Verona: it’s more than just Shakespeare

arena-267x180Let me ask you what you know about Italy besides Rome, Milan, mafia, spaghetti, pizza and mandolin. I really hope the answer is a list of name of cities, monuments, places and so on.

How much do you know Verona? It is definitely more than just Shakespeare’s romance and Juliet’s house. In your mind it is very popular because of the romantic tragedy that has been reproduced on the big screen, starring a young and pretty much unknown Leonardo diCaprio truly, madly, deeply in love with Claire Danes.

Forget the statue of Juliet, or her tomb, or the house of Romeo, or the wall where lovers wrote their promises: this is just a story or a legend (even if the Juliets-that’s how the Juliets’ girls are still called nowadays- keep working really hard).

If you are wondering which ones, it means you don’t really know the city in deep, and that’s a pity, but luckily you are still in time to decide you want to visit Verona, which can be easily reached by train from Milan or Venice. Most of the time you can find some special offer and you are able to buy the ticket for less than 20 euros, if you constantly keep yourself posted.

Not all the tourists know, but the city offers several other sights and activities, such as the impressive Roman arena, simply called “arena”, where during the summer it becomes the city’s opera performances, where so many live shows take place. Even singers have their show there and seeing all the area all full of people who are there for you, it is such a great emotion.

In addition to this, Verona is a very beautiful walkable place with a scattering of interesting churches to visit, remembering you how great and fluent it was during the past.