“There Is No World Without Verona’s Walls”, taken from Romeo and Juliet, the most famous love story in the world written by William Shakespeare. Verona is the city of love and the capital of music and poetry. Although it cannot be determined if Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet ever lived in Verona, there are many references to real places and historical facts on Verona.
One of the first sites we visited was Juliet’s tomb,the only existing monastery outside city walls at the time of the story. Inside the crypt, under the church, lays an empty sarcophagus made of the red Verona marble where it is believed Juliet laid after she drank the poison in the love story.
A few blocks away are both Romeo and Juliet’s gothic style houses. Juliet’s house is one of the most famous sites in the world, and the amount of people packed into the tiny courtyard proved it! Within the courtyard you see Juliet’s balcony and her bronze statue, which apparently brings good luck if you touch her right breast. Romantics fill the walls and entrance way to the courtyard with love notes. Those who have found their Romeo place a love lock on the gate in the courtyard then throw away the key in the river or one of the many wells spotted throughout the city.
Bra gate, the final stage of the love story, is where Romeo left Verona saying, “There is no world without Verona walls, But purgatory, torture, hell itself. Hence-banished is banish’d from the world, And world’s exile is death.” This was the main entrance of Verona during the time that the love story took place and the assumed exit that Romeo would take to leave.