Verona is less traveled than nearby Venice and considered by many travelers to be more easygoing. Important achievements in urban structure and architecture earned this colorful northern city its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in an outdoor opera performance at the 2,000 year-old Roman Arena. Made of pink marble, it is a stunning venue that seats 30,000 people. In addition to being known for its impressive ruins, this captivating destination is also famous as the setting for Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Romeo and Juliet.