The Italian city of Verona was the setting for one of the world’s great love stories: Romeo and Juliet. The true story behind Shakespeare’s young lovers was also the subject of poems and novels over the course of centuries. Today Verona is home to several Romeo and Juliet–linked landmarks. Here are a few to check out during your visit.
Love notes are often stuck on the wall at Casa di Giulietta, or Juliet’s House, once the home of the Capulet family. Located in the heart of Verona’s historic center, the Gothic-style house has a stone balcony where the young couple supposedly declared their love.
The Montague home, Casa di Romeo, or Romeo’s House, is marked only by a small plaque on the wall (the castle-like building is currently privately owned). It is also located in the historic heart of Verona, known for its charming narrow streets, on Via Arche Scaligere.
Piazza dei Signori
This square in central Verona is known for its statue of Dante Alighieri—but it also may be the location where a duel between the Capulets and Montagues occurred.
Famous as the place in Shakespeare’s tale where Juliet drank the poison, her tomb (Tomba di Giulietta) is located beneath a former monastery (San Francesco al Corso) that is now the Museum of Frescoes.