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Verona is a city in north-eastern Italy's Veneto region. The city is famous as it is the place where William Shakespeare set his play Romeo and Juliet. Though situated an hour away from the more popular tourist destination,Venice, many people consider Verona a more relaxed, pleasant place to visit.
Verona-Villafranca Airport (VRN), named after Valarie Catullo and thus also referred to as Verona 'Catullo' Airport, is the closest airport to Verona. It is located 12 km southwest of the city.
A shuttle bus service connect Verona's main railway station, Verona Porta Nuova to Verona-Villafranca Airport. A single journey takes around 15-20 minutes.
Alternative airports to Verona-Villafranca are Venice 'Marco Polo' Airport or Venice-Treviso 'Al Angeli' Airport.
Although Verona Airport is located next to the junction of two motorways, the north-south A22 (Modena-Brenner and continues into Austria) and the east-west A4 (Milan-Venice), the access road to the Airport is located on Dossobuono's SS62 road, which could be accessed by leaving the A22 north of the A4-A22 Junction.
Rental car companies have stations at Verona-Villafranca Airport.
Upon arrival at Verona Porta Nuova station, it is 15 minute walk down a long boulevard to reach the centre of town, the Verona Arena (Arena di Verona). Just leave the train station, walk through the bus station and past a triumphant arch and follow the boulevard Corso Porta Nuova till the end.
What to see
Verona was taken over by the Roman Empire in the First Century AD and many Roman-era ruins have been preserved, notably the Arena.
After the Roman Empire came the Republic of Venice from 853 AD until Napoleon Bonaparte conquered the republic. After the Fall of Napoleon in 1815, the Austrian Empire took over the city until 1866.
Verona's military importance under the Austrians has also left city fortifications and an excellent castle. Look out for architectural details related to the Scaligeri (or della Scala) family, who ruled the city from the 12th to 14th Century.
The Arena. An enormous, spectacular Roman amphitheatre, crumbling on the outside but still functioning today.
Juliet's House, Via Cappello. Supposedly the location of the famous balcony love scene from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The house is a major destination for tourist pilgrimage, as the tiny courtyard is normally packed with lovestruck teenagers photographing each other on the famous balcony.
Roman amphitheatre (Teatro Romano). Across the river on the hill, in the north-east of the city. edit
Castelvecchio. A 14th-century, red brick, fortified castle on the banks of the river Aldige. The main castle buildings house the city art museum which is packed with a rich collection of medieval sculpture and Renaissance paintings.
Piazza delle Erbe. Home of the Forum in Roman times this is still a focal point of the city. Contains the 'Britney Verona' fountain, 14th century 'Gardello Tower', and a market that, while picturesque, seems to have become another tourist cliche during its recent refurbishment.
Lamberti's Tower. Completed in 1463, this is the tallest of Verona's towers. The unmistakable clock tower looms over the Piazza delle Erbe, and you enter via the palace courtyard.
Porta Borsari. The remains of a Roman gate, dates to at least the 2nd Century AD, but is almost certainly older.
Giardino Giusti. One of Italy's most important renaissance/mannerist gardens, with grottos, fire-breathing masks carved into the hillside etc.
San Giorgetta. A tiny chapel immediately next to San'Anastasia. Easily overlooked, this church s richly decorated with early Renaissance frescoes depicting the walled garden of the Virgin Mary.
Other significant churches include: Sant' Anastasia, San Lorenzo Maggiore and San Fermo Maggiore
Castell San Pietro. Climb the steps up the hill above the Roman Amphitheatre to the Castell San Pietro.
Roman Theatre. Where theatre performances still take place. It is also the seat of the Archaeological Museum.
Juliet's Tomb, at the Capuccin Church, which also houses the Antonian Fresco Museum.
What to do
Climb to the top of the Lamberti tower (or take the lift if you are unable).
Climb the narrow staircase to Castel San Pietro and enjoy the sweeping views over the rooftops
Shop till you drop on Verona's golden mile.
Take the Bus 41 for a breathtaking view from S. Maria di Lourdes Sanctuary, placed on the edge of Verona's highest hill.
Eat gelato in one of Piazza Bra's many bars.
Wander around Carega block (just ask for 'Carega', close to the Duomo), near Garibaldi Bridge, and experience traditional wine bar and cosy restaurants.
Take a short walk to Castel San Pietro for a great lookout on the town center.
In summer see an opera in the Arena, the Roman amphitheater.
Hire a tourist guide for a guided sightseeing tour or a wine tour in Valpolicella or Soave
Visit the Christmas markets during your winter holidays
If you'd rather find your way through the city on your own instead of being guided consider the Verona edition of whaiwhai, a series of guidebooks that turn visits to Verona into intriguing treasure hunts. edit
Go to listen classical music at Filarmonic Theatre, one of the most ancient of Italy.