A tribute to the great playwright in the heart of Verona
"O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?" In the heart of Verona, visitors can admire the bust of the man who, mentioned in these immortal verses, made the city of Verona famous all over the globe. The English playwright William Shakespeare was so fascinated by this city that he dedicated to posterity two plays set here: not only the very famous Romeo and Juliet, but also The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
In 2005, the city decided to pay homage to him with a bust in Corso Porta Nuova. Shakespeare was sculpted by Sergio Pasetto with a proud and determined look, but at the same time with great realism, respecting the fashion of his time. Next to the statue, on a marble slab you can read some verses from Romeo and Juliet, in the original language and in Italian translation.
The bust is just one stage of a broader journey that will take you to discover Verona following in the footsteps of Shakespearean tragedy. And of course don’t miss a trip to Juliet's balcony, to try your luck by touching the statue of the young Capulet. But don't forget to also visit Romeo's house and Juliet's tomb to relive the story of the most romantic and tragic couple of all time.