10 things to do in Verona

love it!’s ANNABEL STEVENS visited the Italian city most famous for its romantic heritage, classic cuisine and unmissable historical sites. Here are her best bits…

1. JULIET’S BALCONY This stone balcony is said to have inspired Shakespeare to write one of his most memorable works. Romantics flock to this Gothic-style 14th century house to add their lovelorn pleas to the sea of Post-it notes lining the courtyard gateway.

2. VERONA ARENA Built of pink-tinged marble in the 1st century AD, the Roman amphitheatre survived a 12th-century earthquake to become the city’s legendary open-air opera house, with seating for 30,000 people. You can visit year-round, with entry prices starting at £7.50

3. WINE TASTING Verona is one of the most important wine hubs in Italy. Book ahead for a trip that’ll take you around a selection of the most charming and historic wineries in the region.

4. WINING & DINING Verona is one of the most gastronomically blessed cities in Italy. From cosy little bars to romantic riverside restaurants, there’s something to suit all tastes. Make the most of the traditional and locally sourced fresh pastas, meats and cheeses.

5. PONTE SCALIGERO This iconic castle and spectacular bridge which looks over the picturesque Adige River is a must-see for any history fans. Walking around the monument you’ll get a taste of what life was like when it was built in the 1st century AD. Visit at sunset for quite stunning city views.

6.PIAZZA BRA This imposing square is the beating heart of the city. The vibrant area is host to many different events throughout the year. The place to be at the end of a long day – sit and sip a drink while listening to the amazing opera being played in the adjacent arena.

7. SPEEDY SEGWAY TOUR If you want to see all the sites but you’re strapped for time, book in for a fun three-hour segway tour. An experienced local guide will take you to Lake Garda and back, showing you the best points of interest on the way. A sightseeing experience unlike any other!

8. VISIT THE LAKES If you’ve hired a car, it’s only an hour’s drive to scenic Lake Garda – a beautiful place where you can relax and amble along the shore or hire a speedboat for the afternoon.

9. VERONA CATHEDRAL One for the architecture buffs! This opulent cathedral was opened in 1187 and is a great example of Romanesque style. There’s no fee to enter, and the cathedral is filled with Renaissance artworks by Veronese artists. A stunning place to spend an hour or two on a quiet afternoon.

10. PIAZZA DELLE ERBE The ideal place to start the day with a coffee and a pastry, Verona’s market square is ringed with lively cafes and sumptuous buildings, including the Palazzo Maffei, which houses several boutiques and tourist-friendly shops.