Verona was called in latin "Urbs picta" since the renaissance, because most of its building were painted.
The most famous examples are the frescoes of Case Mazzanti, in piazza Erbe, but there are many other examples that you can see just wandering around the center, and looking up as you do.
Se a few in the attached pictures.
The presence of the roman basements and streets under the modern town was always well know.
So it was no surprise a piece of quite well preserved roman road emerged during some works in the '80: they had the idea to letting it open air, to give people the idea of how the roads looked like 2000 years ago.
Notice that the actual (medieval) building were built right over the preexisting roman buildings, and so the roman road is exactly under the modern one...
On a piece, you can actually walk.... (beware, being under the actual level, you may risk not to see it's there...)
We explored the old city of Verona the next day, about 13 minutes away from the tower B&B. Verona is Italy’s richest city and world famous for the summer opera events at L’Arena. We found café-lined piazzas and labyrinthine shopping facilities featuring all of the world-renowned designers. A favorite tourist stop is Juliet’s balcony, of Shakespeare fame, with a tariff of 6 euros to actually stand in the balcony. (Casa di Giulietta)
We brought the Garmin GPS Europe mapping system, and it saved the day driving all over Italy’s countryside. We even took gravel roads between towns and saved much time. In our opinion, northern Italy is much classier and more interesting than the more southern regions of the country. Even the foods are superior.
From Piazza Bra, where I saw The Arena....let's walk to the shopping alleys of Verona !
Beautiful is all I can say. Well, too many people sure. Doing their shoppings, doing the walking-the-dog-picking-their-doos stuffs; but this is a nice area of Verona.
The old building/structures give a good contrast to the Armani, Gucci, Levi's stuffs being displayed at the bottom shops.
Icecream (gelatos) are everwhere as well. Super nice !
It is a must to walk around the city, as much as you can. There are so many beautiful buildings and fun shops (as I'm sure there are in all parts of Italy). The best part of my walk was stopping on this bridge and enjoying the sun and the beautiful view for a few minutes.
Keep your eyes open, and look also up, not only straight ahead. There´s many little beautyful things,
Verona has an engaging vibrancy, a welcoming, open atmosphere, and an array of historical sites and monuments that speak of a long and colorful past.
Would you like to make a walk with me through Verona? Come on ...
Begin the walk through Verona at the Cathedral San Zeno, a wonderful romanic cathedral. Don’t miss a visit inside the church!