Romeo and Juliet’s tale of star-crossed romance has become inextricably entwined with Verona, making it one of the dreamiest destinations in Italy.

Every February, the city celebrates Valentine’s Day with the Verona in Love Festival.

With its mix of poetry, entertainment and, above all, romantic magic, a trip to Verona in Love is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

During the four-day festival, the city’s streets and squares are painted red and different neighbourhoods compete with each other to display the best decorations, while shopkeepers fill their windows with romantic treats.

Visitors can spend unforgettable days listening to live music, attending book presentations and theatrical performances, or visiting the most romantic parts of the city, including Juliet’s famous balcony.

At the centre of the celebrations is Piazza dei Signori.

During the festival, the square is laid with a huge heart-shaped red carpet surrounded by illuminated market stalls selling all sorts of mementos of love as well as local artisan products.

Wedding fairs and love-themed dinners all add to the atmosphere in the old town.

While Verona is a romantic destination all year round, it has a little extra love to give around Valentine’s Day.