The fair city of Verona was an eight hour whirl wind tour.
First stop of course was Juliet’s house. We were lucky enough to be in Verona on the first Sunday of the month so every museum and gallery was only one euro.
Juliet’s house and courtyard looked exactly like it does in the famous 2010 film ‘Letters to Juliet’. Me and Ines wrote a letter to Juliet and posted it in the post box in Juliet’s house. The courtyard was filled with letters posted on the walls and heart-shaped padlocks. It didn’t quite fit into any age old romantic genres, but I can imagine as a young teenager, this is the place to go with your first boyfriend or girlfriend.
It is also apparently good luck to rub the statue of Juliet’s left breast… we were unsure of this tradition so we didn’t try this one.
The house however, was beautiful, as was Juliet’s balcony.
We then proceeded to Romeo’s house at Via Arche Scaligere, 2, 37121. Despite mine and Ines’ excitement to visit Casa di Romeo, it turns out its privately owned and someone actually lives there. Not jealous at all…
Once we felt we had satisfied all our hopeless romantic tendencies we headed for Verona’s Christmas Markets, which were beautiful! All of the stalls were in tiny wooden huts which seemed inspired by the Christkindlmarkt in Nuremberg.
We also visited;
- Castle Vecchio
- Galleria d’Arte Moderna Achille Forti
- Arena di Verona
(If you visit Castle Vecchio don’t attempt to walk along the castle walls in high heeled boots – its not the most sensible thing I have ever done)
Once it began to get dark all of the cities christmas lights came on and it felt very christmassy.
I couldn’t find anything in relation to the Romeo and Juliet film with Leonardo Di Caprio in all day. It wasn’t until we were crossing the bridge out of the city that we spotted a huge electrically lighted cross on the hillside in the distance. Anyone that has seen the film, will recognise the cross from the scene in which Mecrutio dies.
Although Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet play form 1597 is the most famous there wasn’t much in reference to it, apart from the odd bookstore heavily selling books on the play.
Thank you Ines for some of your photos ; http://inmydesert.tumblr.com/
For now, we shall both just have to wait and see if Juliet writes back as we count down the days to christmas.