The setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Verona is located on the Adige river in Veneto, Italy. While the city is synonymous with Renaissance romance, it’s also a bustling centre with beautiful churches, impressive art and delicious wine and food from the Veneto hinterland.
Right at the heart of Verona's historic centre lies Piazza delle Erbe. The square is surrounded by breathtaking buildings, including the town hall, Mazzanti houses and the Palazzo Maffei. The oldest piece in the square is the fountain, which features a statue of Madonna Verona.
Romantics can't miss a visit to Juliet's balcony. Located only a short walk from the Piazza delle Erbe, the Casa di Giulietta museum was once home to the Dal Cappello – Shakespeare's Capuleti family – and hosts performances which tell the tragic tale of the star-crossed lovers to visitors.
Nothing says wine-time than being able to choose from over 2800 labels! Antica Bottega del Vino is a century-old wine bar in the city's centre. Not only does it boast one of the 10 best restaurant wine cellars in Italy but it also offers a delectable menu and many of its wines by the glass.
For those who prefer going to the source, doing a tour of the Valpolicella wine route is in order. While the region only produces red wines, the west offers traditional wines while the east is famous for its younger, more experiential wines.
Lastly, no trip to Verona is complete without a visit to the city's most important medieval church: Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore. A masterpiece of Romanesque architecture, the church was founded in the 5th century and has a magnificent Romanesque facade, fine bronze doors, and many important artworks inside. And while the architecture is breathtaking, the altarpiece titled Majesty of the Virgin is its crowning glory.