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This imitable Italian city has found fame as the setting for one of Shakespeare’s most influential Romantic tragedies, however Verona’s cultural scene is far from saddening. In this sparkling city, historic monuments reign supreme and a cosmopolitan culture emerges in the chic cocktail bars and critically acclaimed restaurants. In every sun-drenched square, elegant statues, charming churches and roman remains speak eloquently of a colourful past; fabulous frescoes decorate the dazzling domes of cathedrals, and magnificent museums gain international repute with their captivating archaeological collections. Verona is city that never stops; a city that continues to shine and seduce throughout the length of any sojourn.
It’s difficult to select the most iconic monument out of Verona’s endless array, however the Roman Ampitheatre is one of the most legendary. Built in the 1st century out of the pink tinged marble characteristic of much Italian architecture, the open-air opera house is a sophisticated symbol of the city’s cultural and historical wealth. Throughout the year, concerts are still held in the atmospheric amphitheatre to confirm its relevant place upon the city scape.
It is always a delight when the exterior of a museum is almost as impressive as its exhibitions; located upon the rushing River Adige in the flagrant fortress of the Castelvecchio, the Museo di Castelvecchio is a legendary array of frescoes, jewellery and paintings that span both styles and centuries. Wander the airy and artfully lit halls in order to satisfy even the most insatiable cultural cravings.
As its name suggests, Al Captain Della Cittadella rules Verona’s culinary scene with confident authority. Housed in a former palace, this regal restaurant pays homage to Italy’s rich culinary heritage with its selection of signature specialities; sample juicy olives, roasted garlic and tenderly cooked meats to truly absorb the flavour and flair of imitable Italian cookery. (Piazza Cittadella, 7, 37122 Verona VR, Italy )