Venice and Verona Make a Great Pair – Romantic Italy

The mere fact that Venice sits in the middle of the sea gives it the feeling of being a fantasy island. People that have stayed in Venice apartments would confirm the magic of this city.

Casanova or the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) adds to the mystic and romantic reputation of Venice. To this day, Venice is one of the most popular destinations for couples. Casanova is synonymous for the art of seduction and, although the tale about the Bridge of Sighs has a tragic background, it is still very romantic. The Bridge of Sighs earned its name from the history of the people who crossed this bridge on their way to becoming imprisoned. Many stopped briefly to take a last look over the city and, hence, let out a last sigh of freedom. A bit later, a legend developed that says the love of a couple who kisses underneath the bridge at sunset will last forever. As you can imagine, many couples go on a gondola ride underneath this bridge sealing their love with a kiss.

venice canal bridge

Though Shakespeare was not writing about Venice in the tragic story of Romeo and Juliet, the story draws many couples to Venice as a base from which to explore the play’s settings. In fact, the tragedy was actual set in Verona and, thanks to this Shakespeare masterpiece, the city of Verona also enjoys great popularity among visitors. Many people who rent apartments in Venice enjoy the best of both cities by taking a day trip to Verona. Getting there from Venice by train or car only takes a little more than an hour.

To some, Verona is known as “little Rome” because of its many impressive historic buildings as well as the city’s important role during the days of the Roman Empire. In fact, Verona has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its preservation of many ancient Roman buildings. Among the most famous and well preserved buildings and monuments of the city are the Roman amphitheatre, the Ponte di Pietra, the Arco dei Gavi and the Porta Borsari. In fact, throughout the city, visitors can enjoy plenty of breathtaking Romanesque Medieval architecture.

verona romeo and juliet balcony
Also thanks to Shakespeare, another noteworthy and beautiful sight in Verona is the balcony from which Juliet was supposedly yearning for Romeo (Via Cappello 23). A couple of years ago, the city council actually turned this building into one of the most sought after wedding venues. However, there are plenty of other places throughout the city that, in my opinion, are just as romantic.

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