As Finals Week finished, it came that time of the year when I had to leave the United States to go back home and see my family. Well it did not last that long.
A few weeks ago I went to Verona. I was there because of the first Italian gig of the Sounds Life Feels Life (5 Seconds Of Summer). The concert was amazing. I had a lot of fun and they played all my favorite songs. Thanks to the concert I got to spend a weekend in Verona, one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. I booked a room in a very beautiful apartment for a very cheap price. This was possible thanks to Airbnb, a website that gives you the opportunity to book either apartments or room for a cheap price.
Verona is a city full of art and history. It is the city of Romeo and Juliet, one of the cities of love. The most famous sights in the city are the Arena, located in Piazza Bra (Bra Square), and Juliet’s house, a building built in the XIII century.
Thanks to its architecture and its urban structure, Verona was declared an asset for the UNESCO. The walls that used to protect the city during the medieval times are still there and they are still the way they used to be.
Since that I had just one day to visit the town, I decided to devote that visit to Romeo and Juliet. I first visited the Arena (Piazza Brà, 1a). The arena, an old roman theatre, it is now the symbol of the city. It was built in the first century, but it was partly destroyed by a violent earthquake in 1117, but its actual shape it is due the next earthquake (1183). In its story it hosted every kind of show: tournaments, gladiators fights… Form 1913, thanks to the grand opera Aida, wrote by Giuseppe Verdi, the arena became the biggest grand opera theatre in Italy. It still hosts today concerts, plays, and operas. The square where the arena is located, Piazza Brà, is the biggest square of the city. It takes its name from the ancien tradition, when the area was under the Longobardic control: braida (extension, largeness). It was used to practice militar strategies. At the time of the Roman Empire, this square was just outside the city walls.
Secondly, I decided to visit Juliet’s house (Via Cappello, 23). This building was owned for a long time by the Cappello’s family, and its emblem it is sculpted on an arch inside the intern garden. After Shakespeare wrote his tragedy, this family was identified as the Capuleti family, and so this house as Juliet’s house. The building offer a gothic portal and the famous balcony. In the garden is located the bronze statue of Juliet. The legend says that if you touch the breast of the statue, you will have luck in love. It is also possible to write on the walls the names of your couple, to have additional luck.
Then, I visited Romeo’s house (Via Arche Scaligere, 1-8). This house was owned by the Nagarola family, but the tradition says this was Romeo’s house, Juliet’s lover. This is a typical mercantile building from the XIII century, where at the group floor there were the warehouses and in the other floors there was the noble part, reserved for the family and the help. It is also known as the Stallo delle Arche (barn), where the animals were left to rest and recovery. During the time this building was conserved in its original shape.
Finally, I visited Juliet’s grave (Via Shakespeare, 6-12). It is located in an old monastery from XIII century. The tradition and the city’s belief want that this is the place where Juliet Capuleti is buried. The way it looks is due to a change made in 1937 by the responsible of the museum of Verona: he wanted that the place looked more like the place described by the tragedy.
Open on Mondays from 1.30 pm till 7.30 pm, form Tuesdays till Sundays from 8.30 am till 7.30 pm Costs full price 10 euros, reduced 7.50 euros, groups 7.50 euros Juliet’s House Information Open on Mondays from 1.30 pm till 7.30 pm, form Tuesdays till Sundays from 8.30 am till 7.30 pm Costs full price 6 euros, reduced 4.50 euros Juliet’s Grave Information Open on Mondays from 1.30 pm till 7.30 pm, form Tuesdays till Sundays from 8.30 am till 7.30 pm Costs full price 7 euros
Tourist Office Information
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