"The Beautiful Verona"
Or so William Shakespeare described it in the prologue of 'Romeo and Juliet'. And since the poet wrote those words, this beauty has become renowned. The charm of Verona is largely due the marks left by the passage of history. From Roman times to the era of the medieval communes, from the 'Della Scala Signoria' period to the spells of Austrian and the Venetian domination, there is no period that has not contributed to the city famous monuments, jewels of art history and architecture.
It is not without reason that Verona was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. What makes Verona unique in the world is not only the collection of individual beautiful monuments, but also the sense of overall harmony that, over the centuries, its citizens were able to achieve despite the changes of architectural styles. The evolution has resulted in a visual splendour, with a Roman touch to the medieval dominance.
The city was founded around the seventh century BC, probably by the Raeti people from North. However, the name of the city is of Etruscan origin. Academics therefore believe, though there is no proof, that the Etruscans played an important part in its development.