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Horizons: Verona

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Horizons: Verona

Lee Preston

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lee renee romeo and juliet ring model shot hi res

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Inspired by the romantic Romeo & Juliet pieces in our ‘star-crossed lovers’ collection, we turn a pre-Valentine’s spotlight on Verona – the red and white bricked city that is the setting for the most famous love story ever written.

If a slower pace is what you’re after, stay in one of Tripadvisor’s top rated hotels in Verona with a spa and emerge only to explore the authentic Italian cuisine.

Otherwise, the mandatory selfie spot in Verona is on Juliet’s Balcony at the Capulet House, where you can gaze over thousands of love messages etched into the walls.

Juliet's Balcony

Juliet's Balcony

Love Messages

Love Messages

Love Locks in Verona

Love Locks in Verona

Although cosy in size, the city has amazing different events throughout the year – on our bucket list is the summer Opera festival held in the huge amphitheatre. And the unsurprisingly popular VinItaly wine festival is in April!

Arena Verona

Arena Verona

The local speciality spirit is a glass of Grappa, best sipped in Piazza del Erbe admiring it’s painted exteriors - the centuries’ old frescoes.

Piazze del Erbe

Piazze del Erbe

Our recommendation is to find one of the little staircases and venture up the hill that overlooks the city. You can sit for hours watching the river and any heat waves rising off the pretty coloured buildings.

[[Verona cafes]]

[[Verona cafes]]

There are good value direct flights available with some budget airlines, and British Airways flies regularly from London Gatwick. If you have a longer trip to plan (lucky you!) with Venice only an hour away on the train, you can combine the two cities into one romantic roam around Northern Italy.

Verona at Night

Verona at Night

There’s something wonderfully understated about the city. It has evolved while retaining many of its Roman architectural sights and adopting Shakespeare’s story, to become the strong hearted city of today, beating with romance.

And if that’s not the kind of place to take your Valentine, we don’t know where is.

Photos:

Juliet’s Balcony – Travel Junction on Flickr

Romeo + Juliet (Messages) - Umburto Fistarol on Flickr

Audience in Arena – Arena di Verona

Lock of Love - Linus Lai

Piazza delle Erbe - Bautisterius on Flickr