll also find the Montecchi House and the Casa di Giulietta.
Despite its glaring touristy nature, since you’re in Verona, you might as well visit them, rub the right breast of Juliet’s statue for luck, and even recite some ill-remembered excerpts from the balcony scene on the actual balcony from which they were uttered – well, not really, but some suspension of disbelief will take you a long way.
After indulging in these guilty pleasure, you’re now free to enjoy the sights of this World Heritage Site, whose rich history and generous patrons ensured a diverse legacy of stunning architecture and exquisite art. The history of Verona is chronicled in its buildings, which range from the Roman ruins of the Arena – one of the largest amphitheatres in Italy – to the Romanesque Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore.
Climb to the top of Castel San Pietro and you’ll be rewarded with a staggering view of the city. Other monuments worth mentioning include the Roman theatre of Verona and the charming Basilica of San Lorenzo.
Picking up a car hire in Verona will allow you the chance to tour the region and visit the lovely Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, known for its picturesque landscapes and surrounded by a number of restaurants and bars. The Virgilio & Catullo Spa Complexes, on the south of the lake, are also a popular destinations. With your Italy car hire, you can also take the chance to take a day trip to Venice or head off to Florence!
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