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Private Verona & Valpolicella Tour
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Venice Piazzale Roma, more details at booking
Meet your driver to begin your private, full day excursion to Verona and the Valpolicella wine region.
Upon your arrival in Verona, you will go on a fascinating two hour walking tour, starting with the Romans conquering Verona and ending with its contemporary history. You will see the different ages of the city through all the various monuments scattered around its historical center. If you are a romantic, then Juliet’s house will probably be the highlight of this tour.
You will have some free time to grab lunch while in Verona. Afterwards, meet with your driver in the afternoon to continue your excursion. You will be driven through the nearby hills to explore the delightful countryside of the Valpolicella wine region. On the way you will visit a historical winery where you will be able to taste a few of the local wines, including the famous Amarone. The Amarone is a strong, full-bodied wine with a slightly bittersweet taste and sweet aroma.
You will be returned to Piazzale Roma in Venice at the end of your excursion.
– Round trip transportation with private car
– Expert English speaking driver and guide
– Independent visit of Verona
– Valpolicella Drive
– Visit of vine estate in Valpolicella (Vineyards & cellars)
– Wine tasting of 3 local wines (Soave, Ripasso and Amarone)
– Veneto Landscapes
– Juliet House
– Amarone Wine
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking
– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.
– Adult pricing applies to all travelers.
Piazzale Roma, Venice. More details at booking.
Piazzale Roma, Venice.
Following William Shakespeare’s play about Romeo and Juliet, Verona developed and emphasized Juliet’s monuments. Today, visitors of Verona can see Juliet’s house, the balcony where Romeo delivers his famous speech and the two speak of illicit, and more tragically, Juliet’s tomb.
The story of Romeo and Juliet is a fictional one; Shakespeare chose Verona as the setting for his story despite never having gone to the city. Shakespeare is said to have taken his inspiration from the Italian story by Luigi Da Porto titled “Istoria Novellamente ritrovata di Due Nobili Amanti” (the “Newly found story of two noble lovers”) written in 1530. Luigi Da Porto himself got his inspiration from a tale written in 1476 by the Italian poet Masuccio Salernitano titled “Mariotte e Ganozza”.
Things to see
Juliet’s house was built during the 12th century and used to belong to the Dal Cappello family; their coat of arms can still be seen on one of the walls in the courtyard. During the 19th century, people believed it was the house of Juliet Capulet because of the consonance between the name Cappello and Capuletti. The house is now a museum decorated with furniture from the 16th and 17th century, and displaying several paintings depicting the tragic story of Romeo and Juliet.
The balcony from which Juliet spoke with Romeo was added to the façade between 1936 and 1940 when the house was being renovated. Today this famous balcony can be seen from the courtyard, becoming an important tourist attraction. In addition to the balcony, a bronze statue of Juliet was installed in the courtyard. Legend says that women have to touch her right breast in order to be fertile and find happiness in love. Unfortunately, Juliet’s house of is now covered with ugly graffiti along with numerous letters from lovers who visited and wanted to leave a mark of their being there.