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As you'd imagine from its association with the star-crossed lovers of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Verona definitely offers a city break destination full of romance, history, and culture. Sitting at the heart of Verona and from many aspects, towering over it, is the huge Roman Arena dating from nearly 1,000 years ago. Spreading out from this are narrow streets and pretty piazzas perfect for wandering through. On one of them close to the Arena, is 'Juliet's House', the place where legend says Shakespeare's tragic heroine lived with her family. The River Adige meanders leisurely through the town, crossed by charming bridges while the shores of beautiful Lake Garda are just a short train ride away. Verona Porta Nuova is one of two train stations in the city and the closest to the center. The station has an attractive interior decorated with colorful murals and from here passengers can travel into Germany, Austria, and Switzerland or reach other Italian towns that include Milan, Venice, Bologna, Naples, Florence, and Rome. The other train station is Verona Porta Vescovo, located in the east of the city.
At the heart of historic Verona lies Piazza Bra, a large square that lies in the shadow of the Arena di Verona and is bordered by cafes and restaurants. To walk to the train station Verona Porta Nuova from here, leave the Piazza Bra and walk along the Corso Porta Nuova. Skirt the Piazzale Porta Nuova and join the Viale L. dal Cero which will lead into the Piazzale XXV Aprile. The station is then on the left. The journey can also be made by public transport. A large choice of buses leave the Piazza Bra every five to 10 minutes and travel directly to bus stops at or very near the station.
Walking from the Piazza Bra in the center of old Verona to the train station takes between 20 and 30 minutes while covering the distance by bus is considerably quicker, taking between nine and 15 minutes. For those visiting Verona in April for 'Vinitaly', the largest food and drink fair in the world, the Fiera Verona where it is held is a walk of just 20 minutes south of the station. The Fiera is also served by buses that run at regular intervals. Verona's two train stations are linked by five bus routes with a journey time of 20 minutes.
After recent renovations, the train station Verona Porta Nuova is fully accessible to wheelchair users and those with other disabilities. All areas can be reached by elevators or ramps while parking, platforms, stores, and cafes are all wheelchair accessible as are the restrooms. Staff members are on hand during opening hours to provide extra assistance. The Italian rail network's Sale Blu is a service offered to all travelers with disabilities. Assistance can be requested when booking by phoning the RFI (Rete Ferroviaria Italiana) offices on either 199 30 30 60 or 199 892021 (option 7).
If passengers have time to spare before their train departs, left luggage lockers can be found on the first floor of the train station Verona Porta Nuova. They are then free to enjoy some of the sights of the city such as the Arena, Verona's answer to Rome's Colosseum. Even if there is no time to go inside and take a tour it's still an impressive sight from outside. Nearby is Juliet's House. Wander into the garden and leave a love note attached to the wall, or if love hasn't yet been found stroke the statue of Juliet to be sure of finding true love.
The Castle Vecchio and the Arsenale sit either side of the River Adagio as it loops through the city. Cross between them on the Ponte di Castelvecchio. On the way back to the station, detour into the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, the fictional setting for the marriage between Romeo and Juliet. Austere on the outside, it is truly beautiful inside with its decorative tile work. Although there is no evidence that Shakespeare ever visited Verona, not only did he base Romeo and Juliet in the city, he also used it as the setting for two more of his masterpieces, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Taming of the Shrew.