The eternal sleep of the young Capulet
"Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?" This is among the most famous phrases uttered by Juliet Capulet, the female protagonist of William Shakespeare's tragedy. The city of Verona not only celebrates her on its famous balcony, but also preserves the tomb that, according to tradition, housed her mortal remains.
Juliet's Tomb is located inside the former 13th century Capuchin convent of friars, today, the “G.B. Cavalcaselle Fresco Museum.” Down a stone staircase on the east side of the cloister is the uncovered red marble sarcophagus. The location, dating back to the 1930s, has taken on a different appearance over time thanks to Antonio Avena, then director of the civic museums, who decided to renovate the area to offer visitors a space related to the Shakespearean legend.
Today, it is a popular destination for tourists who silently pass by this damp crypt where a legendary love lies, unhappy and impossible, but eternal.