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Verona – Romeo & Juliet

July 11, 2011 by Chelsea Slone

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When we decided to begin our journey through Italy I knew the trip would not be complete, for me at least, without a visit to Verona, the home of perhaps the greatest lovers in history, Romeo and Juilet. With this said, on our way to Venice we turned into Verona to spend a few hours visiting Juilet’s beautiful courtyard and home.

Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

- William Shakespeare

No need to explain, I mean who doesn’t know the story between Romeo and Juilet! However, one piece of information I wasn’t aware of was the skepticism and long time debate of the couple’s existience. The house believed to be Juilet’s was owned by the Dell Capello family. In fact the similarity of their name is what spurred the belief to be the house in Shakespheres play. The Dell Capello’s coat of arms can still be seen in the keystone of their inner archway in the courtyard. The house was built in the 13th century and had a massive restoration in the 1930’s.

Regardless of this debate a visit to Casa di Giulietta was everything I had hoped. When you enter the courtyard to her home on Via Cappello 23 you will find it filled with girls and letters in their hand. When you look up at her home covered in ivy you immediately turn your eyes to the famous balcony where Juilet cried out to Romeo. In the courtyard there is also a bronze statue of Juilet, and it is said if you touch her right breast it will bring good luck for years to come. Inside the house you find 16th and 17th century antiques, frescoes, ceramics all related to Shakespheres play. The modern additions including computers to write your letter to Juilet and boards to sign your name makes the entire scene a little too touristy, but other than the tourist additions the Casa di Giuoietta was such a neat place to take a walk through.



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