"Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean."
~From Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet~
Thousands of tourists come to Verona to see the Casa di Giulietta, or Juliet’s House.
From the courtyard, you can see Juliet’s Balcony. This is supposedly the very same balcony where the tragic heroine cried out to her Romeo. These days, do not be surprised to see many a young girl standing on the balcony, probably dreaming her own dreams, as I did while I was there.
Perhaps the highlight would be the bronze statue of Juliet in the courtyard. Though its origins cannot be determined, the most popular thing to do when visiting the statue is to rub its right breast, which will bring good luck. So don’t be surprised if the right side of the bronze Juliet seems to be shinier than the rest of her! Also found there are numerous graffiti and stick notes on the walls and doors in the courtyard.
During my senior year of college, I had the good fortune to visit Verona. I was completely fascinated and awestruck as I had just completed a course in Shakespearean History. So with this little tidbit of information in mind, I can share that I have a truly juicy new romance story on the rise, and Verona Italy is my setting.
Memories are great at sparking ideas for stories. And my memories of Verona are very special to me. How about you? Do you have a special place you've visited that would make a wonderful setting for your next romance?