5 Must See Acts of Verona
Posted on February 26, 2013 by sguese
In the fair city of Verona we set out stage, a city founded by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. The northern Italian city is not only the supposed setting for the one of the most romantic stories of all time, Romeo and Juliet, but it is also known as “little Rome”. Miniaturized theaters and coliseums make it easy to se
e why Verona would get this title. However it was Verona’s golden era during the 13 and 14th centuries that the town really came into light. Know for the savage feuding of the Della Scala family, Shakespeare apparently found inspiration is such fighting to pen a play high school kids around the world now must mandatorily read.
A visit to the City of Love begins in Piazza delle Erbe. Originally the Roman Forum, the market stalls of old are no longer present as they once were. The rectangular piazza sits in the heart of historic Verona, surrounded by medieval buildings and towers. At its center is a 14th century fountain. Verona’s first act starts here.
The second act comes through the many different Roman artifacts still left about town. The Roman Theater and Archeological Museum stands tall and proud on a hill. Constructed in the first century, summer performances are still held here. You can also visit the nearby Archeological Museum, home to Roman mosaics and Etruscan and Roman bronzes.
The Roman tour continues to the Roman Arena, the third largest in all of Italy. Built in the first century B.C., in its day, it could hold 25,000 spectators. The people of Verona would come to watch bloody gladiator battles. However since 1913, the only ones battling here have been opera singers. The space became a venue for the town’s annual opera festival.
Heading into Verona’s third act, you can go to the setting of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. While it is debated whether Juliet’s House, Balcony and Statue have anything to do with Shakespeare’s story, the spot remains the city’s most popular attraction. It is free to view the courtyard where you can see Romeo and Juliet’s supposed balcony along with a bronze statue of Juliet. Many rub her breast for good luck. The home attached to it all hails from the 13th century.
To see one of Verona’s former reigning castles, you must delve into the city’s fourth act, Castelvecchio. The 14th century medieval complex was built to be a residence and a fortress. You will notice it instantly with its many towers. Castelvecchio holds a museum today, showing off 16 rooms of the former palace.
Verona’s fifth and final must see act is the Lamberti Tower. A good place to get an overview of all that you have covered, you can climb the stairs to the top. Once you do, you are awarded with views of the City of Love and well beyond. The medieval bell tower from the 12th century is the perfect location to close the curtain on Verona, at least just for today.
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