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Verona is a town on the Adige in Veneto, Italy, with about 257,000 inhabitants and one of the seven provincial capitals of the region. It is the second largest municipality in the region and the third largest in northeastern Italy. The urban area of Verona covers an area of 1,426 km2 and has a population of 714,274 inhabitants. Due to its artistic heritage, several annual fairs, shows and operas, such as the lyrical season in the arena, the ancient amphitheater of the Romans, it is one of the most important tourist destinations in northern Italy. Two of Shakespeare's plays are performed in Verona: Romeo and Juliet and The Two Lords of Verona. It is not known if Shakespeare ever visited Verona or Italy, but his plays have attracted many visitors to Verona and the surrounding cities. The city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its urban structure and architecture.