Piazza delle Erbe

Following the thread that joins the two lovers, we reach Piazza delle Erbe. There, we can imagine Juliet enjoying a stroll and sharing secrets with her nurse. She was a creation of the English playwright, a type of character new to the Elizabethan theatre. A character full of familiar comedic flavour, skilfully used in a tragedy to include some low comedy that would lighten the tense atmosphere of the story.
Located in the heart of the old city, Piazza delle Erbe, an ancient Roman forum that was still the hub of the economic life at the time of the communi and the Scaligers, bears witness to the architectural and “institutional” changes that occurred during the passage from Commune to Signoria, and still today it constitutes the vital centre of the city.
We can imagine that the two women, the girl and her nurse, would stop to admire the new façade of the Domus Mercatorum, an old wooden building rebuilt in stone in 1301 as the seat of the Arts and Trade organisation. Then,  they would go to a place where carding was done in the area that is still known as “corticella”. It was in this warehouse that they stored fibres to carefully control their quality and it was also here that the woollen cloth trade took place, instead of being fragmented into many different stores as before.

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