Two households, both alike in dignity,
in fair Verona, where we lay our scene…
Verona still feels like its Shakespearean legacy, and it is possible to recall the main moments of the timeless love story of Romeo and Juliet strolling around the streets of this Italian city. Even though William Shakespeare had already set a play here, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, it is for the wonderful and tragic love story between Romeo and Juliet that the city is best known. It’s also why Verona is called “the city of love.”
Although we cannot know if the two lovers really existed, it is certain that their families did. The Montagues and the Capulets had been two important aristocratic families from Verona, and Dante himself mentions them in his Divine Comedy (Purgatorio, Canto VI, v. 106). Nowadays, the city still considers itself the hometown of Romeo and Juliet, and there are several places you can relive the lovers’ story.