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Verona combines understated sophistication with historic monuments dating back to Roman times, including a magnificent arena and ancient city gates. The entire town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with the most significant monuments of Italian antiquity north of Rome.
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  • Architecture
  • Art and Culture
  • Food and Wine

Experiences

  • Verona's high aesthetic standards were established early on, as evidenced by two ancient city gates and a triumphal arch, parts of which date from the 1st century B.C.
  • Verona's Roman arena was once used for sacrificial rites and games. Today you can join 16,000 spectators here to take in an opera.
  • A walk along the scenic banks of the Adige on a temperate evening can be a relaxing way to end a day of seeing the sights.
  • An Andrea Mantegna triptych and beautiful rose window by Brioloto are only two reasons to visit the church of San Zeno Maggiore.
  • Skip your restaurant's printed menu and ask your server to recommend fresh, seasonal specialties, which may include chestnuts, radicchio di Treviso, white asparagus, and pork and veal.

Festivals

  • The city is packed each April during Vinitaly, one of the world's most important—and largest—wine expos.
  • Verona hosts its own celebration of Carnevale in the weeks preceding Lent, with a parade featuring floats and masked revelers.

Side Trips

  • Picturesque Mantua, 20 mi/32 km south of Verona, was home to Renaissance artist Andrea Mantegna. You can still find many of his works here.

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