|The Verona Colosseum|
|Porta Nuova. . . Notice the pink and white marble/granite|
The tragic love story goes back ages, and one is the story of Pyramus and Thisbe from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. (Ovid, by the way, was Abruzzese, born in Sulmona near my grandparents’ village.) Dante, in the Divine Comedy, references the Montecchi and Cappeletti (Montague and Capulets of the English version). There are Italian versions dating more than 100 years before the Shakespearean version, and a Spanish version (by Lope de Vega) written a few years before Shakespeare’s version.
(As a side note, I did a paper on the Lope’s Castelvines y Monteses in grad school. As we know, Shakespeare and most of the other writers have Romeo and Juliet (or whatever names the other authors use) die at the end. The Spanish writers of that period wrote tragicomedies. Part of the play was a tragedy—the warring families, the forbidden love, the apparent deaths of the lovers. However! The hero and heroine live happily ever after—the comedia. Sorry. I get carried away.)
At any rate, I took one of the bus tours around the city because I wanted to see as much as I could while I was there. I got off in a piazza close to Juliet’s house. It does exist, and the Veronese swear the Cappello (Capulets) lived there and that they were at war with another family in town. The house dates to the 13th century, and while the courtyard below the balcony is open (with free admission), visits to the house are not. Apparently the government closed the house to tourists because of the wear-and-tear on it.
|The locks on the gate at Juliet's House.|
|The gum on the walls of the courtyard at Juliet's House|
and on the portico walls (BANDAGES WITH NAMES AND DATES INSCRIBED—GAG, BLECH, and GET A LIFE, PEOPLE!).
|The bandages in the portico at Juliet's House|
|Munster, bleu, German white, & some other cheese pizza.|
|A German restaurant in Verona|