Romeo and Juliet's Verona
Romeo and Juliet is a legend, nobody knows if the unfortunate lovers of Verona really existed. In the legends, however, there is often some truth.
With our tour you will discover places, historical and literary references of the most romantic story in the world.
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On Romeo and Juliet's Footpath
There are many versions of the story. In all of them there are references to places and buildings in Verona. Over the centuries, for one reason or another, people have identified them.
- The House of Juliet, with the coat of arms of the Capulets
- The House of Romeo
- The street where Romeo kills Tybalt in a duel
- The 13th century gate from which Romeo left the city towards exile
- Juliet's grave
Romeo and Juliet's Guided Tour
Our tour guide will take you to all these places. Many have plaques, bas-reliefs and sculptures that recall moments of the story with quotations from Shakespeare's work. The tour is also a journey through the ages and stories of Shakespeare and other authors. The tour is suitable for everyone, organized groups, school trips, families with children.
The Great Plagiarism
The plot of Romeo and Juliet is not the fantasy of William Shakespeare. He was inspired by one of the many versions of the story that circulated in Italy and Europe at the time. The story of the conflicted love that for a misunderstanding ends in tragedy is a universal theme. There is also a Chinese version of it. However, the similarities between Shakespeare's version and those of Luigi da Porto and Matteo Bandello are shocking. But they were published many decades earlier so that we can speak of real plagiarism.
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Dante: Montecchi and Cappelletti, Guelfi and Ghibellini
Dante was in Verona for the first time between 1301 and 1304, when the lord of the city was Bartolomeo della Scala. In Luigi da Porto's novel the events of Romeo and Juliet took place during the government of Bartholomew. Speaking of the struggles between Guelphs and Ghibellines that bloodied medieval Italy Dante writes:
Come see the Montagues and Capulets, Monaldi and Filipeschi, careless man, already troubled those, and these in dread!
And what could be the cause of the trouble of the Montecchi and Cappelletti families? Dante does not say. Many believe that these verses are a clue suggesting that maybe Romeo and Juliet is more than just a legend.
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Write to Juliet
You can even write to Juliet, and she will answer you back. Since 1930 volunteers answer the letters that people suffering for love send to Juliet from all over the world . They also created the Juliet's Club to promote Verona as the city of love.
You can post your letter to Juliet in the special mailbox inside the Capulets' house. Or wtite from where you are at this address:
CLUB DI GIULIETTA Vicolo Santa Cecilia 9, 37121 Verona – Italy
Or with a less romantic email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Juliet's Kisses, Romeo's Sighs
If you want to take with you a souvenir from your visit to Romeo and Juliet's Verona, a box of chocolate cookies is just what you need. In the pastry shops in the centre of Verona you will find sweets dedicated to Romeo and Juliet. The "Kisses of Juliet" are soft chocolate biscuits. The "Sighs of Romeo" the white chocolate version.
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