20 through 29 March

A series of trips hither and thither

We visit Juliet’s castle in the province of Vicenza.

“Boy, those Veronese were sharp. They staked their claim to Juliet before we did even though Vicenza has a stronger tie with the story,” said a wine producer from Vicenza. But then practically everyone from Vicenza says the same thing.

How did this castle come to be dubbed “Juliet’s”? Well an Italian gentleman (Luigi Da Porto, I believe) wrote an epic tale inspired by a local story that mentioned the castle. In fact, citizens of Vicenza say he wrote at least a part of it while staying at the castle. The work was then read by William Shakespeare who transformed it into Romeo and Juliet.