Verona and its surrounding area
The city centre and the Beauty on the outskirts of Verona The city centre
In the historical centre of Verona, there is ample evidence to indicate the extensive history of the city. The centre and the surrounding areas are easily reached by foot.
Piazza Bra is next to the Arena, which was built in the first century A.D. during the last years of the emperor Augustus and it is one of the biggest and undoubtedly the best conserved of the roman monuments.
On the eastern side of the square, there is the neoclassical Palalzzo Barbieri , which was built in the nineteenth century and it has been the seat of the municipal government since 12 October 1869. In 1945, the interior of the City Hall was destroyed by a fire; when it was rebuilt, the rear portion and semi-circular wing were added. Other interesting buildings is the 'Gran Guardia' Palace, a 1610 Sanmicheli inspired building.
The west side of the piazza is dominated by a row of restaurants and cafes, (Liston) the north east is bounded by the arena, whilst to the south there are trees and a fountain and a quiet place to sit away from the crowds.
The name Bra derives from "Braida" which on Veronese mean "large open space".
From Piazza Bra, where the Arena is found, go along via Mazzini and at the end of the street turn right into via Cappello, number 23, on the left, where you can visit the courtyard of the Casa di Giulietta (Juliet's House) and the famous balcony. Turning back towards via Mazzini, leaving the entrance to the street on your left, you arrive in Piazza delle Erbe, well known for its daily market of clothes and fruit and vegetables. Branching off from the piazza to the right, Piazza dei Signori can be found, the 'living room of Verona'; from this piazza the nearby Arche Scaligere are visible and the Cortile del Mercato Vecchio (Piazza della Ragione) can be accessed. The Torre dei Lamberti is positioned in this square and the public can admire a spectacular view from the top of the tower. Leaving Piazza Erbe going towards the Adige, one reaches Ponte Pietra which, when crossed, leads to the Teatro Romano where many theatrical ballets and performances are presented in the summer. Not to be missed is the Duomo on the city centre side of the Ponte Pietra. Following the Adige south, you come across the Castelvecchio, with its charming Ponte Scaligero. Continuing along the route of the Adige, one arrives at the Basilica di San Zeno, a masterpiece of romantic art.
Beauty in the outskirts of Verona
The outskirts of Verona offer a wide range of places for those who love nature and rest and wish to take a vacation. Many tourists love Lake Garda, famous for its mild Mediterranean climate and for its charming position between the mountains which are positioned at the north of the city. Monte Baldo stands out among this mountain range. At the lake one can bathe freely whilst enjoying the wonderful sunshine and the view of the mountains and the neighbouring picturesque villages in the distance. There is also the possibility of partaking in excursions by boat from the lake to the surrounding villages and for a day dedicated to pure fun, a visit to Gardaland, one of the biggest fun parks in Europe, is a must! For bicycle lovers, the Lake offers a series of bike paths immersed in nature.
Also the mountains in the nearby Lessinia offer the possibility of excursions on foot and by bike. The area of Valpantena, where discoveries linked to the prehistoric era were made, is of great interest, and like Valpolicella, Val d'Illasi and Val d'Alpone, it produces wines which are famous all over the world.
Trentino and its treasures
Just a few kilometers from Verona away, in the northest part of the country, you can find the Trentino Region. Here visitors will find areas of unsurpassed natural beauty, hundreds of lakes and majestic mountains, well-known localities that offer both resorts for the summer season and for the winter holidays. Trentino caters to all tastes: from trekking through the natural parks while admiring the majestic Dolomites to wind-surfing on Lake Garda, from alpine skiing to enjoying a relaxed evening with friends at one of the restaurants serving local specialties.
For any tourist information you can visit Lago di Garda - Garda Trentino which involves more than 40 companies from Trentino specialized in different aspects related to tourism such as camping villages, from wellness-hotels to the ones focused on motorbike tourism, from business-hotels to family's resorts.