A ROMEO AND JULIET ITINERARIES

The story of these unhappy lovers is much older than Shakespeare's tragic drama, dating back to a literary and popular tradition handed down over the centuries; the plot was written for the first tine in Verona by Da Porto and Della Corte in the XVI Century. The story, which imaginatively but not unrealistically mirrors a time of inter-family strife in Xlll Century Verona, as suggested by the 700 fortified houses built by that time, combines with the affection of theVeronese and lovers worldwide to form a suggestive itinerary starting from Juliet's House in via Cappello, to Romeo's House,

in Via Arche, to the very old streets of Corte Regia and the two streets appropriately named after the lovers, Via Amanti and Vicolo Amanti, and finally to Juliet's Tomb, in the ancient convent of the Capuchins outside the town walls: here, in a suggestive cell, lies an open and empty sarcophagus in red marble - a symbol of tragedy and mourning that today marks a call for peace and love.

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