Amo Verona… Amo Amor…
Many think of Venice as the most romantic place in Italy, but Verona, the city located in the Italian region Veneto, has been called the City of Love. Verona was a hometown of the world’s most famous lovers of all time – William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.
The immortal story of true but impossible love with tragic consequences has captured the hearts of readers around the globe, and has inspired many painters, musicians, and film and stage producers. Every year, the story of eternal love between two young people attracts tourists from around the world to Via Cappello in Verona to reach Juliet’s house. The myth says it was the house of the Capulets, the powerful Veronese family to which Juliet belonged. The building dates back to the 13th century. In the inner courtyard you will found the famous balcony, which played a very important part in the tragic story of our two lovers. Standing on the balcony Juliet says the most recognizable line of the Shakespearean tragedy:
“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.”
In the courtyard you can take a photo in front of Juliet’s statue. Tradition dictates that if you touch Juliet on her right boob, it will bring you luck. Hopefully luck in love. Next to the statue you can leave your love lock on the gate, or write your name on the wall of the house. Some people won’t admit it, but there is something magical about this place; love really is in the air.
In the street of Via delle Arche Scaligere you can find the house of the Capulet’s rivals the Montague family, to which Romeo belonged. But, it’s not as popular as the Juliet house.
Verona is a very beautiful and not such a big city. If you’re just stopping by for a day, you can enjoy a nice walk through its charming, colourful streets, eat Italian pasta and drink espresso, or buy a souvenir at the market.
One of the monuments that make Verona very famous is its Roman Amphitheatre, better known as the Arena, which was built in early first century. In the Roman Empire there were hundreds of amphitheatres, but the one in Verona is the second largest after the Colosseum in Rome making it historically even more significant. In its two thousand years old history it has served gladiatorial fights, hunts and other ancient games. Today, you can take a tour of the Arena during the day. In the warm, summer evenings you can listen to spectacular opera performances on the largest stage in the world.
There are so many other things to visit in Verona – the impressive Castelvecchio (14th century), many churches, art galleries and museums. But you will always remember Verona as the city of love, Romeo and Juliet’s city.
Verona is a perfect city to visit for all those happily in love, the ones with broken hearts, for all dreamers, art lovers or anyone else in need of a little inspiration.