Classic Verona: A Private Guided Walk
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Verona is not only a city of lovers, but a city of layers. And, like most things that have them, getting a taste of its layers is a treat. And the focus of this tour.
Sitting smack in the middle of the Roman Empire's highway system, the city spent its early centuries as a sprawling, gated trade center – a chapter that left behind the 30,000-seat Arena amphitheater, the majestic Borsari Gate, and a bounty of other ruins (some barely ruined at all) second only to those of the Eternal City itself.
Layered atop this foundation, the Middle Ages saw the city enter a new golden age under the ruthless but tasteful Scala family's rule. Gilded cathedrals rose, the arts flourished, and the ancient squares transformed into grand piazzas lined with towers and ornate palaces. Even the graves those Scalas left behind are over-the-top spectacular.
Slathered on top of this, the Venetians added two centuries of their own Renaissance palaces gardens, fortified walls, and splendid embellishments bearing the winged lion symbol of their Republic. Fast forward to the 1800s, and Austria's architects added another layer to the mix when Verona spent a time as their fortress capital in Northern Italy.
Put it all together and you've got one delicious city – an enduring classic whose flavor will remain with you long after the brief time you spend walking its streets. Just as the bittersweet story of its doomed young lovers has stayed vividly alive since the day it was written.
The five graceful stone arches of the Ponte Pietra Bridge have quite a story of their own to tell. Two of them date back to the original Roman construction in 100 B.C., the others to a Venetian-era rebuild. Four were blown up as German troops retreated in 1945, collapsing into the River Adige. But the Veronese weren't about to live without this key link to their heritage. By 1957, they had laboriously dredged out the rubble and reassembled the whole thing. Good as old.
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