VERONA, CITY OF LOVE AND DRAMA
The tour “Verona, city of love and drama” helps you enjoy a opulent and charming destination.
Over the centuries, the residential districts expanded all around the ancient settlements that still characterize the current plan.
After meeting your guide, your itinerary begins in Piazza Bra, a large square enlivened up by bars and cafés where the locals indulge lazily in the late afternoon.
Comfortably seated at the bars, they admire the Arena, a circular Roman amphitheater. It dates from the 1st cent. AD and ranks third in terms of size in Italy, after Rome and Capua.
Entirely made of local limestone, it is 90 feet tall. Since 1913 it has hosted a successful Opera Festival in July and August, attracting music lovers from the whole of Europe.
During our “Verona, city of love and drama” tour we cannot skip Juliet Balcony, and the colorful Piazza delle Erbe, once the commercial center, today a fresh produce retail market.
The Della Scala family were Lords of Verona in the late Medieval Age and finally submitted to the Venice Republic in 1405.
Buildings and monuments scattered throughout the pedestrian center are historical testimony of those heydays when the city was the crossroad of Northern European trade.
The most representative members of the Della Scala are resting in the Arche Scaligere, impressive funerary monuments enclosed in a private setting.
They ruled in the Palazzo della Ragione –City Hall- located in the Piazza dei Signori, where your guide will show you the Torre dei Lamberti, a 276 feet tower completed in 1448 with a big belfry.
We continue our stroll along the calm Adige, a river that rises in Austrian Alps and flows into the Adriatic Sea.
Passed the river bend, we reach the imposing white Arco dei Gavi.
- Piazza Bra and the Arena
- A walk in the Medieval center
- The Arche Scaligere (tombs of the Della Scala family)
- Castelvecchio and the Adige River
- Church of San Zeno
“There is no world for me outside the walls of Verona, except purgatory, torture, and hell itself.”
Although Shakespeare never visited Verona, and Romeo and Juliet only belong to the realm of literature and poetry, these words, uttered by Romeo, are profoundly significant: Verona is a world unto itself, complex and complete in its visual richness, surrounded by its river and walls, like a magic circle.
The visitor that has entered the circle may experience the sensation of stepping into a chain of “enchanted” spaces, where history and legend, reality and fiction are so deeply fused, impossible to separate.
DRESS CODE AND ADVICE
- No shorts, no sleeveless shirts. Knee high skirts and short sleeves are ok!
- This tour lasts 3 hours and costs 295 euros (up to six people)
- Only private parties
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Transportation not included
- Verona can be easily reached by train from Venice or from Vicenza
- Please apply for further information about the afternoon tour