It should be noted, that it is not actually architecture that makes Verona so attractive for visitors, but its close association with the world literature. This is the place where William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet lived and where the whole plot unfolded. The drama keeps thundering around the globe and in people's hearts and minds, and the Old Town, with its famous courtyard and Juliet's House (Casa Giulietta) on Via Cappello, beckons tourists from various countries, wanting to take a breath the romantic air of the past.
Shakespeare is not the only literary association that surrounds the city. In the early 14th century, Dante Alighieri, the author of the Divine Comedy, found refuge in Verona (his hometown was Florence), enjoying the protection of the noble lord Can Grande della Scala. Today, there is a statue of the poet in Piazza dei Signori, exactly where Can Grande's residence was situated. It is not uncommon for locals to call the square 'Piazza Dante.
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