The launch of Romeo and Juliet: A Novel is fast approaching so it’s time to start sharing some background material. First up… a few real-life locations you’ll find in the narrative, some of which were previewed on Twitter earlier. I took these photos in February 2015 when I was starting work on this story.
And beneath you’ll find a map of the locations. Click the icon in the top right hand corner to get a much larger version which I think will even let you walk the cobbles of Verona through Street View (though it’s not the same as the real thing 😉).
It’s been a long journey. We’re nearly there…
Once the Roman forum, the Piazza Erbe is where the story starts.
Cangrande’s sword now sits on the desk of Escalus.
The Arena, Verona. In 1499 a dangerous place to lurk.
San Zeno, Wheel of Fortune
The starry ceiling of San Zeno, a place for a young woman to lose herself.
Lion of Venice rules over the Piazza Erbe.
Doge’s Palace, Venice, home to the master of Escalus.
Portrait of a young girl, Castelvecchio
Inside San Zeno
Shrine in the dark street of Sottoriva
Sottoriva, where Tybalt and Romeo will meet.
This bridge from the Castelvecchio was the only way out during times of plague.
The campanile where the Marangona bell tolls.
Crypt, San Francesco al Corso
Monumental quarter, Verona
Mantua, where a murderer is exiled.
Thieves and prostitutes roamed the Arena.
San Zeno in the crypt
‘Juliet’s tomb’, San Francesco al Corso
Rotonda di San Lorenzo, Mantua, where an apothecary waits