Verona was once chosen by the Romans to rest their shields and spears, leaving behind an impressive cultural and architectural footprint from medieval palaces and fresco-festooned churches.
As described beautifully by Lonely Planet, Verona is best known for its Shakespeare associations, where the playwright chose as the setting for one of the world's most famous plays, Romeo & Juliet. The city attracts large numbers of multinational tourists to its pretty piazzas and knot of lanes, most in search of Romeo, Juliet and all that. But beyond all of the the Renaissance romance, Verona is the heart of a bustling centre, dominated by an impressive and remarkably well-preserved 1st-century amphitheatre, which transforms into the venue for the city's annual summer opera festival.
Add that to countless ancient churches, a couple of architecturally fascinating bridges over the Adige, regional wine and food from the Veneto hinterland and some impressive art, and Verona shapes up as one of northern Italy's most attractive cities. And all this is just a short hop away from the shores of stunning Lake Garda.”