Roaming the lands: Verona, Italy

Romeo and Juliet. One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays set in Verona, Italy. In addition to that, Verona is:

  • A UNESCO World Heritage Site, and
  • Romeo and Juliet is hardly the only attraction Verona has to offer.

Forgive me if I sound like a grumpy old single biddy here. I’ll try to be chipper from now on.

Welcome to Verona

Welcome to Verona

But really, Verona has more than Romeo and Juliet. For instance, the Arena, a Roman theatre where you can go for performances during Opera season. There is also the Castel San Pietro, which offers a beautiful view over Verona… provided that you climb the steps up the hill. More climbing. Story of my life. Well my life then at least. Now I can just laze around and get fat heh heh

The outside of the Arena

The outside of the Arena

The view of Castel San Pietro from across river Fiume Agide

The view of Castel San Pietro from across river Fiume Agide

We were enjoying the view from the castle but someone looks pretty depressed... be careful not to fall down sir!

We were enjoying the view from the castle but someone looks pretty depressed… be careful not to fall down sir!

There is also shopping to be done and wallets to be emptied at Verona’s golden mile of shopping between Piazza Bra and Piazza delle Erbe. Or you can just look and drool if you can’t afford anything. There are other sights as well, such as Castelvecchio to explore, and Lamberti’s Tower if you haven’t had enough climbing. Or maybe you can take a lift up the tower if your butt is as heavy as mine!

At Piazza delle Erbe. We poor students are just ogling at stuff

At Piazza delle Erbe. We poor students were just ogling at stuff

Does Raj look like Dante?

Does Raj look like Dante?

Oh yes, Romeo and Juliet. Can’t forget about that. Juliet’s house, a house that supposedly belonged to the Capulets is one of Verona’s most popular attraction, other than the Arena. The balcony where the famous balcony love scene was supposed to happen can be seen from the courtyard outside. Unfortunately this balcony was only added later to attract tourists. Sorry for shattering your illusions, you love birds. Now go dream some place else, like Cinque Terre or Venice.

Don’t forget to rub Juliet’s right breast though! You can find her in the courtyard. It’s supposed to bring you good fortune. Me? I passed on the good fortune in exchange for not sexually harassing a bronze statue. Actually I found out afterward. If I had known then I would have groped the statue for all I was worth. Hmm have I portrayed myself as a crazy person yet?

Juliet's famous balcony

Juliet’s famous balcony

Only took a picture with the poor overly touched statue

Only took a picture with the poor overly groped statue

Romeo’s house, which looks like a castle, is sadly not open to the public, as it is a private building. You can gaze in wonder and dream of your ideal lover all you want, just do it from the outside.

Romeo's House

Romeo’s House

Waiting for Romeo to come out - but eventually gave up

Waiting for Romeo to come out – but eventually gave up

There were still some tourists (like us) who dropped by to see it anyway. Nothing much to see though. Moving on:

Juliet's Tomb

Juliet’s Tomb

The Church where the tomb is also houses the Antonian Fresco Museum. There a simple sarcophagus believed to be where Juliet rested after drinking the poison is located in a dark crypt (and I mean dark). The sarcophagus is empty, the remains supposedly removed when the fame of the double suicide rose to contain the scandal.

The empty sarcophagus inside the depressing vault

The empty sarcophagus inside the depressing vault

An excerpt from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

An excerpt from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

As the short quote from the play above says, even in the darkness and depression there is light. For love is beauty and hope itself, guiding through the shadows.

Maybe there is some romance left in me after all.

(Stole the pictures at the station and of me outside Romeo’s house from Raj)

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