O Verona, Verona, Wherefore Art Though Verona?
Why, ‘tis in Italy of course. And as even the most causal Shakespeare reader knows, Verona, Italy provides the setting for the most tragic, yet enduring love story of all time: Romeo and Juliet. In this city and throughout Italy in general, the literary devotee can find a number of sites that bring to life the enduring works not only of the Bard himself, but also a host of other celebrated scribes.
Located near Verona’s main promenade is Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s House) where one can experience the balcony below which Romeo declared his love to Juliet. Though the balcony is said to have been constructed well after Shakespeare inked his famous play, the building’s 13th century stone architecture exemplifies romanticism. Afterwards, you can pay your respects to the leading lady at the site of Juliet’s Tomb nestled inside a nearby Franciscan monastery.
For those who lust after rare antiquarian books and other prints, the Libreria Antiquaria Perini, located a mere 15 minutes from Juliet’s Tomb, is where you’ll want to head. Among other treasures, the store offers rare maps, decorative prints, and antique books dating to the 1500s.
If you plan to continue your literary conquest beyond Verona’s borders, you may want to consider traveling to Florence, Italy. In the heart of this medieval Tuscan capital sits Casa di Dante (Dante’s House): a three-story museum devoted to the life and works of famed poet, writer, and politician, Dante Alighieri.
For further information regarding Italy’s literary delights, , take a gander at any of these fine sources:
- The Lonely Planet Journey: Italy’s Literary Landmarks
- Literary Tourism: Venice, Italy
- Zainoo’s Online Guide to Visiting Veron, Italy