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Verona - Italy

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The historic centre of Verona is very beautiful, with many buildings covered in murals and with lots of balconies. It's great to walk around and explore the narrow alleys and historical buildings, with many houses painted in oranges and yellows, and most of the public buildings in pink stone. The largest of these is the opera house, originally a Roman amphitheatre and still very much intact.

From the Arena it's a short walk to the two main squares of the city, both fronted by palaces with more fantastic murals. The squares are surrounded by pavement cafes and artists selling their works. Juliet's house is just around the corner from here, a beautiful medieval house, although the tourist crowds here are just too pushy and hectic to appreciate it fully.

Much quieter is the area around Castelvecchio, the city's huge pink fortress, now an art museum. This sits on the river that runs through the middle of Verona and leads on to the ramparted Ponte di Castelvecchio bridge. A walk along the north side of the river leads you to a much older bridge that provides views of the surrounding hills as well as the towers in the city centre. For an aerial panorama of the old town it's possible to climb the Torre dei Lamberti - the tallest building in the town, situated in the Piazza della Erbe.

Verona narrow streets and lovely houses make it one of Italy's prettiest towns, and it's definitely worth a visit.

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