When Romeo met Juliet

Dante in Verona
Dante in Verona
March 21, 2018
Mantova City Walk
Mantova City Walk
March 21, 2018
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Discover the truth
behind Shakepeare’s story on
this fascinating walking tour

from euro 80/person

This unique walking tour will take you back in time to medieval Verona, as we search for the truth behind the greatest love story of all time.

We’ll visit the places described in Shakespeare’s tragedy to decide if the events in Romeo and Juliet actually took place or are based purely on legend.  Our investigation will take us to the palaces of the Montagues and the Capulets, then the places of their violent feuds, ending with the tomb of our heroine, Juliet.

We’ll be on the lookout for clues around the city that have survived through the centuries, in search of historical facts to back up Shakespeare’s story.

The first time the world heard the names Montagues and Capulets together was in Dante’s Divine Comedy.  After him, countless authors wrote and rewrote the tale of the Veronese young lovers: from Luigi da Porto, to Matteo Bandello and many others.  The version penned by William Shakespeare is the most well known and cherished throughout the world.

Is the story merely a romantic legend or could the events have really taken place, as many sources suggest?  Join us in Verona and discover for yourself!

This tour is led by an engaging local expert on Shakespeare who is eager to share his knowlege with you. 

  • Porta Borsari:  where Mercutio and Tybalt met their fate
  • Piazza delle Erbe:  backdrop to feuding Guelf and Ghibelline families
  • Piazza dei Signori:  the story according to Dante
  • Romeo’s House:  was this the real Montecchi palace?
  • Juliet’s famous balcony and house: myth vs. history
  • Juliet’s Tomb:  where the lovers took their own lives and Juliet’s final resting place

  • Private guided walking tour of Verona (in English) of 3 ½ hours
  • All entrance fees to monuments included in the tour description
  • City transportation by taxi at two different points in the tour to reach out-of-the-way sites

  • Coffee or snacks during the short break mid-way through the tour

For groups of more than 8 people, send us a custom request.
Are you a single traveller looking to join a group? Contact us.

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  • 9:00 am
    Meet your English-speaking guide for a walking tour of 3 ½ hours. Meeting point is in Piazza Brà, Verona.
  • 12:30 pm
    Finish the walk back in Piazza Brà.

Please note that there is a short break scheduled during the tour of approx. 15 min. half-way through the itinerary.
You will have time for a coffee or snack.
This walk can also be arranged in the afternoon, on request