—– by: lunaviola
My first trip to Verona could date back to 2000. “Once upon a time” in that millennium year, together with maestro Long Yu, Artistic Director of Beijing Music Festival, we rented a car from Rome driving to Verona to discuss business issues inviting Arena di Verona to the first ever music festival in China. When gradually approaching Verona through the zig zag narrow roads, we couldn’t stop wowing, just being so overwhelmed by this enchanting beauty like strolling around in a classical renaissance film scene.
Over the years, this charming pearl never stops itself just making you fall in love at the first sight, every time the city has always something to surprise me, like a bunch of budding roses, when you are so amazed by its alluring fragrance, there is still a new pedal hiding inside, calling for your continuous discovery.
Verona is about Romeo and Juliet
Two households, both alike in dignity,
in fair Verona, where we lay our scene…
Shakespear’s drama opens the curtains here, and the timeless tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet has undoubtedly recalls the city as its most important name card. Millions of tourists around the world come to visit Verona as “the city of love”, with the belief that a letter or a lock would eternalize their forever love.
Although it is still uncertain if the two lovers lying in Shakespear’s pages really exist, one thing we are very sure is that the two families did. The Montagues and the Capulets had been two important aristocratic families from Verona. They were also quoted in Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy (Purgatorio, Canto VI, v. 106).
Bring your love to the birthplace of Juliet. Touching the young girl’s bronze breast may not promise you a lasting relationship, but would definitely be a romantic experience.
Verona is about the opera
For opera lovers, Verona means the annual summer pilgrimage.
Built in AD 30, Arena di Verona is a Roman amphitheater with 30,000 capacities at the time. It is one of the best preserved ancient structures of its kind.
The first interventions to recover the arena’s function as an opera venue began during the Renaissance period. Some operatic performances were later mounted in the building during the 1850s owing to its outstanding acoustics.
Inaugurated in 1913 with Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, to celebrate the centenary of the artist’s birth, Arena di Verona Festival becomes ever since the largest scale open-air summer festival of opera in history. Most notable opera singers were featured or even debuted in Arena, from Giuseppe Di Stefano, Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi, Renata Tebaldi to Placido Domingo, who just celebrated his 60 years anniversary starting his career from Arena.
In these days, every year over 500,000 audience appreciate productions of the popular opera repertoires in this Arena. For safety reasons, seating is now limited to 15,000, but still, no microphones or loudspeakers are in need here. All singers illuminate the night sky simply with their natural voices. It is advised to buy a cheap stone stair ticket, with wonderful views and impeccable acoustics guaranteed.
Besides the spectacular Aida that you would enjoy nowhere else with such grandeur, one tip is to pass by the restaurant Tre Marchetti just hundred meters way from Arena. Besides the fancy food, you may, rather I’m 90% sure, run into conductors or soloists that would be on stage at night.
Verona is about the wine
For wine lovers, they also find Verona as a paradise with the beloved Amarone equaling to Barolo, the King of Italian wine.
Starting from 1967, Vinitaly annually held in April has been regarded as the “most important convention of domestic and international wines” and the “largest wine show in the world”.
4.600 exhibiting companies, 33.000 selected and accredited buyers and more than 400 events over the 4 days’ exhibition….. these figures are already more than enough to prove how Vinitaly evolves the wine system on a national and international scale, and fosters to make wine one of the most exciting and dynamic realities in the primary sector.
Verona is also about an equestrian world
Still not enough of all these gigs, Verona, like a magician, has another card to play!
Today in Moebius Milano launched the press conference of the 121st edition Fieracavalli in Verona.
Verona and horses, a cultural, historic and economic identity, boast very ancient origins. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to imagine this city without its horses, the symbol of its essence and internationality.
Verona has always been a landmark for horse breeding and sales of associated products. The first important historical moment in this part of Italy came in 1772, when Bibbiena designed and supervised the construction of the first trade fair for horses, mules, donkeys and hinnies. For more than 100 years, equestrian competitions were held together a market for the best horses up to the decisive moment in 1898. The modern history of the Verona trade fair began in that year: the first edition of the Horse and Agriculture Fair. Starting off as a simple horse market, the event has seen exponential development over the years. It earned the status of International Trade Fair in 1950 and came to the fore as a leading event in the world equestrian panorama.
Be ready and save the date for Verona! From 7 to 10 November, a whirlwind of emotions and passions of an equestrian world would be waiting you!