Verona is home to the Italian wine trade fair but it’s also a great place to visit!
Yes, it’s true that the entire world of Italian wine descends on Verona for the four days of Vinitaly, the Italian wine trade’s annual fair and gathering where thousands of professionals and consumers meet to taste and do business.
But the city is also one of Italy’s most beautiful and one of its most popular tourist destinations.
Verona is home, for example, to a Roman arena, one of the best preserved in the world, and still the site of all kinds of entertainment, from classic opera to rock and popular music concerts.
The nighttime stroll across the Piazza Bra, where the gorgeous arena is lit-up every night, is one of the most beautiful in Europe.
Verona is also home to Romeo and Juliet and Juliet’s famous balcony where she was once wooed by her lover in one of the world’s most celebrated and tragic love stories.
Even though the tale was made famous by Shakespeare in his beloved play, the story of Romeo and Juliet and their warring families had actually been a popular novella in Italy for nearly two centuries before the Bard from Stratford-on-Avon put it on the stage.
There’s also the Piazza delle Erbe, another one of the most beautiful sites in Europe. It was originally part of the Roman city but took its current appearance in the Renaissance when Verona was one of Italy’s most powerful cities and part of the Most Serene Republic of Venice.
These are just some of the great spots to visit while you are in town for the fair. And be sure not to miss the storied Bottega del Vino, one of the city’s most beloved eateries. It has retained the classic ambiance of an old-school Italian osteria and has excellent food and a wonderful wines by-the-glass list.