The first thing most people think about when visiting Verona is of course Shakespeare. The tale of Romeo and Juliet has left a deep impact on this historic city, which sometimes seems a shame since it is only a story and didn’t really happen. Of course, the related but false tourist attractions don’t help. Yet Verona has a lot more to offer than what the Bard made up, particularly its real history.

One of these historic landmarks is Corso Cavour, one of the most important and significant streets in Verona. Corso Cavour is approximately 2000 years old and in Roman times was part of the Via Postumia which linked the cities of Trieste and Genoa. As such, Verona was a center of commerce to the Roman world as well as of artistic and military importance, and Corso Cavour was the lifeline. The Romans also had the custom to bury their dead alongside this road, so many a necropolis have been found over the years.

Today it features various styles of construction that developed over the years ever since the Roman times, with various palaces, arches, churches and monuments lining the cobblestone street. For example, within just a few minutes it is possible to visit Roman architectures such as the Porta Bosari, which was part of the Roman city and served as a customs office, and then shortly after admire the beautiful Palazzo Canossa built 1500 years later as a private family residence for the Canossa family. It is these extreme contrasts in history that are what make Verona truly standout.

When visiting Verona don’t overlook this historic and unique street on account of Shakespeare. The Corso Cavour is a testament to the epic history of Verona, having seen everything from marching Roman troops, disastrous floods, a Napoleonic invasion and Nazi jackboots.