The city of Verona was founded in the 1st century BC, and experienced its greatest growth and prosperity between the 14th and 18th centuries. With the combination of urban layout and the grand architecture of its buildings and hotels, Verona is a brilliant example of a city that has experienced non-stop development over the last two thousand years. Today Verona is an important regional hub, providing a vast number of economic opportunities to locals and visitors. The long history provides a firm foundation for a thriving tourist industry and lends a unique charm and appeal to the city.
Many of the attractions of Verona's glorious past can be seen almost everywhere you look, such as the Arena, the Teatro Romano, and the Porto Borsari. The Piazza Erbe, with its chic Verona hotels and restaurants, would be a perfect place to begin your tour of this magnificent city. Settle into your Verona hotel and make yourself ready for a nice adventure on the town. Start out with a visit to Castelveccio, a castle that dates back to the 14th century. The Verona Cathedral and the Basilica of St. Zeno are amazing examples of local architecture and really should be on your must see list. If you are looking for a place where you can find some amazing views over the city, then climb to the top of the Lamberti tower – there is also a lift if you don't feel like climbing the stairs. The Castel San Pietro also affords you some amazing views over the old town. If you feel the need to get in some quality shopping, then Via Mazzini is the place you want to be.
The city is the setting for Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". The hotels of Verona attract many visitors who want to experience the romanticism of this play, and a balcony that falsely claims to be connected to the fictional lovers is one of the biggest tourist attractions. The Natural History Museum of Verona contains one of the most valuable fossil collections in all of Europe. The Romanesque church of Santa Maria Antica is the home of the Gothic tombs of the Scaligeri family, who were parishioners. Lake Gardahas some fabulous exclusive resorts and hotels. Verona is a great place for both work and play, and getting there couldn't be easier. You can fly in to Catullo Airport which is well connected across Europe. From there you can take a bus in to town. You can take a train for Milan directly to Verona Porta Nuvoa Station. Diving by car, you can take the A4 towards Padova, and watch for the exit signs for Verona.