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  • Unesco world heritage


    For us locals, Verona is the most beautiful city in the world (after Venice), an extraordinary place. It enjoys a special microclimate with mild temperatures both in summer and in winter.
    The city is surrounded by hills, is on the River Adige and boasts thousands of years of history.  It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    The area in which Verona is located has been inhabited since the Neolithic period when there was probably a village in the southern part of St. Peter’s.

    Verona was recognised as the second largest city in the Roman Empire.
    The story that preceded the arrival of the Romans is both intriguing and fascinating.
    The Romans turned to the Paleoveneti for help, since they believed they were consanguineous. This belief was the result of a legend about Antenor and the Venets; being amongst the few survivors of the Trojan War and who had been driven out of their lands. After a long journey to the upper Adriatic, they eventually arrived in the vast area which today is known as the Veneto region where the Euganeans had been hunted down. Cato himself states that the natives of Veneto are descended from the Trojans.
  • Inhabitants of Veneto


    The area around Verona was inhabited by the Venetians which has been proven through numerous archaeological finds.
    In 174 BC, following the surrender of Gallia Cisalpina and the beginning of a new period of colonization of the Padana plain, Verona's great strategic importance began to emerge. The Roman Senate, in fact, requested the Paleo Venets to expand the fortified castle.
    Under the Emperor Augustus, Verona became an even more importantly strategic junction as it was used as a temporary base for the Roman legions, particularly after the conquest of Raetia and Vindelicia.
  • The Roman city


    Verona grew into the second city of the Roman Empire. And, just because of the growing importance of the Val d'Adige as a connection to northern Europe, and because of the strategic importance of Verona, the construction of the Via Claudia Augusta began. This road from Ostiglia led to the Reschen Pass and to the city of Augsburg; created by the Emperor Claudio in A.D. 50 and passes along the walls that surround the Villa del Quar.
    Evidence of the Roman city has decreased because the river’s flood waters have moved vast quantities of debris which has raised the water levels of the river by almost a metre. The most significant remains are the Arena, the Roman Amphitheatre on the slopes of Saint Peter's Hill, the Borsari door to the city, Porta Leonia and the Pietra Bridge (stone bridge). Many finds are visible at the Archaeological Museum near the Roman Theatre and the Maffeiano Lapidary Museum.
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