Cities of art
Verona’s beauty is defined by the gentle bends of the Adige River that runs across the city and the hills that surround it on the north side.
The old town walls protect the historic centre where you can admire a number of well-preserved Roman ruins: the Arena Amphitheatre, the Roman Theatre, both still in use today and famous for the theatre and opera performances they host, Ponte Pietra, Arco Trionfale dei Gavi and Porta Borsari.
Architectural styles and monuments from different periods can be admired side by side across the city: Roman ruins, great buildings of the 17th and 18th century, Medieval architecture, that prospered under the Scaligeri family: Castelvecchio, Piazza Erbe, Piazza dei Signori, Arche Scaligere, Romeo’s house and Juliet’s courtyard, are some of the main monuments of this period.
Mantua is a unique mix of history and art. Its origins are Etrurian, but the city reached its peak during the Medieval period, especially under the long domination of the Gonzaga family. The city is a collection of art and works from great, renowned artists: Mantegna, Pisanello, Giulio Romano, Leon Battista Alberti. Each one of them has left their mark in the city’s main monuments (Palazzo Ducale, Palazzo Te, Basilica of Saint Andrew), contributing to its charm and beauty.
“Venice is such an extraordinary city that it is impossible to imagine it without having ever seen it.” (C. Goldoni 1787).
These words of a famous 18th century Venetian playwright are very true: Venice is unique for its art, the beauty of its architecture and the peculiarity of its Laguna. Made of stone and water, Le Corbusier defined Venice as “the most prodigious urban event in human history”. The city is built on an archipelago of 118 islands, crossed by 150 canals and connected by over 400 bridges.
For over one thousand years, Venice was the capital of the Republic of San Marco, the “Serenissima”, and between the 13th and the 16th century, it enjoyed a long period of prosperity. For its urban planning peculiarities and its artistic treasures, it is universally considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world and was designated, together with its Laguna, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.