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29th October 2019

Italy – Verona, the city of love

 September 2018 saw my wish to visit Verona fulfilled. Arriving on a beautiful sunny day, my husband and I fell completely under its spell.

Our first glimpse of the city was from the panoramic grounds of our boutique hotel positioned high above the city centre, but which was in fact only a twenty-minute walk downhill to Ponte Pietra Bridge, a Roman bridge completed in 100BC. It is the oldest bridge in Verona and also where a delicious romantic meal can be enjoyed, overlooking the Adige river and the Teatro Romano.

Ponte Pietra Bridge

Verona is a melting pot of different architectural styles. On many streets you will find Medieval, Baroque, Gothic, Renaissance and Romanesque style buildings standing side by side. In Verona, nothing is allowed to be torn down, only restored and maintained. 

The city has been populated for over 2,000 years and has had a turbulent and interesting past. Steeped in history and beautiful architecture one visit is not enough.

The Arena in the Piazza Bra

The Arena situated in the Piazza Bra is the 3rd largest amphitheatre in Italy, second only to the Colosseum in Rome and the Amphitheatre of Capua, near Naples and the Castelvecchio (Old Castle) which now houses a museum are not to be missed.

“Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?”

Of course, we paid a visit to Juliet’s balcony but had no time to re-enact the scene from Romeo and Juliet. We had stood on the original Roman road under the Roman Arch that marked the entrance to the city, but for the lack of a Roman chariot we had been transported back in time. Well in our imagination at least! 

This review was written by Lucia Raffaini, a member of the Symphony Fetcham team

By Nicky Banin
29th October 2019