From Verona’s elegant castle, head back through Porta Borsari (maybe the best of the surviving Roman gates) towards Piazza Signori. Nearby, a tiny laneway is packed with people all crowding around number 23 – Juliet’s house (Casa di Giuletta). Lovestruck folks note their names onto the house’s walls (fastened by bluetack or gum) and swoon longingly beneath the limestone balcony, while those seeking a new lover gently caress the right breast of Juliet’s statue (a gleaming golden lustre gives an idea of the large numbers seeking divine intervention with their romance!). Romeo’s less popular house is only a few streets further away.Leaving Shakespeare’s imaginative love story, stroll towards the river. Porta Leoni is the other ancient entrance to historic Verona while the cathedral (duomo) sits majestically in a bend of the Adige River. Superbly decorated inside, it is just one of several superb churches across Verona’s compact city centre (check out Church of St Anastasia and San Zeno Maggiore Basilica, with its stunning rose window and carvings).
As the afternoon, draws to a close, wander across the Roman built Ponte Pietra from before the birth of Christ towards the Roman Theatre and Castel San Pietro. It is a fair uphill walk but relax on arrival (see lead photo for vista) and contemplate the remarkable two thousand years of history with the Romans, della Scalas and more. Marvel at the intact architecture unspoiled with skyscrapers and glassy modern offerings and one of the highlight cities of any Italian visit.