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Famed Romeo and Juliet Church Still Stands in Verona

December 20, 2011 - 2:24am
Famed Romeo and Juliet Church Still Stands in Verona
Literary buffs and theater enthusiasts will want to add Verona, Italy, to their list of destinations on their Europe tours. In this city lies the Basilica di San Zeno, the Roman church that was used as the stage for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet's final moments. Thanks to the famed Elizabethan playwright, this building is one of the most romantic places in the world.

The Basilica di San Zeno is located in the center of the Piazza di San Zeno, just outside of the city's center. The church is not a very ornate building, but its connection to one of the most famous love stories of all time makes it the perfect place to visit on a romantic vacation. Shakespeare chose this church for his tragic play, using it as the setting for the secret wedding of the young lovers. It is the very same place where Romeo finds Juliet "dead" and takes his own life just before she wakes up.

Travelers can take a tour of the famous Basilica di San Zeno to see the building that inspired Shakespeare enough to use it in his famed romantic tragedy. The building where the playwright sent his characters to meet their tragic end has remained largely unchanged since Shakespeare's time so visitors will be able to see it the way he did.