Juliet’s tomb should be high on your list of things to see when you’re exploring Verona if you’ve always loved the tale of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. The tomb, said to be the title character’s final resting place, along with Juliet’s house and Romeo’s house, is one of the attractions in Verona that will transport you back to Shakespeare’s city of feuding families and young love. Called Tomba di Giulietta in Italian, many visitors plan to see this tomb along with the small museum at Juliet’s House on Via Capello.
While many historians and literary fans question whether these attractions have any factual historical significance—and many insist that they have none—these doubts don’t stop thousands of travelers who come to see Juliet’s tomb. The Tomba di Giulietta is located a short walk from Juliet’s House at a medieval cloisters of a Capuchin Monastery. Whether you believe or not that this had anything to do with Juliet from Shakespeare’s play, the sarcophagus is impressive, and the chance to see the Capuchin Monastery is worth a visit.
Visitors are reminded of the untimely death of Juliet when they arrive at this spot. Juliet’s Tomb is located in an underground crypt, which someone seems to fit with the tragedy of her death. The number of visitors who make it a priority to see this tomb and visit Juliet’s house suggests what an impact the story of Romeo and Juliet has had on generations of people around the globe. The red, marble sarcophagus lives up to the expectations of visitors who expect something grand to mark the death of Juliet. Some couples get so caught up in the romance of this story that this spot has actually become a popular location for destination weddings.
The Tomba di Giulietta is open seven days per week, but only opens in the afternoon on Mondays. Open from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm for the rest of the week, it is possible to squeeze in a visit to this attraction even if your itinerary is pretty full. A small fee applies, and if you want to have the tomb to yourself, it is best to arrive early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The same applies to Juliet’s House and the museum. Don’t miss the opportunity to step out onto Juliet’s balcony where she is said to have called out to her Romeo.
Beyond attractions that have to do with Romeo and Juliet, there are many more landmarks worth visiting in Verona as well. Perhaps the most famous is the Verona Arena, an ancient Roman amphitheatre that today is home to the most famous summer opera festival in the world. Other top attractions include the Verona churches, the historic gardens of Giardino Giusti, and the Roman Theatre. Many travelers wind up extending their trip to Verona when they discover the wide variety of attractions and things to do in this romantic town. Don’t forget about sipping a cappuccino in a picturesque piazza as well; part of the charm of Italy is taking the time to relax and do some people watching.