If you're a fan of heady romance, one of the major appeals of city breaks in Verona has to be the thought of spending a few days in Romeo and Juliet country. But just as big a draw as Romeo and Juliet are the ancient Romans, who dotted the town with magnificent monuments that can still be seen to this day.
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Top 5 Things To See: 48Hrs In Verona
Here is a list of the best things to see in Verona within 48Hrs.
1. Verona Arena
In its heyday in the first century AD, crowds of 30,000 witnessed gladiatorial games in this huge venue. It now stages outdoor opera shows during the summer featuring top international singers and conductors. If opera isn't your thing, other musical options are available, with some of the world's top modern artists performing there regularly.
2. Roman theatre
Not to be confused with the amphitheatre, this was a smaller place of entertainment for performing plays. Only the seating section and part of the stage survive, but a scenic, pine-shaded backdrop next to the River Adige adds to its picturesque charm.
3. Piazza della herbe
Standing on the remnants of a Roman forum, Verona's main square is dominated by the 275-foot-high Lamberti bell tower, which was used to signal the townsfolk into action during fires and moments of crisis. It also has an ancient fountain topped with a lovely statue of the Virgin Mary.
4. Castel Vecchio Bridge
A chunky fortified construction with a tower at one end, this was one of the biggest bridges in its day when it was built in the 14th century. What you see now is an impressive and painstaking reconstruction, as the original bridge was destroyed during WWII.
5. Juliet House
Chances are, this 14th century house on the Via Cappello has nothing to do with Shakespeare's play, but it certainly looks the part, especially its quaint balcony which is perfectly suited to moonlit declarations of love.