We are probably all aware of how much Shakespeare adored Italy and know that he was very fond of writing plays set in this beautiful country. But have you thought of visiting Verona, where three of his plays take place?
In Verona, you can visit what claims to be Juliet’s house. Thousands of people visit this attraction every day to admire the famous balcony and to take pictures with a bronze statue of Juliet that claims to bring good fortune if you rub its right breast. In the last few years, people have also started to leave locks on the inside gates, as well as to write their lover’s name on the walls that lead to the house in the hope that this will make their love everlasting.
If you are a Shakespeare fan, another place you might not have thought of visiting is Juliet’s grave, which is in Via del Pontiere. The grave is to be found within the religious compound of San Francesco al Corso, although to be exact, it is actually placed in a crypt which is accessible from the cloister.
This was formerly a monastery with a vegetable garden in which there was an ancient red marble sarcophagus. The sarcophagus was empty and had no cover, and it was at the beginning of the 19th century that it became identified as the final resting place of the beautiful Juliet.
In present times, many civil weddings are held here, with couples from far-flung countries celebrating this unique experience. There is also a tradition of addressing love letters to “Juliet in Verona” which a team of secretaries collect and post answers to.
Visiting Verona might not be somewhere you may have thought of before, but is definitely one for the ‘bucket list’!