A city steeped in British literature’s most spiteful and romantic feuding family beckons readers and travellers to plan a visit to Verona in search of history, intrigue, and folklore. All three of these combine to create an atmosphere brooding in Shakespearian intensity.
As you walk the city streets, it’s hard to believe that this tragic love affair was indeed fictional, because each corner brings the epic story of Romeo and Juliet to life. With every shadowy passageway, it’s easy to imagine the forbidden lovers’ nightly escapes and with each loud local shouting to another, you can see the Montague and Capulet families’ cutthroat power, force, and greatness among the city’s reality.
Even though it’s widely known as ‘Piccolo Roma’ (Little Rome), this is certainly a city in its own right. Shakespeare’s tragedy may not be fact, but it does capture the true essence of the area’s notorious family feuding in the 13th and 14th centuries’. Its history still colours its present with strong family ties, family-owned businesses, and a lot of local connection. Spring and summer lure Italian-bound travellers visiting Verona to stroll the streets and to take advantage of the city in bloom. Marvel at religious architecture, absorb the ancient Renaissance art, and indulge in the incredible recipes of Italian bistros and cafes.