A city that has existed for over 2,000 years, Verona has a wealth of historic architecture, from ancient Roman masterworks such as the Arena to seventeenth-century neoclassical gems like the Gran Guardia Palace right through to inventive recent restorations and adaptations. Its Gothic and Romanesque edifices – frequently constructed in pink brick – are a particular highlight.
The architectural remnants of this UNESCO-listed city are covered here in the first architectural guide to Verona, Lake Garda, and Valpolicella. The towns and villages around Lake Garda have long attracted tourists, and the selection in this volume reflects this. Villas and hotels loom large, including the eccentric villa complex constructed by the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio.
Through his considered selection of buildings, historian and socio-urbanist Sergey Nikitin provides a sometimes-irreverent look at sights that range from the well-known to the more hidden. The book includes addresses and maps for ease of visiting and a further reading list for those who want to explore the area from home first.