In Verona, after I visited Casa de Giuletta (Juliet’s House), I wasted no time but walked to the house of Romeo. It’s just 3 minutes walk to and from each other. However, it took me 15 minutes to finally figure it out because the street was so quiet. I expected a bit of a crowd but I saw no one. I walked back and forth the narrow street until I asked a fashionable, middle-aged Italian guy who was talking on his phone.
The Italian: Yes?
Me: Casa di Romeo?
The Italian: You’re in front of Romeo’s house.
Me: Hmmmm? This? (Pointing at the huge, arched black door)
The Italian: Si! Yes!
Me: Aw, grazie. (Embarrassed)
The Italian: Prego. Parli Italiano?
The Italian: You’re Italian is good.
Me: Those are the only words I know.
The Italian: (Smiling) Ok, ciao. Enjoy Verona.
Me: Thanks again.
I was disappointed when I saw it. This is the house? Really? I have so many questions. But, then, I reminded myself that Romeo is just a fictional character of one of Shakespeare’s plays.So, my brain shut up! 😀
Outside the facade of Romeo’s house in Verona, you’ll find this sign. I didn’t notice it because I was so focused on finding the house with some tourists. 😀 It says, “House of Cagnolo Nogarola, Called Romeo.”
And this is the door to Romeo’s house. Unfortunately, it’s closed to the public. However, that didn’t deter me so I waited for 20 minutes, hoping that someone would come out of the gate. And who knows, with my charm, I could convince him/her to give me 2 minutes to admire the house from its backyard? 😉
As you can see, the concrete fence is so high and it’s impossible to climb, unless you’re a superhero.
Of course, there’s vandalism – because there are tourists who behave like irresponsible tourists. I knew I was in the right place because of the messages on the walls.
On the other hand, it’s interesting to read these messages of love on bricks. Most of them are really cheesy. 😀
Travel Itinerary: A Day in Verona
Just in case you wanna stay here for a night, stay at II Salotto del Conte. It is inside the historical city center and walking distance to everywhere you wanna go and see. Juliet’s House is just 5 minutes walk from here and 30 minutes walk to the top of Piazza de San Pietro. It’s clean and in a quiet area.
Well, you know, solo travel is not for everyone. Should you decide to go on with a group tour, go with – Intrepid Travel. They have a wide variety of tours for all ages and different kinds of travelers, including solo, seniors, teenagers, and family.