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Whether or not the Juliet balcony carries any historic veracity does not alter the fact that Verona is a wonderfully romantic destination. Indeed, romance, drama and family feuding has informed its history and can be explored on your visit. The Roman forum and arena now play host to the world’s greatest opera stars, the medieval legacy of the sadistic but cultured della Scala family places plenty of stories behind the historic buildings and poetry - whether Dante, Petrach or Giotto - has always flourished here. Today the wonderful restaurants, cosy cafes, cosmopolitan cultural scene and UNESCO World Heritage Site in the city all make this a place for star-crossed lovers (and anyone with a bit of soul).
Piazza Bra - Here stands the mighty Roman Arena which hosts opera concerts every summer to sell-out crowds. Worth visiting whether or not the fat lady is singing.
Via Mazzini - This narrow street is lined with designer boutiques and jewellery shops and it leads you to further gems too. The Casa di Giulietta is where the balcony can be found to practice your ‘Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo’ speech. Nearby is the main square, the Piazza delle Erbe, that is fringed by attractive historic buildings.
The Scaliger Tombs - These ornate Gothic funerary monuments are a testament to craftsmanship, power and megalomania in equal measures.
Castelvecchio - The Ponte Scaligero is often used as the backdrop to a romantic picnic on the shingle by the river and leads to a gorgeously restored fortress that is packed full of historic artefacts.
Things to See in Verona
The enormous, spectacular Roman amphitheatre is one of the largest in the world and you may be able to thrill to the sound of arias echoing around it if you visit in summer. The iconic sight of Juliet's Balcony makes up for what it lacks in historical veracity with a great deal of romantic association. The 238 steps up to the top of the 15th century Torre dei Lamberti offer you breathtaking views over the city whilst you can escape the city in the Giardino Giusti, a spectacular Mannerist garden complete with with grottos and fire-breathing masks carved into the hillside.
Explore the medieval art and history of Verona at the beautifully restored Castelvecchio fortress. Take in some more contemporary pleasures in the shops of Via Mazzini. Make a trip out to the Santa Maria di Lourdes Sanctuary, situated on the edge of Verona's highest hill and offering wonderful panoramic views of the city. The place to nonchalantly eat a gelato as the night sets is at the Piazza Bra whereas the place to enjoy a swanky night out in trendy bars and excellent restaurants is over by the Duomo in the area known as Carega. Get all knowledgeable about the local wines on a guided tour of nearby Valpolicella and Soave. Most of all, though, get all forlorn from ‘that’ balcony.