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14/02/2017

Shakespeare at Verona, all the milestones of the city of love

Last Friday, during Verona in Love event, an artwork by Piera Legnaghi was inaugurated. The title is Love me! And it is located in the courtyard of Mercato Vecchio (Old market) in Verona.
 
Piera Legnaghi is an artist born in Verona, in 1945, she is a sculptor, a painter and a poetess who works in the field of conceptual sculpture using materials such as steel, iron and other. Love me! is a sculpture characterized by sinuous shapes and coloured by deep red, it is minimal and dynamic and it wants to be a universal message of love, peace and solidarity.
 
 
 
 
Verona has already been chosen as city of love by Shakespeare, when it became the background of  Romeo and Juliet famous tragedy. Since that time lovers from all around the world have visited the places linked to that story, leaving messages of love and hope.
 
 
Juliet's house is always studded with promises of love.
 
 
Let’s remember all the places related to the Bard's most famous tragedy, on the occasion of Valentine’s Day.
 
Our journey have to begin from Via Cappello, from the well-known Juliet's house and from the celebrated balcony, which can be seen from the courtyard of the house. At this balcony, lovers from alla round the world declare their love to each other.
 
 
 
 
Romeo’s house is not far away: he, according to the tale, used to ran from there through the Botanical Gardens to reach Juliet, under her balcony.
 
 
 
 
Portoni della Brà”, built in the fourteenth century, represented the main entrance of the city. They could have been the doors of Verona which Romeo left when he was banished. The words that Shakespeare made him pronounce is carved on the side of the gates.
 
There is no world without Verona walls, 
But purgatory, torture, hell itself. 
Hence-banished is banish'd from the world, 
And world's exile is death…
 
Non esiste mondo fuor dalle mura di Verona:
ma solo purgatorio, tortura, inferno.
chi è bandito da qui, è bandito dal mondo
e l’esilio dal mondo è morte…
 
 
 
 
Juliet's tomb, finally, is located in the Monastery of San Francesco al Corso, once outside the walls that enclosed Verona. Being the Monastery outside the city, even Romeo could access it despite the banishment.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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