The northern city of Verona is one of those gems that would be on every list if it were in any other country -- but in treasure-rich Italy it often gets overlooked. This is a true pity because it is a perfect place to visit even for half a day. Small enough to cover easily on foot, blessedly flat and devoid of quirky little bridges like nearby Venice, it offers an astounding array of world-class sites including:
- the third largest Roman amphitheatre ever built, dating from the 1st century BC and still well-enough preserved to host spectacular operas all summer long
- a smaller Roman theatre set on the banks of the Adige River, also dating from the 1st century BC
- two Roman city gates from the same period
a bridge dating from the same period, still in use today
- the 13th-century Basilica di San Zeno, one of the lovliest romanesque churches in the Veneto
- the 14th-century Piazza delle Erbe, whose crenellated and frescoed buildings surround a lively outdoor market
- a hopelessly picturesque 14th-century castle and crenellated footbridge leading to it
- the world's first public clock tower, gracing 14th-century Torre del Gardello
- several ornate 16th-century Venetian palaces
- and last but certainly not least, the balcony beneath which Romeo serenaded Juliet. Shakespeare based his two star-crossed lovers on the scions of two families from Verona, and indeed you may also visit Romeo's house and poor Giulietta's tomb
Your guide, who speaks excellent English, will meet you at your central Verona hotel or at the rail station or at a simple meeting point if you are arriving by car. The tour lasts about two hours.
2016 All-inclusive price: 2 People: 170 EURO/group 3-6 People: 195 EURO/group 7-10 People: 221 EURO/group
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