Verona

Verona.

Verona is a beautiful, old town which annually attracts millions of tourists and romantics. To walk along the famous streets, see the amphitheater, to visit the house of Juliet, to visit local attractions.

Most people associate Verona with William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Romeo and Juliet.” An interesting fact is that the Italians, especially the residents of Verona, prefer to put the first name of Juliet and after Romeo. 

It turns out: Romeo and Juliet, except when they are talking about the title of the tragedy.

Despite the fact that the house of Romeo and Juliet in Verona historically have nothing to do with the characters, the tourists love to visit them. Agree, it is so nice to believe in a fairy tale.

Approaching the house of Juliet, I felt the excitement and delight. See Juliet’s balcony, with a view to the yard, imagine that you are a princess waiting for the prince, to walk around the house and enjoy the decorations in those days, to see the clothes of heroes, it’s all very inspiring.

You should have seen how many people gather there daily, to be sure that at least for a small amount of time, be involved in this tragic love story.

The inner walls of the arch leading to the courtyard of Juliet’s house, covered with messages of lovers from all around the world. In 2010, producer Gary Winick made a movie on this theme, nice romantic comedy “Letters to Juliet”.

Inside the house you can find the mailboxes, and the second floor there are computers where you can send letters to Juliet.

It is interesting to know that the house used to belong to the genus Dal Capello prototype Capulet family, but in 1667 was sold. After the sale, the house had a long history with different hosts and different ways of its use, until in 1907 the local municipality bought it, to build the museum. In the original design of the house there was no balcony, it was attached later. It based on of one of the same movie.

Apart house of Juliet, Verona have the home of Romeo and Juliet’s tomb. And the last and final one of the interesting events in Verona, related to these two characters – is the same name opera, which is regularly play in the ancient Roman amphitheater Arena di Verona.

Arena di Verona is a symbol of Verona and the third largest amphitheater in Italy. It was built about 30 years of our era. Every year there are conducted opera festivals known to the whole world.

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Despite the fact that at the time of visiting Verona I knew Italian just a little,  I still wanted see the opera. Finally, I’m happy, with a ticket in hand on Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Turandot”, heading into the building of the amphitheater. There was smell of antiquity everywhere: the walls, steps, seats. Darkness gradually descended on the city, added romanticism. I was looking forward to the start of the opera.

In the end, I was lucky to see only the first twenty minutes of the opera, after it began to rain. Organizers initially asked to wait about 15 minutes, but then when everyone realized that the rain does not stop, they moved the show on next day. That evening I went to the hotel wet, but happy.

Verona is a very beautiful city. You can even just walking around the streets and you will get a lot of pleasure. Go through all the squares and narrow streets, admire the architecture and fauna.

In Verona, as in many Italian cities, retained the original walls. The walls, which in the early days served and protected the gates into the city. Some of them were built in the days of the Habsburgs. Strolling around them, there is a sense of belonging to something ancient and long forgotten.

Another nice advantage to visit Verona is shopping. On the Via Mazzini, you can please yourself and loved ones shopping. Of course, when compared to Milan, the choice is not so wide, but enough to enjoy.

Going on a trip to Verona, read the following links can help you become more familiar with the city.

Verona

Arena di Verona

Turandot

Juliet’s House

I really love Verona. And in one of the sunny days, I will definitely go back there, at least for finish to watch Turandot. And who knows what else waiting for me in this romantic place …

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  • Katy Mayeaux

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    Wow! I actually never realized that Shakespeare’s play about “Romeo and Juliet” had a real place associated with it. I love the photos of the old courtyards and outdoor spaces. The indoor spaces are interesting also. (I think that bed in Juliet’s House would be difficult to get in and out of because of that wide wooden furniture border all around it.)
    You commented that you didn’t know much Italian when you went to see the opera, but people all over the world apparently enjoy opera without knowing any Italian at all. I’ve seen operas on television, and the costumes and the voices and the drama are worth seeing even without understanding (although many opera houses in the U.S. have now installed screens with subtitles in discreet places where people can read if they wish). I think it would have been wonderful to see a performance at an outdoor amphitheater in Italy!

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