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Juliet's Tomb


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Visiting Juliet's Tomb

Translated by Kate Norman — one month ago

Original text by Paulina Palestina Ruezga

The history of love in Verona

Visitando la tumba de Julieta

Verona was the second most popular holiday destination in Italy after Venice in the hot summer of 2013, so we took a direct train to Verona which, if I remember rightly, cost us little more than 9 euros, which is quite a reasonable price for such a nice destination.

Visiting Juliet's Tomb

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In fact, it was my friend Joselyn who suggest Verona for a destination, at that time she was doing her student placement there, Cesar and I didn't know about what we could find there, but Joselyn insisted on visiting the city for its beauty and to explore the setting of the most famous love story of all time. Romeo and Juliet would be the perfect pretext for our trip.

Visiting Juliet's Tomb

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I actually really wanted to get to know a new city, and Venice had already seemed beautiful enough to want to know more and more about Italy and its overflowing beauty. It wasn't that I cared much about visiting the tomb of someone who didn't exist, or at least that's what I think, but I also didn't mind doing some healthy tourism around the city. However, Cesar saw it as completely unnecessary and absurd, so we laughed when we thought that we were taking him almost by force.

Visiting Juliet's Tomb

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We got to where Juliet's tomb is supposed to be, who, after dying poisoned by love, rests peacefully in this place. Visiting Juliet's Tomb

It's a very nice place, but it's a bit far from the center of the city so many people may not like the idea of going so far for a visit so much, but I like to walk and see what I can discover and learn. The place actually has a museum with an exhibition of Roman sculptures and different things.

Visiting Juliet's grave

I forgot to mention that you have to pay 3 euros for the ticket, I didn't think it was that much, although honestly, I would have thought it would be better if it was a free museum, because there really isn't a much relevant art to show. However, we feel attracted to the romantic idea of visiting the tomb of Juliet, who didn't even exist, so those 3 euros shouldn't exist either.

Visiting Juliet's grave

Visiting Juliet's Tomb

To enter the tomb, you have to go through a garden surrounded by passageways with arches, which is quite nice, and before entering you will find an altarpiece with passage from stories by the famous Shakespeare.

Visiting Juliet's grave.

Visiting Juliet's Tomb

Visiting Juliet's Tomb

You enter through a staircase, with a cold and somewhat gloomy view. There, on the brick walls, tourists write their names, immortalising their love.

Visiting Juliet's tomb

When you go down you will find what seems to be a hall which is full of the graves of other people who I sincerely believe aren't real. So, at the end of the tomb we find a humid room with an open tombstone where Juliet is supposed to rest.

Visiting Juliet's grave

Visiting Juliet's grave

At the end of the tour I found my friends asleep outdoors in the gardens, waiting for me to get out of there.

Visiting Juliet's grave

Visiting Juliet's Tomb

Because, finally, it can be a waste of time to visit the grave of a soul that doesn't really exist.

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