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Vacation Rentals in Verona
There's perhaps no city more romantic than Verona, why else would Shakespeare have set Romeo and Juliet here? If you're planning a stay in a vacation rental in Verona, not only will you discover the sight of one of the most famous love stories of all time, but you'll also get to know the modern city of Verona, with quite a few secrets of its own.
Historical Verona: City of Romance
From your apartment in Verona, you'll soon get to know the historical city – the perfect place to begin. Today, Verona still boasts many of its medieval traces. Its churches are definitely worth a visit, with San Zeno being one of the most famous as well as one of the oldest in the city. It was founded in the fifth century, though the current building only dates back to the 12th – which is still quite impressive! The Porta dei Borsari is an ancient gate to the city well worth a visit, and palazzos dating back to the Middle Ages and Renaissance can be found throughout the city, the perfect places to explore and get a taste of Verona. In fact, one of the most romantic palazzos is Juliet's House, which you can visit to peruse the beautiful Renaissance frescoes and to take a picture of yourself on Juliet's balcony. In fact many guesthouses and apartments in Verona offer their own Juliet balconies so that visitors to the historic city can get a taste of the romance it has to offer.
Getting to Know Central Verona
Get to know today's Verona by exploring it on foot on your holiday – the beautiful city has much to offer. Piazza Bra may be the city's most famous, but Piazza delle Erbe is one of the other main squares and a good place to get started. It was once the site of the ancient Roman forum, but today it's a beautiful piazza surrounded by architecture from several different periods in Verona's history. It's also home to the daily market in Verona, not to mention bars and restaurants. Consider choosing accommodations in this area, though if it's cheap apartments you're after, you may be better off choosing a house in a different neighborhood.
Verona's Unique Quirks
Verona is, of course, principally known for its most famous fictional residents, but there are a few interesting things to visit that have absolutely nothing to do with Romeo and Juliet. One is the whale rib hanging over the Arco della Costa, said to be destined to fall on the first person to pass under it who has never told a lie. Arche Scaligeri is a rather morbid monument that many still visit; it's amongst Italy's most elaborate funerary monuments, designed in the gothic style. For a more romantic yet still quite quirky attraction in the summertime, take advantage of Verona's outdoor operas in the Roman arena, which dates back to the 1st century – today, it is the third-largest Roman amphitheater remaining in the world. You may even be lucky enough to catch a production of Romeo and Juliet!