If you did see beautiful videos on YouTube or did hear a romantic tale of Romeo & Juliet, you know what I’m talking about.
The biggest problem is that the Internet and reality are different things.
Sorry if I’ll burst your bubble, but that’s my travel scribbles, and if you are reading this, you are ready for my biased opinion.
I wrote a short travel guide in my Destinations, and that was heavily censored. To go even further, this blog post is a combined opinion of my mother and me; that’s why we have two authors on this blog post.
So let’s dissect that Romantic horror city, and we start with prominent choice number 1 place in all “romantic” itineraries for Verona.
Verona is famous thanks to the association with William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet. The famous house on the Via Cappello, the Casa di Giulietta, it’s a Gothic style 1300’s house, and it’s said to have inspired Shakespeare. It’s allegedly the same building from the famous scene in Shakespeare’s play.
Where Romeo hails Juliet and she speaks to him from the balcony –
“O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.”
The same balcony that has a separate line, just to take a selfie.
The second attraction point is a statue of Juliet, which was changed several times. It is meant to bring good fortune for those who are unlucky in love, but a tradition of rubbing the right breast of a bronze statue of Juliet has left it looking decidedly the worse for wear, and it’s already second statue. First, one can be seen in the museum, right by the entrance. And I’m not talking that the statue should represent a 13-year-old girl…, so that is even more disturbing.
Third one you can see on your walk-in, there is a wall where people have written love letters or phrases to their beloved ones. It’s a graffiti wall. And not only graffiti, there also ripped off bandages, and post-it notes, chewing gums. So when I did took a picture with the flashlight, I was sincere disgusted.
Although this building has been added too, and any truth has been heavily embellished, it provides a vital attraction. And even understanding this aspect of economics, I really wouldn’t recommend visiting this place. There are more exciting places to see and a better way to spend your money.
If you are interested in what my mother said about her first travel to Verona you can read it in this blog.