Verona and surroundings
Verona is another city founded by the Etruscans, although it has taken on particular importance only with the Romans, the favorite place of Caesar to rest. The historical importance is immediately noticed observing the impressive architecture and the great 1st century Arena. AD, the third largest in the world where 25,000 spectators could find space, namely the entire population. Of much smaller dimensions is the Roman Theater, also of the first century. and that gives on the Adige river in a wonderful context. He did not know its existence and before it was brought to light it was covered with earth and houses. For a long time after the departure of the Romans, Verona continued to erect excellent buildings; among these, the Romanesque church of San Zeno, dating back to 1123, the huge church of Sant'Anastasia, as well as the Cathedral begun in 1139. The city suffered for a period due to internal feuds, until in 1263 the Scaligeri assumed the command keeping it for a long time, bringing stability and encouraging the limbs; Dante was a guest between 1301 and 1304, while other buildings were commissioned in the meantime. Towards the end of the 14th century the Scaligeri were overthrown by the Visconti of Milan and later Verona also experienced the dominion of Venice, France and Austria until the unification of 1866. The beauty of Verona - UNESCO heritage - and its architecture make it always between the favorite destinations of tourism, without forgetting the importance of the Scaligero capital as a commercial airport and conference center. For many people the main reason for a visit to Verona is an operatic or musical concert at the Arena, a rare moment not to be missed However, the city offers many other things, even neglecting the famous balcony scene of the encounter between Romeo and Juliet. The heritage left by Rome can be admired at the Roman Theater just across the river. An archaeological museum has been set up next to it. Walking around the center you can contemplate countless other remains of the past such as the Arco dei Gavi and the Porta dei Borsari. The ancient Piazza delle Erbe is the true center of the city; Nearby is the Piazza dei Signori surrounded by the buildings of the Scaligeri and in whose center the statue of Dante is beautifully displayed. With a little luck, you can attend an exhibition under the arches of the Scavi Scaligeri in the Court Court, where art shows are regularly hosted in a Roman architectural context brought to light with care. In the city there are several noteworthy religious buildings such as the beautiful Romanesque church of San Zeno with its carved façade, the Church of St. Anastasia rich in decorations and of course the Cathedral, but also other churches of great importance such as that of San Fermo Maggiore. Castelvecchio, in the western part of the capital, houses an excellent art gallery inside the spectacular walls in an enchanting outdoor setting, whose main elements are the drawbridge and the promenade along the river. However, one of my favorite places is Giardino Giusti, one of the most beautiful gardens in Italy, hidden by blackened facades on the eastern side of the river.