Romeo and Juliet Tour (Self Guided), Verona

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Romeo and Juliet Tour Map

Guide Name: Romeo and Juliet Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Verona (See other walking tours in Verona)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: Helen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Casa de Giulietta (House of Juliette)
  • Casa di Romeo (House of Romeo)
  • Piazza dei Signori (Lords' Square)
  • Volto Barbaro (Barbarian Face Passage)
  • William Shakespeare Bust and Plaque
  • Juliet's Tomb
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Casa de Giulietta (House of Juliette)

1) Casa de Giulietta (House of Juliette) (must see)

Casa di Giulietta, or the house of Juliette, is a 13th-century structure situated on the remains of a Roman insula building on the Via Capello. It is located near well-known Juliette’s Tomb.

Although many dispute whether or not Romeo and Juliette actually existed, the house remains a popular sightseer location that thousands of tourists visit each year. In fact, the house was formerly owned by the dell Capello family. Many guests write notes on the wall and the doors of the courtyard. From the balcony, one can even imagine ill-fated lovers talking to each other.

The dwelling contains a museum that displays frescoes, paintings, and artwork from the 16th and 17th century. One treat not to be missed is the bronze statue of Juliette. It is said that good luck will come to those who rub the right breast of the sculpture. Entrance into the courtyard is free, but entry into the house is not. If you want to avoid crowds, the best time to visit is in the morning or afternoon.

Tip:
While the house tour is pretty basic, you can upgrade your ticket to include the tomb as the grounds are lovely and have some nice frescoes.
Also, the whole area AROUND Giulietta's balcony – with its small medieval streets, restaurants, cafeterias, "aperitif" places – is enchanting.

Opening Hours:
Mon: 1:30-7:30pm; Tue-Sun: 8:30am-7:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Casa di Romeo (House of Romeo)

2) Casa di Romeo (House of Romeo)

One cannot visit Verona without viewing the Casa di Romeo, also known as the domicile of Romeo Montecchi. The 13th-century brick abode is located in close proximity to the Casa di Giulietta (orthe house of Juliette and features an enclosed courtyard and high walls, typical of houses from that era.

The house resembles a medieval castle and is one of the oldest in Verona. It is not too difficult to imagine a young Romeo contemplating his future with his beloved from a window or taking a walk in one of the patios. The domicile is one of many popular attractions in the city that pays homage to the ill-fated, young couple.

Unlike the Casa di Giulietta, this home is not open to the public and can only be visited from outside. Still, many fans visit the four-star Veronese osteria on the ground floor to sample local cuisine, such as horse and donkey, prosecco, antipasto, or just to soak up the romantic atmosphere.

Even Dante referred to the couple in a poem. For many, this immortalization provides proof that Romeo and Juliette were real people. Whether a fact or fiction, the story of a tragic love never meant to be remains popular with people worldwide and makes Casa di Romeo a popular stopping point for many.

Why You Should Visit:
As long as you know it's just a little place to stop by, instead of the main stop of your day, it's quite an interesting experience.
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Piazza dei Signori (Lords' Square)

3) Piazza dei Signori (Lords' Square) (must see)

A popular spot with the locals, Piazza dei Signori was once the former center of power for the city of Verona. In fact, it is surrounded by many historical and government buildings to this day. The piazza is named after a statue of Italian poet Dante Alighieri that is located in the square.

All of the buildings in the court display beautiful design. The Loggia del Consiglio features double-columned windows and statues of Archangel Gabriel and the Virgin of the Annunciation. It also adorned with statues of Gaius Valerius Catullus, Pliny the Elder, Aemilius Macer, Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, Cornelius Nepos, Palazzo del Podestà, and other famous people who were born in Verona. Currently, it is the provincial seat of Verona.

The Palazzo del Governo was the former seat of power for the Scaliger family. Although most of the original design of the building has been lost, there are a few frescoes in the courtyard that one can enjoy.

