Verona – the city of Shakespearean passions
There is no sadder story in the world than the story of Romeo and Juliet …. “It was thanks to this work of the Great Shakespeare that this small provincial town of Verona, located in the northern part of Italy, became famous throughout the civilized world. Millions of lovers come to Verona 16 September, the birthday of Juliet and February 14, Valentine’s Day. On these days, interesting and exciting events are organized especially for tourists in Verona.
As they say, the houses of the Dal Capello and Manticopy families, which were prototypes of Capuleti and Montecchi, have survived to this day.
By the way, the house where Juliet supposedly lived, or rather its prototype – Casa di Giuletta – is open to all comers today. Tourists are first escorted to a beautiful shady courtyard, previously served as a garden, where the famous balcony is located, from which Juliet led a conversation with her beloved Romeo. Here you can contemplate a bronze statue of the main character of one of the most famous works of William Shakespeare. Popular rumor claims that touching this statue brings good luck in love.
Those interested can also visit the house where Romeo lived – Casa di Romeo – a pretty house with a cozy courtyard and an arched gallery.
In addition, tourists are guided to the 13th century monastery of San Francesco, where, according to legend, Romeo and Juliet were secretly married and where they were buried after their tragic death. From a quiet churchyard, tourists are led to a dark dungeon, above which you need to read the words from Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. Near the sarcophagus made of red marble, tourists leave flowers, as well as messages addressed to unhappy lovers. There is a legend that people came here long before Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet” appeared.
In the garden on the territory of the monastery of San Francesco, a marble bust of William Shakespeare is installed. In addition, everyone has the unique opportunity to visit the Museum of Frescoes and the Portal, installed right there, but later, in the last century.
It is impossible to deny the fact that Verona is a city whose tourist attraction is supported solely by the story invented many centuries ago by Shakespeare. However, oddly enough, all this is quite tangible and eye-catching sights of Italy.
Another real pearl of Verona is the perfectly preserved ancient Roman amphitheater. It is, of course, largely inferior in size to the Colosseum, but it is thanks to him that Verona is often called the Second Rome.
In addition to all of the above, the monuments of the dynasty of the Dela Scala are of considerable interest. They could not more accurately convey the atmosphere of medieval Verona.
And yet, despite its romantic aura, Verona is by no means a favorite tourist route of our compatriots. For example, bus tours in Europe suggest visiting Verona only for a very short time.