Want to experience all the history and charm of an Italian city break but keen to avoid the crowds of Florence, Rome and Venice? Verona is the destination for you. This city was first made famous by Shakespeare as the setting for Romeo and Juliet. Today the city is known for its opera, Juliet's balcony and charm.
Verona is compact and easy to explore by foot. One of the first landmarks you'll come across will probably be the amphitheatre. It was built in the 1st century and is one of the best-preserved in the world. Today you can walk around or even better catch an opera concert in the evening. Literature fans will want to visit Juliet's balcony. While the character's in Shakespeare's play were a creation of his imagination, this house has a balcony which could've inspired the one that Juliet famously uses to talk to Romeo secretly. For the best views of the city head to the Torre dei Lamberti. It's a staggering 84 m tower that was first built in 1172. You can climb to the top for wonderful panoramas of the surrounding areas. Another prime spot for photos is Castelvecchio bridge. It dates back to the 1350s and is great for a relaxing walk across the river. If you need to refuel stop by one of the city's beautiful piazzas (Piazza delle Erbe or Piazza Bra) and enjoy a gelato or coffee. Lastly, you can easily squeeze a day trip to gorgeous Lake Garda if you want to appreciate the natural beauty of this area. )