"It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!"
Verona, the city of love: Romeo and Juliet’s story
Shakespeare rendered this legend immortal, setting it in Verona
Video full text: Romeo and Juliet’s story
There’s so much to see in Verona. But there’s nothing doing, everyone views it first and foremost as the city of Romeo and Juliet. Here we are at Juliet’s house. Tradition has it that the Capulets once lived here. Thousands of tourists pass through here every day. Touching Juliet’s breast is supposedly lucky. What it means is: we’ve been here! We’ve seen Verona! Will I be lucky in love? Is it history or legend? The building is the original, unlike the balcony that looks like a sarcophagus just hanging there, like a piece of scenery. There’s the balcony! “It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.” What beautiful words, who wrote them? This is the first soap in the world, the oldest series there is: the legend of star-crossed love. It originates in Greek literature, and then from medieval times with the burlesque tale by Matteo Bandello, who ironically tells of the adventures of these lovers. There is no tragedy, there is no drama; it was Shakespeare who rendered this legend immortal, setting it in Verona. History, mythology, it matters not. Today Verona is the city of love!
Produced in cooperation with the Official Tourist Board
Visit Verona: helpful hints
ArrivalFor international flights there is the Verona Airport, connected to the city centre by bus (rides every 20 minutes, 6€, it takes 15 minutes). The nearest airport for transcontinental flights is Bologna Airport. From the airport, first you have to reach Bologna Central Station by bus (rides every 15 minutes, it takes 30 minuts, 6€). Then either Trenitalia and Italo trains reach Verona in 50 minutes, prices change according to class and services.
TransportsWalking is the best way to visit Verona. Anyway you can move by bus, a single ticket costs 1,3€ and it lasts 90 minutes. For more information check the ATV website.
What to do
Verona, the city of love, is in the North Eastern Italy and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Known wordlwide to be the city of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, here you can visit Juliet’s House with the iconic balcony (“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” – that one). But Verona is famous even more for the Arena di Verona, that is basically the greatest Opera theatre in the world! Check the official website of the Arena for the shows calendar, don’t miss the opportunity to attend a concert sit on this Roman masterpiece (Summer only, of course. No roof, above is only sky, you know). Watch Italia Slow Tour web serie about the city of love.
Last, but not least, Verona is also near the lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy (it takes 30 minutes to Peschiera del Garda or Lazise, 4o minutes to Bardolino, by car).