Nestled in the Veneto, and often overshadowed by nearby Venice, Verona is a beautiful Roman city. It’s best known as the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, and you can visit Juliet’s balcony. However, the highlight for me was the wealth of history in the city, which reminded me of Rome on a much smaller scale.
The marbled streets still retain Roman walls and columns, which modern shops and homes have simply incorporated into their design. After crossing the Ponte Pietra, a Roman bridge dating from 100 BC, you can climb to the Castel San Pietro for views over the city and the surrounding countryside.