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Verona has ancient origins. It was a Roman colony dating to the first century B.C.. During the second half of the thirteenth century, the Scaligeri family established their power and guided the city until 1387. After a brief subjugation to the Visconti and to the Carraresi families, Verona, in 1405, voluntarily handed itself over to the Republic of Venice, who kept the domain until 1796, when the city was occupied by Napoleon's troops, until 1814, when it was annexed to the Hapsburg Empire. In the first half of the nineteenth century, Verona played an important administrative and military role and became part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1866.
The Arena (I century A.D.) is the symbol of the city and a visit to the old town usually starts from here. It is located in the beautiful “Piazza Bra”, where on the western side you can admire the “Palazzo della Gran Guardia”.


A typical Veronese walk passes through the “Liston” and leads to “Via Mazzini”, which is the most popular and elegant street of the city, and to “Via Cappello”, where the “Casa di Giulietta” and its famous balcony are located.
Within walking distance are “Piazza Erbe”, “Torre dei Lamberti”, “Torre Gardello” and the Baroque “Palazzo Maffei”. Nearby is of “Piazza dei Signori”, where the statue of Dante stands, you can admire the “Town Hall”, the courtyard “Cortile Mercato Vecchio” with the “Scala della Ragione”. A visit to the monumental tombs of the Lords of Verona, the “Arche Scaligere”, is highly recommended. Not far away from here is “Via Sottoriva”, one of the most characteristic streets of the city. At the nearby river Adige, an astonishing view opens over the Roman Stone Bridge “Ponte Vecchio”, beyond which lies the historic Roman Theatre (both I sec. B.C.). A short distance away is the Cathedral, built in the eighth and ninth centuries A.D., which houses a beautiful altarpiece by Titian, “the Assumption”.
In the immediate vicinity is the beautiful “Basilica of San Zeno”, a fine example of the Romanesque style, founded between eighth and ninth century.