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Verona a historical hidden gem inside Italy

July 13, 2011 - 2:26am
Verona a historical hidden gem inside Italy
When it comes to historical appeal, few countries can match Italy. From the Roman Empire to the Renaissance, this Mediterranean enclave is home to some of the most exquisite locations in the world, and is certainly a premier destination of anyone looking for an enriching escape.

Though Italian cities such as Rome, Venice and Pisa get a great deal of attention, Verona is definitely a gem. Perhaps best known as the setting for Romeo and Juliet, this Northern city is flush with Roman architecture that will take you right back to the time of Ceaser.

The most famous structure in Verona is undoubtedly the Arena. Built nearly 2000 years ago, this instantly recognizable structure is the third largest Roman amphitheatre in Italy, and was constructed to house large scale opera performances. It is very well-preserved - in fact, it still hosts performances to this day.

Of course, the Arena is not the only impressive piece of architecture in Verona. Though it may be a little newer, the Basilica di San Zeno is one of the best-known examples of Romanesque edifices. The Basilica dates back as far as the 9th century, and has some of the most breathtaking features of any similar structure, from the famous bell tower and facade outside to the towering nave inside.