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Romeo and Juliet attract Verona visitors

October 15, 2010 - 2:22am
Wherefore art thou Romeo?
Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? In Verona, of course, where senior travelers can explore the attractions devoted to the famous Shakespearean play, "Romeo and Juliet."

The 16th-century story of star-crossed lovers has become virtually synonymous with the Italian town, which has taken advantage of its popularity by offering a number of "Romeo and Juliet"-themed sites.

Built in the 13th century, the Capulet House is a towering, brick structure that features the balcony where Juliet delivers her famous soliloquy in the play. Tourists are able to explore the house, which is decorated with 14th-century furnishings and displays a bronze statue of Juliet in its courtyard.

While visitors are not allowed inside of Romeo's house, it is still a popular attraction because of its authentic gothic architecture and nearby restaurants. It has been standing since the 1200s when the Count of Cagnolo Nogarola occupied the building, which is located in Via Arche Scaligere.

Valentines Day is a very special time in the Italian town and mature travelers who are visiting at this time can enjoy the "Verona in Love" event, which features a heart-shaped market for romantic souvenirs.