Verona is one of the most beautiful cities of Italy. Shakespeare's love story of Romeo and Juliet was situated in Verona. In addition, the city is also known as Little Rome, because of its significance in Roman times.
Verona is the 12th largest city of Italy: it has about 243,000 inhabitants. Because of its historical background, the city has seen many waves of immigrants. Today, most of its inhabitants (93%) are of Italian origin.
The river Adige runs straight through Verona. The famous Grada Lake is located immediately to the west of the city. In addition, Verona is situated close to the outskirts of the Dolomites. It is also possible to make day trips from Verona to other surrounding interesting villages and towns.
Like many other Italian cities, Verona is a real tourist attraction. Every year, the ancient city attracts many visitors. In 2000, the entire center of Verona was declared World Heritage by UNESCO. The city is also famous for its wines, like the Soave, Valpolicella, Bardolino. Souvenirs are also manufactured, which are then sold to the tourists. There are also factories in the city.
Verona has one airport, Verona-Villafranca Airport, which is located 16 kilometers from the city. It processes flights from other Italian cities, as well as from major European cities like Amsterdam, London and Helsinki.
AMT-bus is the bus company operating in Verona. The line buses connect the station to other places just outside Verona. In addition to the buses and the train that stops in Verona, there is no other form of public transport. By train, it is about an hour and a half to Venice. There is also a good train connection to, among other places, Milan and Florence.
In the morning and early afternoon, cars are not allowed in the city center, unless you stay in a hotel in the center. There are free parking places at Via Citta di Nimes (near the train station) and Porta Vescovo, from where buses depart for the center.
It is not very difficult to find a hotel room in Verona, although it is recommended to book in advance, especially during the summer.
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