To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare on 23 April, we have a post on the northern Italian city of Verona.
After London and Stratford-on-Avon, Verona is probably the next best place to connect with the famous bard. Although he probably never visited the city, three of Shakespeare’s plays are set in Verona: Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Taming of the Shrew.
Verona still retains a medieval atmosphere and the city has taken a best guess at what might have been Juliet’s home and opened it to tourists, so you can see the famous balcony. Juliet’s tomb can also be visited in the church of San Francesco.
We like the bust of Shakespeare which can be found on the mediaeval wall overlooking Verona’s famous Roman arena. Next to it is the following quote from Romeo and Juliet.
“There is no world without Verona walls, but purgatory, torture, hell itself, hence banished is banish’d from the world, and world’s exile is death.”