Tour of Romeo and Juliet (Self Guided), Verona

"There is no world without Verona walls... Heaven is here, where Juliet lives". If you are a fan of Romeo and Juliet and you want to have one of the most memorable experiences of your life, Verona is the city to see. Verona will really sweep you off your feet, and make you laugh, cry, and possibly even fall in love.
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Tour of Romeo and Juliet Map

Guide Name: Tour of Romeo and Juliet
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
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Casa di Romeo

1) Casa di Romeo (must see)

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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Casa de Giulietta

2) Casa de Giulietta (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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Porta Leoni

3) Porta Leoni

The Porta Leoni, formerly known as the Porta San Fermo and the Arco di Valeria, is an ancient and beautiful Roman gate in Verona that dates back to the first century BCE. It was built by P. Valerius, Q. Caecilius, Q. Servilius and P. Cornelius. The current name comes from a sarcophagus lid that features two lions that is located at the monument of Umberto I near Ponte Navi. The gateway connected to the road which led to Bologna and Aquileia. Today, it is part of the city walls at the end of the Cardo Maximus.

Like most Roman architecture, the Porta Leoni served a decorative and functional purpose. The gate served as an entryway into the city, and required towers for guards and a gallery that allowed passage across the gateway. The white brick and tufa building has a double facade, polygonal towers, and a rectangular courtyard. The upper part of the building features twisted columns. Stone avant-corps were added during the reign of Claudius. Attractions within walking distance of the Porta Leoni include the Chiesa di San Fermo, the Ponte Navi, the Casa di Giulietta, and the Via Mazzini. It is open 24 hours a day seven days a week.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Arena di Verona

4) Arena di Verona (must see)

Located on Piazza Bra, this Roman amphitheater can seat up to 22,000 people and was built in 30 AD. It is home to the Verona Opera season each summer. The arena is known for its superb acoustics. Over 500,000 people visit each year.

In ancient times, people came from far and wide to see the many performances, jousts, and trials. In modern times, great artists, such as Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi, Renata Tebaldi, Simple Minds, Duran Duran, Dire Straits, Rod Stewart, and Sting, have performed at the arena.

The original building was constructed of pink and white limestone and could seat 30,000 people. An earthquake in 1117 destroyed much of the building’s outer ring. Today, seating is limited to 22,000 for safety reasons.

Although a visit to the arena is worth the wait, those looking for a stress-free experience should prepare. Parking is available, but it is best to take a cab in order to avoid competition for parking spaces. In addition, one should eat before the show since opera performances are not brief. And finally, remember to dress appropriately for an outdoor performance venue.

Why You Should Visit:
Looks just like a small Colosseum, and tours are available where you can wander around the tunnels underneath.
Acoustics are good and the stage sets are delightful – nowhere else will you get a treat like this in the open air!

Tip:
Bring a raincoat and umbrella – no matter where you're seated during a performance – if rain is a possibility. Small bottles of water are also allowed.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 8:30am-7:30pm; Mon: 1:30pm-7:30pm
The ticket office closes at 6:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Piazza Bra

5) Piazza Bra (must see)

Piazza Bra is the largest city square in Verona. Its amphitheater is the third largest in Italy. It was built during the first century AD and can hold 22,000 people. It is also the location of the town hall, many famous palaces, and the Palazzo della Gran Guardia. A statue of Victor Emanuel II on horseback, the balcony of the Palazzo degli Honori where Garibaldi gave his “Rome or death” speech, and stone carvings of saints are just a few of the sites you will see when you visit the piazza.

For the tourist on-the-go, the plaza is the place to be. One can choose from the dozens of cafes and restaurants that line the walkways or the gardens that are decorated with cedar and pine trees. The city square is a popular meeting place for demonstrations and discussions. In addition, there is always a concert to attend. Pink Floyd, Rod Stewart, and Elton John are just a few of the artists who have graced the plaza.

The best times to visit are during the feast of Santa Lucia on December 13th, February during carnival, or the summer when the Opera season begins. One can only truly appreciate the beauty of the plaza and its cobblestone roads in person.

Why You Should Visit:
The perfect place to connect with history while having a refreshing drink or something to eat.
Also, one of the few places in Verona where seating is available, and with convenient access to clean (underground) public toilets.

Tip:
From here you can walk along Via Giuseppe Mazzini, which is busy, but very charming and has some good shops.
The city train tour starts here, too, so if you want to jump on and see other sights then you're in the right place.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Juliet's Tomb

6) Juliet's Tomb (must see)

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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