is situated on both sides of the Adige river and has a picturesque Old
Town with numerous historical buildings, many of which belong to the UNESCO
World Heritage and reflect the turbulent history of the city. Originally
a Celtic settlement, the city became in 89 v.CH Roman colony. In 489 AD
Theodoric the Great, King of the Ostgoths, conquered Verona and made it
his residence. 80 years later it fell into the hands of the Langobard’s
King Alboin and in the 10th c. belonged to the Duchy Carinthia (Southern
Austria). Finally in the 12th c. Verona received its town charter,
but fell, however, again and again under foreign rule. In 1797 the
Austrians made it their strongest fortress and only in 1866 did Verona
became Italian Today Verona is a province capital with approximately
We sauntered through the narrow streets, with their time-honoured Patrician
houses, where exclusive fashion shops and restaurants have established
themselves, and enjoyed the unmistakable charm of the city.
Especially worth seeing is the historic centre
of the medieval city republic with the Piazza delle
Erbe – market place, shopping centre and forum. It is one of the
most beautiful places in Italy, surrounded by splendid palaces, middle
class houses, towers and the city’s landmark in its centre – the fountain
with Madonna Verona who is still today watching over the lively hustle
and bustle of the market.
most famous sight in Verona is the amphitheatre,
the Arena, completed around 30 AD. With a total length of
139 meters and a width of 110 meters it is one of the largest amphitheatres
in the world and, after the one in Rome, the best preserved in Italy.
It can seat some 25,000 spectators in its 44 tiers of marble seats.
Originally used in a traditional way, it is today the setting for monumental
opera performances produced for the famous opera
festivals which take place every year. We were able to realise
a cherished dream and attend a performance of Verdi’s ‘Nabucco’.
This was a grandiose production and an inconceivably beautiful
experience. The ‘chorus of the prisoners’ was so overwhelming that
the endless applause of the audience forced an encore. After
the performance, 14,000 spectators showed their appreciation of the excellent
artists by loud ovations, which ceased when, suddenly, a piano was brought
onto the stage and the ‘Nabucco’ singer gave various encores in which the
audience joined in – what a choir! It was an incomparable atmosphere and
an unforgettable experience.
In the immediate neighbourhood of the Piazza delle Erbe, there is the Piazza
dei Signori with a statue of Dante in its centre,
It is the most aristocratic place in the city and commonly called "Verona's
Also close to Piazza delle Erbe the house of Juliet, the ‘Casa
di Giulietta’ can be found. The famous balcony in the small
inner court, where Romeo and Juliet promised each other eternal love, has
a magic attraction for countless visitors every year. It is moving to enter
the place where the tragic story began, which Shakespeare made immortal.
Beside the entrance to the house is a bronze statue of Juliet and on the
walls lovers from all over the world have left their messages on small
strips of paper.
This charming city is full of magnificent historic monuments and places
and certainly a sail on the Adige River is an exciting experience