Exploring the city of Verona was an exciting and terrific trip for my daughter and I. Our main reason for traveling to the city was to visit Juliet’s house, visit the castle, and walk the historic streets. What we left with was wonderful memories of an ancient city with a vibrant energy, significant sites, tasty food, and lovely family moments before my girl started college.
Verona is an ancient city that dates back to the 1st century B.C. with layers of historical eras, and occupations from the Romans, the Lombards, Charlemagne, the della Scala Family, Medieval, Renaissance, and so on. The centuries of its past reflects in its well-preserved architecture, city street plan, Roman theatre, and the old castle. The city is very significant, and has outstanding universal value that it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
The city has many important and pleasurable sites to visit such as Juliet’s (Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet) house, Castelvecchio, Verona Arena, and so much more. Taking a trip to the city of Verona in northern Italy would surely add to your trip of this part of the country, and create fabulous memories for everyone.
There is a local legend that says the suspended whalebone will fall on the first truthful person to walk under it. So far it has stayed put since the 1700s. If you ask me, it would be unfortunate for a truthful person because that whalebone could seriously injure someone. Better to be intact and tell a white lie every now and then! The whale bone hangs along the archway between Piazza della Ebre and Piazza dei Signori,
Juliet’s House is one of Verona’s main attractions. If you are familiar with Shakespeare’s tragedy about two young lovers, Romeo and Juliet, then a visit to this 12th century home will be a fun one. This is truly not Juliet’s home but a symbolic gesture to one of the world’s most famous characters in literature.
This property the “Capuleti House” was owned by the the Dal Capello family, and the blending of Capuleti and Cappello guided the idea that this had been Juliet’s house. It was purchased in 1905 by the city of Verona, and had taken on its current persona seven decades ago.
With any current day lovers mark there is a gum wall, and a place for hanging love locks. I have a fondness for love locks, but I have never understood a gum wall, as I think it quite disgusting. To each their own though, so chew some gum or attach one of your luggage locks to leave your mark of undying love.
In Piazza Bra, the Verona Arena has been hosting games and performances since 30 A.D. It is considered the best preserved ancient structure of its time, and today it is used for large scale operas and concerts.
This powerful and compact 14th-century castle built in red bricks, is one of the most significant example of Gothic architecture of its era. It was the most important military structures during the Scaliger dynasty, the rulers of Verona during the Middle Ages.
The old castle runs along the Adige River with a stately constructed brick bridge crossing it. The castle has sparse decoration but contains the Castelvecchio Museum with a collection of brilliant Italian art.
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