The Arena has been standing in Verona since the 1st century AD. It's in use today for opera performances.
Casa di Giulietta
Our next and final stop for this afternoon was Juliet's House. From the main street through the centro, you turn onto Via Cappello, and look for the crowd taking pictures of an arch. The passageway into the courtyard is totally covered in love notes scrawled on huge white boards. There are signs posted that it is the ONLY place designated for writing, but of course it overflows onto nearby businesses. The courtyard is covered in chewed gum on the walls, and love locks, hundreds and hundreds of them, cover a gate below Juliet's balcony.
Of course, Juliet is fictional, and Shakepeare probably never left England...but. There is some evidence that the Cappello family has owned this property (along with others nearby) since the 1200s, and they supposedly had an on-going fued...but Shakespeare likely just read up on existing works by Italian writers and historians and other news of the day and any similarities are coincidence...but, but, but, romance? Aw well, it's still a fun place to see regardless of reality. For 6 euro you can walk through the house and see set pieces and costumes from the 1968 adapation of Romeo and Juliet. Oh, and the beautiful balcony that totally makes the house seem like the real deal thus Juliet totes an actual person and true love possible? It's a just a pretty sarcophagus, added to the house in the 1930s to draw tourists.
We didn't stay long, but there is so much more to see another day.