Would you like to set your feet on the same streets where Julius Caesar walked? Or running all around the best-preserved Roman amphitheater in the world? No, you are not in Rome. You are in what the ancients called “the little Rome”: Verona.
“In fair Verona…” Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare begin with these words.
So… we’ll run in fair Verona.
We’ll meet right in front of the Arena, built half a century before the Colosseum … and in such a state of conservation as to host a legendary opera festival, as well as being the coveted stage for all the pop and rock stars in the world.
In the romantic old town, natural set for the famous love story, we’ll look for Juliet and her balcony, but we’ll also take a look at the nearby Romeo’s house, without forgetting the many magnificent Gothic monuments, witnesses of a period, the fourteenth century, in which Verona was the capital of northeastern Italy, before Venice.
We’ll follow the bend of the Adige, the second river in Italy, which wraps and embraces the city… a poignant scenography made of ancient bridges from the first century BC, castles that seem to come out of a dungeons & dragons videogame and a skyline dotted by antique churches, medieval towers, and hills planted with olive trees and cypresses.
The whole city center is a Unesco world heritage site and if you read the reasons you understand that it’s one of the unmissable Italian cities.
“Verona has preserved a remarkable number of monuments from antiquity, the medieval and Renaissance periods, and represents an outstanding example of a military stronghold.
Verona is an outstanding example of a town that has developed progressively and uninterruptedly over 2,000 years, incorporating artistic elements of the highest quality from each succeeding period.
It represents in an exceptional way the concept of the fortified town at several seminal stages of European history.
The historic city today contains elements representing its 2,000-year history: the Roman period, Romanesque, Middle Ages and Renaissance which have survived intact”.