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Romeo's House (Casa di Romeo), Verona

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Romeo's house - entrance
Romeo's house - entrance

Photo by Marcok on Wikimedia Commons

Romeo's house
Romeo's house

Photo by Ib Aarmo on Flickr

The house of Romeo Montecchi (the Italian name equivalent to Montague) is situated on Via Arche Scaligere, only a few hundred meters away from Juliet's House. This is where young Romeo left his house to go and meet his beloved Juliet, and in only a few minutes he was under her balcony where the famous "balcony scene" took place. The house is a beautiful medieval building that is extremely well preserved. The building surrounds a closed private courtyard on three sides, with a high wall on the forth side where the front entrance opens. Historically, this house belonged to Cagnolo Nogarola. It is said though that a Montecchi family (or Montague, Romeo's family in Shakespeare's play) actually existed and even lived in this exact Veronese neighborhood. As it is now a private residence, the house is not open for visiting. On the first floor, however, there is a restaurant, a Veronese osteria, that serves very good local food. Nearby, on Via Cappello, is Juliet's House, which is open for visiting.