The Palazzo dei Tribunali features two cannons in the palace courtyard and remnants of a mosaic floor. The Casa della Pièta displays a seated woman with a flag, the symbol of the city of Verona in ancient times. Three other buildings, the Palazzo del Comune, the Palazzo del Capitanio, and the Loggia del Consiglio are joined with elegant arches.

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In Piazza dei Signori you’ll find the Town Hall, where – according to the legend – Romeo was banished from the city and sentenced to his exile in Mantua, at Bartolomeo della Scala’s behest.

Just a few steps away from the Town Hall, you’ll find the Arche Scaligere, a funerary complex in Gothic style also known for being the tragic theater of Juliet’s staged death. A fiction that, shortly after, cost the lives of both young lovers.
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Why You Should Visit:
Most elegant and aristocratic square in Venice, with fewer crowds than some of the others but with plenty of monumental architecture – and, certainly, history.

Tip:
Worth having binoculars for the detail!
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Volto Barbaro (Barbarian Face Passage)

4) Volto Barbaro (Barbarian Face Passage)

In XIV century Verona, the period in which the Shakespearian tragedy is set, the river Adige and the city walls enclosed the historical centre, the seat of the residences of the noble families, mostly built in bricks. Here, at a short distance from Piazza delle Erbe and very close to each other, lived the two rival families Montague and Capulet.

In these places we may imagine Romeo and Juliet, between Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Signori, the main sites for trade and the public life of the city. On the north side of the Piazza delle Erbe, more precisely at the back of the Mazzanti Houses, there is a key-place of the Romeo and Juliet tragedy: the Volto Barbaro.

The name barbaro (lit. “barbarian”) originates from the frequent and bloody clashes between the Montagues and the Capulets that used to take place in this narrow and dark passage. It is indeed right here that Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin, killed Mercutio, Romeo’s best friend. You will find a plaque in memory of the event.
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William Shakespeare Bust and Plaque

5) William Shakespeare Bust and Plaque

William Shakespeare (Stradford-upon-Avon, 1564-1616) is the famous playwright who wrote “Romeo and Juliet”. Several sites have plaques have plaques with quotes from the play. One of them is situated near the medieval gate in piazza Bra in Verona. This is the place where Romeo left Verona before escaping to Mantua.

It was made by Sergio Pasetto, a sculptor who was born in 1936 in Quinzano, near Verona. He started his studies in 1948 at the Institute of art “N. Nani” and two years later he became a goldsmith. His passion continued and, years later, with the monk Beniamino Michieletto’s help, he learned the art of carving.

The bust of William Shakespeare was made in 2003, bought by the Club of Juliet and later donated to the city of Verona. In the half length portrait, Shakespeare is portrayed with a grave face, looking at the sky. Near the sculpture there is a marble disc on which some verses from “Romeo and Juliet” are inscribed. The bust is in good state of conservation and it has a privileged location.
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Juliet's Tomb

6) Juliet's Tomb

Located inside the picturesque and beautiful San Francesco al Corso Monastery is the final resting place of the doomed lover of Shakespeare’s Romeo. It is rumored that good luck will come to those who rub the right breast of the bronze statue of Juliet.

The romantic villa, which can accommodate up to 40 people, features a garden and a trellised walkway that is perfect for weddings or other events. An additional treat is the nearby Guarienti Hall, the home of Juliet and the church where the lovers were married.

The location is popular with lovers, tourists, and fans of Shakespeare. Every February, a contest is held to pick the most sincere letters of lovers who write to Juliet. In addition, many lovers engrave their names on the balcony.

One of the best treats is viewing a condensed scene from the famous play presented on the terrace. The monastery also houses the Museo degli Affreschi, a fresco museum that opened in 1975. The exhibition hall contains frescoes from the 16th and 18th century as well as Roman sculptures and vases.

Why You Should Visit:
While Juliet's tomb itself is like any old sarcophagus, the real highlights here are the frescos, rescued from old buildings and lovingly restored.

Tip:
If you also want to see Juliet's House, buy a combined ticket – you'll save money!

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 8:30am-7:30pm; Mon: 1:30pm-7:30pm

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