Your travel guide to Verona
The ancient city of Verona, Italy is full of exciting adventures to experience. Built in the 1st century A.D., the Roman Arena is a wonderful sight to behold, and can be explored year round. Lovers of Romanesque architecture will be awed by the stone of the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, which was erected in honor of Verona's patron saint.
Plant lovers will enjoy the various gardens scattered about the city of Verona, Italy. One of the most popular of these gardens is the Giardino Giusti which is filled to bursting with beautiful lush, sculpted gardens. The garden shares a name with the noble family that has taken care of it since it's opening to the public in 1591.
Verona, Italy is split into several different neighborhoods, each with their own style and personality. Neighborhoods in Verona are commonly labeled according to the monuments the neighborhood is known for or the geographical position. Verona's center is called the "città antica” or the ancient city and is appellated as such because it resides within the boundaries of the old Roman city. San Zeno is so called because of the church located within, and this is also the birthplace of the celebration called Carnival.
Verona's central portion is small, and thus you can generally ambulate through it on foot. When you feel it's time to adventure outward toward the lake or the wider area of Verona, obtaining a rental car is a snap. Should you decide against partaking of an on-foot adventure, the city of Verona has a good public transport system which includes buses and taxis. Many Verona hotels are outside of the city necessitating the use of the city's excellent transportation system at least some of the time here.
Verona's origins are shrouded in mystery. The region around Verona had been used as early as 550 BC. Verona's place in history was sealed when it became a part of the Roman Empire in 89 BC. Verona has played host to three of Shakespeare's plays: Romeo and Juliet, the Two Gentlemen of Verona and the Taming of the Shrew.