While Verona’s most famous football club has a well-documented association with the far-right, the truth is that taking in a game at the Bentegodi is a fun, family-friendly and relatively inexpensive day out – an occasion not to be missed for any sports fan. Hellas Verona is now in its third straight season in Serie A – a feat not achieved since th...

There are eight controlled designation of origin (DOC) production areas and five controlled and guaranteed designations of origin (DOCG) produced here, including Amarone, one of the most prestigious Italian wines. It is estimated, indeed, that 14% of all Italian wine is produced in the Verona area only.  The province of Verona, with its historical...

An ancient Roman building has been found during excavations at a former cinema in the northern Italian city of Verona in what has been described as a “miniature Pompeii”. The discovery was made during excavations in the basement of Astra cinema, which is undergoing renovation after lying abandoned for more than 20 years.  With its “magnificent fres...

The great English playwright, William Shakespeare, set almost half of his works in Italy. Official sources affirm, however, that Shakespeare never visited "il bel paese" and yet his love for beautiful cities such as Venice and Messina... ...although known only through travel stories, has made them the scene of many of his most famous works, just th...

The Verona Opera Festival 2021 has become an ambassador for Italian culture and beauty, thanks to a close collaboration by the Verona Arena Foundation with some of the top museums and exhibition spaces in the country, from the Uffizi to the Vatican Library, in the most significant development for this year's opera season in the iconic Veneto city....

Halfway between Milan and Venice, in the province of Verona, there is a breathtaking 600,000-square-meters park. Only in the last two years, it received four awards. In 2019, it won the “World Tulip Award” from the World Tulip Society. While in 2020, Tiqets crowned it “Best Attraction 2020: Global Winner” and one of the winners of the “Global Remar...

Verona residents are missing the city's Vinitaly wine fair, cancelled for a second year due to the coronavirus crisis. Writer Richard Hough asks whether such events will remain important in Italy - and tries a digital tasting instead. As I suggested in my last column, wine is the lifeblood of Verona and the cancellation of the Vinitaly fair, for th...

In a release sent to the drinks business yesterday, the decision by organiser Veronafiere to “postpone” Italy’s major national wine fair to next year was described as “painful” but “compulsory” due to the pandemic, with the country now entering a third lockdown due to the virus. However, Veronafiere said that its Operawine event would be going ahea...

It’s the city of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, but it wasn’t quite love at first sight on my initial visit to Verona. In fact, my abiding memory was of a long queue to see Juliet’s balcony and a sense of disappointment when we finally reached the courtyard and found it a little underwhelming. How wrong I was. A return visit – with more time an...

Probably the first thing people think about when Valentine's Day is mentioned is a loving couple, and Italy has the most famous couple of all, Romeo and Juliet. The city of the 'star crossed lovers', Verona, makes a romantic destination, but this most obvious of romantic places in Italy is actually rather disappointing. 'Juliet's house' (she never...