The name of Verona may ring a very familiar bell if you have ever read one of William Shakespeare’s most well-known works: Romeo And Juliet. Verona, or Corso Cavour, is a town in Italy, where there are many sites to see that are reminiscent of Romeo And Juliet.
For that reason, the area sees many Shakespeare fans every year. They visit the Stallo del Cappello tower house that is traditionally acknowledged as the Caputet family home.
It holds a collection of antiques and engravings that are renowned for re-telling the widely-loved story. They also honor different renditions of the story, as told in film and on the stage throughout the years. There is of course the statue of Juliet in the courtyard to honor one of the fated story’s main characters.
The Montecchi family’s brick castle is currently a privately owned building, but is viewable from the outside. The nobility kept high walls and protected themselves by building where there were natural barriers such as mountains or rivers. This ensured that other nobles could not overtake them, nor could the lower class peasants.
Along the same lines, Medieval walls encompass Verona. It is a call back to the tyrant Ezzelino Romano’s rule. The gates at Bra mark the main entrance, and would have been in place at the time of Romeo and Juliet’s fictional lives and deaths.
Of course, Shakespeare too is honored in the city with a famous bronze bust that sit alongside the gates. It also marks the exile of Romeo in the fabled story. The tomb of Juliet is marked in the San Francesco Monastery, also in Corso.
Very real, or merely drama, the tale of the two star-crossed lovers is immortalized in the very city where the story takes place. Visit Corso Cavour in person or vicariously through the story of Romeo And Juliet.