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Romeo and Juliet


Romeo and Juliet is the famous tragedy written by William Shakespeare about two young lovers whose deaths ultimately unite their feuding families.

The plot is based on an Italian tale, translated into verse as The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562, and retold in prose in Palace of Pleasure by William Painter in 1582. Shakespeare borrowed heavily from both but, to expand the plot, developed supporting characters like Mercutio and Paris.
Shakespeare used the dramatic structure with effects such as switching between comedy and tragedy and this way to describe the story made Romeo and Juliet a masterpiece.

Verona is the set of this tragedy that sees the two families, Montague's (Romeo's family) and Capulets (Juliet's family), as enemies from ever. The love story is probably the first motiv that makes Verona famous abroad.
In the city you can visit three places about this.

  • Juliet's house with its famous balcony
Juliet's house
  • Romeo's house, a 13th century tower house (only from outside because now it's a private house)
Romeo's house
  • Juliet's grave in San Francesco al Corso monastery
Juliet's grave



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