Verona was founded in 550 BC. Before the Romans made Verona a Christian colony it was the city of the Raeti, the Euganeis and the Cenomanians. Verona developed to a metropolis during reign of Emperor Augustus. At the beginning of the 12th century Verona got an independent city with own town charter. During the following centuries Verona had different rulers e.g. Milano, Venetia and Austria. In 1866 in the course of the Austro-Prussian War Verona got part of Italy.
Day trip to Verona
The proximity to Lake Garda makes Verona an ideal destination for a day trip. Discover the many sights of Verona or make a nice tour through the old town, which is UNSECO World Cultural Heritage since 2000. The Arena di Verona is the center of the city and is one of the best known sights at Verona. It is a Roman amphitheater, which was built approximately 30 years AD and is even older than the Coliseum in Rome. The famous opera festival of Verona takes place in the Arena di Verona every year. The two city gates the Porta dei Borsari and the Porta dei Leoni were built by the Romans, too. Together with the Arena di Verona they are the best preserved monuments of the Roman Age.
The center of Verona
Balcony from Romeo & Julia
The center of Verona formed during the Middle Ages and nowadays you can see many relicts that are well preserved. One of the monuments is the castle Castelveccio with a museum, which was built in the 14th century. The castellum can be reached through the Ponte Scaligero which once was an escape route. The two piazzas Piazza delle Erbe and the Piazza dei Signori cannot be missed. They are surrounded by different places like the palace of justice from 1365. There are also a number of beautiful churches like the Basilica San Zeno Maggiore, the church Santa Maria Antica, the San Lorenzo and the Dome Santa Maria Matricolare. The well-known highlight in Verona is the balcony on which Julia once stood. It is at the Casa dei Giulietta, but was attached much later.
How to get to Verona from Lake Garda
The easiest way to get to Verona from Lake Garda is by car. The towns Peschiera del Garda and Lazise at the south eastern side of Lake Garda are the best places to start. Travelling to Verona from Lake Garda by bus is possible, too. The bus traffic from Verona to the villages at Lake Garda runs regularly. The prices depend on the distance, but are between one and eight euros. From Desenzano del Garda and Peschiera del Garda runs the train to the main station the Porte Nuova Verona, which makes the trip very fast and comfortable.