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Edited but awaiting more information - Teresa
We cannot speak about Verona without starting with the thing that made it famous all over the world: Juliet's balcony. That simple fact makes it one of the most romantic spots on Earth, where lovers go every day and leave their little notes, hoping that the spirit of Juliet will make their wishes come true. Verona probably owes a great deal of royalties to Shakespeare; however, Verona clearly goes far beyond being the home of Romeo and Juliet, and indeed it offers extraordinary monuments and beautiful sites to visit.
The architectural layout of the city reminds one a great deal of Rome, as the styles have evolved without disappearing, always maintaining some sort of connection with the century before. This has made Verona an open museum and one of the most complete and diversified among today's cities.
The city has historically had a particular and special relationship with its river, the Adige, to the point that at any given time it has been a key element in the economy of the city. That strong link has been somewhat reduced in recent years.
The ancient Romans considered Verona and its river a very important site for settlement and later, during the medieval age, Verona became a very strategic military site. This status seems to be a constant in Verona's history, as during World War II, the city became important for the leftovers of a retiring Fascist dictatorship, and during the Cold War the Americans used Verona as one of the last Western sites before the Russian occupied territories.
To the many tourists who visit every year, Verona appears as a miniature of Rome, with the Arena right in the middle of the city. The Arena is a Roman amphitheater that resembles a smaller version of the Coliseum and it is still used today for rock concerts and special events. The city is in fact a very happening town, especially when it comes to music and the summer season, when the better weather offers beautiful and warm evenings to enjoy outdoor events in the fresh air.
Let's conclude our quick look at Verona with some notes on the economy and the food. Wine is a very important factor in Verona, as its countryside is rich in vineyards, and most of their products are exported worldwide. However, the economy is mainly based on a dense network of small companies. Marble is another great product of Verona with the Pink and the Red being foremost in popularity and quality. Aside from producing it, Verona is famous for working the marble; indeed it is the most important site in the world. Another important product typical of Verona is the Christmas food item "Pandoro" that is a sort of plain Panettone with sugar on top. It is quite delicious and a must if you are in Italy during the Holidays, as you will not find it during the rest of the year.
The city has 263,964 inhabitants.....