Shakespeare buffs know Verona as the home of the tragic, star-crossed lovers in Romeo and Juliet, but the artistic heritage of this northern Italian city runs far deeper than its literary fame. The entire town has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its urban structure and its well-preserved architecture. The culture of Verona also delights in the present: Visitors flock here year-round for fairs, shows, and operas. In the summer, check out the opera season at the Arena, an ancient Roman amphitheater. Rich with tradition, but more laid-back than nearby Venice, Verona is well worth a visit.