♥ ♥ “There is no world without Verona walls”: the pen of William Shakespeare has lent Verona fame and immortality with his tale of two star-crossed lovers, Romeo Montecchi (Montagu) and Juliet Capuleti (Capulet). ♥ ♥
Juliet’s House is located in the Via Cappello, which runs off the Piazza delle Erbe. The house is a tall building with a fine brick facade and dates back to the 13th century. Tradition has it that this was the house that belonged to the Capulets, whose coat-of-arms is visible above the inner arch-way of the court-yard, the powerful Veronese family to which Juliet belonged. There is an arched walkway leading into a courtyard in which there is a bronze statue of Juliet, by Nero Costantin, visited by thousands of tourist every year. From the courtyard you can see the famous balcony upon which Juliet is said to have stood and declared her love for Romeo. Here you can see the plaque engraved in English and Italian with lines from Shakespeare tragedy. There are several storeys inside the house and it is furnished with furniture typical of a 14th century aristocratic household. There was a restoration carried out in 1935 which brought back to life the elegant frescoes, inlaid wooden chests, brick fireplaces, wooden staircases and landings.
The cuisine of the Veneto region of Italy can be divided into three main parts, the coastal areas, the plains and the mountains each of which produce their own specialties. The Veneto is essentially an agricultural region which produces wheat, maize, olive trees, vines and mulberry bushes.
On the north-east coast you will find Veneto, home to Venice, where Risotto is found in many guises, made with fish and seafood along the coast and asparagus, pumpkin or other vegetables further inland, with specialties such as Risotto alla Sbirraglia: spring chicken and lean veal braised with rice and vegetables and Risotto Primavera: diced string beans, artichokes, tomatoes, carrots and potatoes with peas and asparagus tips and braised with rice in the spring.
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