Verona: More Than Romeo & Juliet.

The Casa di Guilleta or Juliet’s House is probably one of the most visited places in Verona. Thanks to Shakespeare, I think most tourists come to Verona to see this place. It’s a 14TH century house at Via Capello that has been turned into a tourist attraction because they claim to be owned by the Capulets. Inside the house is a museum that features the costumes and props used in the play Romeo and Juliet. And of course it features the balcony and a bronze statue of Juliet can be found in the small courtyard, which according to legend, if you stroke the right breast of the statue you’ll have good fortune and luck in love. Along with this is Juliet’s wall at the entrance where many people write their names and the name of their love ones to make their love everlasting. And some also put love letters on the walls…

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Well, so much for all those beliefs in a work of fiction, Verona has more to offer aside from that.

Piazza delle Erbe and Torre dei Lamberti. Also known as the Market’s square, which was once the town’s forum during the time of the Roman Empire. The Torre dei Lamberti is an 84 meters high tower that began construction in 1172. The top of the tower was struck by lightning in May of 1403, and it’s restoration started in 1448 and completed after 16 years.

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Piazza Bra. The largest piazza in Verona and some claims it the largest in the whole Italy. This town square got numerous restaurants and cafes together with several significant buildings: the Verona Arena, the Gran Guardia and the Palazzo Barbieri. And there’s a garden within it shaded by cedar and pine trees.

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The Verona Arena is a Roman amphitheatre built in 30 AD, which is internationally famous today for the large-scale opera performances. It can accommodate 30,000 people during the ancient times, but today the maximum attendance it holds is only 15,000 because of security and safety reasons.

Piazza dei Signori. This beautiful square is considered to be the former center of power in Verona. It consists all the important buildings of the former city government. The statue of the Dante Alighieri can be found at the center of the square since 1865 hence it is also referred to as “Piazza Dante.” This statue is dedicated and to commemorate the most important Italian poet, and also to claim the Italian origin of Verona.

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Castelvecchio. Or an “Old Castle” is the most significant military construction in the Middle Ages by the Scaliger dynasty. It was built in the 13th along with a bridge across the Adige River as a deterrent to its powerful neighbors such as Venice. Now it’s a museum that houses statues, paintings, ancient weapons, ceramics, goldworks, old bells and sculptures that are mostly from the Romanesque period of Verona.IMG_3603

Scaliger Tombs. This site celebrates the Scaliger family, who ruled Verona from the 13th to the late 14th century. It consists of five Gothic-style tombs, most of which are in the shape of a small temple covered by a canopy over an altar or throne. According to some historians, they are one of the finest examples of Gothic Art.GRU_0476

 

Basilica di San Zeno. This is a minor basilica in Verona that is famous for its architecture and partly on the tradition that its crypt was the place where Shakespeare’s most famous couple Romeo and Juliet exchanged vows. Unfortunately, it was closed when I visited so I wasn’t able to see inside.IMG_3355 IMG_3678

San Giorgio in Braida. A Roman Catholic church built in the 16th century with a 12th century bell tower that remains of a 11th century monastery. Apparently, the streets I walked on never lead me to the site, so I was able to only have a peek of it’s back view from afar.GRU_0430

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