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Romeo and Juliet

As I said earlier, Italy would never leaves me indifferent. I am still a great admirer of its landscapes, its glories and its cities so different and so beautiful. In addition, as a friend of mine told me: "Italy is a country where the “dolce vita” is part of everyday life."

But this month I want to talk about Verona, a city with an extraordinary charm, which impressed me a lot…

Verona - is one of the oldest cities in Italy with its magical charm and with its romanticism.

Contrary to what one might think, the history of Verona is virtually unknown. It does not even know the origin of his name. Perhaps that’s the reason why the mystery that’s over the city.

The city was a Roman colony until 89 BC, and, thanks to its favorable geographical position, she managed to be a place of power and remain even after the fall of the Roman Empire. The city has been the focus of a major cultural development XIII-XIV centuries.

Thereafter, Verona has been under the authority of the Venetian Republic and later that of the Austrian Empire eventually to become a possession of Italy as we know it today.

Although the city throughout its history has been an important centre of commerce, it has always managed to salvage its magnificence and its almost mystical atmosphere. Even today, or industrialization, urbanization or could not destroy its medieval who made it famous.

Maybe it is for this reason that Verona has been chosen by Shakespeare to become the scene of the tragic love of Romeo and Juliet. Because of this, the city has become a classic route for travel and romantic lovers who want to see the legendary home of Juliette.

Another famous symbol of Verona is the Roman amphitheatre, the “Arena di Verona”. After the Coliseum in Rome and the Capoue amphitheatre, the Arena of Verona is the third largest in the world. And that's not to mention the magnificent churches, cathedrals, historic monuments as well as all small and large splendors of this city that I really dazzled…

Romeo and Juliet…

For centuries, questions were raised about the authenticity of this tragic story sometimes akin to an urban legend. Despite the absence of irrefutable evidence that his hero Romeo and Juliet were many historical figures, it is accepted, however, that several similar events as dramatic and all could have taken place in the history of Verona and the names of literary characters can hide real people.

The researchers believe that the story of Romeo and Juliet could happen at the time of the governance of the Lord of Verona Bartolomeo Della Scala between the years 1301 and 1304. This period is characterized by a struggle for power among local notables who wish to acquire a leading position in Verona.

The roots of this struggle are the result of a lengthy confrontation for obtaining political power between the Guelphs and Ghibellines, which took place in northern and central Italy during the 12th and 13th centuries. Supporters of the Pope, the Guelphs (traders and artisans) have advocated for full autonomy of the cities-common while supporters of the Emperor, the Ghibellines (feudal and part of the bourgeoisie) advocated for a strong centralized state.

According to the American historian Olina Moore (OH Moore, The Legend of Romeo and Juliet), Shakespeare was inspired by the struggle between these two groups and that logically, the names of groups "Cappulletti and Montecchi" can be formed from the names participants in the conflict. He is known as Verona in the 13th century lived Families with similar names - Montikoli and Dal Cappello and supporting opposite political groups and could therefore be players in this confrontation.

Thus Shakespeare, writing the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet and based on historical facts, brought glory to this beautiful city. Verona remains forever a city full of romanticism linked to this great love story.

The reference (in Russian and in English):

Romeo and Juliet

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Welcome to Verona

And I let you admire the splendor of this city that I hope you will visit Verona one day…

Juliet's house

Inside the house

The Roman amphitheatre

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