Verona has been called the City of Love, in homage to Shakespeare’s tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet, and claims to be the gateway to Italy with reference to its wonderful geographical location. It’s buildings and walls attest to a thousand-year long history and the part it has played in the unfolding events of the region. Spread out along the hurrying meanders of the Adige River, Verona offers a wonderful view of the light and colour of its buildings, imposing monuments, churches, bridges, spires and bell towers. An hour’s bus ride to the lovely lake Guarda with its magnificent backdrop of the Italian Alps, a ninety minute train to the canal city of Venice and easy access to the surrounding Lombardy countryside.
…. as a footnote, the city boasts the tourist attractions of Juliet’s balcony, Juliet’s house and grave, and the house of Romeo – all of which I find rather incongruous as the characters were a product of the imagination of an Elizabethan English poet and playwrite.