The church of Romeo and Juliet
Basilica of San Zeno in Verona during the #italiagrandsketchingtour.
Once on my way to get back to Trieste I tried to contact a friend in Verona and amazingly she accepted to host me and actually we ended up having a great time together. So much that I wanted to stay one day and ended up staying two.
The great thing is that being with her I saw the city with different eyes. In particular this view of the Basilica of San Zeno was something that I have never seen before in my visits to Verona. I really enjoyed it because it is a part of the city that is not flooded with tourist and here you can feel the life of the real city. People meeting and cheering each other’s, having a coffee break, kids playing around and old people doing their grocery. Very old style!
I drew the Basilica from a corner, enjoying the sight of kids playing in the square. Also some of the kids came to check me out and they stayed there looking at the watercolor doing its magic. I always find incredible how much kids have the patience in from of art.
From the historical point of view this church is also very important. The first church was built in 370 aC where the Tomb of the Bishop Zeno was. In the centuries more buildings were built and in the 12th Century the Basilica took their places. With its beautiful Romanic style and it’s white and pink facade, the church is really unique. Also interesting is the fact that in the chapel of the Basilica of San Zeno took place the marriage between Romeo and Juliet of Shakespeare. Curiously enough there are not so many tourist here, everyone is at Juliet house, but I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to see something different.