Travel to the place where Romeo and Juliet first met: Verona, Italy. This beautiful town provides the perfect setting for romantic escapes, literary excursions, historic tours, and more. Catch a performance of Romeo and Juliet by the Royal Shakespeare Company during the city's annual summer Shakespeare Festival, or even reenact the balcony scene ("Wherefore art thou Romeo?") at elegant Verona hotels.
Hotels in Verona can also direct you to a tour of the houses where the families that inspired the fictional lovers were said to have lived--a real treat for fans of The Bard. Casa di Giulietta on Via Cappello is a small house with a balcony, courtyard, and a bronze statue of Juliet, while the house where Romeo’s family supposedly lived is now a charming little restaurant called the Osteria Dal Duca.
A Walk through Time in Verona
Once you've satisfied your literary curiosity, you can leave your Verona cheap hotel and start exploring the city's "non-fiction" offerings. Visit the outdoor tombs at the scenic Arche Scaligere mausoleum for a dose of grand Gothic style. Then head to the Arena di Verona--the third largest arena in Italy and the home of one of the largest opera stages in the world. Piazza del Signiori, Palazzo del Governo, Castelvecchio, and the San Fermo cathedral are other must-sees for those vacationing in Verona.