For this instalment of All The World’s, let us take a closer look at the romantic city where the sworn rivalry of the Montagues and the Capulets, as well as the tragic love story of the young lovers, Romeo and Juliet, is set.
The city of Verona is located in the Veneto region in Northern Italy. It is an hour away from Venice by train, a couple of hours west away from Milan, and five hours north from Rome.
For lovers of English literature, Verona might come across as familiar as it is the backdrop for a number of William Shakespeare’s plays: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Taming of the Shrew, and most famously, Romeo and Juliet.
Below, you can see the balcony of Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s House), where the Capulet family is said to have lived (nevermind that they’re fictional to begin with).
It is located in the center of Verona at via Capello 23 (near Piazza delle Erbe), where thousands of romantics flock to admire the bronze statue of Juliet, and read the passages from Shakespeare’s play, and stick love letters* on the walls of the dark tunnel in the courtyard.
*unfortunately, the Verona City Council has decreed that sticking love letters in the walls of the tunnel is not to be done anymore (mainly because people used chewing gum, of all things, to stick their messages in and therefore, leaving an unsightly picture). Not to worry though, they have provided panels that the people can use instead.
Setting aside those facts, Verona is known as one of the main tourist destinations in northern Italy, due to its artistic and cultural heritage. In fact, in 2000, it was declared by UNESCO as a cultural World Heritage Site.
“Verona has preserved a remarkable number of monuments from antiquity, the medieval and Renaissance periods, and represents an outstanding example of a military stronghold.” – UNESCO
Other notable sights in this city include Piazza delle Erbe, the Ancient Arena of Verona, the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore,* Castelvecchio*, Arche Scaligeri, Porta Borsari and the Duomo of Verona. All of which, we will hopefully discuss in the future.
All the World’s a Stage is a new Locations series that aims to feature the real life counterpart or inspiration of the locations found in literature and film.