About Verona, Italy
- Population: approx. 265,000
- Distance from Rome: 313 miles
- Distance from Venice: 75 miles
A view of Verona from the top of the Lamberti tower.
Experience the culture of Verona, Italy by learning about its rich history spanning from the ancient Romans, to Shakespeare, to modern artistic and cultural vibrancy. Verona is a modern, vibrant city with a rich cultural and historical heritage. The city straddles the beautiful Adige River in the Veneto region in northern Italy. It is the second largest city municipality in the region and the third of northeast Italy. It is one of the main destinations in northern Italy, owing to its artistic heritage, several annual fairs, shows, and operas. Verona celebrates an opera and theatre season (May-August) in the Arena, the ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans in the 1st century.
While attractive to visitors, Verona retains its elegant, authentic atmosphere, complete with plenty of school and sports facilities, student life, local and international food, and transportation options (two train stations and an airport in the city).
Three of Shakespeare's plays are set in Verona: Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Taming of the Shrew. Verona was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2000 for its urban structure and architecture, and features three professional soccer teams, and a 40,000-seat stadium for games and cultural events. The city regularly hosts stages of the Giro d'Italia annual cycling race.