Romeo, O Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” cried Juliet Capulet from her balcony in Verona, Italy. The impulsive, passionate and forbidden love story of two teenagers put Verona on the map as a preferred destination for die-hard romantics.
Verona, Italy sets the stage for one of the immortal love stories – William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The families Capulet and Montague were bitter enemies whose hatred of each other sees their children to the grave. Verona lies in northern Italy, along the banks of the Adige River. The breathtaking architecture, narrow streets, and picturesque squares complement the traditional cuisine, and paint a romance-filled backdrop for the love-filled city.
The famous balcony at No. 23 Via Cappello is said to be Juliet's house, and her bronze statue stands overlooking the courtyard. Tourists flock here to touch the statue, hoping for good luck with their own lovelife. A short walk from Juliet’s is her “tomb” which lies within the vicinity of an ancient convent. No. 4 Via Arche Scaliger, on the other hand, is said to be Romeo’s home.
At the heart of the city is the Arena, Italy’s largest opera theatre, capable of seating 15 thousand people. On the side-walks of the city, bronze maps of the old city are embedded. Surrounding the Arena in the Piazza Bra are stylish cafes, where you can enjoy the local cuisine or grab a fresh cup of coffee. Elegant shops and government buildings can also be found here. Up the Via Mazzini, more shops fill the pedestrians-only area.
Monuments to visit within the historical centre are the Duomo, Roman Porta Borsari, The Roman Theatre, Lamberti Tower, and the Piazza dei Signori. Take a scenic walk through the 15th century Giardino Giusti Gardens or enjoy a stroll through the Piazza Delle Erbe that holds the rich and colorful fruit and vegetable market. Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, invites you to fall in love within its city walls.
There is no world without Verona walls,
But purgatory, torture, hell itself.
Hence-banished is banish’d from the world,
And world’s exile is death.- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet Act 3, Scene 3