Villafranca castle in Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare

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Villafranca Scaliger Castle

The first evidence of human life in Villafranca dates back to nearly 4000 years ago, and consists of the grave of a noble man. The castle was built more than 800 years ago and not everyone knows that Villafranca di Verona has been quoted by Shakespeare ii Romeo and Juliet. The unhappy story of the two unlucky lovers is set in the cities of Verona and Mantua, but also refers to an “old castle of Villafranca”.

Perhaps not everyone knows that Villafranca di Verona is a Shakespearean city, in fact, just read the text of Romeo and Juliet to realize it. The unhappy story of the two unlucky lovers is set in the cities of Verona and Mantua, but also speaks of an “old castle of Villafranca”, Old Free Town , where it operates “The Court of Justice”; indeed:

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” If once again you dare to upset our city

You will pay your guilt with your life.

For today, go. Get away from here.

You Capulets follow me, you Montague: find yourself tonight in the old castle of Villafranca where will you hear my sentence for the events that have occurred, in the place of ordinary judgment.

Move away, I repeat, death penalty. “

Translating to the letter the words of Romeo and Juliet you would have. “Vecchio di Villafranca”, where the old means the castle, but the terms Free Town characterize a Villafranca of the late 1500 that was in fact a small town and not a small village, in fact the Venetian Marin Saudo, visiting it in 1483, presents it as follows: “Villafranca is beautiful adorned with many wall caxes.” A rocha colte caxe inside was habitade de Judei.” Shakespeare therefore calling it Town implicitly attributes a market that made it the center of the surrounding territory. Here is the reason why Shakespeare, in Romeo and Juliet, appoints Villafranca free Town: English: city or town village and hamlet?

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